The Executive Direction will lead and implement SUMMA’s strategic plan. It proposes and supports strategies and work plans that allow the accomplishment of the institutional mission, in accordance with the guidelines set by the Board of Directors.
Director of SUMMA
Javier González is Director of SUMMA. He is also an Affiliated Lecturer at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge. He has been senior consultant to UNESCO, The World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and OXFAM, among other international institutions. He has been Cabinet Advisor on Education and Innovation Policy to the Chilean Ministry of Finance, Executive Secretary to the Ministers’ Council for Advanced Human Capital Formation, and Director of Studies at the Chilean National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT). He has also been researcher at the Ministry of Education of Chile, where he was involved in the design and implementation of education policies. He has been member of the Board of Directors of Fundación Chile and Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics at PUC. He holds a bachelor and master’s degree of Economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Also, a master’s degree and PhD (c) in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge.
Director of Innovative Education Policies and Practices
Dante Castillo is Director of Innovative Education Policies and Practices. He has worked in social research both in the public and private sectors. This has been made for the University of Chile on matters of education, labor markets and citizenship. He has also been a researcher on higher education policies at the University of Cambridge. He has conducted market research and also investigation on matters related to information and communication technologies and innovation processes. He is a sociologist from the University of Chile, holds a master’s degree in Culture and Society from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a diploma in Marketing from the University Adolfo Ibáñez.
Director of Strategic Development and Network Management
Director of Strategic Development and Network Management of SUMMA. Much of his professional career was carried out in the NGO TECHO, where he worked in various positions mainly related to the business management and management of community projects, strategic institutional development and fundraising. Highlights his experience as CEO and implementer of TECHO-Guatemala, as well as his last years in the institution, in which he was in charge of the Social Management for Latin America and the Caribbean. He was a volunteer professor at INFOCAP in a training course for women entrepreneurs, as part of the entrepreneurship program. He is Business Administrator with a degree in economics from Universidad de Chile and a Magister in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Director of Educational Policy Research
Bárbara Flores A. is the Director of Education Policy Research of SUMMA. She has been consultant to IADB, J-PAL, Institute for Fiscal Studies, and University College London in England, among other institutions. Throughout her work at the Ministry of Education and posteriorly at the Microdata Center at Universidad de Chile, she has developed research in education policy and possess huge experience on the desing and implementarion of impact evaluation for public policies. She has also developed teaching experience at Universidad de Chile, Universidad Técnico Santa María, Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez and University College London. She received a B.A. degree in Economic Sciences and a M.Sc. degree in Economics from the University of Chile, and a M.Res. degree in Economics and a PhD in Economics from the University College London.
Director of Communication
Patricia Armingol is Director of Communication at SUMMA. She has experience in institutional, political and corporate communication. In public sector, she has been part of multidisciplinary teams of ministers of General Government Secretary cabinet, First Lady Cabinet and Press Chief of Vice-minister of Education. In private sector, she has worked in corporate communication and public affairs at companies from education and energy sectors. She is a journalist from Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello and with a diploma in Corporate Communication from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Researcher and Project Manager in Education
Valentina Covarrubias is a researcher and project manager in Education, in the area of Innovative Policies and Practices of SUMMA. She has participated in the elaboration of the Map of Educational Innovations of SUMMA. She has also collaborated in research on public policies in childhood and gender, and served as a Spanish teacher for immigrant communities. She is a sociologist from Alberto Hurtado University, with studies in Language and Communication pedagogy in the same establishment.
Coordinator of Research and Innovation Networks
Felipe Prado is Coordinator of Research and Innovation Networks at SUMMA, leading the creation and management of platform CO+INCIDE. Founding partner of Swarmob-Aprendizajes con Impacto. He has worked as educational innovation consultant at Grupo Educativo, developing the Microsoft Education´s Latin-American Mentor Schools Network. In national level, he worked on the implementation of Fontan Relational Education System, promoting innovative organizational and pedagogical transformations in public establishments. He also worked on cognitive sciences research at Psychophysiology and Interaction, Language and Phenomenology laboratories. He is a psychologist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, specialized in Educative Psychology.
Researcher of Educational Policy of SUMMA
Ismael Tabilo is a researcher of Educational Policy of SUMMA. He has previously worked as a researcher at the Center for Social Research (CIS) of TECHO-Chile in education, residential satisfaction and geography of opportunities; in the Social Observatory of the Alberto Hurtado University, and in the Social Management consultancy on issues of sustainability and evaluation of social programs. He has researched topics with a biographical approach and life course, social entrepreneurship and innovation systems. He is a sociologist from the Alberto Hurtado University, holds a master’s degree in Social Sciences, mention of Sociology from the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences of Paris (EHESS), and a diploma in Quantitative Methodologies, Design of Surveys and Data Analysis from the Alberto Hurtado University Social Observatory (OSUAH).
Education Senior Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank
María Soledad Bos, since June 2006, works in the Education Division at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC as an Education Specialist. In this role, she regularly participates in the preparation of loan operations in the education sector throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and is also part of the Bank’s research initiative on equity and equality of opportunities in education.
Soledad has participated in the design and execution of loans for Ministries of Education in Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia, Panamá, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago in areas including scholarships, education infrastructure, education decentralization, teacher´s professional development, among others. Together with the research team on equity in education, she has coauthored various articles on equity and equality of learning including: Inequity in school achievement in Latin America (2009), Equality and equity of learning in Colombia (2012); Assessing educational equality and equity with large-scale assessment data: Brazil as a case study (2012); How unequal is learning in Latin America and the Caribbean? Four measures of equality using PISA 2009 (2012), and, Educational equity in Chile. Trends 1999-2011 (2013).
Prior to coming to the Bank, from July 2003 to May 2006, she worked as a research analyst at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) doing research on poverty alleviation and food security.
Soledad holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a Licenciatura in Economics from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina.
Education Senior Associate at the Inter-American Development Bank
Elena Arias Ortiz is an Education Senior Associate at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). She joined the Bank in 2011 as part of the Young Professional Program. Her first rotation was in the Competitiveness and Innovation Division. Since then, she has been part of the Education Division. Before joining the IDB, she previously worked as a consultant for the World Bank, UNDP, and the European Commission.
Elena holds a Master Degree in Economic Analysis and a Ph.D. in Economics, both from the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Her research focuses mainly on economics of higher education and technology in education. Her publication record includes international peer-reviewed journals.
Consultant in the Education Division of the Inter-American Development Bank
Consultant in the Education Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) since 2015. During that time, she has worked in publications on education financing and has supported the creation and execution of loan projects in technical-vocational education, pre-school education and public education in Chile. She also supported the development of regional initiatives such as a school infrastructure project for the 21st century and SUMMA, the first innovation and research laboratory in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before working in Education, she worked in the Competitiveness, Technology and Innovation Division of the IDB, where she joined in 2011 and worked in several publications on entrepreneurship, innovation and social innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean. She supported the creation and execution of various projects and was part of the Innovation Lab, a platform where problems become high-impact innovations. Before joining the IDB, she was a research assistant and assistant to several economists at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Chile. Liora holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Public Policy from Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and is a Commercial Engineer from the same institution.