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Juan Carlos Navarro

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Principal Technical Leader, Competitiveness and Innovation Division, Inter-American Development Bank

Full Biography

Juan Carlos Navarro is the Science and Technology Principal Technical Leader in the Competitiveness and Innovation Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. Since joining the IDB in 1997, he has contributed to the development of technical assistance activities and to the design and implementation of lending programs in the fields of education, science, technology, and innovation in 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and has played a leading role in shaping the IDB’s overall strategy in those fields. He has conducted research and published on topics such as the policies, financing, management, and quality assurance for higher education, political science, technology and innovation, public-private partnerships in innovation and education, technology applications to education, human capital development in technical and scientific fields, and the political economy of education reforms. More recently, he co-authored the chapter on innovation and productivity in Latin America for the IDB’s volume on productivity in the region, and led a team responsible for publishing a compendium of indicators regarding science, technology, and innovation. Navarro has a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University and completed doctoral studies in political science (abd) at the Central University of Venezuela. Before joining the Bank he was a consultant to several international organizations and served as professor at the Institute of Higher Administration Studies (IESA) and at the Catholic University Andrés Bello in his native country of Venezuela. In 1995 he was a Ford Foundation-LASPAU Visiting Scholar at Harvard University.