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Diego Molano Vega

Digital Transformation Consultant, Innovando LLC, USA

Diego Molano Vega

Diego Molano was the Minister of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) of Colombia, leading with the policy “Vive Digital”, which aims to reduce poverty and create jobs through the use of technology.

As a result of this Plan, iIn the last four years Colombia has dramatically expanded internet coverage in low-income segments and rural areas with 4G-LTE, fibre optics and high-speed networks reaching out to all municipalities. Government e-services ( such as education and health) have been transformed with ICT, increasing their availability, reach and efficiency. One of the strongest points of Mr Molano’s Plan is achieving universal inclusion in the use of ICT, not only including the low-income population, but also people with disabilities, the elder and those in remote areas.

Mr Molano has a long career in the technology industry, including high level executive positions in multinational companies such as BellSouth (now AT&T) in the US and Telefonica in Spain, and is currently advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC.His leadership and expertise in innovation policies have been recognized worldwide and he is a regular speaker at international meetings such as the World Economic Forum.

Mr Molano is an electronics engineer and economist from the Xavier University in Colombia and holds an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.

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