Juan is the Executive Director of Laboratorio de Gobierno, the first chilean laboratory for public innovation. He is leading the team in charge of designing and implementing this Presidential commitment announced on 2014.
Juan is interested in the promotion of social change through the implementation of collaborative and co-responsible practices. He did a BA in History at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Before finishing his undergraduate studies he was a consultant to the Regional office for Latin America at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. At FAO he co-edited a book based on Elinor Ostrom’s models to understand collective action problems in rural Latin America.
In parallel, and after eight years of volunteer, he was the Executive President of the Chilean NGO Trabajo en la Calle – an organisation that develops co-responsible strategies to overcome engagement challenges between national government and organised communities in micro-slums in relation to application procedures for social housing.
Between 2006 and 2011 he was Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Peñalolén, the 6th largest borough in Chile. In that position, he was responsible for implementing all the Municipality’s policies, as well as for the participatory and collaborative agenda for local services delivery.
In 2011, he moved to the UK to study for an MPA in Public and Social Policies at the London School of Economics. Between 2012 and 2014 he was a researcher at the Centre for Cities, an urban think tank seeking to understand and improve the economic performance of UK cities.
He tweets @juanfelopez.
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