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Dean School of Social Sciences and Goverment

Alejandro Poiré (Ph.D. Harvard University) is the Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Government at Tecnológico de Monterrey. His current academic work focuses on using data science and artificial intelligence tools to generate public value. He has published extensively on democracy, public opinion, political parties, freedoms, and prosperity. He has been visiting professor at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and visiting professor and researcher at Stanford's Hoover Institution. He has been an international consultant on government excellence, migration, and security. In public service, he served as Secretary of the Interior, as well as Secretary of National Security, among other positions. In these functions, he has represented his country in various international forums, such as the UN Human Rights Council, among others. He is currently a member of the advisory boards of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Mexico Foundation at Harvard and the Society for Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty. He is also a board member of MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Global Future Forum. Dr. Poiré holds a masters and doctoral degree in Political Science from Harvard University.


Director Centre for Data science and Emerging Technologies

Liliana Millán Núñez (M.S. ITAM, M.S The University of Nottingham) is the Director of the Centre for Data science and Emerging Technologies at the School of Social Sciences and Government at Tecnológico de Monterrey. Her current work consists of helping industry, government and NGOs to effectively and ethically implement data science to solve everyday problems that affect customers, people and citizens.
Has mentored data science projects for public policy at Imperial College London and Carnegie Mellon University as part of the Data Science for Social Good Foundation. She has built and led data science teams for the finance, marketing, media and government sectors.



Research Group Lead | Professor-Principal Investigador

Edmundo Molina-Pérez (Ph.D. Pardee RAND Graduate School ) is assistant research professor at the School of Government and Public Transformation of Tecnológico de Monterrey. His work focuses on the development of new computational methods for studying technological change, and the use of data science methods for decision analysis under conditions of deep uncertainty. He currently leads applied research work on Mexico’s water and energy sectors, developing new simulation models and assisting stakeholders in decision making processes. He also leads the Decision Making Center of the School of Government and Public Transformation and co-leads applied policy research on climate change in Costa Rica, Argentina and Chile. He teaches courses on systems modeling, advanced simulation techniques, econometrics, microeconomics and machine learning.


Professor | Principal Investigador

Grissel Olivera-Martínez (Ph.D. Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon) is professor at the Department of Economics in Tecnológico de Monterrey and candidate of Sistema Nacional de Investigadores. Her research areas focus on Labor Economics, Household Economics and Economic Development in topics about gender gaps in educational attainment, domestic violence and child labor, and social mobility. She has been fellow Research of Understanding Children´s Work Program of UNICEF, ILO and BM, she has worked in projects for Inmujeres-CONACyT and Consejo de Nuevo Leon.  She teaches courses on econometrics, microeconometrics, advanced microeconomics and behavioral economics. Dra. Olivera-Martínez holds a Ph.D. in Economic Sciences from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon and a M.S. in Economics from Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF).

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Professor | Principal Investigador

Roberto Ponce (Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is professor-researcher of Urban Studies in the Graduate School of Government and Public Transformation, within the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. His research focuses on combining spatial analysis tools with machine learning and large scale datasets (e.g. Call Detailed Records, Social Media) to model urban morphology, land use, transportation and environmental interactions to build information infrastructures for supporting urban and regional planning. He also works on time-geography to explore social interactions and economic segregation in the urban space.
Roberto holds a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During his time at MIT, he was affiliated to the Urban Information Systems research group. Roberto also holds a Master of Science degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.


National Director of the Economics Program

Grisel Ayllón Aragón (Ph.D. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) is the National Director of the Economics Program at Tecnológico de Monterrey. Her work focuses in social choice and welfare, political economy, and microeconomics in general. She has developed her work analyzing voting rules and their properties under different preferences domains. Furthermore, she has worked on evaluation of public policies, analyzing decision processes and the incentives generated by them. She is in charge of the development, implementation, and quality of the B.A. Program in Economics. She teaches the advanced microeconomic courses of Consumer Theory, Producer Theory, Industrial Organization, and Game Theory.



Research and Academic Director School of Government

Dr. De Unánue (Ph.D. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) has held multiple positions in the academic, private and public sector. He currently oversees the research and academic portfolio of the School of Government at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He has built three data science start-ups and is as expert on developing models and information architectures that organize data, and transform it in order to augment the intelligence of organizations.


Researcher | Coordinator

Fernando Gómez (Ph.D. in Public Policy at Tecnológico de Monterrey) is a consultant and researcher at the School of Government and Public Transformation at Tecnológico de Monterrey. His research focuses on economic complexity, industrial policy and regional development. As a researcher he has led different projects with companies and governments related to local development plans, productive diversification, analysis of supply chains and creation of industrial clusters. He is currently Coordinator of the Regional Development Institute of the School of Government and Public Transformation. He teaches courses on programming, data-driven public policy, and technology policy for development.

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Associate Dean of Research | Executive Director of the Energy Initiative

Luis Serra (Ph.D. Economics, Warwick ’13) is Associate Dean of Research at the School of Social Sciences and Government and Executive Director of the Energy Initiative of Tecnológico de Monterrey. He has led the efforts in research, consulting and executive education of energy projects of the institution in order to support the advancement of Mexico's energy sector. His projects have involved collaboration between 13 universities from the US, Canada, and Mexico, 9 government energy institutions, 123 researchers, and 21 physical and virtual laboratories. Over the past decade, his projects have received funding from USAID, Prosperity Fund, ClimateWorks Foundation, Atlas Foundation, ILO, WWF, Fundación Naturgy, FEMSA and CONACYT-Sener Sectorial Funds. Luis has teaching experience at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, University of Warwick, Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas de la UNAM, Flacso and University of Alberta. He has been professor of Energy Markets and MSc. Finance at EGADE Business School, as well as professor at baccalaureate, masters and Ph.D. levels at the School of Social Sciences and Government and the School of Government and Public Transformation.


Director of LET

Edgar Barroso received his doctorate from Harvard University and is a board member of the Graduate School of Art and Science at the same university. Currently, he is Director of the Entrepreneurship and Transformation Laboratory. As an entrepreneur, he is the founder of Antena Labs and Casa Antena, a technology development company and an academy for inclusion and digital transformation in Mexico. He is an international consultant for the FAO Chile office, has been a member of the group of experts on issues of the future of work for the United Nations.



Professor | Principal Investigador

Carlos Elizondo (Ph.D. Political Science, Oxford University ) is research professor at the School of Government and Public Transformation of Tecnológico de Monterrey. From 1991 to 1995 he was a professor and researcher at CIDE. From 1995 he served as general director of the same institution, until his appointment as Mexico's ambassador to the OECD in 2004. In 2007, he returned to CIDE as a professor and researcher. He is a member of the National System of Researchers of CONACyT Level III. In September 2014, he was appointed independent director of Pemex. He has a weekly column in Excelsior. Together with Federico Reyes Heroles, he conducts the program Primer Círculo. Carlos holds a Doctoral and Master degree in Political Science from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from the Colegio de México


Professor | Principal Investigador

Zeus Guevara (Ph.D. MIT Portugal Program, Ph.D. University of Lisbon) is an assistant research professor at the School of Government and Public Transformation of Tecnológico de Monterrey. He develops research in the areas of energy poverty and vulnerability; climate and environmental policy; energy-economic modeling; and energy for development projects. He collaborates with various national and international institutions and belongs to the National System of Researchers. He teaches courses of quantitative methods for the social sciences, data visualization for decision making, energy for social development and environmental modelling.



Professor | Principal Investigador

Gustavo Merino (Ph.D. Public Policy, Harvard University) is research professor at the School of Government and Public Transformation at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He has vast experience in the national and international public sector. At the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), at its headquarters in Rome, Italy, he was Director of the Investment Center, the division with global coverage in charge of supporting countries to invest more and better in agriculture and rural development. In the Secretariat of Social Development of the Government of Mexico, he was Undersecretary of Social and Human Development, Undersecretary of Prospective, Planning and Evaluation and Head of the Planning and International Relations Unit. He was also General Director of Financiera Rural, an institution of the national development bank. He has been a consultant for international organizations such as ECLAC, IDB and the World Bank as well as private companies and the government on issues of social and economic development, economic competition and public finances. Gustavo holds  a Doctoral and Master degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, a Bachelor of Economics from ITAM.

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