Member: WNG Technology Roundtable Steering Committee
Andres is a passionate promoter of innovation and design thinking ecosystems as a holistic way to drive change and digital transformation. He has directed multiple journeys building innovation capacity via corporate, startup and consulting domains. He is a digital thinker fascinated by the new and his career has evolved from being an active participant in the building of the internet, to advising organizations on how to innovate in a digital first world.
Andres’ clients range from research institutes such as Fraunhofer to incubators such as Mach37 to China Telecom, the largest telecom operator in the world. His passion for innovation ecosystems began in 2006 when he co-founded an innovation lab for a $1 billion business unit of Deutsche Telekom. In his charge as VP of Innovation he built global products resulting from new insights derived from human-centered approaches utilizing design thinking tools. His industry leading efforts have been recognized via collaborations with universities including UNAM (Mexico), GMU, USC Marshall and via invitations to speak at prestigious organizations such as The Milken Institute, UNDP and Frost & Sullivan.
Andres is a culturalist and has worked and lived in European, Asian and Latin American cultures. He is an active public speaker, thought leader and author. He holds a Master in International Business and a BS in Finance from GMU in addition to multiple Design Thinking certifications from UVA and Experience Point/IDEO. Andres is currently completing a book focused on the impacts of innovation and entrepreneur-based ecosystems on micro and macro cultures. He resides in Alexandria, Virginia, in the Washington DC, USA Region.