Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, Colombia
The Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, Diego Molano Vega is an electrical engineer, with a master in Economics from the Universidad Javeriana and a MBA from the Institute for Management Development (IMD), Switzerland. He has over 20 years of experience in the ICT industry, in both public and private sectors. He has held executive positions in multinational companies such as Ascom (Switzerland), Bellsouth (USA) and Telefónica (Spain), where he was responsible for operations in areas of corporate relations, regulation and wholesale businesses in 18 countries of the world. While at Telefonica, he directed research and publications on the impact of technology on public health, banking, in the justice sector, education, small and medium enterprises and productivity, competitiveness and innovation in Latin America.
Molano Vega was Director of the National Telecommunications Commission (CRT) between 1996-2000. His management focused on the liberalization of the sector. In its wake, there was an increase in competition and private foreign investment in the country. He has served on the Boards of important major international business organizations such as the Iberoamerican Association of Telecommunications Operators (Ahciet), the Business Economic Forum of Mercosur (MEBF), European Business Forum, EUBrasil and the Chamber of Commerce of Colombia in Spain. He was founder and president of the Telecommunications Regulators Association of Latin America (Regulatel) and member of the board of 4-72, the postal network in Colombia that operates the National Postal Services SA. On 6 August 2010, he was appointed Minister of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) by the president-elect of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and embarked on his Ministerial duties on 7 August 2010.