ConsiliumBots' Board of Directors is composed of a diverse group of individuals from different nationalities that bring their extensive experience working at or with governments, as well as their experience participating in organizations and projects driven by the idea of implementing evidence-based policies.
Ryan is an Economist from the Universidad de Chile and holds a Master of Economics from the same institution. He currently works at the Chilean Budget Office in the Ministry of Finance as Evaluation Coordinator for the different government projects.
Ryan served between 2009 and 2014 as Executive Director for the Abdul Latif Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), where he also served in the Board of Directors, after what he founded and served as Executive Director of CIENTIFIKA, a consultancy organization focused on advising governments and other institutions on topics related to public policy evaluation, design and implementation. He also founded and directed the OPTE Educational Foundation in 2006, before joining JPAL-LAC, an organization that focuses on improving education related opportunities for the more vulnerable students in Chile, where he currently serves as President of the Board of Directors.
Ryan’s extensive experience in projects involving public policy evaluation, design and implementation, as well as his experience founding and directing organizations that operate in public policy and in particular in the educational sector matches perfectly with ConsiliumBots need to build a successful organization. Ryan is particularly interested in working with a skilful team on innovations on the frontier that have the potential of having large impact at low cost and accelerate the implementation of technology in governments.
Norma A. Padrón
Norma earned her PhD in Health Policy & Management (Economics) from Yale University, a Master's in Economics from Duke University and a Master's in Public Health from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Math minor from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Padrón currently is the Senior Director of Applied Research and Data Analytics at the Center for Health Innovation of the American Hospital Association (AHA). With her team, she focuses on the application of research strategies to improve the design, implementation and evaluation of quality, performance and innovation strategies for health systems across the country.
Dr. Padrón previously founded and was the Associate Director at the Main Line Health Center for Population Health Research at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research. Concurrently, she was Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health where she collaborated with the Jeff Design lab in developing curricula for medical students. Norma has also served in several roles in nonprofit and volunteer organizations, such as: Chair of the board of Women in Data NYC, Chair of the Committee for Data Strategy of the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA) and is a current member of the executive board of the Yale Alumni Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) where she serves in the research committee. In these board roles her focus has been in providing strategic advice and management of board responsibilities.
Most of her volunteer work has focused on partnering with local organizations and developing educational and mentoring opportunities to increase women’s participation in data-driven fields. Examples of this work are: Serving as a mentor for the YWCA-NYC Geek Girls Club (2015) and partnering with academic institutions to provide training and mentoring to students including design thinking (2017) And career panel discussions with prominent women in data science (2018). Her interest in serving on ConsiliumBots Board is driven by her believe in the mission and vision of the organization, and particularly in the aspect that decisions about education are a crucial aspect of a country’s human capital development and have a lasting impact on each individual’s life trajectory.
Gonzalo is a Biochemist and a Biotechnology Engineering, both from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Gonzalo currently works as a Consultant at McKinsey and Company, participating in the Operations Practice with interest in Advance Analytics techniques. He previously served as Research Manager for the Poverty Action Lab, leading research operations in Chile, the US, Dominican Republic and Colombia with focus on the impact of AI and information in education processes. He helped to co-found ConsiliumBots and served as Interim COO during the initial setup.
Juan E. Saavedra holds a PhD. in Public Policy from Harvard University and is currently an Economist at the University of Southern California (Economics Department and Center for Economic and Social Research) and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Dr. Saavedra’s work spans various domains of education policy analysis. He has published on topics that include school vouchers, conditional cash transfers for education, the impacts of resources on educational attainment, collegiate value-added, teacher labor markets, vocational education, national reviews of educational policy and educational cost-effectiveness analysis. As a principal or co-principal investigator, he has led projects in Mexico, Peru and Colombia sponsored by the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the MIT Jameel Poverty Action Lab, among others. In 2014 Dr. Saavedra published a book that became the education sector’s reform platform of Colombia’s outgoing president and the blueprint for a recent reform of national teacher evaluation policy.
In 2015, Dr. Saavedra and his co-authors were awarded the Juan Luis Londoño Prize for the best paper presented at the Latin-American Economic Association Annual Conference, for work examining the long-term benefits and costs of a large-scale private school scholarship program in Colombia. In that country, Dr. Saavedra is currently PI of a large-scale RCT helping high school seniors overcome informational and behavioral obstacles in their transition to college in Colombia, where ConsiliumBots is the technology-implementing partner.
Dr. Saavedra currently serves as Expert Advisor to the OECD’s Directorate for Education and Skills and does not serve on other boards.
Verónica Zapata is an Economist from the Universidad del Pacífico of Perú and also holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Public Policy from the Adolfo Ibañez University of Chile. She currently works as a specialized consultant in the design and implementation of public policy in the higher-education sector. She is also a University teacher of Public Policy and Regulation.
Verónica previously worked at the Education Ministry in Perú, where she first was Coordinator of Financial Mechanisms Tied to Performance, then Coordinator of Higher Education and finally the General Director of Higher Education. She has also been a consultant for the Superintendence of Education and for the National Education Certification System in Perú. At the Ministry of Education and Employment she was also in charge of implementing the Education Observatory, and specifically the higher education search portal “Ponte en Carrera” (www.ponteencarrera.pe), that provides Peruvian students with information about the returns of the different education alternatives. She has also designed and implemented performance based monetary incentive mechanisms for Universities and teachers in Perú.
Verónica has been a member of the Board of Consultants for the Higher Education Quality Improvement Project – PROCALIDAD -, designed by the World Bank and Peruvian Government. She currently forms part of the Executive Committee of IPAE, a non-profit organization that reflects and proposes development policies for Perú from the private sector.