Founder & Executive Director
Marcelo Tedesco is a Research Affiliate with the MIT D-Lab Local Innovation Group, where he is researching economics ecosystems in developing countries.
Marcelo specializes in the development of economic ecosystems, mainly in innovation-oriented entrepreneurial ecosystems. He is co-autor of the TE-SER Model, wich is used tu describe and understand the complex social dynamics of ecosystems. He is also the author of the model of social and economic ecosystems integration based on Ecological Economy.
He has significant professional expertise in strategy and management having led the MIT Enterprise Forum Mexico as Executive Director from its inception in 2014 through significant expansion into four regions of Mexico.
Previously, he has served as Director of Strategic Planning for Toshiba Latin America, among other positions in international corporations. Marcelo is a published author in the fields of business leadership and strategy and received Masters Degree in International Business Scaling from La Salle Barcelona and completed additional masters studies in Advanced Education, Business and Logistics at Fudan University in Shanghai, a PhD in Business and Social Science and a certificate in philosophy in MIT.
Victor Sánchez is Operations Manager at Global Ecosystem Dynamics Initiative. He’s in charge of the international operation of this program. He also serves as General Secretary of the National Network of Technology Transfer Offices in Mexico, being a recognized international expert in technology transfer and commercialization of technology in innovation processes.
Victor holds a PhD in Management Science from Jean-Moulin University and a Master degree in Socioeconomic Management from Lumière University, both in Lyon, France. Moreover, He holds a degree in Accounting from Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo and he’s graduated from ADIT: Senior Management Program in Innovation and Technology in IPADE.
Tania is an experienced professional in the market strategy. For several years she was responsible for Business Intelligence of one of the largest companies in Mexico.
Her passion for high impact and social entrepreneurship has led her to be a mentor in different projects focused on the development of Mexico, from biomedicine to agriculture and livestock. Tania was the Deputy General Director of the MIT Enterprise Forum for more than five years, where she led the team of strategic initiatives and served as responsible for all the programs of the organization.
Tania is the co-author of the TE-SER model used to describe and understand the social dynamics of economic ecosystems. He has a degree in Marketing and a Master's Degree in Social Studies in Technology, Science and Innovation.
Data Science Leader
Francisco has extensive experience linking the ecosystem through joint initiatives and the development of entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation communities. He is Project Leader and Research Assistant at the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Initiative, where he analyzes collaboration dynamics between actors of high impact entrepreneurship ecosystems in Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil.
In addition to his experience in organizations such as the MIT Enterprise Forum Mexico and the Entrepreneurs Association of Mexico (ASEM), he has organized more than 80 entrepreneurship and innovation events. Francisco is a member of Global Shapers Guadalajara, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, where he led a study to evaluate his city's readiness for the 4IR.
Francisco has a Bachelor's Degree in Creation and Business Development from TEC de Monterrey, graduated with honors, and is currently pursuing a Micromaster in Statistics and Data Science at MITx.
Arturo is a Research Assistant for the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Initiative (GEDI). He has more than 8 years of experience in the public entrepreneurship sector, has worked in the Ministry of Innovation Science and Technology of the state of Jalisco where he collaborated in the creation of the Epicenter Innovation Festival, as well as in projects that developed the local ecosystem of high impact of Guadalajara. He has collaborated in multiple investigations for the Guadalajara City Council, and others in Mexico. He has a Master's degree in Public Management for Results at the University of Buenos Aires and is a graduate of the Bachelor of Political Science and Public Management from the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico.
PhD Researcher, MIT Portugal Program
Dania Ortiz Acosta is a PhD. candidate in Sustainable Energy Systems of the MIT Portugal Program. Dania has sought to develop a multidisciplinary professional profile, with the aim of understanding the different faces of current challenges and proposing integral solutions. Dania graduated from Business Administration at ITESM. The different individual and professional projects in which Dania has participated have been recognized with different awards such as the Santander Award for Business Innovation, Carolina Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank and the European Commission. Her transition to the Sustainability and Energy field has led her to collaborate with the United Nations, MIT and diverse research centers.
Diana is using the TE-SER Model in her research to describe and understand the dynamics into the Energy Sector ecosystem.
Miguel Ángel Nuñez
Miguel Núñez graduated in Biomedical Engineering from ITESM, his career has always been close to data, he was a data analyst in the translational medicine laboratory of ITESM, a place where medical technology developments are transferred to companies and hospitals, when he graduated, he was an senior engineer of Hova Health, a telemedicine company, where he was in charge of the architecture and handling of medical data, coming from imegenology sites.
Currently, he is Staff of DataLab Community a community that seeks the development of knowledge about data science and its correct practice, studies a Micromaster in statistics and data science at MIT, and a PhD in neurosciences at the University of Guadalajara, where it focuses his work in electrophysiological signal analysis, specifically in Bayesian and causal inference on neural networks.
Academic Advisory Board
Research Scientist, MIT D-Lab
Elizabeth is a Research Scientist at MIT and leads the MIT D-Lab Local Innovation Group, which investigates how innovation happens in community-based contexts and the role that local innovation plays in sustainable development.
From 2013 to 2017, she led the research program for the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), a multi-university consortium led by MIT D-Lab and funded through a five-year agreement with USAID.
She is a co-founder of the Lean Research initiative and designed and teaches D-Lab’s first graduate class, D-Lab: Field Research-Understanding Development Impact.
Elizabeth holds a Masters degree from the International Development Group in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Prior to joining D-Lab in 2012, she worked for ten years in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector as a consultant and strategist.