Juan Manuel researches and promotes ICT projects for development and social action. He founded SocialTIC A.C., an NGO which seeks to enable actors for change through the strategic use of digital technology and information. Juan Manuel has led and served as advisor to projects involving the use of ICTs with various international and local Latin American organizations on ICT for transparency, accountability, civic advocacy, citizen participation, open data, digital security, open culture, digital citizenship and other topics. Together with SocialTIC, he has co-promoted the Open Government (AGA) and Open Parliament processes in Mexico, as well as the Escuela de Datos (School of Data) and Desarrollado América Latina (Developing Latin America) communities. Juan Manuel is ICFJ Knight Fellow 2014 – 2015, having enabled journalism projects and communities through the use of data and digital technology in Mexico and Central America.

Juan Manuel has an M.Sc. in Management and Implementation of Development Projects by the University of Manchester, with special emphasis on Social Innovation, as well as a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering by Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Estado de Mexico. He has 15 of experience in the civil society sector, having worked on the fields of social development, education, environment and technology for development. In the private sector, he has served as consultant to Accenture on corporate strategy, operations and business process management.