Diego Molano Vega is an international consultant on Digital Transformation of Companies and Governments. He was the Minister of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) of Colombia from 2010 to 2015. He transformed his Country with his policy plan “Vive Digital”, which aims to reduce poverty and create jobs using technology.
During his tenure, Colombia expanded all the elements of the digital ecosystem, not only infrastructure, but also, services, applications and users. Internet coverage extended to low-income homes and rural areas. 4G-LTE, Fiber optics and high-speed networks expanded to all municipalities, even those in the middle of the Amazon jungle. Education, health, financial and government services were transformed with ICT, increasing their availability, reach and efficiency.
Mr. Molano has a long career in the technology industry in more than 20 countries, including high level executive positions in multinational companies such as BellSouth (now AT&T) in the US, and Telefonica in Spain.
He is currently Senior Advisor to Davivienda, a leading bank in Colombia and Central America, to the Inter-American Development Bank, and to McKinsey &Co. in Washington DC, and member of the Advisory Committee of the New Economy to the OECD in Paris.
His leadership and expertise in innovation policies have been recognized worldwide by major organization such as the Mobile World Congress, the United Nations, the Organization of American States and publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He is a regular speaker at international venues such as the World Economic Forum.
Mr. Molano is an electronics engineer and economist from the Xavier University in Colombia and holds an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.