Diego Molano Vega 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 through the use of 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. Every rural community with more than 100 inhabitants has an Internet community center. Education, health and government services were transformed with ICT, increasing their availability, reach and efficiency.
Mr. Molano has a long career in the technology industry, including high level executive positions in multinational companies such as BellSouth (now AT&T) in the US and Telefonica in Spain. He has been board member of international organizations and corporations in the telecommunications, TV, radio and postal services sectors. He is currently advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC. Mr. Molano is an electronics engineer and economist from the Xavier University in Colombia and holds an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.