Roberto Zambrana

Roberto Zambrana

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Roberto Zambrana, is from La Paz, Bolivia. He is an electronics and telecommunications engineer and has a Master´s degree in telecommunications. He also has taken several post-graduate courses on wireless and computer networks, and has a higher education diploma.

He has been working in telecommunications, information systems and Internet fields for more than twenty years. Since 2002 he has been involved in different activities related to ICT for development. First (2002-2006) leading the ICT Program for the largest university in Bolivia, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, teaming with the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and with the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER). After that (2007-2008), he was appointed as ICT Senior Advisor for the Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI), working directly with the Bolivian Education Ministry in their ICT Program. During 2009, he worked for the Telecommunications Vice Ministry, supervising several telecommunications programs related to community networks, Internet regulation and mobile telephony systems. After that (2009-2010) he worked for the Science and Technology Vice Ministry and for the Bolivian Information Society Development Agency, in charge of the design of the National Scientific and Academic Network. As part of his work during that time, he was invited by Florencio Utreras (recently inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame) to participate as a representative of Bolivia in the Red CLARA assembly.

Roberto had the opportunity to attend several events all around the world, most of the time invited as a speaker in different topics related to his work. He was also part of the Bolivian delegation to attend to the second phase of the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunisia in 2005.

During the past 7 years (2010 until now) he has been in charge of the ICT Sector in the local Government of La Paz city (Gobierno Autónomo Municipal de La Paz), leading a team of 140 people. Part of his responsibilities are related to policy formulation and writing bills (legislative drafts). One of those bills was related to regulation for telecommunication antennas support.

Besides his professional activities, Roberto is also a passionate member of the Bolivian academic and research community. For the last fifteen years, he has been a university teacher for undergraduate and post-graduate programs in 4 of the most important universities in Bolivia (Mayor de San Andrés, Military Engineering School, Bolivian Catholic University and Tomas Frías University). The main topics of his teaching activities are related to telecommunications, computer and wireless networks, and network security and management. He was recently selected to be a moderator for ISOC training courses, “Building Wireless Community Networks” (in English), and “Shaping the Internet – History & Futures” (in Spanish).

Finally, regarding his activities as a civil society member, since January of this year, he has been the Chair of the Board of the ISOC Bolivian Chapter. The most significant recent activity he has led was the first Bolivian Internet Governance Forum, organized on 16-17 November, that included 7 roundtables about different topics on the status of the Internet in his country.

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