Karen Abudinen Abuchaibe
Office of the Minister
The Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (MICT), according to Law 1341 or ICT Law, is the entity responsible for designing, adapting, and promoting ICT policies, plans, programs, and projects.
She's a lawyer at the University of the North. His career began at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank, where he strengthened his resolve to coordinate efforts to boost the people of his country and set out to go beyond words and act.
After this experience, for almost 9 years abroad, Karen Abudinen returned home, convinced that the word "impossible" has no place on her agenda. She began working in Barranquilla with the Nu3 Foundation, impacting thousands of children and families.
In 2013 she was appointed Secretary of Social Management of the Mayor's Office of Barranquilla and in 2014, she worked as Director of Early Childhood at the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF).
In 2016, she assumed the position of Secretary of Education in the Mayor's Office of Barranquilla. In 2017, she was appointed National Director of the ICBF, where she worked 24/7 for the well-being, care, and protection of children, adolescents, and the Colombian family in general. In 2018 she was appointed by President Iván Duque as Presidential Advisor for the Regions, where she led the Workshops Building Country, managing to guarantee the presence of the State in all corners of the Colombian territory through coordinated work with the governors and mayors of the country.
She is currently the Minister of Information and Communication Technologies, responsible for designing, adapting, and promoting policies, plans, programs, and projects in the sector, as well as increasing and facilitating access to technologies for all inhabitants of the country.
Service, passion, and the desire to see people progress are the fundamental basis for doing committed work that generates high-impact results: this is the philosophy of Walid David, the new Vice Minister of Connectivity at the ICT Ministry.
David arrives at a ministry that has the goal of connecting 70% of Colombian households by the end of President Iván Duque's government. His professional career and his more than 25 years of experience, 7 of them in the public sector, will give him a perspective not only of social and dynamic execution but also of confidence and equilibrium for the markets of the sector, indispensable to meet the objectives and challenges of this vice-ministerial ministry.
The new vice minister of connectivity studied civil engineering at the University of Los Andes, then did an International Master's Degree in Business Administration at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid (Spain).
His arrival reinforces the goal of closing the digital divide, as David has experience in project management, leading not only civil works but also technology projects for the private and public sector.
This will allow, in the area of infrastructure, to promote the development and deployment of rural and urban digital zones, one of the flags projects of the Vice-Ministry, because they are free Wi-Fi internet connection points installed in public places, where Colombians can connect from their cell phones, tablets or laptops.
David goes on to direct a vice-ministerial committed to Colombian radio. After 11 years, the National Government provided viability for 188 new community
step in making an invaluable contribution to interaction, dialogue, and cohesion in the most remote communities.
Thanks to the sensitivity he acquired at the ICBF as the person in charge of the administrative management that provided support at the national level for all the scaffolding for the ICBF to function properly, David will give him perspective and experience on the impact of making this type of project viable for the benefit of the community.
Vice-Ministry of Connectivity
The Office of the Vice-Ministry of Connectivity and Digitalization is focused on the development of policies, plans, and programs aimed at increasing and facilitating access by all inhabitants of the national territory to communications technologies and their benefits.
He is an industrial engineer, with a focus on management, from the University of Miami (United States), where he received the Cum Laude distinction; and he completed an executive MBA in Health Sector Management and Policy, from which he graduated with honors from the same institution. Additionally, in 2008, he conducted the Social Innovation Entrepreneurship Program with StartingBloc, which was held at the London Business School (England).
Before he was appointed Deputy Minister of Digital Economy, Rueda had been advising the office of the Minister of Health and Social Protection on issues related to digital transformation, leading the deployment strategy of the interoperability projects of medical records and electronic invoicing, and the development of the regulation of Telehealth and Telemedicine in the country.
He has more than 15 years of experience managing processes and leading work teams in industries in the United States and Latin America, managing to implement strategies and improvement programs within organizations from different roles, obtaining positive results in terms of efficiency and competitiveness.
He served as Executive Director of the Office of Patient Quality and Safety, and as Project Manager of the Office of Health System Process Improvement at the University of Miami. He was also Project Director of Owens & Minor's Surgical Program and Operations and Management Consultant at Tefen Management Consulting.
Vice-Ministry of Digital Transformation
The creation of the Vice-Ministry of the Digital Economy was prompted by the importance and growth of the processes of communication through technology to achieve its specialization in line with the progress made by the State in the field of information technology and to continue the efforts made by the Vice-Ministry-General