Pracademic, edutainer, evangelist, sensei, Morpheus, edupreneur.
These are some of the titles my students have given me throughout the years. Regardless of title, though, my job is essentially about helping people burst out of the proverbial box so they can think creatively and lead more meaningful lives.
Born in Mexico City into a Spanish-Mexican family, I grew up in San Diego, attended college in Boston and Barcelona, and earned my MBA at Stanford University, where I was awarded the Social Innovation Fellowship.
I've launched a startup that trains immigrant entrepreneurs in Spain; sold solar lighting solutions in rural India; marketed tires in Mexico's bottom of the economic pyramid; and founded my first company at age 20 on the U.S.-Mexico border.
When not at Pracademy, I serve as Asst. Professor II of Innovation at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU) and head Norway's first design thinking executive education program in collaboration with DesignArena, the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), and other universities.
My interests are as diverse as my experiences.
"Best Professor of the Year Prize" from students of the Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Dept. of Engineering Design & Materials
"Best Professor of the Year Prize" from students and faculty of UiT The Arctic University of Norway, School of Business & Economics
"Propeller Prize for Innovation in Teaching" from students of UiT The Arctic University of Norway, School of Business & Economics
"Dissemination Prize for Outstanding Teaching" from faculty of UiT The Arctic University of Norway, School of Business & Economics
"Valedictorian Honors" during bachelor graduation at Universitat Ramon Llull - La Salle
"Prize for Best Undergraduate Thesis" from faculty of Universitat Ramon Llull - La Salle
Puentes Global, a Spanish entrepreneurship-training company, which received seed funding from Stanford University and IE Business School
Lab for Design Thinkers, one of Northern Norway's leading innovation hubs
DT Bergen, Norway's first Design Thinking Executive Education program
First startup, an auto parts firm on U.S.-Mexico border, at age 20
Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Dept. of Engineering Design & Materials, as Asst. Professor II of Innovation (current)
UiT The Arctic University of Norway, School of Business & Economics, as Asst. Professor of Practical Entrepreneurship
LTW de Mexico, family's auto parts business, as head of sales and marketing
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, focus on Innovation with electives in Anthropology, Politics, and Social Psychology
Public Management Certificate, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business
Global Management Certificate, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), summa cum laude, Universitat Ramon Llull - La Salle, focus on Innovation and International Relations
Father of a little design thinker
Passionate about the powers of mindfulness to transform people and (eventually) the world
70.3 Ironman Finisher. Karate Black Belt 1st Dan. 5-Time Marathon Finisher
Proud champion of the Stanford pie eating contest
Have been close to death twice (not from eating pies...or spicy food)