Director General, Institute of Innovation and Technology Transfer, Nuevo Leon
Jaime Parada has over 38 years’ experience in the fields of research, science and technology development, Innovation and Business Management. He currently holds the position of director general of the Institute of Innovation and Technology Transfer of Nuevo Leon, and also is the director of the Research and Technology Innovation Park (PIIT) of Nuevo León.
Prior to joining PIIT, Parada made a career as chief technology officer in private internationally recognized companies and government institutions such as Vitro, Cydsa and Sidermex Group before serving as director general of the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) – an appointment by Mexico´s President that he held from January 2001 to September 2005.
In 2005, he founded Innovation and Competitiveness, SA de CV (Inncom), an expert consulting firm on competitiveness and innovation, advising governments and companies on issues of strategy, technology and organization. He is founder and president of the board of Nanomateriales SA de CV, a high-tech company in the field of Nanotechnology.
In 2006, he was appointed as visiting professor at the University of Texas in the area of postgraduate science, technology and innovation studies, where he participates as a global fellow of the International Council on Competitiveness and Innovation Institute (IC2).
His contributions to the field of Science, Technology and Innovation have been acknowledged by several countries and institutions, such as the Order of Merit of the German Republic, which gave him the decoration in the degree of Grand Officer. He is vice president of the Mexican Academy of Engineering and, in recognition for his contributions to administrative and legal reforms to the science and technology and international cooperation policies, he was honored as a member of the Mexican Academy of International Law.