Juan Manuel Casanueva

Knight International Journalism Fellow, Mexico

ICFJ Knight Fellow Juan Manuel Casanueva enables ICT for Social Change projects in Latin America. He is developing Civic Engagement Labs in Mexico and Central America to support data-driven media projects, as well as building networks to improve collaboration between technologists, journalists and civil society organizations in Latin America. Casanueva is the CEO and co-founder of SocialTIC, a non-profit that empowers change-makers though the strategic use of ICTs, open data and digital narratives. For the past eight years, Casanueva has managed, trained and advised Latin American civil society, media and activist groups on the use of ICTs for transparency, accountability, advocacy, citizen participation, open data, privacy, open culture and digital citizenship, helping create and strengthen more prepared, multidisciplinary and innovative change-maker ecosystems. He has co-founded civic tech initiatives such as Open DataMX, Desarrollando América Latina, Escuela de Datos and Infoactivismo.

Juan Manuel has a MSc degree in management and implementation of development projects from the University of Manchester and a bachelor of science degree in industrial and systems engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Estado de México. He has 15 years of experience in the civil society sector in Mexico, participating in development, education, environmental and ICT4D projects. For the private sector, he served as a consultant for Accenture for corporate strategy, operations and project/program management.