Leadership Team

ISTEC Board of Directors

The ISTEC Board of Directors, whose members are elected by the General Assembly, must carry out the policies established by the General Assembly, promote the activities of the Consortium and have the authority to approve the proposals submitted by the members.


Academic members


Dra. Marisa De Giusti – President of ISTEC

Marisa De Giusti is a PhD. In Computer Science, Telecommunications Engineer and literature Professor from the National University of La Plata (UNLP).

She started her activities in ISTEC since 1990, when she acted as representative of the National University of La Plata before the Consortium and has integrated the Board of Directors for many years. From 2009 and ongoing, she serves as Director of the LIBLINK Initiative.

She is a Postgraduate Course Professor at the Faculty of Informatics and Principal Investigator of the Scientific Research Commission (CIC).

In her professional work at UNLP she directs the Library Linkage Project (PREBI) and the Intellectual Creation Dissemination Service (SEDICI) Institutional Repository of UNLP.

In the Scientific Research Commission of the Province of Buenos Aires (CIC) she directs the Information Management Services Center (CESGI) of CIC and the CIC Digital Institutional Repository.

She integrates as well the Committee of Experts of the National System of Digital Repositories (SNRD) of Argentina.


Dr. Marcelo Vera

Marcelo Vera is Director of Research, Development and Innovation and Full Professor at La Salle University, La Paz, Bolivia. In 2008, Dr. Vera created the nonprofit foundation, “Sun and Moon,” which promotes Education, Science and Technology in Bolivia through productivity and natural resource renewal projects. Also promoting training and rural education with subsequent development of industry and research of sustainable projects. In the industrial field, Marcelo Vera has held the position of Director of International Operations of MobileTec International, Tampa, FL, since 2005.


Dr. Wilfrido Moreno 

Dr. Wilfrido A. Moreno is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida and director of the USF Ibero-American Consortium in Science and Technology for Education (USF-ISTEC). In the field of research, Dr. Moreno is a founding member of the Microelectronic Research Center (CMR), currently at the Research Center (NNRC) where he works as a supervisor for the Laboratory Laser Integration and Application System. Dr. Moreno’s interest in current research is focused on systems integration, providing “off-the-shelf” hardware / software solutions for industrial applications in the areas of Digital Signal Processing, Communications, Industrial Control, Microelectronics, Biomedical Engineering and voice and multimedia solutions with video over IP applied to distance learning solutions.

Since 1994, Dr. Moreno has facilitated the mobility of students and teachers throughout the Latin American region; More than 120 professors from Latin America have obtained their PhD from the USF. Currently, he serves as director of the R + D Initiative for the Ibero-American Consortium for Education in Science and Technology (ISTEC), responsible for fostering Teaching / Learning and Research collaborations in the Ibero-American region among the academic members of ISTEC, the industry and multinational agencies.


Dr. Ramiro Jordán

Dr. Ramiro Jordan is a scientist, innovator, educator and entrepreneur. He is a faculty member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at the University of New Mexico, and is currently the Associate Dean of Engineering for International Programs. His research activities include sustainability, Smart Grid, cognitive radio, multi-dimensional signal processing, and software development. He is a dedicated educator, actively creating educational infrastructure in academic institutions worldwide with emphasis on the “culture of quality” in educational programs for accreditation and certification. He is driving innovative curricula development programs such as Peace Engineering, is establishing International Graduate Double Degree programs and is creating opportunities for student engagement and leadership development. He was actively involved with the University Faculty Senate and served on the Operational Committee that, with the Faculty President, ensures shared governance of the University. Dr. Jordan holds a faculty position at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina, and has served as visiting and resident professor at universities in Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Spain, and Venezuela, among others.

Dr. Jordan is a founder of the Ibero-American Science and Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC), a successful non-profit organization that was created in 1990 with the mission to accelerate STEM education, R&D and entrepreneurship in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula.


Mg. Mercedes Martín

María Mercedes Martín is Mg in. Educational Processes Mediated by Technologies from the National University of Córdoba (UNC), Specialist in Education and Technologies from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), Bachelor of Science in Education from the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and Teacher in Primary Education. She is currently coordinator of the Training and Advisory area of the Directorate General for Distance Education and Technologies under the Academic Secretariat of the National University of La Plata

She works as Associate Professor of the subjects Educational Technology and Seminar on Educational Orientation and Professional Practice (both of the career of Education Sciences – FaHCE-UNLP) in the college degree. In the postgraduate course, she coordinates the Master’s Degree in Education and the Master’s Degree in Education in Exact and Natural Sciences – Virtual Modality dependent on the FaHCE Postgraduate Secretariat – UNLP and is Professor of several seminars at the UNLP, UNNOBA, UNICEN, UNCo. Also is part of the academic plant of the Master in Digital Education of the University of Extremadura.

She participates in UNLP research projects, directs the Promotional Research and Development Project (PPID) “Links and interactions: experiences of visiting the Museum of Sciences mediated by digital technologies”.

She has several publications, articles and books in collaboration on Technologies, Education, Work, Teacher Training and Training.


Dr. Humberto Calderón 

Humberto Calderón studied Electronic Engineering at the Technological Institute of Costa Rica, where he also obtained his Master’s Degree in Computer Science. During his doctorate he worked at the Delft University of Technology in the Computer Engineering group with Prof. Stamatis Vasiliadis from where he obtained this degree. In 2008 to 2010 he was a senior researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology and worked in 2011 as a senior firmware engineer at DSI Informationstechnik GmbH. Since 2012 he works at the “San Pablo” Bolivian Catholic University, first as a consultant for the establishment of the Doctorate program and then as Director of Mechatronics Engineering. Since 2017 he has been the National Research Coordinator at the same University (http://cni.ucb.edu.bo/). The interest in the current research of Dr. Calderón is oriented towards innovation in reconfigurable processors for specific tasks, creation of hardware accelerators for multidimensional signal processing and artificial intelligence applications.

Humberto Calderón is National Research Coordinator at the Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo.


Invited academic members


Mg Malgorzata Lisowska Navarro

Master in Library and Scientific Information, Jagiellona University in Krakow, Poland. Business Administration Specialist and Cultural Management and Management Specialist, both from Universidad del Rosario. Bogota Colombia. Extensive experience (more than 20 years) in administration and change management of university libraries, promotion of Open Access and innovation in library management.

She has been coordinator of the following national and regional projects:

  • 2007 – 2011. Participant, founder and coordinator of the project working group “Creation of the Colombian Digital Library – BDCOL
  • 2010 – 2012. Community Manager “CoLaBoRa – Latin American Community of Digital Libraries and Repositories
  • 2010 – 2013. Technical coordinator of the CLARA project and financed by the IDB – “Regional strategy and interoperability and management framework for a Latin American Federated Network of Institutional Repositories for scientific documentation
  • 2011 – to date. Founder, together with other institutions, of the Conference of Institutional Libraries and Repositories, BIREDIAL – ISTEC.
  • 2019 – Creator and leader of the Latin American Award for Innovation in Higher Education, organized by the Universidad del Rosario and backed by several national and regional institutions.


Dr. Luis Fernando Cruz Quiroga

Doctor and Surgeon, Diploma in Medical Audit and other Health Services, Diploma in Educational Management, Diploma in Health Business Administration, Pedagogical Training in Health Sciences, Specialist in University Teaching, Master in Teaching of Higher Education, Ph.D. in Management Sciences, Ph.D. in Ed, Cognitive Neurosciences and Complex Systems, USA and Postdoctorate degree in Education Neurosciences and Complex Systems USA.

He has more than 20 years of experience in Higher Education, Research and Organizational Management. He has been Scientific Director of several institutions, Director of education emphasis in PhD program, President of the Board of Directors and full professor in several universities.

Dr Cruz founded the Complex Systems & Education SCED-ISTEC in 2011 under the Research and Development (R&D) initiative, of which he is currently the Director.