Victor Santiago Pineda

Executive Chairman, The Victor Pineda Foundation

Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda is a distinguished scholar, philanthropist, and board member, renowned for his expertise in the convergence of human rights, governance, and emerging technology. He holds the position of Executive Chairman at the Victor Pineda Foundation / World Enabled, where he spearheads initiatives on urban transformation, inclusive innovation, and international disability rights. Dr. Pineda's impactful career includes supporting the development and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. His public service includes two presidential appointments, serviing three U.S. administrations at the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, influencing significant institutional change.

As a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on the Connected World, Dr. Pineda applies his deep knowledge on inclusive policy design and digital accessibility to the realm of Smart Cities, IoT, and AI governance. His approach is shaped by his extensive background in research and advocacy, focusing on the necessity of inclusive, affordable and accessible technology. This expertise has led him to advise numerous governments and international organizations, guiding them in the integration of disability rights into smart city strategies, economic and urban development.

In the field of AI governance, Dr. Pineda advocates for frameworks that are inclusive, equitable, and cater to the needs of all individuals, especially those with disabilities and the elderly. His insights are crucial in addressing the ethical challenges of AI in our rapidly evolving digital era.

Dr. Pineda's influence extends to academia as an adjunct professor at various prestigious institutions, nurturing future leaders in inclusive urban development and technology. His academic endeavors are enhanced by his roles as a board member and advisor to several tech companies and NGOs focused on inclusion and accessibility. Dr. Pineda's work has significantly influenced policies and practices at major international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank, and UNICEF, among others. His contributions represent a pivotal force in driving governance and institutional change towards more inclusive and accessible futures.

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