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Gonzalo Perez
Regional Director, Education , Montevideo
Montevideo, Uruguay
British-educated Uruguayan/Italian economist with an MBA and 25 years of international experience in international student recruitment, business management and management consulting. Latin America Regional Director for Deakin University, General Manager of Plan Ceibal, consultant for the InterAmerican Development Bank, IFAD, KPMG Management Consulting (London).
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Accounting/Finance, Procurement
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Government/Governance, Reforms
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Deakin University, Montevideo, Uruguay, March 2017
Regional Director for Latin America (based in Montevideo, Uruguay). Representative of Deakin University in the region with the aim of developing cooperation agreements with postgraduate grant bodies, universities and industry to foster student and academic international mobility and research projects in Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Perú and Paraguay where I travel extensively.
InterAmerican Development Bank, Dominican Republic and Argentina (2017/19)
Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic responsible for implementing a one-to-one laptop program across the school system. During 2018, I was also hired as a consultant by the IADB to assist the Ministry of Education of the Province of Bueno Aires, Argentina.

Ceibal Plan, Montevideo Uruguay, 2011-2017.
General Manager of Plan Ceibal, Uruguay’s One Laptop per Child initiative providing laptops and tablets, connectivity and digital educational resources to all children in the public educational system (over 700,000 beneficiaries).
Responsible for running an organization of about 320 fulltime employees plus 180-250 short term employees.
Major achievements during this period include
• Restructuring of logistics operations: procurement, processing and delivery of 150,000-200,000 devices annually, procurement of spare parts, refurbishing laptops, final disposal.
• Restructuring the laptop/tables technical service
• Restructuring the customer service function, generating significant increase in productivity and cost performance
• Ceibal in English Program: 4,000 classes delivered weekly by teachers located in Uruguay and internationally with the British Council as main partner
• Deployment of an adaptive mathematics online platform and an online content management platform (sourced internationally)
• Deployment of the Digital Technology Labs initiative combining programming, robotics, 3D printing, audio/video editing
• Responsible for Plan Ceibal’s external consultancy work and participated in numerous events as invited speaker
Nokia Networks, Milan, Italy, 2000-2011.
Based in Milan, Italy, during the 11 years I held several positions in the professional services division with regional or continental level. In particular I worked as:
• 2008-2011: Business Planning and Strategy Manager, Managed Services (MS) Division
• 2007-2008: Business Controller, MS and Consulting and System Integration (CSI) Divisions
• 2005-2007: Strategy and Business Development Manager, CSI
• 2003-2005, Head of Project Operations, CSI
• 2000-2003 Business Controller, CSI

Freelance consultant, Milan, Italy, 1999-2000
Business transformation project for the IT department of a major Italian insurance company and strategic planning project for a major Italian software company.
Telecom Italia, Economic Research Center San Salvador, Venice Italy. Senior researcher, 1998-1999.
I led research on the demand for online services by SMEs in northern It
2015: University of Montevideo, IEEM Business School, Senior Management Program.
1993: SDA Bocconi Graduate Business School, Milan, Italy, Master in International Economics and Business Management.
1987-1988: University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK Master in Development Economics.
1983-1987: University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, Bachelor of Economics.
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French, Spanish, Italian & Portuguese
    Italy , Uruguay
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