Florencio Ignacio Utreras Díaz
Executive Director of CLARA
Doctor in Engineering and expert in telecommunication networks
to support research, innovation and education
Dr. Florencio I. Utreras is the Executive Director of CLARA, the Latin American Cooperation of Research Networks. He was chosen to that position in 2005 after serving 14 years as Executive Director of the Chilean Academic Network, REUNA.
Dr. Utreras has been involved in Research Networking since 1987. He is considered pioneer in Internet technology in Chile and Latin America his work being acknowledged with several national and international prizes for his contribution to the dissemination of Internet technology and research networking. During the first years of the Internet he participated actively as a member of the Internet Society and the ICANN and LACNIC organizations. He has been involved in the development of national policies (Chile) related to the Information Society and as representative of his country and the Latin American Region he participated in the discussion of regional policies in for a such as e-LAC and the Ministerial Fora of Science and Technology of the Americas and the World Summit of Information Society among others.
Florencio Utreras became Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics of the University of Chile in 1979 and Full Professor in 1992. During that period of his career he was visiting professor of several universities in Europe (Grenoble, Lille, Firenze, Cagliari) and the United States (Miami, UCLA, Texas A&M) and published over 40 papers in his field of specialty. He has served as Member of the Information Sciences Committee of Chile’s National Innovation Fund (FONDEF), as member of the INET Conferences Scientific Committee and Member of the Board of several Internet related companies: CTC Internet, InfoEra S.A., ORION S.A. and PYME21.
Florencio Utreras graduated in Mathematical Engineering from the University of Chile in 1974 and obtained his Doctor of Engineering Degree in Applied Mathematics from the university of grenoble in 1979.