Carolina Santacruz-Perez

Science Officer, Regional Focal Point for the Latin American and Caribbean Region

Carolina Santacruz-Perez has developed projects as a scientist since 2002 in the only particle accelerator ring in Latin America.

A specialist in Biotechnology and Nanotechnology with Ph.D. in Biophysics, she has a multidisciplinary background that includes the areas of Microbiology, Protein Crystallography, Biochemistry, Molecular / Cellular / Structural Biology, Photochemistry and Bioinformatics.

She is an ambassador of the WEF network (Women Economic Forum – Colombia); Mentor in the “Leading Women in STEAM” program in Mexico; Member of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWDS – Internationalization Committee); belongs to the International Network of SDG Promoters, and to the WAI Network – Women in Alternative Investments. She is also part of the Tech4DRR group inside Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). She was recently appointed as Colombia Country Chair, Innovation & Technology of the G100 group.

She received scholarships in Brazil from TWAS, CNPq, CAPES, FAPESP and from the Center for Biomembrane Research at Stockholm University. She managed the implementation of the quality program in food companies such as GDS (Brazil), and served as Scientific Advisor to the Research Support Foundation of the State of São Paulo (FAPESP) and to SENACYT in Panama.

She is a reviewer for the international journal PLoS ONE and IntechOpen. Solid experience in Research, Project Analysis, Academic Teaching, Project-based learning and Scientific Communication. She is the winner of the 2013 edition: “Award for Recognition of Latin American Highlights in São Paulo – Category: Science and Technology”.

She is the Founder of BRAINS, a company that developed a scientific and technological program for international schools in Brazil and Asia, focused on STEAM principles, the use of FabLabs and children’s entrepreneurship. She speaks 4 languages.


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