General Director, Departamento Nacional de Planeación
Simón Gaviria is an economist from the University of Pennsylvania specializing in mathematics, econometrics, and political sciences. Simón has written an award-winning thesis about pension reform. He served as a director of the Colombian Liberal Party. He was elected as member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia during two consecutive terms. In his early career, he worked as a financial analyst at J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Finance in New York. Since August 2014, he has been the general director of the Departamento Nacional de Planeación (DNP) of Colombia.
As general director of the DNP, he has been a firm promoter of the widespread use of technologies to improve the government processes, reduce the social gaps, and increase productivity. He led the National Development Plan 2014 – 2018 “Todos por un Nuevo País”, where the national government´s commitment to the design and implementation of a national Big Data strategy, led by DNP, was established. With this strategy, he sees the opportunity to optimize the use of public funds and generate a greater impact in society through public policies.