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As a consultant in innovation and bioeconomy, Juan has collaborated with Colombia's National Planning Department (DNP) and the FAO. He has been involved in biotechnology projects funded by donors such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the USDA, at institutions like the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). In his role as advisor to Colombia's Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, he led the implementation of the Bioeconomy Mission. He holds a master’s in biotechnology and is pursuing a postgraduate diploma in State, Public Policy, and Development. Additionally, he has been recognized as one of the young leaders in biotechnology in Latin America by Allbiotech..


Contact: Juan.martinez[at]


Publications and activities

Vargas-Carpintero, R., Romero-Perdomo, F., Martínez, J.F., et al. (2023). A review of the knowledge base for the development of natural ingredients value chains for a sustainable biobased economy in Colombia. Discov Sustain, 4, 33.

Trigo, E., Chavarria, H., Pray, C., Smyth, S.J., Torroba, A., Wesseler, J., Zilberman, D., & Martinez, J. (2023). The Bioeconomy and Food Systems Transformation. Sustainability, 15, 6101.

Chavarría, H., Torroba, A., Martínez, J.F., & Rodríguez, A. (2021). Sustainable use of biomass. In The Outlook for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Americas: A Perspective on Latin America and the Caribbean 2021-2022. ELAC, FAO, IICA


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