Kiko Suarez

Dr. Juan “Kiko” Suarez likes to be described as a global citizen. Currently a permanent resident in the US, he was born in Europe (Spain), and brings a unique blend of global experience in marketing and communications, corporate responsibility, information technology and strategic philanthropy.

He has served in leadership positions in two global Fortune 500 companies, including CEMEX, the world’s largest building materials supplier, as global Director of Public Affairs; and DuPont as Director of Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Dr. Suarez has represented his employers in delicate international transactions and before governments and organizations such as the United Nations, European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Dr. Suarez, who likes to be addressed as Kiko, has a depth of entrepreneurial experience including being owner and CEO of two of his own startup companies as well as Chief Marketing Officer and President East Coast for a WiMax startup six years ago.

Due to his passion for education and creating shared value, he is now Vice President of Communications and Innovation for Lumina Foundation, the largest private foundation with the national goal of raising the percentage of Americans with quality post-secondary credentials to 60%. Suarez has earned a doctoral degree in Leadership and Change with a dissertation on the topic of the role of wisdom in organizations and innovation processes.

Suarez delivers commencement speech at National Louis University, Illinois Campus, June 20, 2015
Dr. Kiko Suarez delivers Ideagen Talk "Data for Good" - June 16, 2015

In an increasingly complex world, leaders can cultivate wisdom as a tool for decision making. Read Dr. Suarez's op-ed at FoxNews.com

Eight dimensions of wise design that could change everything
Eight dimensions of wise design that could change everything
November 18, 2014

The world is changing fast and we live in turbulent times, accelerated by the speed of technological change and rampant complexity. It seems like society has chosen to walk the Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom hierarchy in reverse, in search for answers in a sea of big data. Revolutions and recessions have caused analysts and policymakers to accept a “new normal” where many suffer the consequences of increasingly more difficult conditions of living. Bringing wisdom back to the center of our societal development, by focusing on 8 wisdom-centered design principles, could result in a better redefinition of our human condition and structures of living.