About US

Our Team

U-Planner: High Performance in Higher Education

U-Planner is a Latin American company providing technological solutions and research services, development and consulting for educational institutions. The company headquarters are in Chile, and the company is present in a total of 12 countries to date.

Its vision is to empower Higher Education institutions with innovative technological solutions that allow them to reach high performance levels in compliance with their respective strategic plans. Their commitment is to provide solutions for students, academics and management, generating conditions that lead to a high quality experience. To ensure that result, U-Planner accompanies its clients throughout the digital transformation process to help them achieve their goals.

The multinational company Microsoft named U-Planner a Global Partner of the Year 2017 in Education, for innovating to drive impact and insights for institutions to help students in classrooms of today to create the future of tomorrow. U-Planner is the first Latin American company to be awarded Global Partner in education. Since 2015, the company has sought to improve education, incorporating concepts in Data Science such as Big Data and artificial intelligence, both of which optimize and improve on the educational system, leading to a better quality education for the students, and ultimately better results.


Executive Team

Juan Pablo Mena

CEO - Chief Executive Officer

Juan Pablo is a Civil Engineer graduated from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María and has an MBA from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Santiago, Chile). He has 14 years of experience developing and aiding in the implementation of educational technologies and managing resources at institutions of higher learning in Chile and abroad.

Rodrigo Hernández

VP Sales Chile & Argentina

Rodrigo leads the design team that created U-Planner’s optimization and allocation algorithms. He has a PhD in Mathematics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and vast academic experience, which includes three research projects and more than 25 published articles in prestigious international magazines.

Carolina Arce

VP Sales Mexico, CentAm & the Caribbean

Carolina is a Civil Engineer graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and also has a post graduate degree from Singularity University in California, USA. She has 15 years of experience developing high availability specialized operational software and informatics systems.

Guillermo Guerra

VP LATAM South

Guillermo is an Engineer and has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María and a MBA of Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. For over 15 years he has been managing IT teams of leading education companies and institutions in Chile and Latin America. He created a technology consulting company in Chile which was acquired by a leading Mexican Group in the region, then became partner to establish and develop the subsidiary in Peru.

Cristián Espinoza

VP Sales Colombia

Cristián is a Civil Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an expert in software architecture. He has 17 years of experience in the design and implementation of high availability software.

León Montero

CTO - Chief Technology Officer

León is a Civil Engineer with a Master’s in Business with Information Technologies from the Universidad de Chile. He has six years of experience in the design and redesign of business processes and in the design and implementation of information support systems for business processes within companies.

Sebastián Flores

CDO - Chief Data Officer

Sebastián is Mathematical Civil Engineer from the Universidad Federico Santa María (Chile) and also obtained an Ingénieur Diplômé from l'École Polytechnique (France) and Master of Science in Computer and Mathematical Engineering from Stanford University (USA). He has experience in mathematical modeling, scientific software, data science and machine learning. He has written 6 articles and participated in code of 3 numerical softwares.

Nicolas Elton

COO - Chief Operating Officer

Industrial Engineer with an MSc in Business Engineering, a diploma in Economic Regulation from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile) and in Technological Transfer from the University of Oxford (UK). He has more than 8 years of professional experience in project management, successfully leading more than 20 different projects, both the private and public sectors.

Francisco Sepúlveda

CLO - Chief Legal Officer

Lawyer, PhD and Adv.LLM International Tax Law at Leiden University, the Netherlands; Master in Taxation at the Faculty of Economics, Universidad de Talca, Chile. He is visiting lecturer at the International Tax Center, Leiden and Academic Director of the Master in Taxation, Universidad Mayor, Chile. He has also worked as a tax and commercial advisor for domestic and international companies.

Isabel Sagenmüller Bórquez

CMO - Chief Marketing Officer

Isabel has more than 10 years of experience developing, leading and executing Marketing and Communication strategies at international level (EMEA, US and LATAM). She has worked for B2B organizations in different sectors such as nutrition, logistics and education. She is bilingual in German and Spanish and fluent in English and French.

Sebastián Ríos

CFO - Chief Financial Officer

Sebastián is a Civil Industrial Engineer from the Federico Santa María Technical University with experience in projection and financial management. He has developed a large part of his career in U-Planner, contributing and implementing the areas of Administration, Finance and Management Control.


Department Managers

Andrea Lorenzini

HR Business Manager

Andrea is a Psychologist with a Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology and is currently studying for a Diploma in Human Resources Management specializing in Organizational Development and Leadership. She has 6 years of experience in HR in multinational companies, leading organizational development projects, talent management, recruitment and selection.

José Ignacio Arredondo

Strategic Partnership Manager

José Ignacio is an engineer with a minor in business administration from pontificia universidad católica with a vast experience in the commercial and marketing area of multinational companies, developing markets and customer portfolio, both at national and international level. He has contributed to U-Planner expantion as a Regional Manager for Chile and Argentina, as Regional Partner Manager for LATAM, and currently as a Marketing Manager.

Lucia Gil

Senior Sales Account Manager Argentina

Lucía holds a degree in Social Communication Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). She has 8 years of experience in Communication, Marketing and Commercial. At U-Planner, Lucía is responsible for developing business and strategic alliances in Argentina.


Advisory Board

Claudio Muñoz Zúñiga

Advisor

Claudio Muñoz is an Industrial Civil Engineer from the University of Chile. He joined Telefónica in 1986 (at that time the Telephone Company of Chile) as a Financial Analyst, and held different positions within the company. Since April 2010, he is the President of Telefónica in Chile. His main responsibilities include consolidating Telefónica as an ally of the country, increasing customer satisfaction and contributing to innovation. Claudio is also Director of ICARE, President of Educational Corporation SOFOFA and member of the board of various foundations and organizations in Chile.

Colin Rogers

Advisor

Colin graduated from the Business School of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. He has 36 years of management experience in the areas of marketing, sales and corporate affairs in several companies such as Chiletabacos (BAT), Megavisión (TV), Carozzi (food) and Banco Santander. He was general manager of the Cousiño Macul winery and of El Golf Club 50. He was a member of the board of directors of the Prince of Wales Country Club for ten years and chairman of the board for three of those ten years. He is currently a director of two medium-sized companies. From 2006 to 2010, Colin gained academic experience as Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez.

Jorge Yutronic

Advisor

Jorge is an international consultant in science, technology, innovation and competency management. He mainly works for governments, companies and universities in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Panama and El Salvador. He has also worked for international organizations such as BID, OECD, UNESCO and PNUD. He is an expert in University Management and Innovation.

Jorge Rojas

Advisor

Jorge holds degrees in Law from the University of Chile, and in Accounting from the University of Concepcion. He has earned a Master’s Degree (LLM) from UC Davis Law School, and has a doctoral degree (JSD) from UC Berkeley Law School. He is a Minister at the Chilean Tribunal de Propiedad Industrial, a fellow Researcher at the UC Davis Center for Sciences and Innovation Studies, and a Mentor at the UC Davis Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His research and professional work focuses on university research management, international intellectual property and technology transfer, internationalization of research and graduate programs at higher education institutions.


Consultants

Wilibaldo Bravo

Senior Consultant

Wilibaldo is a Civil Engineer graduated from the Universidad de Concepción, Chile and has his MBA from Esade in Barcelona, Spain. He has fifteen years of experience implementing information technology in a variety of institutions and leading software development teams.