Personal profile

Personal profile

My main area of research and practice is the creative use of systems thinking to complex situations. 


I gained a computer science and systems engineering degree from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, my native country.  In Colombia, I also helped run a family business and worked as a software programmer, business analyst and project administrator for 5 years before being awarded a Colfuturo scholarship to study an MA in Management Systems (Systems Thinking) at Hull University's Centre for Systems Studies in the UK.  I was then offered a university full PhD scholarship to carry out my research on systems thinking and ethics applied to information systems. 


At Hull, I was then awarded an ESRC research fellowship to do a post-doctoral consolidation of journal articles, profile networking and guest lecturing on systems thinking, information systems and ethics.  I became a lecturer in management systems at Hull for a number of years.  


After, I moved to Royal Holloway where I have gained extensive leadership and pedagogical experience, whilst striving to keep an adequate work life balance. 



I currently teach a course on creative process management at the undergraduate level that incorporates creativity and systems thinking techniques to explore complex situations in relation to sustainability (food and its waste for example). 


I also teach a postgraduate course on digital innovation where we look at systemic innovation to make sense of existing ideas, case studies and practices about digital transformation.  I support the undergraduate operations management course and annually supervise several Masters students.


PhD Supervision

Supervised PhD students in areas like organisational communication (Wenxian Sun), electronic government (Endrit Kromidha), online distance education (Sulafah Basahel) and cloud computing (Khalid Al Zadjali, co-supervised).


Journal Editorship

Currently associated to the Journal Systems Research and Behavioural Science as an application area editor for systems thinking and social responsibility.  


Systems Thinking Blog 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • Management studies not elsewhere classified
  • Systems thinking
  • Information Systems Innovation
  • Electronic Government
  • Sustainability Management
  • ethics & technology

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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