Fernandez, Juan

Havana, Coordinator of the Commission of Electronic Commerce of Cuba; Member of UN ICT Task Force


Juan Fernandez won a Physics Degree from Havana University in 1975, and an MSc in Microelectronics from ISPJAE (the technical university of Havana) in 1983. He worked as a researcher and professor in the Microelectronics Research Centre of Havana Polytechnic Institute from 1976 to 1984. In 1984, he went as Project Manager to EICISOFT, a software enterprise that developed applications in robotics, automation and image processing. In 1993 he was promoted to Technical Director of EICISOFT, task that he kept until 1995. From 1995 to 1996 he was CIO of CITA (Corporation of Information Technologies and Automation) a corporation of more than 20 enterprises. From 1996 to 1998 he was appointed CIO of SIME (Ministry of the Steel, Mechanic and Electronic Industry), an industrial group of more than 200 enterprises, with the task to lead the most ambitious informatization project of a Cuban Ministry. Since 1998 he has been Advisor for the National Directorate of Informatics of Cuba. From January of 1999 he is the Coordinator of the Cuban Commission for Electronic Commerce, the governmental body that designs the Cuban strategy in this field. He has been Advisor in the Ministry of Informatics and Communication since its creation in the year 2000. In 2001 he was elected as member of the United Nations ICT Task Force. He has published more than 15 articles and is a very active lecturer in Cuba and abroad in various topics that include the Management of Big Software Projects, Internet Applications and Electronic Commerce. He has the degree of Senior Researcher of the National Academy of Sciences of Cuba, and has received 9 technical or scientific awards. In 1994 he applied and received a Patent in Image Processing.