9/22/2022 Fall ’22 Designer in Residence: Karen Proctor, Improv Lab

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.

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