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  • Ricardo Mejia

    Strategic Product Designer, Project Manager, Industrial Desi...

    Bogota, Colombia

I am an autonomous Industrial & Strategic visual-design thinker with more than ten years of experience using various types of strategic, creative, product-design, experience-design, and user-research techniques. I appreciate my own aptitude to manage complex problems in research & vision, strategy & concept, design & development and planning & management of products, spaces, services and strategies, with special interest in the creation of a culture of design.

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Work History

Formal Education (MSc.) Master of Science in Strategic Product Design Automotive (Strategic Design) Specialisation Delft University of Technology. 2007 – 2009. Full scholarship supported by the Program Alßan Delft, the Netherlands. (Postgraduate MSc.) Master of Science in Project Management Universidad Distrital FJC. 2001 – 2002. Part scholarship. Bogotá, Colombia. (BSc. 5 years) Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Universidad Distrital FJC. 1992 – 2000. Bogotá, Colombia. (BA 5 years) Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design Universidad Nacional de Colombia. 1994 – 1999. Part scholarship. Bogotá, Colombia. Work Experience . Entrepreneurial & freelance activity. Designer & social innovation consultant (founding member). Help Manuel foundation. NGO that provides advice and consultancy in sustainable new product development processes for the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) communities. Delft, the Netherlands. 2008 - present. Design+i advisor of the BCC. Bogota Chamber of Commerce. The BCC brings formality to economic activity, strengthens business development, ensures public access and legal effect to organization´s relevant information and contributes to a better quality of life in Bogota and the region. http://www.ccb.org.co. Bogotá, Colombia. 2010 - 2011. Designer & engineer (associated). Urbanimal made by humans Ltda. Organization dedicated to develop interior design projects to export to USA. Bogotá, Colombia. 2005 – 2007. Designer (founding member). Prospekt Design. Agency devoted to create, design, develop and manufacture products and interactive scenarios. Bogotá, Colombia. 1999 – 2005. Social Entrepreneurship. Consulting, inspecting and auditing services. Professional freelance. Bogotá, Colombia. 1999 – 2005. . Work experience in industries, design agencies, large projects and the government. R&D+i advisor of the MCIT. Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Colombia. MCIT is the national executive ministry of the Government of Colombia concerned with promoting economic growth though trade, tourism and industrial growth. www.mincomercio.gov.co. Bogotá, Colombia. 2011 - present. Industrial & Strategic Designer (intern). MOTIO Development. Awarded design studio that works in the field of transportation and product design. www.motio.nl. Eindhoven, the Netherlands. 2009. Strategic Designer & Innovation Consultant (intern). IDOM. IDOM Innova is the Innovation and Technological Development department that regulates all the know-how, technical and management skills of IDOM in the area of innovation and R&D. www.idom.com. Barcelona, Spain. 2008. Research & Development Director. Kassani Design S.A. Industry devoted to design, develop, manufacture and install furniture for public and private spaces. www.kassani.com. Bogotá, Colombia. 2004 – 2005. Industrial Designer. DIES Industrial Design. Bogotá, Colombia. 1999 – 2000. Design Consultant. AEI Design Administration. Bogotá, Colombia. 1999 – 2000. . Teaching Designer, researcher, consultant & teacher in social innovation & mobility in BoP Mk. Universidad de los Andes. Department of Design. Responsible to coach students in Design, including topics like: Products & Visual Culture, Innovation and Sustainability and Product Communication. www.uniandes.edu.co. Bogotá, Colombia. 2005 – 2007 and 2010 – present. Associate teacher part time. Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Faculty of Arts. www.unal.edu.co. Bogotá, Colombia, 2001 – 2002. Palmira, Colombia, Full time 2010. & Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. Industrial Engineering Department. www.udistrital.edu.co. Bogotá, Colombia, 2000 – 2001. Professor & researcher. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Department of Industrial Design. Coordination of emphasis in "technology & innovation". Manager of the area of professional services. Researcher in technology and R&D + innovation. Lecturer and teacher in different fields. www.javeriana.edu.co. Bogotá, Colombia. Part time 2001 – 2002 and 2004 – 2007 and full time 2002 - 2004. Acknowledgments & Awards Finalist "Hybrid Tuk Tuk battle" team Maqina. ENVIU Innovation in sustainability www.enviu.nl. Delft, The Netherlands and New Delhi, India 2009. Graduated with honours (Cum Laude) MSc. Strategic Product Design TUDelft. The Netherlands 2009. Creative facilitator. 11 Mostra Internazionale di Architettura. La Biennale di Venezia. Venice, Italy. 2008. Full scholarship supported by the Program Alßan (The European Union Program of High Level Scholarships for Latin America) for MSc. TU Delft. The Netherlands. European Union. 2007 - 2009. Jury in 3rd academic award of design PAD 2006 Product Development category. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Bogotá, Colombia 2006. Finalist "VIII Lapiz de Acero 2005" competition in the furniture category (Food court) & Second prize in "VII Lapiz de Acero 2004" competition in the concept category (Sonorama). Magazine of "Proyecto Diseño" Bogotá. Colombia 2005 & 2004. Finalist the 15th Photography Exhibition. Museo de Arte Moderno Tolima. Colombia 2005. First prize in the 3rd international competition of ideas +A "ways of seeing in cement" in the industrial design category. Magazine of Architecture and Design +A and Cemex of Colombia-Mexico 2003. Part scholarship supported by the National University (BA) & Distrital University (MSc). Bogotá, Colombia. 1994 – 2002. KEY SKILLS: Lateral-thinker, leadership, visual-thinker, innovator, team-worker, creative, social entrepreneur. PERSONAL AND PROFESIONAL INTERESTS: Theatre, design, photography, arts, dogs, future-scenarios, swimming, trips & trekking. LANGUAGES: English & Spanish (mother tongue). ----- Javier Ricardo Mejía S. Asesor en I+D+i del Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo de Colombia. R&D+i advisor of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Colombia. Strategic Product Designer (MSc. hons-TUDelft) Project Manager, Industrial Designer (BA) and Industrial Engineer (BSc.) jmejia@mincomercio.gov.co, jrmejias@gmail.com, ricardo@helpmanuel.org M (+57) 3004148547, P. (+571) 6067676 Ext. 2842 MCIT Calle 28 No 13a – 15 4th floor Bta Colombia SA Blog http://jrms.pktweb.com/ - Web http://helpmanuel.org/ LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/ricardomejia - Skype Javier.ricardo - Facebook J. Ricardo Mejia Messenger jrmejias75@hotmail.com - Twitter @jrmejias75


Delft University



ALADI. Latin-American Association of Industrial Design / Latin America.


Creative facilitator. 11 Mostra Internazionale di Architettura. Venice, Italy. 2008. Full scholarship supported by the Program Alßan First prize in the 3rd international competition of ideas +A "ways of seeing in cement". Magazine of Architecture and Design +A and Cemex of Colombia-Mexico 2003.