Fernando Quezada is Executive Director of the Biotechnology Center of Excellence Corporation in Waltham, MA., a private, non-profit organization providing technical assistance and innovation policy guidance to public agencies and universities internationally. These include The Center of Excellence for Polymer Materials and Technologies in Ljubljana, Slovenia; InnovaChile in Santiago, Chile; the US-Mexico Foundation for Science and selected healthcare companies in the US and Spain. He coordinated a regional study for the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) on The Knowledge Economy in Central America. He served on the Advisory Council of the International Association of Science Parks based in Malaga, Spain. He was advisor to the BioBasque agency in Bilbao, Spain; the Basque Country Network of Technology Parks; the University of Ulster Science and Technology Park in Northern Ireland and the Quebec Biotechnology Innovation Center in Quebec. He was appointed to Chile’s National Commission for the Development of Biotechnology by the President of Chile. He served as consultant to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) and the Board on Science and Technology in International Development (BOSTID) National Academy of Sciences.
Mr. Quezada earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Northridge, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, before spending two years at MIT as a Fellow in the Special Program on Urban and Regional Studies. He was a professor at the University of São Paulo in Brazil; the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico and Lesley University, Cambridge, USA. His publications are in the areas of biodiversity, biotechnology commercialization and public policy. He was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to the Board of Trustees at Framingham State University in 2009.