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Ministry of Transportation and Communications
Juan Carlos Muñoz
A civil-industrial engineer who graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, with a master’s in industrial engineering and operations research and a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (USA).
Minister Muñoz has had a long academic career, conducting research on transport operations, public transit systems, logistics, and vehicular traffic theory, among other topics.
Before his appointment as minister, he worked as a tenured professor in the Transportation Engineering and Logistics Department at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and as Director of the Centro de Desarrollo Urbano Sustentable, CEDEUS.
He was a member of the expert committee driven by the Transportation and Telecommunications Ministry to suggest improvements to public transit and sat on the board of the Metro de Santiago and Metro Regional de Valparaíso (MERVAL).
He is recognized as an international expert in the field of transportation and mobility. He is the author of the book “Bus Rapid Transit and the Restructuring of Public Transit” (2016) and has published numerous papers in Chilean and international journals.
Cristóbal Pineda Andrade
Undersecretary Pineda is a civil engineer specializing in transportation with a degree from the Universidad de Chile, a master’s in transportation engineering from the same institution, and a master’s in transportation and urban planning from University College London (UK).
In his career he has focused on conducting strategic and tactical transportation studies, addressing areas such as urban planning, sustainable transport, regulatory and territorial analysis, and institutional mobility frameworks. He also has extensive knowledge of strategic and tactical models of urban transit.
For five years, he worked in the Transportation Studies and Business Department of Metro de Santiago, and before his appointment as undersecretary, he was head of the projects office in the Planning Secretariat of the Maipú municipality, where he managed the development of infrastructure, equipment, mobility, and public spaces projects.
Since 2014 he has been teaching classes on urban transportation and urban planning at the Universidad de Chile and the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María.
Claudio Araya San Martín
Undersecretary San Martín is a civil-electronics engineer who graduated from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, with a master’s in information technologies and management from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
He has worked primarily in the telecommunications field and has more than 30 years of experience in developing information technology projects, focusing on new data transmission technologies, information security, and technology infrastructure.
Before being appointed undersecretary, he was a professional consultant to the telecommunications undersecretary’s Telecommunications Development Fund.