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On the lighter side of things , we ask the industry experts what makes them tick . . . .

. . . GET TO KNOW . . .

Paola Bonilla , Executive Director , CRC Colombia

wWhat would you describe as your most memorable achievement ?

A significant one was returning to the CRC as commissioner . Since I stopped working there in 2014 , I have always had the challenge of returning to another position . To have achieved it in 2020 , through a competition based on merit , is one of my main accomplishments , as it was something I worked on for several years .
What first made you think of a career in technology ?
I believe that the main task of a leader , regardless of hierarchical level , has to do with trust and building strong and aligned work teams .
What style of management philosophy do you employ in your current position ?
Although I studied Economics , I was involved in a science club and a Colombian project called Gobierno Escolar . Since then , I have been passionate about subjects that have to do with technology and science .
At the National Planning Department , I was in charge of developing innovation projects based on Big Data as an input for the construction of public policies . For this , I co-ordinated the Data Scientist Unit at DNP , the first technical team in the public sector that applied and promoted the use of data for public policy decisionmaking in Colombia .
I believe that the main task of a leader , regardless of hierarchical level , has to do with trust and building strong and aligned work teams . With that in mind , I always try to build up teams that work in an articulated and co-ordinated way , with clear objectives and a clear horizon .
What do you think is the current hot technology conversation topic ?
Crises , such as the COVID-19 pandemic , have led regulators in several countries to issue measures that
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