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José Ramón Valente

Chairman of the Board

José Ramón Valente is the former Chilean Minister of Economy. Founder of Econsult, asset management firm with over 30 years of experience. For the last two decades, Valente has been an active leader in the design of public policy, macroeconomic issues and financial markets for the country. Board member of various companies, among them: Cementos Bío Bío S.A., Indura S.A., Transelec S.A., Soprole S.A., Telefónica Chile S.A., and the multinational Brookfield Property Partners. He complements this experience with an interest in academia and the social sector, while participating on the boards of the Alter Ego Foundation and Universidad del Desarrollo.
Valente has an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Universidad de Chile.

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Cleve Lightfoot

BHP Board Member - Vice chairman of the Board

Cleve Gary Lightfoot studied Metallurgical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and arrived in Chile in 1999 to participate in a technological partnership formed between Codelco and BHP Billiton. He is the Director of the Advanced Mining Technology Center at the Universidad de Chile, Partner and former Director of the Institute of Complex Systems of Valparaíso and was Director of the Copper-4-Energy company. He currently serves as Head of Innovation, BHP.

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Carolina Torrealba Ruiz-Tagle

State of Chile Board Member

Carolina Torrealba is Chile's first Undersecretary of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, since December 2018. She is biologist, the holder of a doctorate in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an executive director of the Iniciativa Científica Milenio.
Up to April 2018, she was a member of the steering committee of the Fundación Ciencia & Vida; an institute devoted to scientific research and scientific-based entrepreneurship where she was in charge of programs aimed at strengthening research and international scientific networks. In addition to this, Carolina has led research into the history of science and she also founded and administered the institute’s scientific editorial publications.

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Mariano Pola

BHP Board Member

He is a Civil Electrical Engineer from the Universidad de Chile with a degree in Business Administration from the same university. Mariano Pola has specialized in the development of technological products in countries such as Chile, Brazil, and Taiwan. He is the Co-founder, Partner, and Director of Empresas Electrónicas Micrológica S.A., a leading company in the design, development, execution, installation, and operation of M2M telematics applications for sectors such as finance, health, energy, mining, industry, transportation, and retail. Mariano Pola is also an academic at the Engineering School of the Universidad de Chile, director of technology companies such as Debtcontrol S.A., Livebtusglobal S.A., Telediagnósticos SpA, Reciclajes Industriales S.A., and MAP Energy SpA, Advisor to the Chamber of Commerce of Santiago, Director of the Business Training Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Santiago, and member of the Business Advisory Council of the School of Computer Science of the DUOC.

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Claudia Peirano

BHP Board Member

Claudia holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Georgetown University. She is a specialist in public policy and education. Executive Director of Grupo Educativo and research associate at the Microdata Center of the Universidad de Chile. She is also a member of the National Council for Technical Education. Claudia Peirano is part of the management team of the Teaching Excellence Accreditation Program (Programa de Acreditación de Excelencia Pedagógica - AEP) and is a member of the Academic Board of the INICIA Program.

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Mariana Aylwin

State of Chile Board Member

Mariana Aylwin is a Professor of History at Universidad Católica de Chile (1976). She taught high school students and administered the Centro de Estudios Laborales Alberto Hurtado. A member of congress from 1994 to 1998 and Minister of Education during the presidency of Ricardo Lagos between 2000 and 2003, she then continued with her professional career in education as the Leader of Fundación Oportunidad and President of the Council for Quality Certification at Fundación Chile. She is also a member of the Evaluation Committee of Preal (Program aimed at Promoting Educational Reform in Latin America and the Caribbean), among others. Currently administering the Educational Program Aprender, she is also an Academic Councilor of Inacap and a member of the board of the digital newspaper El Dínamo. She has taken part in several different publications on the history of Chile, the Spanish transition to democracy and educational policies.

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Bernardita Méndez

BHP Board Member

President of the Fundación Ciencia y Vida. BS and MS in Biology from the Universidad de Chile, Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica with a joint thesis with the University of California, San Francisco, and postdoctoral training in the department of Biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, she is a board member in several profit and non-profit organizations and academic institutions of the Faculty of Biological Sciences of the Pontificia Universidad Católica and the Doctoral Program in Biotechnology of the Universidad Andrés Bello.

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Santiago Montt

BHP Board Member

Santiago Montt is an attorney from Universidad de Chile and has worked in BHP since 2011. In 2019 he joined the board of Fundación Chile as representative of the Australian firm where he is currently Vice-president for Corporate Affairs, American Operations. At BHP, he was also the Legal Vice-president of Copper (nowadays Minerals America) and Brazil. His career began as a solicitor and attorney in the law firm of Montt & Cia. in Chile and in Weil Gotshal in New York. He also headed the Center for Regulations and Competition of the Faculty of Law at Universidad de Chile. The author of The Public Domain (LexisNexis, Santiago, 2002), State Liability in Investment Treaty Arbitration (Hart, Oxford, 2009), he has also published different articles on arbitration, administrative law and regulations.

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Pablo Terrazas

State of Chile Board Member

Pablo Terrazas received his Law Degree from Universidad de Los Andes and his Masters Degree in Environmental Law from Universidad del Desarrollo. Prior to serving as Corfo's Executive Vice President, he served as Under Secretary of Mining. During President Sebastián Piñera's first term, Terrazas served as chief of staff of the Undersecretary of Regional Development (2010-2011), and during the term of former Minister Andrés Chadwick (2011-2012) he served as chief of staff of the Ministry General Secretariat of Government, where he also collaborated as head of advisors at the Ministry of Internal Affairs (2012-2014).

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Pablo Allard

State of Chile Board Member

Pablo Allard is Dean at the Faculty of Architecture and Arts at Universidad Del Desarrollo, Chile and the 2018-19 Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is Principal at Allard & Partners and Nueva Via Consultants. In partnership with Pritzker awardee Alejandro Aravena, in 1999 Allard co-founded the "Do-Tank" ELEMENTAL focused on applied innovation for social housing and urban design. After the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Chile in 2010, he left ELEMENTAL to serve as National Urban Reconstruction Coordinator at the Chilean Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, leading the recovery master plans of more than 150 Chilean cities and towns. Allard is an Architect and Master of Architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design and a Doctor of Design Studies Degrees at the Harvard GSD.

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Cristóbal Undurraga

Director BHP

Cristóbal Undurraga is the CEO of Aguamarina, a Chilean industrial biotechnology company and partner of Ekonométrica, an investment firm focused on companies with high growth potential. He has worked in the Chilean government (2010 - 2014) as executive director of InnovaChile, creating the entrepreneurship management of Corfo and as general coordinator of the Year of Innovation. Previously, he worked in clean technology development at Calera Corporation (California) and Extend Comunicaciones. He is a civil engineer from the Catholic University, and an MBA from Stanford University.