Jorge Jara is Executive Director of EMBARQ’s Center for Sustainable Transport and Health in the Andean Region (CTSS-Andino), based in Arequipa, Peru.
Prior to joining EMBARQ, Mr. Jara spent more than 22 years as an international executive for the United Nations, where he was in charge of designing, negotiating, executing, evaluating and reprogramming the role of UNICEF in promoting sustainable human development with a focus on health and poverty reduction programs in Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia and the Dominican Republic with the aim of successfully achieving the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.
Mr. Jara has served as Manager of Regional Strengthening and Manager of Transfer and Accreditation for the National Council for Decentralization of Peru (CND), the organization responsible for public sector decentralization efforts in Peru. Additionally, Mr. Jara was an advisor to the top management of the National Institute of Planning of Peru from 1973 to 1978, where he was responsible for designing Regional and Sectoral Development Plans; and to the Municipality of Lima, Peru, where he designed the Policy Guidelines for Development of Metropolitan Lima.
Mr. Jara also worked as Teaching Professor at the Pacific University and the University of San Marcos in Peru, as well as Research Lead at the Faculty of Economics in the University of Chile.
Mr. Jara, an economist specialized in regional/territorial planning and management, earned his master’s in planning and development from the University of Chile.