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Miguel A Rozo is a public policy advocate, entrepreneur, and TEDx speaker based in Canada. He is a former internally displaced (IDP) refugee from Colombia passionate about about global affairs, sustainability, and human rights.

Miguel is the founder of IdeasXChange, a volunteer-driven NGO that mobilizes youth and the community through forums and leadership training at UBC and Vancouver. IDX has mobilized over 1,000 youth since 2015 and engaged numerous industry and community leaders as speakers, sponsors, and partners.

His background also includes over 2 years of policy analysis experience spanning across terms at the U.S. Consulate-General Vancouver, the B.C. Ministry of Health, and consulting research in Silicon Valley. He has lived in various countries and speaks English/Spanish fluently along with intermediate German and French.

Miguel holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia in International Relations and has delivered a number of speaker engagements on migration, youth, social innovation, and policy, including a TEDx talk on forced migration. To book Miguel for a speaker engagement, please fill out the following form.

He is active with the Rotary foundation, serving as the past president of the Rotaract Club of Vancouver (2015-16) and recently,  by helping to steer a pilot project to promote coding classes for vulnerable children in Colombia. You can read more about it here.

Miguel is also a proud member of the Global Shapers community, a youth leadership initiative of the World Economic Forum, and one of four Canadians chosen to attend the 2017 G7 Youth Summit (Y7) in Italy. Check out his reflection piece as a Young Diplomats of Canada delegate to the Y7.

Check out his blog to read his other thought pieces.

Aspirations and Opportunities

Miguel aspires to work with governments and international agencies, along with the private sector and advocacy groups to address local and global pressing public policy issues. To contact Miguel, please follow this link.

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Miguel A. Rozo’s diverse work experience has provided him with a multitude of skill sets that can be applied to a number of industries.

Miguel A. Rozo's diverse work experience has provided him with a multitude of skill sets that can be applied to a number of industries.

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SOCIAL INNOVATION / ENTREPRENEURSHIP      

FOUNDER, LEAD ADVISOR – IDEASXCHANGE

Vancouver, Canada | Jan 2015 – Present

  • Founded social innovation hub that provides leadership training for youth
  • Plan/moderate panel discussions with influencers, co-founded magazine
  • Led team of 10+ volunteers, mobilized 1,000+ attendees, engaged 40+ influential speakers, secured over $7,000 in grants
  • Stakeholder engagement with business, government, and academia

ADVOCACY / NEGOTIATION 

CANADIAN DELEGATE – G7 YOUTH SUMMIT (YS) – SPONSORED BY THE YOUNG DIPLOMATS OF CANADA
Rome, Italy | May 2017

  • Selected as one of four delegates to represent Canada at the G7 YS
  • Successfully negotiated recommendations, advocated for Canada’s youth
  • Presented recommendations on the Future of Work and Welfare Systems to the G7 Sherpa to the Italian PM (in Rome) and Global Affairs Canada

RESEARCH / POLICY ANALYSIS

RESEARCH & POLICY ANALYST – BRITISH COLUMBIA MINISTRY OF HEALTH (UBC CO-OP TERM)

Victoria, Canada | Sept 2011 – June 2012

  • Research/analysis on best practices to improve BC surgical wait times
  • Reports, literature reviews, briefing notes, action plans, data retrieval
  • Reported findings to director, branch, presented policy recommendations

 

EXECUTIVE POLITICAL & ECONOMIC INTERN – UNITED STATES CONSULATE-GENERAL (UBC CO-OP TERM)

Vancouver, Canada | June – September 2011

  • Research on bilateral issues (e.g. energy sector, BC/Yukon politics)
  • Media monitoring, briefing notes, diplomatic cables, research, reports
  • Reported to Deputy Consul-General and Political/Economic Officer

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANT – ILLUMINATE CONSULTING GROUP (UBC CO-OP TERM)

San Francisco Bay Area, USA | January – April 2014

  • Analytical research and data analysis on global higher education
  • Cost of living estimates, capture/analyze data, policy research
  • Developed the research methodology, conducted research, analysis

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANT – FORT LANGLEY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE (FSWEP) – 2 TERMS

Langley, Canada | June – August 2009 | May – September 2010

  • 2010: Historical research on the settlement of Stó:lō and Dakelh lands
  • 2010: Produced reports on the above for heritage interpretation
  • 2009: Conducted research to audit external cooperating association

ADMINISTRATION 

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – UNIVERSITY NEIGHBOURHOODS ASSOCIATION

Vancouver, Canada | May 2016 – October 2017

  • The UNA provides municipal services to residents of the University of BC
  • Municipal-style tasks: issuing permits, answering residential inquiries
  • Assist Executive Director with administration and communications

 

SOCIAL WORK

SUPPORT WORKER – BROADWAY HOMELESS SHELTER

Smithers, Canada | June – August 2013

  • Support worker for marginalized groups in rural, Northern BC
  • Preparing meals, bed checks, miscellaneous tasks, database entry
SEE MIGUEL'S CV

logo_ubcBachelor of Arts, International Relations. University of British Columbia. Vancouver, Canada (2009-15)

  • Specialization: Diplomacy, Peace, and Security Studies. Minor in Political Science
  • Courses: Political Science, History, Economics, Geography, Languages
  • Student Clubs: AIESEC, Model United Nations (UN), Rotaract
  • CERTIFICATE: UBC Summer Institute for Future Legislators. Six-week course on parliamentary procedures, media training, and constituency affairs with a parliamentary simulation at the BC Legislative Assembly.

ufv_logo General Studies, Faculty of Arts. University of the Fraser Valley. Abbotsford, Canada (2008-09)

  • General studies in Political Science, History, Economics and Sociology

kantiwil Rotary Youth Exchange Student. Kantonsschule Wil, Wil, Switzerland (2007-08)

  • Chosen by Rotary Club as an ambassador of goodwill to study abroad
  • Attended Swiss high school, learned German, integrated in local culture

French Intensive Courses

  • University Laval, Quebec, Canada (5 weeks – 2010)
  • Alliance Française, Lyon, France (4 weeks – 2012)

sas_logo High School Diploma. Salmon Arm Secondary (2007), Salmon Arm, Canada

  • Graduated in the top 5% of the class
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Passionate about social and environmental causes, Miguel enjoys dedicating his time to community and volunteering.

He was the 2015-16 President of the Rotaract Club of Vancouver, a youth charity organization sponsored by the Rotary Club of Vancouver. He has worked and volunteered in several other capacities, including social work in Northern BC, K-12 and ESL tutoring. Miguel has also volunteered hundreds of hours mobilizing people, particularly youth, and fostering the growth of the social innovation hub, IdeasXChange.


LEADERSHIP / COMMUNITY / SOCIAL IMPACT

PRESIDENT (2015-16) – ROTARACT CLUB OF VANCOUVER

Vancouver, Canada | September 2012 – May 2016

  • Former member of the youth arm of the club Rotary Club of Vancouver
  • Chaired a service club of 80 members, board of directors meetings, supported charity projects/fundraisers, engaged community partners

MEMBER – GLOBAL SHAPERS COMMUNITY

Vancouver, Canada | October 2016 – Present

  • Member of Global Shapers, an initiative backed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) comprised of emerging leaders local and global leaders
  • Volunteer with members to promote discussions on local/global issues

Check out his reflection piece on the G7 Youth Consultation on the Jobs of the Future hosted by the Montreal chapter of Global Shapers by following this link.


INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT / FUNDRAISING

PROJECT LEAD – STEM EDUCATION PROJECT IN COLOMBIA

Vancouver, Canada | Bogota, Colombia | June 2016 – Present

  • Fostered partnership with grassroots organization and Rotary Clubs in Colombia and Canada to deliver STEM (robotics/engineering) classes to 10 vulnerable children from April-August 2017via Minecraft EDU
  • Secured $5,000 in grants through speaker engagements, networking

Check out his reflection piece on this pilot project that Miguel helped to steer by following this link.

Miguel has given various speaker engagements since on various themes, notably on immigration, youth, social innovation, and public policy.

tedx_logoTEDx Speaker. Terry Project, UBC. Vancouver, Canada (2015)

  • Spoke to an audience of 400 people on forced migration
  • Shared personal story as former refugee and crafted a socio-economic argument for nations to accept displaced civilians
  • See Miguel’s TEDx talk here

logo_ubcKeynote Speaker. UBC Impact LabUniversity of British Columbia. Vancouver, Canada (2015)

  • Shared with university students the importance of appreciating multiple perspectives to address the world’s pressing issues
  • Spoke on personal journey as a social entrepreneur to motivate students to pursue their passion
  • More information here

rotary_logoGuest Speaker. Rotary Club of Ladner. Delta, Canada (2015)

  • Shared with Rotarians personal journey as a former refugee
  • Explained how high income countries stand to benefit by accepting migrants displaced by forced migration
  • More information here.

Miguel has spoken at various other Rotary clubs in Canada sharing his journey as an internally displaced refugee, as a young member of the Rotary family, and to seek support for what would lead to the 2017 pilot project to support computer literacy classes in Colombia.

rcmpConference Speaker. YES2 2kNow Conference. RCMP D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). Richmond, Canada (2016)

  • Shared with grade 7 students personal journey as a former refugee and migrant through a motivational talk
  • Spoke on how obstacles in life can become assets through analogies and personal experience
  • More information here.

logo_ubcashoka_logoWorkshop Assistant. UBC Changemaker Showcase. Ashoka Foudation, Canada. Vancouver, Canada (2015)

  • Assisted the Director of the Ashoka Foundation, Canada in the “Changemaker 101” workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs and changemakers
  • Shared personal story of founding IdeasXChange and raising awareness about environmental issues
  • More information here.

Speaker, Panel Moderator. IdeasXChange Hub. IdeasXChange. Vancouver, Canada (2015/2016)

  • Provided opening and closing statements at over 12 interactive workshops and panel discussions
  • Introduced influential community, policy, and academic leaders
  • Moderated a wide range of panels on environmental, sustainabiliy, social, economic, and policy themes
  • More information on themes here. For videos, follow this link

Miguel has moderated various panel discussions on a wide range of local and global public policy issues.

Knowledge & Expertise

Global affairs, international development, sustainability, and human rights.

Leadership

Founder of IdeasXChange; former President of youth service club sponsored by Rotary

Multilingual

Fluent in English and Spanish, intermediate German and French

Policy Analysis & Research

Experience in government, non-government, and consulting settings

Education

International Relations, Political Science, Economics

Public Speaking

TEDx speaker, motivational talks, advocacy