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Forcibly displaced as a child in Colombia, today Miguel’s career in Canada and worldwide spans almost a decade across international relations, social impact and advocacy. His ability to convene and drive dialogues has led him to speak at TEDx (Vancouver), the World Economic Forum (Davos), and alongside UNGA (New York), among other fora both in Canada and elsewhere.

As a social entrepreneur, he has founded/co-founded two initiatives. IdeasXChange, which incorporated as a youth social innovation non-profit in Vancouver, Canada, and as co-chair the Davos Lab, a global campaign that reached 2 million people in 100+ countries to shape a more inclusive recovery.

Miguel is currently based in Washington DC with the Global Environment Facility of the World Bank supporting climate adaption for developing countries. Well-versed in policy, his experience includes foreign policy at Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Global Affairs Canada), the United Nations Development Program (Colombia), along with stints in Silicon Valley, BC’s Ministry of Health and the US Consulate-General Vancouver.

Miguel currently serves as a member of the WEF Global Shapers Advisory Council and as a Strategic Advisor to the Canadian International Council (Vancouver). In previous years, he was selected to represent Canada at the G7 Youth Summit (Y7) in Italy, as an UNLEASH global talent in Singapore and as a Climate Reality fellow in the US.

He speaks English and Spanish fluently, along with intermediate German and French. Miguel is always happy to connect, mentor, and drive collective action to scale impact and change. Below are some of his latest accomplishments/pieces:

Public Speaking + Reflection Pieces

Miguel 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 this form.

Check out Miguel’s blog + analysis pieces HERE – more to come! To contact Miguel, please follow this link.


Passionate about social and environmental causes, Miguel enjoys dedicating his time to community and volunteering. A proud member of the Global Shapers community, he’s also volunteered extensively through the Rotaract foundation and independently through social work, working closely with marginalized folks in Northern British Columbia, along with K-12 and ESL tutoring. Miguel also volunteered hundreds of hours by mobilizing youth to launch what would later become the non-profit IdeasXChange.



  • 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


  • 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 2017 via Minecraft EDU.
  • Secured grants through speaker engagements, community building
  • Check out his reflection piece on the pilot project

In addition to TEDx and speaking at global fora at the World Economic Forum in Davos and alongside the UN General Assembly with the FII Institute, Miguel also enjoys speaking with various audiences, notably on human rights, immigration, youth, social innovation, and public policy. Here are some examples:

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

rotary_logoGuest Speaker. Rotary Clubs in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Ladner, Richmond – British Columbia (2015 – Present)

    • Delivered various talks over the years sharing story as a former refugee and moral argument to accept forcibly displaced migrants

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 (2015-17)

  • 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, development, sustainability, social innovation and human rights.


Founder, mobilizer, youth engagement and policy advocate


Fluent in English and Spanish, intermediate German and French

Policy and Global Affairs

Years of experience in government and the non-profit space


International Relations, Political Science, Economics

Public Speaking

TEDx speaker, motivational talks, advocacy