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Miguel A Rozo is a Canadian-based policy advisor and social entrepreneur passionate about lots of things including climate action, global affairs and innovation. He has called Canada home for many years after being forcibly displaced from Colombia with his family at age 11.

He is currently a proud civil servant, working as a Policy Advisor at the Department of Global Affairs Canada with experience spanning across the United Nations (Colombia), the B.C. Ministry of Health (Canada) and consulting research (Silicon Valley). A passion for systems thinking led him to launch a youth engagement non-profit organization (IdeasXChange) where he served as its founding Executive Director from 2015-18 to foster interdisciplinary learning, co-creation and community building. During his tenure, IDX mobilized over 1,500 youth and engaged dozens of British Columbia thought leaders on a variety of social, economic and environmental topics.

Miguel is a TEDx speaker, part of the four-person Canadian delegation to the G7 youth summit (Y7) in Italy, an UNLEASH global talent (Singapore, 2018), a Climate Reality leader, and the project co-lead for a STEM literacy project with the Rotary foundation that offered coding classes for vulnerable children in Colombia.

He holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia in International Relations and speaks fluent English/Spanish and intermediate German/French. Miguel is a proud and active member of the Global Shapers Community, an under 33 initiative of the World Economic Forum. Here 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

Miguel has given various speaker engagements since on various themes, notably on human rights, 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

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