Professor
Florida International University

Dr. Parra has seven years of experience in designing and executing corporate sustainability and business development strategies as well as in overseeing the continuous improvement of processes and metrics in the financial and manufacturing industries. As Head of Community Development for Citi in Latin America, he developed a regional strategy - executed it in 19 countries - and oversaw a 32 percent budget increase. He also instituted an ecosystem build-up approach to engage with business units in advancing microfinance, sustainable supply chain finance and mobile banking solutions in the region.

As KAIZEN leader for Komatsu Latin America Corp, he was in charge of promoting, monitoring and assessing continuous improvement processes internally and throughout the distributor network (i.e. zero inventory programs and HANSEI planning). Dr. Parra developed Key Performance Indicators that facilitated forecasting/planning decisions for reducing costs, enhancing delivery times and increasing profits.