Alfredo Suvelza

Biography

  • 1978 Born in Sucre, Bolivia
  • 1997-2002 Studies of Business Management (Licenciatura en Ingeniería Comercial) Universidad Privada del Valle, Sucre
  • 2006-2008 MBA in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Development, University of Leipzig – Germany
  • Since 2009 Doctoral studies in internationalization of SMEs
  • Since 2008 Research assistant and trainer at the SEPT International Program of the University of Leipzig

 

Professional Experience in institutions

At the SEPT International Program, University of Leipzig

  • Since 11/2009 - Member of the SEPT International Program Examination Board
  • Since 10/2008 - Trainer of Business Simulation in Module 102 (Leipzig and Hanoi); Trainer of Presentation Techniques (Leipzig); Trainer of Innovation Management Tools in Module 201 (Leipzig)
  • 05/2008-09/2011 - Graduate Research Assistant and Coordinator of the Alumni Program and the Small Enterprises Promotion Network – SEPneT
  • 03/2007 to 09/2007 - Research Assistant

At the Bolivian – German Technology Institute, Sucre

  • 08/2005 to 11/2005 - Teacher of Marketing

At the Municipal Government of Capital City Sucre

  • 04/2003-11/2005 - Director of Communication and Public Relations; Spokesperson of the City Hall
  • 01/2004-08/2004 - Investments Planning & Operations Manager; Responsible for the Budget and Investments Program of the Municipal Government
  • 04/2003-11/2005 Delegate to the Competitiveness Economic Council of Chuquisaca

Other functions on behalf of the Municipal Government (04/2003 to 11/2005)

  • Director of the Project “Alliance for the Development of Information Technologies in Rural Areas” (ADITAL), financed by the European Union
  • Delegate of the Municipal Government of Sucre (shareholder) to the “Study of Corporate Strategies for the National Cement Factory Sucre” (FANCESA S.A.)
  • Member of the “Municipal Committee for Local Economic Development of Sucre”, in cooperation with PRES-ILO
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the "FEXPO-Sucre Foundation"
  • Director of Communications of the "XII International Culture Festival of Sucre" (Sucre Cultural Capital Foundation)

At the Prefecture of Chuquisaca

  • 08/2002-04/2003 - Manager of the Strategic Planning Unit

At the Instituto Politécnico Tomás Katari - IPTK (NGO)

  • 05/2000-06/2002 - Planning Assistant at the Planning and Projects Unit

 

Professional experience in firms

  • Since 12/2010 - Conoscope GmbH (as independent consultant) - Consultant for Innovation Management, Internationalization and SME Development; Trainer and consultant for Education and Training Projects
  • Since 12/2010 nextORDER e-commerce GmbH - Head of the Data-Management area
  • 04/2008 to 12/2010 Innoways GmbH (as independent consultant) - Education and Training Projects Manager; Consultant for Innovation Management, Internationalization and SME Development
  • 12/2005 to 03/2006 Viajes La Solidaria S.R.L. – Travel Agency - Shareholder and Manager
  • 07/1999 to 01/2001 Suvelza Calcium Oxide Factory – IFACSA - Owner and Manager
  • 08/1998 to 07/1999 - K&S Agentes Generales S.R.L. – Travel and Tourism Wholesalers - Sales & Marketing Coordinator
  • 07/1996 to 07/1998 “Suvelza National and International Transport” - Responsible for Finance and Administration

 

 

Experience in training programs – Relevant to Innovation Management and SME Development areas

Direct participation as consultant, trainer and coordinator

  • 2012, San Carlos, Costa Rica/Leipzig, Germany - Coaching for tools application and development of innovation projects in the Fourth Training Course “Market-oriented Innovation Management” in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Costa Rica and the UTN
  • 2012, San José, Costa Rica/Leipzig, Germany - Coaching for tools application and development of innovation projects in the Third Training Course “Market-oriented Innovation Management” in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Costa Rica and the UTN
  • 2011, San José, Costa Rica/Leipzig, Germany - Coaching for tools application and development of innovation projects in the Second Training Course “Market-oriented Innovation Management” in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Costa Rica and the UTN
  • 2011, San José, Costa Rica/Leipzig, Germany - Coordination of the First Training Course “Market-oriented Innovation Management” and coaching for tools application and development of innovation projects in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Costa Rica and the UTN
  • 2010-1011, San Salvador, El Salvador/Leipzig, Germany - Coordination of the Training Course “Market-oriented Innovation Management” and coaching for tools application and development of innovation projects in cooperation with ISEADE and with the support of DESCA/GTZ, FUSADES and Banco Promérica
  • 2010, Lima, Peru - Coordination of the Training Course “Market-oriented Innovation Management” as part of the master program “Science, Development and Innovation Policy” and coaching for tools application and development of innovation projects, in cooperation with the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
  • 2010, Medellin, Colombia/Leipzig, Germany - Design and Coordination of conferences on Trends of Innovation in Latin America and Innovation Culture and Workshops on Service Innovation Management, in cooperation with Unidad de Conocimiento, Grupo Empresarial de Antioquia
  • 2010, Lima, Peru - Coordination, organization and participation in the 11th International SEPneT Workshop on Innovation management in Hi-Tech SME's, supported by DAAD, SNI and UPCH
  • 2009, San Salvador, El Salvador/Leipzig, Germany - Coordination of the Training Course “Market-oriented Innovation Management” and coaching for tools application and development of innovation projects in cooperation with ISEADE and with the support of DESCA/GTZ and FUSADES
  • 2009, San Salvador, El Salvador/Leipzig, Germany - Design and Coordination of the Training Course on “Research, Development and Innovation for Researchers”, in cooperation with the Central American University José Simeón Cañas and DESCA/GTZ
  • 2008, Hanoi, Vietnam - Coordination, organization and participation in the 8th International SEPneT Workshop on Innovation in Asian SME’s, supported by DAAD
  • 2008, Tegucigalpa, Honduras - Coordination, organization and participation in the 7th International SEPneT Workshop and Regional Conference “Central America faces innovation” co-organized by DESCA/GTZ and supported by DAAD
  • 2008, San Salvador, El Salvador/Leipzig, Germany - Content development and editing for the Training Course “Market-oriented Innovation Management”, in cooperation with ISEADE
  • 2008, Medellin, Colombia/Leipzig, Germany - Content development and editing for the Training Course “Market-oriented Innovation Management”, in cooperation with Grupo Empresarial de Antioquia
  • 2007, Santiago, Chile/Leipzig, Germany - Content development for the Training Course “Market-oriented Innovation Management”, in cooperation with Universidad Santiago de Chile.

 

Participation as consultant in other projects related to Innovation Management and SME Development areas

  • 2009 - Baseline Study on University-Private Sector Linkages in Central America - PUEDES, in the framework of the supra-regional project "Higher Education and Science for Sustainable Development"Clients: GTZ, Central American University Council - CSUCA
  • 2009 - Coaching for firm managers and consultants on Elaboration of Innovations Plans in Honduras; application of tools and development of projects. Client: DESCA /GTZ Honduras
  • 2009 - Project TEC-PYME: Technology Transfer and SME Development Center in Panamá – Metal-Mechanic Technology (CE-TM) and Specialized Center for Technology based Promotion of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (CE-ProPYME) in Panama). Clients: GTZ – International Services, Panama Government
  • 2008 - Support to Development of Biotechnology in MERCOSUR- BIOTECH, Study of biotechnological capabilities in the European Union and comparison with MERCOSUR. Client: InWEnT, European Union
  • 2008 - Innovation Plans for Guatemalan Products with Export Potential to Germany. Client: DESCA/GTZ Guatemala

 

Scholarships and Awards

  • "Matching Funds Scholarship" for doctoral studies in the University of Leipzig, Germany
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship for master studies in Germany
  • Best Business Plan 2007, Business Plan Contest SMILE – Self Management Initiative Leipzig
  • EAE Business School Excellence Partial Scholarship for Master Studies in Barcelona, Spain (Declined award)

 

Key Qualifications

  • Innovation Management
  • SMEs internationalization
  • Social capital

 

Publications related to Innovation Management and SME Development areas

  • 2011 - Book: Gestión de la fase temprana de la innovación (Innovation Front End management), U. Dornberger, A. Suvelza, L. Bernal (Eds). 2011. In cooperation with GIZ/DESCA. SEPT Working Paper Series. First Edition, Germany / El Salvador, 2011. 297 p. ISBN 3-934693-20-2.
  • 2009 and 2011 - Coauthor of Status of the university-productive sector relationship in Central America, U. Dornberger, M. Estrada Muy, M. Pletsch-Betancourt  & A. Suvelza G. in M. Pletsch-Betancourt, I.S. Wehrtmann, M. Wesseler (Eds.). 2011. Innovation for Sustainable Development: Linkages between Higher Education and the Private Sector. PUEDES, Druckerei G. Wollenhaupt GmbH: Großalmerode, Germany. 176 p. ISBN 978-3-00-034395-7 in English and ISBN 978-3-00-031251-9 in Spanish.
  • 2009 - Handbook Technology Roadmapping (English and Spanish), L. Bernal, U. Dornberger, A. Suvelza & T. Byrnes, , University of Leipzig.
  • 2009 - Handbook Service Blueprinting (English and Spanish), M. Seyring, U. Dornberger, A. Suvelza & T. Byrnes, University of Leipzig.
  • 2009 -  Handbook Target Costing for Services (English and Spanish), L. Bernal, U. Dornberger, A. Suvelza, O. Torres & T. Byrnes, University of Leipzig.
  • 2008 - Handbook Quality Function Deployment (English and Spanish), L. Bernal, U. Dornberger, A. Suvelza & T. Byrnes, University of Leipzig.

 

Contact

Alfredo Suvelza

International SEPT Program
Leipzig University
Ritterstr. 9-13
04109 Leipzig
Germany

Tel:   +49-(0)341-9739763
Fax:  +49-(0)341-9739279
suvelza(at)uni-leipzig.de