Juan R. Torres

Board Member

Juan Torres is from "The musical capital of Colombia", Ibague. He resides in Norman, Oklahoma (USA) with his beautiful daughter Dana Sofia, and lovely wife Maria.

Juan is a Senior Analyst at PCI, and has over 4 years of experience in the energy industry. He holds two master’s degrees: a Master of Science in Bioenergy from the University of Oklahoma, US; and a Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development from the University of Calgary, Canada. His undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from El Bosque University, Colombia.

Juan loves volunteering in social projects that involve children. During the last 10 years, he has volunteered for the NGO CORDHI, which was founded by his family and is located in Ibague. In 2010, Juan led a winning Davis Project for Peace, which impacted the lives of 200 children from Ibague, and was a collaborative effort between CORDHI, SEF and COLSA. He joined Smile Education Foundation as the President of the Assistant Board in 2012. Juan enjoys running, meditating, playing soccer and a number of sports. He believes education should be a right, not a privilege, and defines success as when capability and attitude meet opportunity.

Favorite education-related quotes:

“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” ― Zig Ziglar

“He who opens a school door, closes a prison” ― Victor Hugo

“With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism” ― Malala Yousafzai

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet” ― Aristotle

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Juan R. Torres

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