Kiko Suarez


Vice President, Communications and External Affairs, Lumina Foundation
Juan (Kiko) Suarez directs Lumina’s overall strategic communication, convenings and external affairs programs.

Prior to his executive position at Lumina, Suarez served as a consultant and executive for several companies including NextPhase Wireless and CEMEX, where he focused on external affairs, corporate communications and public affairs. His extensive background in corporate communications also includes more than a decade at DuPont, where he rose from the ranks of the online/information technology team to various positions including serving as global online leader. Ultimately, he led corporate marketing and communications for all of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Suarez earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oviedo (Spain), where he also earned degrees in management of telecommunications and new media. He is also part of the Theseus and IMD international executive Alumni Networks. Suarez is currently enrolled as a student in the PhD in Leadership and Change program at Antioch University.

Through his work, Suarez has often been asked to represent his employers before governments and organizations such as the United Nations, European Union and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has also been a guest lecturer at higher education institutions such as the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), the Monterrey (Mexico) Institute of Technology and Higher Education, and the Universidad de Oviedo. Currently he is member of the Wilson Council in Washington, DC.