Saadia Sánchez-Vegas holds a Ph.D. in Information Studies form the University of California at Berkeley (USA), a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University (California, USA) and a Bachelor degree’s in Sociology earned from the University of Zulia (Venezuela).
Currently, she is Director of the Information and Knowledge Network of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA). At SELA she has been responsible for the creation and development since 2005, of the Permanent Secretariat’s work program in Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), Knowledge Management and Digital Integration in Latin America and the Caribbean. Among its activities are to promote cross-regional dialogue between governments, the private sector and civil society organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean about various topics related to ICT, competitiveness and sustainable development in the region. In this field, since March of 2010 has organized along with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism of Colombia, the National Customs Services of Chile, with the IADB and CAF, and the Ministry of Trade and Tourism of Peru, four international events -including the first ever organized in the region- on International Trade Single Windows in the context of trans-border paperless trading in Latin American and the Caribbean. In addition, she has coordinated two research papers on these matters and is responsible for a Pilot Project on Interoperability and Harmonization of Foreign Trade Single Windows in the context of the Latin American Pacific-Arch Forum (ARCO) under the Technical Cooperation Agreement between SELA and CAF (Latin American Development Bank).