​GÉANT bids farewell to Florencio Utreras and welcomes
​RedCLARA´s new Executive Director

Florencio_Utreras_caption.jpgRedCLARA has announced Luis Eliecer Cadenas Marin, co-founder of Venezuelan NREN REACCIUN, as its new Executive Director. 

The announcement was made at the opening ceremony of the TICAL2017 Conference, in the city of San José, Costa Rica, earlier this month. 

The new Executive Director will assume the position previously held by Florencio Utreras, who served as Executive Director since the founding of CLARA in November 2004. 

Mr. Utreras, who received warm recognition for his leadership during the ceremony in San José, has been a long-standing friend of GÉANT and instrumental in the establishing and developing of relationships and friendships between Latin America and Europe, which began with an EU-funded  feasibility study in 2002. This led to the ALICE project and several successor projects that have transformed the collaboration between the research and education communities in Latin America and Europe. 

RedCLARA is now in a very strong position, with an excellent team, and set to further benefit from new initiatives to develop and strengthen the RedCLARA backbone and its interconnection with GÉANT that Mr. Utreras has been instrumental in creating. 

Cathrin Stӧver of GÉANT, who led the ALICE project – an EU-funded project to connect  Latin America NRENs to each other and directly onwards to GÉANT – stressed the achievements of Mr. Utreras: “Florencio has brought the Latin American NREN community together and has been instrumental in the establishing of NRENs across the continent. Under his leadership, RedCLARA has taken on the coordination of numerous EU-funded projects including ALICE2, ELCIRA and MAGIC in which GÉANT proudly participated. In fact, his vision for ELCIRA  and his willingness to share that experience with partners worldwide has made a great contribution to the R&E global family. We would like to thank Florencio for the many years of constructive collaboration and his dedication to global R&E networking. GÉANT wishes Florencio the very best in his retirement, and we know our friendship will go on. We look forward to continuing this great relationship with Luis Cadenas.” ​

Mr. Cadenas, who will assume the position of Executive Director on August 1st, has extensive knowledge of academic networks since their inception in Latin America. He was co-founder, President and board member of the National Academic Network of Venezuela, REACCIUN (1996-2000). He was president of the Association of the Latin American Research Network (1998-1999) and also a member of the Board of Directories of Venezuela's National Supercomputing Center (CECALCULA, 1997-1999) and Sartenejas Technological Park (1997-1999).