Carlos Araya is recognized as the most important contributor to the IT industry for the development of Costa Rica, helping to position the country as a world-class supplier of technology and services.
Throughout his career, Carlos has been an active entrepreneur in key private and public ventures and has received numerous recognitions in technology innovation.
In 1993, Carlos founded ArtinSoft, world leader in software transformation solutions, and was its CEO and Chairman for 15 years. Carlos is founding member of Capital Empresarial Centroamericano, the first technology investment group in the region; of Cenfotec, lead institute for IT education; and founding Chairman of the Computing Research Center at the Costa Rican Institute of Technology (ITCR), where he chaired its Department of Computer Science.
Carlos holds a PhD from the University of Kansas, an MSc in Computers Science and an MEng in Operations Research from Monterrey Institute of Technology, and an Engineering degree in Information Systems from ITCR.