I am a historian and social entrepreneur passionate about cultural heritage, digitization of historical records, open access to information, and artificial intelligence.
From my research as a PhD student on the history of foreign oil companies to the digitization of historical records, I am passionate about making knowledge more accessible to everyone with the help of artificial intelligence. I want to realize that dream through Creanos, a company dedicated to that goal.
As a researcher I focus on the Venezuelan petroleum industry under foreign control (1922-1976). I study corporate social responsibility and management reform implemented by American petroleum companies as a strategy to prolong control over Venezuelan oil and confront economic nationalism in the hydrocarbon industry. My research specifically explores the networks of relationships and support developed by the Creole Petroleum Corporation (subsidiary of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey) with Venezuelan union leaders, political elites and domestic business groups.
As a social entrepreneur I believe history is more than writing books. I have been working to bring history to non-specialized audiences. A starting point has been my passion for archival preservation. I am co-founder of the Venezuela History Network, an organization focused on the digitization of archives at risk in Venezuela and the promotion of the digital humanities in general. The objective here is to contribute to the creation of new narratives, perspectives and debates about Venezuelan and Latin American history by providing open access to digitized content. The organization also seeks to help and assist those communities or institutions without the means to preserve their own cultural heritage.
As a fundraiser, I have raised and managed US 269K in projects. I have implemented 3/4 of funding on cultural heritage and open-access digitization projects. They have included digitization of historical records and creation of open-access repositories about the Afro-Venezuelan communities in the colonial period, the LGBTQIA+AIDS social movements and the private correspondence of former Venezuelan presidents.
I have also produced podcasts focused on bringing historical topics and cultural heritage discussions to broader audiences, and in public history initiatives like the Texas Handbook of Women and the Texas Handbook of Dallas-Fort Worth, writing short biographical entries. These projects seek to make history accessible for individuals who are not interested in approaching the discipline from a purely academic perspective.
I enjoy playing soccer, videogames, watching shows and reading in my free time. Big fan of science fiction franchises like Star Wars, Mass Effect and Horizon.