We are the public innovation lab of the School of Government

GobLab UAI is the public innovation lab of the School of Government at Adolfo Ibáñez University. It focuses on the use of data science to improve public policy and management. It seeks to contribute to the community through three main lines: research, education and applied projects.

Its mission is to improve people’s quality of life by transforming the public sector through innovation and data science.

Our team


María Paz Hermosilla

Master of Public Administration, NYU. Director of GobLab UAI, Academic Director of the Big Data for Public Policy Certificate Program.

María Paz Hermosilla is the founder and director of GobLab UAI, the innovation lab of the School of Government at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Chile. GobLab UAI focuses on the use of data science to improve public policy and management. She has a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University. She is the Academic Director of a certificate program in Big Data and Public Policy, as well as a professor and researcher in Data Ethics. She was appointed by the Chilean Ministry of Science as a member of the expert advisory committee in charge of creating a national Artificial Intelligence strategy. María Paz is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the Quality, Transparency and Impact of Public Spending, created by the Ministry of Finance. She is a consulting fellow for The Governance Lab at NYU. A former public servant, she led the redesign of citizen information services and open data efforts at the Ministry of Public Works.
Research Director

Luis Herskovic

Assistant Professor of the School of Government at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and Research Director of GobLab UAI.

Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and Master of Economics from Universidad Católica de Chile. He is a former researcher in the area of urban economics at the NYU Furman Center and at the Social Observatory of Universidad Alberto Hurtado (OSUAH). He is currently a Research Associate at COES. His research focuses on the application of data science tools to public issues, specifically in the areas of access to education in urban zones and the analysis of factors that influence traffic accidents.
Data Scientist

Claudio Aracena

Master of Information Technology and Master of Information Technology Management, University of Sydney.

Industrial Civil Engineer, Universidad de Chile. Data Scientist at GobLab UAI. Professor of the Master’s in Data Science at Universidad del Desarrollo. He is a former project engineer at the Mathematical Modeling Center of Universidad de Chile and software engineer at Data61 and CSIRO in Australia. He is also co-founder of Chatbot Chile.
Project Coordinator

Amaris Arroyo Muñoz

Social worker with a major in Public Policy, with a certificate in human rights, sexual diversity and public policy.

Current student of the Master’s in Education for diversity, inclusion and interculturality.
Research Associate

Luis Enrique Santana

PhD in Communication (2015) and Master of Public Administration (2010) from the University of Washington.

PhD in Communication (2015) and Master of Public Administration (2010) from the University of Washington. Social and organizational psychologist from Universidad de Santiago de Chile.
Researcher Associate

Mayra Feddersen

PhD in Philosophy with a specialization in Jurisprudence and Social Policies, University of California - Berkeley.

Master of Law, University of California-Berkley. Bachelor’s degree in Legal and Social Sciences, Universidad Diego Portales.
Research Associate

Florencia Borrescio

PhD in Economics, Brown University, United States, 2013.

Master of Arts in Economics, Brown University, United States, 2008. Bachelor of Economics, Università Torcuato di Tella, Italy, 2004.
Research Associate

Matías Garretón

Doctor of Urban Planning and Planning from the University of Paris, Master’s degree from the Institute of Urban Planning in Paris.

Architect, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.
Researcher Associate

María Josefina Escobar

PhD in Psychotherapy, Joint Program of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Chile and Universität Heidelberg, Germany, 2014.

Master of Psychotherapy, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2010.
Master of Clinical Psychology with a major in Child and Juvenile Clinical Psychology, Universidad de Chile, 2008.
Researcher Associate

Daniel Loewe

PhD in Political and Moral Philosophy, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany, 2001.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 1994.
His areas of expertise are political philosophy, moral philosophy and ethics, with a special emphasis on egalitarian theories, multiculturalism, liberal theories, animal ethics, environmental ethics and international justice theories.
Researcher Associate

Gabriela Denis

Master of Applied Economics, UCLA (2017).

Master of Economics and Public Policies, UAI (2011).
Commercial Engineer, UAI (2011).
Currently a professor of Microeconomics II and Industrial Organization at UAI, for Commercial Engineering students.
Previously, she served as Coordinator of the Gender Parity Initiative at ComunidadMujer (2017-2018) and Analyst of profitability data for funds at Capital Advisors (2012-2016).
Researcher Associate

María Nieves Valdés

Master of Arts in Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain.

Master of Arts in Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain.
Bachelor of Economics, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.
Her area of specialization is Applied Microeconometrics on issues related to Education Economics, Health Economics and Labor Economics. In her most recent works, she has studied the impact of various public policies.
Researcher Associate

Romina Garrido

Lawyer, Universidad de Valparaíso, Master of Law and New Technologies, Universidad de Chile.

Diploma in Computer Law. Certified in Leadership and Strategy in Cybersecurity by Florida International University, United States. She has collaborated since 2008 in the Ibero-American Data Protection Network and is the founder of the Datos Protegidos NGO. She is a specialist in personal data protection, has taught various courses and seminars in Chile and abroad, and currently advises the public and private sector. In 2019, she was a finalist in the Leading Lawyers Ranking in the Data Protection category. She was also named an Outstanding Woman in Cybersecurity by the Chilean Cybersecurity Alliance.