Orlando Sáenz Zapata

Alliance of Ibero-American University Networks for Sustainability and the Environment, ARIUSA

CV summary

Sociologist with a Master's Degree in Urban Development from El Colegio de México. Diploma of Advanced Studies in Theory and History of Education, of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He has hold positions of professor and researcher since 1977 in universities in Colombia and Latin America. He has published in books and journals on social medicine, urban social movements, science and technology, environmental management and higher environmental education.

For eight years, he was Head of the National Program of Environmental Sciences and Habitat, in the Administrative Department of Science, Technology in Innovation (COLCIENCIAS).

Since 2005 he works at the University of Applied and Environmental Sciences (U.D.C.A.), where he has served as Vice Chancellor for Research and Postgraduate Studies, Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and leader of the University and Environment Research Group.

Since 2007, he is the Coordinator of the Alliance of Ibero-American Networks of Universities for Sustainability and the Environment (ARIUSA). 25 Ibero-American Environmental University Networks are currently participating in this Alliance, which brings together 431 universities in the region.


  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government