Mr. Iván Ríos Mena (@IvanRiosMena) is the Chief Operating Officer of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust. Previously he was its Acting Director, reorganizing its administrative and operational structure while leading the launch of several of its flagship programs. He has overseen the launch of initiatives such as the Research Grants RFP, the Puerto Rico Consortium for Clinical Investigation, the Puerto Rico Center for Tropical Biodiversity and Bioprospecting, Parallel18, and others. Mr. Ríos Mena also served as Under Secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce of Puerto Rico in charge of strategic projects such as the Port of the Americas in Ponce, entrepreneurship initiatives, and others.

As a lawyer, he has represented startups and other businesses in corporate, commercial, intellectual property, and civil litigation matters. He is actively involved in technology entrepreneurship and legal initiatives in Puerto Rico, as a judge and advisor in Startup Weekend, as one of the founding organizers of TEDxSanJuan, and as former President of the Corporate Law Commission of the Puerto Rico College of Lawyers.

Mr. Ríos Mena is an attorney and notary public licensed to practice in Puerto Rico. He completed a Bachelors in Business Administration from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law.