I am Rafael Alvarez, but I prefer that everybody just call me Rafa. I am a proudly Colombian citizen, born and raised in Medellín, but with a better taste: Millonarios Football Club. I am a workaholic, which manages from time to time to travel around the world and read, mostly about work. I love technology, measurement, and to organize messy stuff.

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Computer Engineer. Scholar of MPI-CS at Germany, and CDAC at India. Autonomic Mind co-founder, Biva angel investor, and Fluid Attacks's co-founder and CTO. Speaker on software development, information security, management, and entrepreneurship.

Previously he was a member of the National Standards Committee, holder of CISA and CISSP certifications, jury member at fund-raising and start-up contests, independent board member, adjunct lecturer of Operating Systems, Distributed Systems, and Internet Protocols, and Debian Maintainer.


Computer Engineer from the EAFIT University, a scholar of the International Max-Planck Research School for Computer Science in Germany, and the Center for Development of Advanced Computing in India. He was certified as CISSP and CISA. He served as a lecturer of the subjects Operating Systems at EAFIT University and Internet Protocols and Distributed Systems at the Pontificia Bolivariana University. He was one of the first Colombians to be an official maintainer of the Debian project.

He was a member of the technical committee 181 of ICONTEC, where he actively participated in the homologation of multiple information security ISO standards to a Colombian Technical Standard. He is a founding member of Fluid Attacks and part of its management team for 22 years, from where he led the implementation of the first Colombian ISO 27001 certification.

He is currently an investor and board member on Biva, and co-founder and board member on Autonomic Mind. In the past, he was an independent board member on Cidenet, Ideaslab, Atlas ISP, Empiricus, Nous Digital, Al Derecho, and S-SQUARE.

He has been a jury member at iNNpulsa Colombia, and Startup Weekend. He is a frequent speaker on issues related to software development, information security, management, and entrepreneurship.

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