Assistant professor of INCAE Business School. His general academic interest concentrates on the role of digital technologies and social structures in spreading ideas, behaviors, and devices. Professor Barahona is a former member of the Human Dynamics Group of MIT Media Lab, a scientific research group led by Professor Alex (Sandy) Pentland who is a renowned computer scientist and ranks among the most influential 100 individuals worldwide (Newsweek Magazine) Prior to joining MIT Professor Barahona served as Assistant Director for the Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development of INCAE. Also, he consulted with the World Bank on strategy development and business planning for the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor as well as on educational topics. By the late 90s he led the research team responsible for developing the conceptual model and facilitating the reform process for all five Central American customs houses as a part of a joint action / research initiative on trade logistic for Harvards International Development Center, HBS Strategy and Competence Center, and INCAE. Professor Barahona has consulted on organization and strategy topics for different governments and companies in various Latin American countries. Co-authored Costa Ricas educational policy and pioneered digital government in Costa Rica. He has authored business case studies, articles, books, and book chapters on sustainable development, customs reform, trade logistic, information technologies for development, and social network analysis. Prior to entering the academic field, he founded a software company and a business consulting firm. Currently he complements his academic activities with consulting and sitting on the board of different business firms.