Patricio Aguilera, General Manager of the National Piloting Center

A few months ago he took over as general manager of the National Piloting Center for Mining Technology (CNP for its acronym in spanish), in a key year for the institution, which is beginning its take-off as a Corporation and is due to start the first pilots. His goal for this year is to contribute to the strengthening and the display of the Center so that more innovators and entrepreneurs can validate its technologies and personally contribute to the construction of a more developed and equitable country.

Who are you?
I am a civil industrial engineer from the University of Chile and a master in Administration and Business from the Adolfo Ibáñez University and I attended high school at the National Institute. I have been married to Rubi Vasconcellos for 28 years. We have 2 children, Rodrigo, 27, a graduate in computer civil engineering, and Sebastián, 25, a graduate in legal and social science.

My father, Francisco Aguilera, is a mechanic and his working life was mainly devoted to aircraft maintenance; and my mother, María Eugenia Poblete, a devoted housewife, dedicated herself 100% to the care and upbringing of my sister María Eugenia and mine, to whom I owe a great deal what I am and have achieved in my development.

Before assuming as general manager of the CNP, I held various responsibilities at Corfo as director of strategic programs (2018 manager of innovation and corporate manager (2014 – 2015), deputy chief executive (2010), deputy director of development 2008-2009 and deputy director of business innovation (2005) at Innova Chile Corfo. In the period from 2016 to 2018 I was executive director of the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission (CChen, for its acronym in spanish).

I also worked as general director of Public Works in 2007-2008; and between 2000 and 2003 I was based in the city of Concepción, exercising responsibilities as chief of staff of the Regional Intendant, of the Regional Ministerial Secretary for the Economy and Regional Secretary for Education, a period where I participated in the design and implementation of INNOVA BIO BIO .

What do you do in your spare time?
I share with family, friends, I read, listen to music, study and practice meditation every day.

Book on your nightstand?
My favorite topics to read are philosophy, history, psychology, sociology, economics, innovation, but I also have my esoteric and other side. Lately I have been reading and reviewing some books and essays by Carl Jung.

What is your main strength?
Being able to listen, practice tolerance, cultivate brotherhood, build bonds of trust and be a free man.

What are your goals for this year?
In the professional field, contribute to the strengthening and the display of the National Piloting Center, so that more innovators and entrepreneurs can validate their technologies with competent teams and robust protocols, so that these accelerate their insertion processes in the national and international mining industry.

In my private life, contributing to the construction of a more developed and equitable country, through active participation in instances that contribute to the generation of greater spaces for dialogue, tolerance and fraternity. And personally, continue studying and working to achieve higher levels of consciousness and thus be able to give more and do good to our environment and society.

What is your greatest aspiration for Chile as a mining country?
That from our main wealth, which is people, Chilean men and women, we generate more knowledge, develop new technologies and transform ourselves into a country that not only exploits our natural resources competitively and sustainably, but also develops an industry with added value and with higher levels of sophistication and productivity, incorporating innovation and technological development.