Alejandro Vélez Salas

To Connect

But everybody taught us only how to work, not how to live. — Milorad Pavic

Alejandro defines himself as happily amphibious because he has dwelled in the confluence between academia, journalism and the defense of human rights.

Alejandro approaches his work through the lens of ethical listening. He strongly believes working in social change requires humbleness and introspection, and that these are the key to better understand the social and political challenges we face. Another important framework in his work is intersectionality because it reveals the intersections of institutions, systems and categorizations that produce oppression. He is also a firm believer in action research methodology. Alejandro’s areas of expertise:

  • Research (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Learning facilitation
  • Psychosocial accompaniment
  • Intersectionality 
  • Social listening


Alejandro’s previous experience includes:

  • Visiting professor, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
  • Coordinator, Privacy, Technology and Security master’s program at University of Girona (UdG).
  • Co-founder and editor in chief, Nuestra Aparente Rendición
  • Member, Forensic Anthropology Mexican Team 
  • Jr. Consultant, Insitum Agency

He also holds the following educational achievements:

  • Postdoc, social psychology faculty of the Universidad Autónoma
  • Metropolitana-Xochimilco (UAM-X)
  • Postdoc, philosophy of science, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
  • Ph.D. in humanities, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
  • B.A., political science, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

In Community

Even though he never made it to the NBA, Alejandro has been playing basketball (either in amateur leagues or pickup games) for more than 20 years. He enjoys playing and watching other sports too. He loves reading and writing. He also enjoys traveling and cooking. He has an everlasting love relation with the city of Barcelona. 

He has been an active member in different collectives such as Huellas de la Memoria and Bordando por la Paz

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