Pablo Abitbol

PhD student, Witten/Herdecke University
I Live In Witten, Germany, Colombia

About Pablo


I studied political science (BA) and philosophy (MA). Now I'm pursuing a PhD in economics.

Since 2003 I've been working as independent consultant on institutional design and strategy analysis, planning and evaluation (after having served for some years as policy advisor in Colombia).

I love teaching: since 1994, I have lectured in political science and economics at Los Andes, Javeriana and Witten/Herdecke universities.


English, Spanish

Areas of Expertise

Behavioral Economics, Institutional Design, Collaborative Problem Solving, Strategy Development

An idea worth spreading

The power of deliberation to enhance personal and collective decisions.

I'm passionate about

the application of cognitive sciences in social innovation, philosophical consulting, intuitive cooking, making/listening to music, walking slowly, memorizing sunsets, intense conversations...

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People don't know I'm good at

jumping fences and climbing trees.

My TED story

I landed on TED during one of my web-research sprees on the concept of "design" - trying to make sense of the idea of institutional design, and trying to figure out ways to improve social institutions by adapting ideas from the design communities. I was immediately and definetly hooked on TED...