José Galicot Behar

@ Founder, Tijuana Innovadora

Born in Santa Barbara, Chihuahua, Mexico, Jose Galicot moved as a child to Mexico City, where he studied civil engineering at the National Autonomous University, and eventually came to Baja California. A firm believer in the importance of education, over the years, he has complemented his successful business career with further studies, receiving a degree in Economics from the Autonomous University of Baja California and completing executive program studies in business administration at the prestigious IPADE in Mexico City. 

A true entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Mr. Galicot has founded numerous successful businesses in diverse sectors of industry and commerce, such as telecommunications; commercial, residential and tourism real estate development; and entertainment, and currently heads several of Mexico’s leading telecommunications firms. He also serves on the board of directors of numerous companies and has served as an officer of multiple pro-business and industry chambers and organizations.

Jose Galicot believes in giving back to the community and has consistently been an active leader in community service, pro-education, art & culture, ecology, and philanthropic activities. He is the co-founder and President of “Tijuana Innovadora”; is an advisor and patron of the Interactive Museum “El Trompo”, and a patron of the “Sala Anguiano”; he is a Board Member of the Smart Border Coalition and the San Diego Museum of Art Balboa. He also serves on the Community Oversight Committee of a new ecological reserve and water treatment facility and is a key promoter of the Classroom of the Future Project and Microsoft Innovation Center, an initiative shared by the State Government, Academic Sector and Private Sector. 

Mr. Galicot has received the Tijuana Medal for Civic Merit in 1995 and 2010, the Medal for Tourism Merit in 2010, the Key to the City of Tijuana, and the 2010 Tijuana Citizen of the Year Award given by the US-Mexico Business Center of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; 2001 Two Aguilas Bi-National Award; in 2010 Mexican & American Foundation Distinguished Gentlemen; The Charles Nathanson Memorial Award for Cross-Border Region Building by Lead San Diego Visionary Awards 2011. The City of Chula Vista recently named February 8th as “Jose Galicot Day”; 2011 Forger of Baja California; 2013 Award for Professional Achievement from the University of Oviedo, ASICOM and the Ealy-Ortiz Foundation; 2014 Inspirational Leader of the Year by San Diego Magazine’s Latinos Making a Difference, 2016 Regional Leadership Award by the Institute of Americas.