Jhonatan Rotberg is the founder and director of the MIT NextLab Program. As a Lecturer at MIT's Engineering Systems Division, he works closely with corporate partners to design MIT-industry programs that develop mobile technologies for the next billion users. These technologies are then spun off as joint MIT-Industry innovations, new open-source initiatives, or for-profit startups.

To date, his work at MIT has spun off 29 projects in 13 countries, some which have received recognitions such as the Vodafone Wireless Innovation Award, the m-Health Alliance Award, and Best NFC Service of the Year by the 2009 NFC Forum Global Competition. For their work at NextLab, Rotberg's students have won two IEEE Gold Humanitarian Awards, two OpenMRS internships for Google Summer of Code, and the Massachusetts Medical Society's Information Technology Award. In October 2010, Rotberg was recognized with the "Future Mind" award from Discovery Channel and Quo science magazine, for "creating technologies that transform lives".

NextLab is a featured course of MIT's Open Courseware, and was recently selected as one of ten "Editor's Picks" from over 2,000 offerings online. It has been widely covered by the media, including CNN, the Boston Globe, New York Times News Service, Discovery Channel, Fast Company, CACM, MIT Entrepreneurship Review, Expansion and Televisa. Rotberg has been a speaker and panelist at events sponsored by Telefonica, Dell, Gigaom, Motorola, MIT Communications Futures Program, MIT Enterprise Forum, Xconomy, CIDE, TiECON, the Lemelson Foundation, Boston University, and the Harvard Kennedy School, among others.

As an entrepreneur, Rotberg has co-founded three startups in the financial and high tech sectors, one of which was acquired by GE in 2003. His program at MIT spun off the 2009 mobile tech runner up of MIT's $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, the 2011 winner of Harvard Business School's Business Plan Contest (social venture track), and a funded for-profit startup currently operating in Mexico and Nicaragua. During 2010, he served as Senior Technology Advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank's mobile technologies incubator.

Rotberg is formerly a Lecturer and the Telmex Visiting Scientist at the MIT Media Lab, where he founded and directed the Next Billion Network, an original concept selected to the Smithsonian Institution's 2010 Design Triennial: "an exhibition of work by designers and firms who are setting trends and transforming their disciplines". Previous to his tenure at Telmex, Rotberg was a financial consultant at Accenture, and an equity analyst at Baring Securities and Deutsche Bank. A native of Mexico, he is a graduate of Brown University.