Marc is a renowned expert on innovation, entrepreneurship, regional development and socio-economic transformation. He combines his broad experience as a director of innovation and transformation with being the founder of technology-based companies, a sponsor of non-profit initiatives, adviser to large organisations and a researcher. He has worked in various public and private sectors with a strong international focus. All this gives him an exceptional, systematic vision of the great socio-economic challenges that the planet faces.
He is the co-author of five books and more than 100 publications. He is the co-founder of the civil society initiatives TransformaEspaña and TransformaTalento, as well as being a sponsor of Fundación TransformaEspaña.
He is currently a partner-director of Everis, where he works as Chief Innovation Officer, is a member of the Steering Committee and sponsor of Fundación Everis. He is a regular speaker at conferences, universities and business schools. He also sits on several boards and think tanks/action tanks linked to innovation, entrepreneurship, regional development, education and talent.
Jesús María Arsuaga Ferreras
Jesús María has a Doctorate in Chemical Sciences from Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), and is a graduate in Sciences, specialising in Industrial Physics, from the National Distance Education University (UNED).
In 1981 he became a secondary school Physics and Chemistry teacher and in 1997 became Head of Department. Between 1991 and 2002 he combined his work in public education with lecturing, first as an associate professor at UCM and then at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC). Since 2002 he has been a tenured professor in the Chemistry and Physics department of URJC.
At URJC he has been the coordinator of the Scientific Culture Programme, manager of the Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit of the Vice-Rectorate of Research (2004-2013), and coordinator of the Docentia Programme, the teaching performance assessment programme (2007-2013). Since 2013, he has been the Director of the URJC Third Age University.
Luis has a degree in Architecture from the Public University of Navarre. He has a Master‘s degree in City Planning from Harvard University and a Master’s degree in Real Estate Company Management from the Technical University of Madrid.
He worked with the Saragossa City Council on drafting the General City Zoning Plan. He has been a representative of Fundación Vicente Ferrer in Saragossa.
He is an entrepreneur on various projects and a patron of the Ecodes, Entretodos, Norte and Fidah foundations.
Germán has an MBA from ESADE Barcelona and IMP from McGill University, Montreal.
He has been Director General of Deutsche Bank Spain, an adviser on Spain to Bank of America Capital Partners and Assistant Director General of Santander de Negocios.
He has been a collaborating lecturer in the finance and company policy departments, an adviser for final-year business projects at ESADE and President of the ESADE Alumni association.
He is a member of the Boards of Trustees of Fundación ESADE and Chairman of its Fundraising Committee, Fundación Gaspar de Portola, which gives employment to the mentally handicapped, and Fundación Ship2B, an incubator and sponsor of social entrepreneurs. He is a member of the Editorial Committee for the Empresa collection of the publishers Lid Editorial.
He is an adviser to various family business groups, Chairman of the Advisory Council of Meridia Capital and member of a number of Boards of Directors.
Jesús Fernández-Cid Román
Among other positions, Jesús has been Head of the Studies and Projects Service of the Castilla-La Mancha Education Council, with responsibility for the internet presence and content of the Education Council and Castilla-La Mancha education centres.
He designed and created the Castilla-La Mancha Regional Teaching Training Centre, which is based on a digital platform that creates and transfers knowledge between teaching centres. Last year he launched the Education, Culture and Sports Council digital education content project. Involving 45 schools, 374 teachers and 3,740 students, the “Extended School: Digital Backpack Plan” will replace paper textbooks with digital ones in the primary and secondary schools of Castilla-La Mancha.
Blanca Gómez González
Blanca is a graduate in Education Sciences from Complutense University and also has an MBA from Seattle University.
She has been working in the field of human resources for 25 years. Her career began in consulting at Accenture. She then became Director of Human Resources at PepsiCo and L’Oréal, Director of Human Resources for Spain and Portugal and then Director of Diversity, Europe at Coca-Cola.
She is also a professor at ESADE and The Valley, a board member of the AEDIPE (Spanish Association of Personal Management and Development) Centre and a member of the ESADE Human Resources Advisory Committee.
Carolina is a Computer Science Engineering graduate from the Technical University of Madrid and has an MBA from INSEAD.
She has more than 20 years’ experience in the EdTech sector, including several positions at Arthur Andersen and Alcatel-Lucent.
In 2001, she joined Telefónica as CEO of Educaterra (today Telefónica Learning Services). Her current challenge is to position Telefónica as an EdTech and eLearning reference in the global market, and in addition, to lead the expansion of Telefonica Learning Services in four new countries across Latin America.
Ignasi López Verdeguer
Ignasi is a graduate in Physics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Management Development Programme (IESE - University of Navarra). He is a visiting professor on the Master in Scientific Communications at the Pompeu Fabra University and the Masters in Museology at the Universidad de Granada.
Since 2007, he has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Catalan Scientific Communication Council. He has been Director of the Transiciones essay and scientific dissemination collection for the publishers Editorial Paidós (2006-2010).
As Assistant Director of the Department of Science and Environment of Fundación La Caixa, he is responsible for scientific dissemination and non-formal science, research and environmental education programmes. He is Coordinator of the European project RRI Tools (FP7), which fosters Research and Responsible Innovation.
Gamaliel has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid and an International Executive MBA from the IE Business School (Instituto de Empresa).
From 1990 to 2000 he was Professor of System and Automatics Engineering at the Technical University of Madrid and at the Public University of Navarre. During those years he specialised in the use of artificial intelligence in industrial process control, especially in the food and agriculture industry.
From 2000 to 2005 he worked as an adviser at Indra, developing advanced monitoring and control solutions in industrial and service systems.
Since 2004, he has been a professor of Management of Operations and Supply Chain at the IE Business School, during which time he has received many awards. From 2005 to 2014 he was Director of several programmes at the IE Business School, mainly international online programmes which have been ranked among the best in the world.
In 2014 he joined U-tad, the first Spanish university centre specialised in the major fields of Digital Economy (Digital Business, Engineering and Art and Design) as Academic Director. He is responsible for Undergraduate, Advanced Cycles and Postgraduate programmes.
Ana is a graduate in Aeronautical Engineering from ETSIA, Technical University of Madrid.
She joined Accenture in January 1995, spending the first years of her career there managing technology and strategic consulting projects. She began working with clients in the aeronautical sector (such as EADS, CASA, the Army); a few years later she changed sectors, working with clients from the financial sector, first in Luxembourg, where she spent four years with the Banque Nationale du Luxembourg and then in the USA with an insurance company.
Since 2003 she has managed Fundación Accenture, which is the social action arm of the Accenture Group, responding to the concerns of its employees with three different but complementary lines of action: free consulting, financing of social projects and corporate volunteering. She is also a member of the Executive Committee and of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Foundations.
Juan José Moreno Navarro
Juan José has a doctorate in Computing from the Technical University of Madrid.
He has mainly worked in the field of software development. Currently, his activity mainly focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship by coordinating Spanish participation in the ICT Labs of the European Institute of Technology, for innovation on ICT. He has been General Director for University Politics (Ministry of Education, 2009-2012) and General Director for Planning and Coordination (Ministry of Science and Innovation, 2008-2009).
He is currently Director of Institutional and Industrial Relation at Institute IMDEA-Software (Madrid Institute for Research into Software Development Technologies), President of the Spanish Association of Software Engineering and President of the Spanish Congress of IT (CEDI) 2013.
Ana Román Riechmann
For the first few years of her career, Ana worked in technology with various companies in the ICT sector.
Since 1993, she has worked for the Spanish Public Administration and belongs to the Senior Corps for Systems and Information and Communication Technologies.
She has held various posts in the ICT area in the administration and since June 2012 has been Director of the Educational Technologies and Teacher Training Institute (INTEF).
David del Val Latorre
David is a Telecommunications Engineering graduate from the Technical University of Madrid and has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.
He oversees the team responsible for creating new services developed internally in the Telefónica Group, in areas such as mobile phones, car, home, health and companies.
He spent six years in the USA where he co-founded VXtreme, a technology company based in Silicon Valley, which he later sold to Microsoft. After working with Microsoft for some time, he returned to Spain and founded Tech Foundries, where he served as Vice President until 2008.
He is a co-founder of nine technological companies and holds 16 patents in Europe, the USA and Japan. He is also a member of the General Foundation of the Technical University of Madrid and regularly gives lectures in business creation at the Instituto de Empresa.