EDUCATION FOR CHANGE
Consultant, investor, mentor and philanthropist. A graduate in Law and Business Administration and Management from ICADE (E3), Belén Vitoria spent over 17 years managing and directing multinational companies, heading their creation and launching brands and strategic plans. She then decided, 9 years ago, to create an independent network of experts to tackle transformation and innovation projects directly.
She has personally led strategy and innovation projects, especially social and cultural ones, such as the launch of Ashoka in Catalonia, and has worked with dozens of entrepreneurs who are making a notable difference. She is a curator of innovation programmes for big companies and a public speaking adviser. She is a partner and member of the Advisory Board of Tramontana, a company that handles the digital transformation of big organisations, such as the Spanish National Library.
She is a mentor for young entrepreneurs with Youth Business Spain and Comillas Alumni. She is also an Ambassador for the worldwide platform TEDx and a founder member of TED in Spanish.
Fernando Valladares has a Doctorate in Biological Sciences from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Mason H. Hale international award (Canada). He is a research professor at CSIC and director of the Ecology and Global Change group of the National Museum of Natural Sciences. He lectures at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. He is director of the International Global Change Laboratory (LINCGlobal) and of the University Master’s in Global Change at the Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo and CSIC. He lectures on the masters in biodiversity at the Universidad Pablo Olavide in Seville and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid. He was chairman of the Spanish Terrestrial Ecology Association.
He has published over 300 scientific studies as articles and books. He has given more than 150 talks and courses at over 25 universities and research centres around the world. His interest in popularising science in general and the ecology of global change in particular has led him to contribute to numerous radio and television programmes and to various sections of the eldiario.es and Público newspapers.
Sandra Magro Ruiz has a Doctorate in Ecology from the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and is a founder and partner of Creando Redes, the first Spanish start-up to work with companies and government departments to restore ecosystems and enhance natural capital. She is currently combining her corporate activities with the technical coordination of the International Global Change Laboratory (LINCGlobal) at the Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. LINCGlobal is a virtual platform for research into the effects of global change on Latin America. She also collaborates as a lecturer on various masters’ programmes in conservation, ecosystem restoration, the circular economy and urban design at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, School of Industrial Organisation (EOI) and Instituto Europeo di Design (IED).
INNOVATION FOR DEVELOPMENT
itdUPM y Open Innovation Hub
Raúl Sánchez has a doctorate in International Economics and Development and a degree in Law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is currently acting as a consultant and working with the Centre for Innovation in Technology for Human Development (itd-UPM) and lecturing on the postgraduate degree courses at UCM and UNED. Throughout his professional career he has been linked with the world of development, innovation and entrepreneurship. He has worked in the public sector, advising the Minister of Science and Innovation (2008-2011) and as a member of the Board of Directors of CDTI; in the private sector with Banco Santander and Campus Party; and with multilaterals, with the Inter-American Development Bank (BID), the Spanish office of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) and CEPAL.
FUNCIONA, Partnership Brokers Association
Paloma Andrés has a degree in Psychology from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, a University Expert in cooperation project management from the Organisation of Latin American States – UNED, and a Master’s in Sustainable Development and Corporate Responsibility from the School of Industrial Organisation. She has over 12 years’ experience of working in International Development and Sustainability as a social and strategic consultant on projects for international agencies and multilateral development agencies. An expert in partnerships, Paloma was trained as a Partnership Broker by the Partnership Brokers Association and has implemented innovation projects through multi-sector partnerships in the area of supplying drinking water to indigenous communities as a Human Development Manager for the Inclam Group, Water Engineering and Climate Change. She is chairperson of the FUNCIONA foundation and founder of Fiction Changing the World.
itdUPM, Partnership Brokers Association
Leda Stott has a doctorate in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh and is an international specialist in public-private partnerships. She has worked for more than 20 years on promoting, managing and evaluating collaborations between the public and private sectors and civil society to promote sustainable development. Leda has directed partnership research and training activities for organisations such as the World Bank, United Nations, Inter-American Development Bank and Pan American Health Organisation, and for a variety of companies, bilateral development agencies and NGOs. She has taught classes at a number of academic institutions including the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford Brookes, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and School of Industrial Organisation. She is currently working as an expert on partnerships for the Transnational Platform of the European Social Fund and as a member of the Centre for Innovation in Technology for Human Development (itdUPM) and the Partnership Brokers Association.