Ignasi López Verdeguer is Director of the Department of Science at “la Caixa” Foundation and is responsible for its programmes of Research and of Innovation. He holds experience in research and innovation funding and in Science in society issues. He is an external evaluator for the European Commission and a member of its “Expert Group on Venture Philanthropy and Social Investments in Research”. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) of the European Institute of Technology (EIT) Health. He participates in several EU funded projects in the field of Responsible Research and Innovation such as Compass or LIV:IN and was the coordinator of the EC (FP7) project RRI Tools.
He is a graduate in Physics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (with a year at the Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble) and holds a Postgraduate Business Management degree at IESE-University of Navarra.