Dr. Elena López Gunn (PhD) 


Director of ICATALIST, her role is focused on the strategic development of projects, vision of the future and innovation. She manages an interdisciplinary team, to implement projects, and the development of products and services based on innovation.

Founder and Director of ICATALIST and a Visiting Fellow at University of Leeds. part of the water@leeds in the United Kingdom. Elena finished her PhD at King's College, London. She holds a Masters from the University of Cambridge, and a Master in Investigative Journalism, Data Management and visualization from the University Juan Carlos I with “El Mundo” newspaper.


She was an Associate Professor at IE Business school and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics as Alcoa Research Fellow. Professionally, Elena has collaborated with a number of organizations including UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, EU DG Research and Innovation, universities (Spanish and Dutch) and river basin agencies, the England and Wales Environment Agency, as well as the private sector like Repsol, and NGOs like Transparency International-Spanish Chapter. She has published on a range of topics mainly related to water security, social innovation, collaborative decision making, water governance, evaluation of public policy, knowledge management and transfer.


Her current main focus is on climate change adaptation and the role of green infrastructure, as well as groundwater strategic management.

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