Diego Rubio

IE University

Executive Director

Diego Rubio is the Executive Director of the Center for the Governance of Change and a Professor of Applied History and Governance at IE School of Global & Public Affairs. Prior to that, Diego worked as Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Diego’s research aims to illuminate current challenges facing today’s society by using a long-term perspective that tracks causal relations and historical trends from the past and projects them into the future. As analyst, Diego has advised numerous international organizations, including the United Nations, the European Commission, the World Economic Forum, and the Ibero-American General Secretariat. As speaker, he has participated in conferences in four continents and lectured in universities such as Harvard, Cambridge and Singapore.

Diego’s ideas have been featured in several media outlets (incl. BBC, El País, and Tve). In 2019, he wrote and hosted A History of the Future, a documentary series for the History Channel on the future of work, democracy, globalization, and climate.

Diego holds a PhD from the University of Oxford, a MA from the École Normale Supérieure, and a BA Hons from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, where he graduated with the highest GPA of the country. He has also studied at Sorbonne and Columbia University.

Diego has received various distinctions and awards, including the British-Spanish Society Prize granted by the Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom, and the First National Award for Excellent Academic Performance in History, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Education.