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Idoia Ortiz de Artiñano, Founder of IE’s PublicTech Lab, among 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government


The annual list from Apolitical highlights those who are making the biggest impact in digital government

Governments around the world are undergoing rapid digital transformation, with public servants and ministers working at all levels to not only reimagine government but to make it a reality.  Apolitical, the peer-to-peer learning platform for government, has announced its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government, individuals who are currently making the biggest impact in digital government – from mayors, national politicians, and civil servants to academics and activists.

idoia-ortiz-ieThis year’s list includes IE University’s Idoia Ortiz de Artiñano, founder and Managing Director of the PublicTech Lab at the IE School of Global and Public Affairs.  Started in 2018, the PublicTech Lab aims to advance collaborations and synergies between public and private actors to create a more sustainable, inclusive society.

“Idoia is a leader in the field of digital government. We feel fortunate at IE that she is part of our team. Idoia understands that governments around the world have the obligation to deliver better services and that the extensive use of technology is the only way to achieve that. This is a worthy goal not just because of its positive impact on how governments perform but more importantly because the legitimacy of Government is at stake. We need effective, responsive, transparent and efficient public sectors. Initiatives like the PublicTech Lab, which Idoia leads, seek precisely to make this goal possible,” said Manuel Muñiz, Dean of IE School of Global and Public Affairs.

Idoia Ortiz de Artiñano’s experience lies in government affairs, international development, and public innovation. Prior to joining IE School of Global and Public Affairs, she spent a year at MIT studying the relationship between entrepreneurial innovation, technology, and public service delivery, and the use of open innovation methodologies for the public sector. Previously, she was the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), supporting the Secretary on the relationship with the 48 shareholder countries and helping in the political and strategic decision-making process of the institution.  Ortiz de Artiñano has developed her professional career in countries such as Uruguay, Bolivia, Guatemala, Spain, and the United States. She holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, a Master’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a JD from the Universidad de Comillas (ICADE).

For this year’s list, Apolitical received more than 500 nominations from public servants all over the world, as well as from experts at the UN, Harvard, Public Digital, the OECD and the IADB. The 2019 group includes celebrates pioneering politicians, civil servants, academics, and activists generating positive change all around the world. It recognizes high-profile icons working to raise the profile of digital transformation and illuminates those working behind the scenes whose efforts are driving government into the future.

“We’ve seen growing momentum around digital to solve policy issues and design better services for citizens around the world,” says Apolitical’s Executive Chairman Lisa Witter. “As this burgeoning field continues to grow, so too does the breadth of people and perspectives driving change. This list celebrates the people behind this tremendous progress.”

Apolitical is a peer-to-peer learning platform for governments. The platform is used by public servants and policymakers in more than 170 countries to connect with each other and to find original and curated content about what’s working in policymaking around