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Idoia Ortiz de Artiñano, founder of IE’s Publictech Lab, among the 20 GovTech Leaders 2020

IDOIA ORTIZ AMONG THE 20 GOVTECH LEADERS 2020 | IE School of Global and Public Affairs

CREATORS, an innovation lab based in Tel Aviv that supports organizations in developing and improving innovation practices, has announced its annual GovTech Leaders list.

The list GovTech Leaders 2020 consists of some of the most successful govtech experts worldwide. This 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 (GPA). 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 Ortiz de Artiñano

Idoia Ortiz de Artiñano, founder of IE’s Publictech Lab.

“This list reflects how the govtech movement is spreading all over the world and that the time has come to rethink how governments deliver and impact citizens. Honestly, this recognition is to the collective effort that we are building together, the PublicTech Lab´s team, the GPA school and the IE university as a whole”, says Idoia Ortiz de Artiñano.

“The PublicTech Lab shows how our School is interested in developing an eco-system to translate policy into practice and to produce real impact in the way governments deliver services to citizens, in a strong partnership with the private sector,” highlights Susana Malcorra, Dean of IE School of Global and Public Affairs. “Idoia together with Beatriz and the collaboration of Sofia, Rocio and Ana have made it happen.”

Govtech applies to many fields and involves various industries. That’s why CREATORS has included different profiles in its list: public officials, govtech hub founders, investors and entrepreneurs making a change in the world of public sector innovation. “This variety of experts is needed to expand the govtech ecosystem and build its innovative capacity globally”, argues the innovation lab. The list does not specifically focus on the leading govtech nations; It is aimed to demonstrate that govtech is a movement around the world that has been influencing local and central government activities regardless of the geography.

Ortiz de Artiñano believes that the current pandemic could help for the future of this movement. “During the COVID, governments have moved faster, engaged with a diverse range of partners, and took on unusual levels of risk. These are three of the core abilities required of digital and adaptive institutions. If these changes become the new normal, govtech will flourish in the following years.”

She also considers that the most inspiring thing at govtech is to see how entrepreneurs are trying to do business with public institutions, learning from their barriers, and suffering all types of obstacles, just because they know that if they make it, they will impact the lives of millions.

Idoia Ortiz de Artiñano is a recognized expert on govtech, advises local and national governments on govtech entrepreneurial ecosystems and public policies, and coordinates the first govtech laboratory in Iberoamerica, govtechlab Madrid from IE University.  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). 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).