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Borja Santos


Borja Santos


Professor of Practice of International Development and Public Policy


Bachelor in International Relations

Master in International Development


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Borja is an expert in public policy and international development. He works currently as the Executive Director at IE School of Public and Global Affairs and adjunct professor of International Development, Social Entrepreneurship, Project Management and Social Entrepreneurship.

He has over 10 years of professional experience focused on the design, implementation and evaluation of public policies and international programmes in countries in Africa, Europe, America and Asia. He has designed strategies for better economic growth with the Government of Sri Lanka and the Harvard Center for International Development; carried out impact evaluations in Peru and Belize with international development banks; led the institutional humanitarian response and disaster risk management programmes of United Nations and the Government of Ethiopia and Ecuador; managed international aid projects at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in different countries; and worked fostering innovation ecosystems in cities like San Sebastian.

Borja holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) by the Harvard Kennedy School (2017), being recipient of the international scholarship of “La Caixa” foundation. He also holds a Master in International Relations (2014) and a BEng+MEng in Telecommunication Engineering with cum laude in the final thesis (University of Valladolid, 2006). Additionally, he completed the professional piano studies at the professional music school of Valladolid (2003).

He collaborates leading the international expansion of IMFAHE, a social international mentorship foundation; and participates as a coach with EuropeLab, an organisation that empowers the new generation of civic and political European leaders. He has also published opinion pieces or has been interviewed for publications such as Agenda Pública, El País, Esglobal, El Norte de Castilla, RNW Media, Allafrica or Harvard Kennedy School news.