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Diego Rubio


Diego Rubio


Professor of Practice of Applied History


Bachelor in International Relations


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Diego Rubio is Professor of the Practice of Applied History & Global Governance at IE, and the Executive Director of its Center for the Governance of Change, a newly created institution that seeks to enhance our ability to understand, anticipate, and manage innovation and its externalities in a variety of domains –political, economic, and societal.

Diego is also the Director of the Fourth Sector Project, a multi-stakeholder initiative led by the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Economic Forum (WEF) that seeks to facilitate the creation of a more prosperous, socially fair and environmentally sustainable economy in the 22 countries of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula, by advancing the development of a new ecosystem for benefit-driven enterprises.

Before moving to Madrid, Diego worked as Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Oxford for several years and advised a number of organizations, including the UN, the European Commission, and the Spanish Government. As visiting scholar, he has lectured at various universities –including Harvard, Columbia, Cambridge, Singapore, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His work and ideas have been featured in BBC, El País, El Mundo and Social Europe, among others.

Diego holds a PhD from the University of Oxford and a Master from the École Normale Supérieure de Lettres et Sciences Humaines. He has received several 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 from the Spanish Ministry of Education, after graduating with the highest GPA of his national cohort.