Irene López


Director of International Partnerships and Business Development

Dr. Irene Lopez de Vallejo is currently the Director of International Partnerships and Business Development at DEX, Founding Team Member of Ocean Protocol, holds the position of Board Member at both the BDVA, Big Data Value Association and AIOTI, the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation, helping inform the EU on technology research and policy priorities on these two areas, and is advisor to a number of European start-ups building digital ecosystems.

Previously, Irene helped launch the Digital Catapult, the UK's leading advanced digital technology innovation centre and has a track record as entrepreneur and mentor of disruptive technology start-ups.

Her career has developed over the last 20 years at the interface between multidisciplinary applied technology research and international policy development, across the fields of robotics, high-value manufacturing, the Internet of Things, and more recently data, AI, and blockchain. With a background in Social Science, Economics, and Architecture, Irene has a long-standing passion to understand the complex relationships underlying societies and technologies, the interaction between the digital and physical worlds, and creating opportunities for impact and value creation.

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