Short CV

Ismael Peña-López

Director of the School of Public Administration of Catalonia
Generalitat de Catalunya

PhD in the Information and Knowledge Society, BSc in Economics, MSc in Ecoaudit and Corporate Planning of the Environment and post-degree in Knowledge Management.

He has been Director General of Citizen Participation and Electoral Processes of the Government of Catalonia and former lecturer at the Open University of Catalonia, School of Law and Political Science, senior researcher at Open Evidence and fellow director of open innovation at the Fundació Jaume Bofill. He was founding member and then director of the Development Cooperation Programme at UOC, where he mainly worked in the fields of e-learning for development and online volunteering. He is the editor of ICTlogy (ISSN 1886-5208).

His specialisation is the impact of Information and Communication Technologies in Development. Specifically, his interests focus on the measurement of the evolution of digital economies and personal digital uptake (e-readiness, the digital divide), and the impact of ICT on development and its main institutions, especially in the field of ICTs and education and ICTs and democracy. He has worked in these areas in 25 countries in collaboration with the World Bank, UNDP, the European Committee of the Regions, the Spanish Senate and Government, the Parliament and Government of Catalonia, the government of the county of Barcelona and Lleida, several city councils, IDRC-CRDI, Ericsson, the Fundació Jaume Bofill, the Fundación Esplai, Aguas de Barcelona, Ferrovial and several political parties and citizen platforms and NGOs.