Concepción Galdón is IE University’s Director of the Center for Social Innovation & Sustainability and Lead of Sustainable Impact Teaching & Research​. At IE she is mandated to promote social innovation academic content across schools and programmes, encourage more research in social innovation and reach out to organisations and partners interested in social innovation. Concepción is a professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at IE. Concepción is also President of the social venture Puentes Global, which she co-founded in 2009. She ́s a member of Ashoka Spain’s venture board and investment committees of several impact funds. Concepción is an economics graduate of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard Kennedy School. Concepción holds a Ph.D. in International Economy and Development from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, which granted her an Outstanding Award for her doctoral dissertation. Her Ph.D. research focuses on the use of technology in social entrepreneurship. She has published papers in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in books. She regularly contributes to mass media and is a speaker at international conferences. Her past professional experience includes founding an NGO and working for the UN’s Procurement Division, Banco Santander’s Latin America Division and Liberia’s Government under Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.