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Gorka Espiau Idoiaga

Head of International Programmes, Innolab, Bilbao

Gorka Espiau Idoiaga

Gorka Espiau Idoiaga (Bilbao, 1972) is the Head of International Programmes at Innovalab. In this capacity, he is leading the international development of Hiriko, the first self holding electronic vehicle designed by the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (www.hiriko.com) and the launching of the Social Innovation Park in the city of Bilbao.

Espiau is a Senior Associate to the Centre for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University in New York and a member of the International Advisory Group of INCORE, a joint project of the United Nations University and the University of Ulster. Previously, Gorka Espiau served as Senior Adviser for Peace Building to the Executive Office of the Basque President and is also a former Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace.

Gorka Espiau was the spokesperson for Elkarri, the Movement for Dialogue and Agreement in the Basque Country, where he served on the Executive Board from 1996 until 2005. Mr. Espiau is also a board member of “Social Innovation Exchange”, and a member of the “Transformative Leadership Council” and “Euclid, the European Network of Third Sector Leaders”.

He is the author of “Pluja Seca” documentary (TV3 2011), “The Basque Conflict: New Ideas and Prospects for Peace”, an Special Report published by the United States Institute of Peace in April 2006, the Basque Country chapter in “Searching for Peace in Europe and Eurasia”, edited by the European Centre for Conflict Prevention, and is co-author of the book The Role of the Media in the Basque Conflict.

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