About The Speaker
Mara Balestrini was born in Argentina in 1983. She is an expert in technological strategies and a Human Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Audiovisual Communications, and MSc in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media from Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). She also holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities (ICRI-Cities). Throughout her career, she has lectured at the Royal College of Art (RCA), in London, and at the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), where he currently co-directs the Master in Design for Emerging Futures (MDEF). He currently works as the CEO of Ideas For Change, a think tank that offers consultancy services for cities, businesses and institutions. She is also a researcher at Fab Lab Barcelona where she coordinates Making Sense, a European project with the aim of empowering citizens. In addition, she is co-founder of SalusCoop, the first Spanish cooperative in charge of citizenship health data.