Adela Conchado Phd.

Circular Innovation Lead

Adela joins DOT to bring circularity to the team! As the Circular Innovation Lead, she will be exploring and unlocking the opportunities brought out by circular economy. She considers herself as an enthusiast of innovation leading us towards more sustainable futures. Combining her technical expertise and optimistic nature, she loves imagining new, better possibilities for our production-consumption systems and working and collaborating to bring them to reality. She feels as comfortable working with technology as with people… and indeed she would love to contribute to make the amazing technological developments we are seeing work for people!

Adela has been a researcher in energy systems, innovation policy and sustainability at the Institute for Research in Technology (Comillas University), working for years in R&D projects with energy utilities (Enagas, Gas Natural Fenosa, Iberdrola), public institutions (European Commission) and think tanks (Economics for Energy) on topics such as smart metering, sustainability assessments or future energy scenarios. She also had some experience at the innovation office in Comillas University, working to promote interdisciplinary research on social innovation. She is currently Associate Professor at Comillas University, where she teaches courses on Circular Economy and Business and Sustainability. She is also an entrepreneur, being the co-founder of Weneru, a startup aiming to make energy management transparent and simple for households and small businesses.

When it comes to education, Adela has covered a range of disciplines, including engineering, economy, sociology and management. She studied Industrial Engineering (ICAI, with her final year at Chalmers University), specialized in energy through a Master in Electric Power Systems (ICAI), explored humanities and the role of business towards sustainability through the MSc Business & Community (University of Bath), and recently completed a PhD on strategic energy innovation policy in the context of globalization and climate change (Comillas University). Shehas also got some training on methodologies such as design thinking, lean entrepreneurship, and facilitation.

Adela has had the privilege to be considered by the German Marshall Fund of the United States as a “transatlantic leader” to join their flagship leadership program, and has been selected by Celera to join their talent development program in Spain.

If she is not answering the phone, she may well be lost in nature or exploring new roads by campervan with her husband and twin daughters!

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