Lucía Velasco

Lucía Velasco

Spanish Economist specializing in the social impact of technology.
Policy Fellow, STG (EUI).

Language:

English, Spanish

Topics

Specific topics

Algorithmic TransparencyDigital GovernanceDigital RightsFuture of workInclusive DigitalizationPolicy InnovationTech & DemocracyTechnological Humanism

Who is Lucía Velasco?

Lucía Velasco is a Spanish economist specializing in the social impact of technology.

She is a policy Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance of the European University Institute (EUI) and an independent expert for the European Commission and the OECD in the field of the future of work.

What can you expect from a conference with Lucía Velasco?

Lucía Velasco's conferences are a synthesis of years of experience debating in international forums such as the OECD or the European Commission, in which she delves into the impact of technological advances in the workplace and the public policies that frame said digital disruption.

Through a visionary and educational style, in her talks Lucía Velasco prepares the audience for the future of work, using a convincing speech to argue that it is in our hands to develop the necessary policies to ensure that the digital transition improves the lives of people and leaves no one behind.

Lucía Velasco’s career and contribution to society:

Lucía Velasco has a long professional experience in the general administration of the State, where she has held different responsibilities in several governments, being one of the most recent General Director of the National Observatory of Technology and Society.

In her professional career, she has spent time tanning herself in international consulting, with a clear focus on climate change, corporate governance, and public policy design.

Before joining the government of Spain in 2018, she led the research and social innovation area of an NGO where she incorporated social entrepreneurship initiatives co-designed with young people at risk of exclusion into the foundation's activity.

She is currently a Policy Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance at the European Institute in Florence (EUI) and regularly collaborates as an independent expert with the European Commission and the OECD in the field of the future of work.

She regularly writes in the media and is the author of the book “Is an algorithm going to replace you?” (Turner, 2021).

Awards and recognitions:

- Forbes Spain 2022 List: 100 most creative people.
- Generacción Entrepreneurship Promotion Awards (2018) COTEC Foundation.

Conferences

- My new co-worker is an algorithm

Until now we have seen the human-machine relationship as something distant, more typical of movies than reality. A few years ago robots began to arrive in factories and changed them forever. In this decade they will arrive in the office in the form of algorithms. How will we live with them? Are we ready to do so?

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