CV Diego Rubio

Professor of Applied History & Global Governance

Policy Advisor





Doctor in Philosophy, University of Oxford

Dissertation Title: The Ethics of Deception. Secrecy, Transparency, and Deceit in the Origins of Modern Political Thought.

External advisors: Prof Sir John Elliott and Prof Sir Noel Malcolm.

MA Recherche, École Normale Supérieure de Lettres et Sciences Humaines

GPA: 18,2/20. With Honours


BA Hons in History, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

GPA: 9,6/10. Valedictorian. Highest GPA of the country.

Ranked 1st (of 2,300 students) in my cohort.





Executive Program in Global Leadership, Harvard University

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs


Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education 

The Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom

Visiting Scholar, Columbia University in the city of New York


Licence 3 d'Histoire, Université Paris-IV Sorbonne

Professional Experience








Professor of Applied History & Governance

IE School of Global & Public Affairs

Executive Director of The Center for the Governance of Change

IE University

The History Channel Iberia

Writer and host, A History of the Future

Junior Research Fellow, The Queen's College

Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Oxford 

Stipendiary Lecturer at Magdalen College

University of Oxford

Assistant Lecturer, University of Oxford

University Research Assistant, Spanish Ministry of Education




Director of the Fourth Sector Project

Ibero-American General Secretariat - United Nations Development Programme

Advisor to the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

Science, R&D and innovation performance of the EU

Advisor to the Spanish National Security Council

Tasked with drafting the Spanish Strategy of National Security

Strategic Advisor to the United Nations Advisor

United Nations Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL

Advisory Work Experience

Fellowships & Awards












WGL Harvard Grant, Rafael del Pino Foundation


The British-Spanish Society Award 

Embassy of Spain in London; ‘for his major contribution to our          

understanding of British and Spanish History and Culture.’


Isaiah Berlin Fund Award, University of Oxford


First National Award for Excellence in Academic Performance 

Awarded by the Minister of Education of Spain for the best academic

performance in the country 


Heath Harrison Teaching Fellowship, University of Oxford

Santander UK Full PhD Scholarship, University of Oxford

La Caixa International Studies Scholarship, Cambridge University

Fellowship of Excellence Award Ampère, ENS de Lyon


Premio Extraordinario de Fin de Licenciatura, Universidad Autónoma de

Barcelona, for the highest GPA among the students graduating in 2011

Erasmus Fellowship

Bourse d'étude Casa de Velázquez (2015); De Osma Studentship, University of Oxford (2015); Magdalen College Travel Grant (2014) Santander Academic Travel Award (2014); Sir George Labouchère Fund (2013); Sicue/Seneca Scholarship, Ministry of Education of Spain (2008 - 2009); National Research Award in History Jose María Calatrava (2008).

Latest papers



Latest conferences


‘The Atomization of Trust’, Trust and Europe’s Crisis of Representation, International Conference, Cambridge University, 7-8 December 2017.


‘Reinventing Europe: The Old Continent in a Post-Atlantic World’, 166th Bergerdorf Roundtable, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Paris, 17-18th October 2017.

'Robotics, Automation & the Future of Work', Future World Sessions, South Summit, 8th October 2017.


'Developing the Fourth Sector', Roundtable at World Economic Forum's Sustainable Development Impact Summit, 19th September 2017.


'Post-Truth Politics: lessons from the Past, options for the Future', Misinformation, Post-truth and Alternative Facts. The End of Voters’ Competence?, at the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Oslo, 9th September 2017.


'El futuro de la socialdemocracia: Europa a análisis", La socialdemocracia en el Siglo XXI, UIMP, Santander, 19th June 2017.


'Complexity & Acceleration: The New Global Order and the Challenges to Democracy', Populism and Anti-Politics: Is Democracy in Crisis?, EVROPAEVN - Universidad Complutense de Madrid, El Escorial, 13th July 2017.

'Thucydides Dream: Is it possible to formulate a Theory of Change to assist Governance?', The Governance of Change, 3rd International Conference on Public Policy, Singapore, 29th September 2017. 


'The Asymmetry of Truth: Early Modern Origins of a Contemporary Political Tool', International Congress on Sediciones y Revueltas en la Reflexión Política de la Europa Moderna, Escuela de Estudios Hispanoamericanos, Seville, 22th May 2017.


‘The Politics of Nostalgia: On How Pessimism is Threatening the West’,

Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 31st January 2017.

‘Applied History for Decision-Makers: What can the Past tell us about current Global Turmoil?’, Caos and Order, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 26th January 2017.

‘Post-Truth Politics: The Invisible Decline from St Augustine to Mr Trump’, II Braga Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy, University of Minho, 12th January 2017. 

Conferences on Talent & Education




'Formando para el futuro: la educación en tiempos de innovación y disrupciones tecnológicas,' Fulbright España, Madrid, 12th December 2017.


'Los retos de la Gobernanza Europea ¿Qué necesitan aprender hoy los politólogos del futuro?', Facultad de Ciencias Políticas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 27th November 2017.

'La movilidad del talento Europeo', Foro EsGlobal, Instituciones Europeas, Madrid, 10th October 2017.

'Aprender mejor: Políticas públicas para el desarrollo de habilidades', Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, Round Table, Madrid, 2nd October 2017.

'The Future of Higher Education', The Future of Governance, University of Oxford, 5th April 2017.

‘El reto de la internacionalización en la Universidad’ [The Challenge of Internationalisation of University], Conference at the Rectoral Board, Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid, 3rd October 2016.

Director: International Congress on ICT and 21st Century Higher Education, Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Santander, 8th – 9th September 2016.

‘La utilidad de lo inútil: las Humanidades más allá de la Academia’ [The usefulness of the useless: the Humanities beyond the Academia], Keynote speaker at the Día de las Letras de la Universidad de Extremadura, Cáceres, 25th April 2016.

‘The European Space of Higher Education: from Brain Drain to Brain Circulation’, Fundación Rafael del Pino, Madrid, 17th December 2015.

‘El rol de las Humanidades en la innovación científica y tecnológica’ [The role of Humanities in Scientific and Technological Innovation], El Impacto territorial de las Universidades, organized by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Santander, 1st – 2nd September 2015.

Director: National Conference La Universidad Española a Debate, Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, 13th – 14th  June 2015.

Outreach Projects

Co-director of The Madariaga Series, an academic initiative that seeks to foster debates on current affairs and discuss the contributions of Spain and Latin America to global politics, science and culture.

Founder & Former President of The Invisible Faculty, a research think-tank that brings together more than 200 scholars established in fifteen different countries, working together for the improvement of Higher Education. 

Selected Interviews & Media Appearances

TVE, Programa Europa, 13th October 2017

BBC World TV, News at Five, 8th October 2017

SER, Noticias, 8th October 2017

El Economista, México, 23rd May 2017

El, 16th January 2016

El País, 3rd January 2017









Native speaker

Excellent knowledge: reading, writing, and spoken

Good knowledge: reading, writing, and spoken

Good knowledge: reading and spoken

Excellent reading knowledge







Member of the International Public Policy Association


Associate Member of the European Studies Centre, University of Oxford

Associate Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy

Member of the Spanish Global Professionals Network

Associate Researcher of the Oxford Center for Global History

Faculty DPhil Representative, University of Oxford

Social Secretary of the Magdalen College MCR

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