CV Diego Rubio

Professor of Practice of Applied History & Governance

Policy Analyst, Broadcaster





Doctor in Philosophy, University of Oxford

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

Supervisor: Prof Juan Carlos Conde. 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. Best academic record of the national 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).

Selected conferences (2017-2019)

'Cuatro cosas que la historia enseña sobre la 4ª Revolución Industrial', Las mañanas del mañana, Madrid, 13th December 2019.

‘Building Trust in Data’, Santander International Banking Conference, Madrid, 5th November 2019. 


​`The Technology Trap', A conversation with Carl Benedikt Frey on the Future of Work, Madrid, 10th October 2019.

'Educating to tackle digital threats: Privacy and Misinformation', EnlightED, Madrid, 4th October 2019.

'The War on Reality', Diplomatic School of Spain, Madrid, 25th September 2019.

​`Training and educating a new workforce', Digitales Summit, Madrid, 17th July 2019.

'Crossing the Lines', International Metropolis Conference, Ottawa, 27th June 2019.

'Connecting Politics and History', Körber History Forum, Berlin, 13th May 2019.

'The Future of Education and Work', European Research Area and Innovation Committee, European Council, Brussels, 22nd March 2019.

​`La Unión Europea en la sociedad del conocimiento', Club de Roma, Madrid, 25th March 2019. 

'How to Think Historically like Great Leaders Do', MeritSummit, Vienna, 17th January 2019.

'Diplomacy in the Post-Truth Era', Public Diplomacy in the Digital Age, Diplomatic School of Spain, Madrid, 27th November 2018.

'Europa en el nuevo equilibrio global', ¿Hacia dónde camina Europa?, Madrid, 16th July 2018.

'Empleo y formación en la era digital', Digitales Summit, Madrid, 11th July 2018.

'Artificial Intelligence Governance in the aftermath of the GDPR', High-level political forum, Florence, 28th June 2018.

'El nuevo contrato social', Foro de Foros, Madrid, 20th June 2018.

'How economic systems are changed', DAC Roundtable, OECD, Paris, 19th June 2018.

'¿Pueden las nuevas tecnologías salvar la democracia?', IE GovTech Day, Madrid, 11th April 2018.

'The Future of Education is Not What it Used to Be', Workshop on the Future of Government, Oxford, 20th March 2018.

'Brave New World: Humanity, Technology, and the Future of Work', Tech & Society Program, Aspen Institute, Ronda, 10th March 2018.

'Universal Access to Higher Education', IX Reinventing Higher-Education Conference, Madrid, 6th March 2018.

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

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


'The Dawn of Progress in the West', Zurich, 29th November 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.

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

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

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

'Developing the Fourth Sector', Roundtable at World Economic Forum's Sustainable Development Impact Summit, New York, 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.

'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.

'El futuro de la socialdemocracia: Europa a análisis", La socialdemocracia en el Siglo XXI, UIMP, Santander, 19th June 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 Future of Higher Education', The Future of Governance, Oxford, 5th April 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. 

Other 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. 









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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