Ignacio Pérez Arriaga
He earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (UPC), and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT (Cambridge, MA). He was the founder and Director for 11 years of the Institute for Research in Technology (IIT) at the UPC, where he has held the position of Vice President for Research and is currently a professor and BP Chair on Sustainable Development. Pérez Arriaga has been a commissioner at the Spanish Electricity Regulatory Commission, and an independent member of the Single Electricity Market Committee of Ireland. He was also a member of the Board of Appeal of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).
He is a full member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain and a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He is the Director of Energy Training at the Florence School of Regulation (European University Institute in Florence).
Pérez Arriaga was appointed by the Spanish government to prepare a white paper on regulatory reform of the electricity industry in Spain. He has supervised more than 90 research projects, 35 doctoral dissertations and over 100 master’s degree theses. Pérez Arriaga has published more than 200 articles in international journals and conferences, has taught courses, and has provided consulting services in over 30 countries.