Ana Elorza is a biomedical scientist by training. She is the Science Advice Coordinator at the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, FECYT, a public foundation depending on the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities in Spain. Ana is an expert on science policies with extensive international experience in academia, public administration and multi-lateral organizations working abroad for over 15 years in the USA, Belgium, Morocco, Sweden, Spain and Colombia. Her work is focused on science diplomacy, science advice, scientific communities and capacity building for a sustainable future through science and innovation. Ana was the first scientist to be appointed in a Spanish Embassy in the US. She belongs to the network of science diplomats that was envisioned and built around independent communities of Spanish scientists abroad, leading a new and creative model for Spanish science diplomacy, providing top-down support to bottom-up scientific associations and opening new channels from the administration to civil society. Ana was the Chair of the First Meeting of Spanish Scientists in the US (www. cientificosus.es) presented by HM King Felipe VI in September 2015 at the University of Georgetown in Washington DC. Ana is also one of the “Ciencia en el Parlamento“ (Science in Parliament) coordinators. This new initiative brings scientists to the Spanish National Parliament to hold a joint dialogue between scientist and members of parliament on the role science should play in the legislative process.
Ana holds a PhD in Molecular Biology (Autónoma de Madrid University- CSIC, Spain) and a European Master on Humanitarian Aid (Uppsala University, Sweden).