Carina Lopes

Head of Digital Future Society Think Tank, Mobile World Capital

Carina Lopes

Speaker Bio


Carina Lopes works at Mobile World Capital in Barcelona where she is the Head of Digital Future Society Think Tank. This is the research and deliberative arm of the Digital Future Society programme that convenes global subject matter experts from the public and private sectors, academia, and civil society organisations to explore and propose actionable recommendations within four verticals: the future of work, digital divides, data governance, and tech and the climate emergency. Previously, she worked as d-LAB Programme Manager, responsible for its strategy and setup in 2016. d-LAB was a piloting laboratory in Barcelona supporting the going to market of disruptive tech solutions for social impact.

Specialised in public and tech innovation and over a decade of international experience, Carina Lopes has worked with local governments, international institutions, and social tech entrepreneurs on the growth of tech solutions and development of public policy for a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable society. Previously, while at Citymart (2012-15) she led innovation projects with cities like Barcelona, Moscow and Athens, local government teams in the US, South Africa, Japan and Brazil, and with the initiative 100 Resilient Cities (Rockefeller Foundation). She has also supported the Committee of Culture Agenda 21 from the largest world association of cities and local governments (UCLG) on cultural, urban governance and economic development issues.

She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies (2016) from the Goldsmiths College, University of London and she is a member of the Advisory Board of the Observatory for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence of Catalonia and of The Billion Seconds Institute. She holds a Global Chair at the Global Council on Sustainable Development Goal 11 led by UAE.