Jorge Juan Fernández García

Director of Innovation, EIT Health

Jorge Juan Fernández García

Speaker Bio

Director of Innovation (portfolio of over 60 large-scale projects) and member of the Management Board of EIT Health. EIT Health, an independent body of the European Union, is one of the largest healthcare initiatives worldwide, leveraging the expertise of more than 150 leading organizations spanning key areas of healthcare such as Pharma, Biotech, MedTech, Digital Health, Payers, Health and Care Providers, Research Institutions and Universities.

Previously, Jorge was Director of E-Health within the Innovation Department at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona – a key example of a European healthcare provider using online care, telemedicine, mobile apps and health 2.0 tools to put the patient at the center of care – and Director of Moebio, a Stanford Biodesign program where interdisciplinary teams experience a full cycle of innovation, from need identification through invention to early-stage implementation.

Jorge has more than 18 years of experience, with the last eight years fully dedicated to innovation, technology and entrepreneurship at the intersection of business, government, and academia.

He regularly acts as advisor and mentor to healthcare startups and entrepreneurial acceleration programs.

Jorge received his BSc in Economics from Universidad de Oviedo and a Master’s degree in Economic and Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He also holds a GMP from IESE Business School and a GSP from Singularity University. He has also followed executive education programs on leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship from leading institutions (Stanford University, Harvard University, ESADE Business School, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and Kaiser Permanente - Sidney R. Garfield Innovation Center). 

In 2014, Jorge was selected as European Young Leader “40 Under 40” (