Gorka Espiau Idoiaga is the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Professor of Practice 2016-2017 at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal (CIRM-McGill University), Director of International Affairs at the Young Foundation and a Senior Fellow at the “Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies”, a collaborative research project to share internationally the Basque case of socio-economic transformation under extreme difficulties. Espiau is also a founding partner of Social Innovation Laboratory Koop (SILK), a member of the International Advisory Group of INCORE (University of Ulster) and Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) country ambassador.
Previously he was the Head of International Programmes at Innovalab, and served as Senior Adviser to the Executive Office of the Basque President. Gorka Espiau is also a former Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and a former Senior Associate to CICR (Columbia University). He initiated his professional career in Elkarri, the Movement for Dialogue and Accord in the Basque Country. Espiau is the author of “Pluja Seca” (TV3 2011) and “Parlem les Lluls” (TV3 2012) documentaries and is co-author of many articles and publications.