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Advisory Board

The advisory board is composed by specialists of acknowledged prestige in the fields of rural and regional development, public sector accountability, European policies, evaluation of public policies and innovation. Most part of its specialists come from universities, as well as from institutes and networks of European scope.

Jose María Sumpsi Viñas

PhD. in Agricultural Engineering and M.S. in Rural Economy at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, UPM (1974) and Degree in Statistics and Operations Research from Universidad Complutense (1972).
Full Professor of Department of Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences in UPM.
President of the Andalusian Institute of Agrarian Reform from 1983 to 1986.
Director of the Spanish Journal of Agricultural Economics from 1994 to 1998.
President of the Spanish Association of Agricultural Economics from 1998 to 2002.
Leading Expert in Rural Development Unit Sustainable Development Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington and coordinator of EXPIDER (Pilot Experiences of Rural Development in Latin America) from 2003 to 2006.
Assistant Director-General in FAO from April 2007 to June 2011, firstly as Director of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs and later as Director of the Department of Technical Cooperation.
From 2001 to 2007, he was Coordinator of the Technical Committee FODEPAL for distance training in issues of agrarian economics, agricultural policy, rural development and sustainable management of natural resources in Latin America.
Since 20011-2013 has been Director of the Technical Reference PIDERAL Institution to provide technical assistance to governments in Latin America for the formulation and implementation of policies for rural territorial development. In the last two decades has conducted several evaluations of LEADER programs and rural development programs in Spain.
He has published 20 books and over 100 articles in national and international journals on agricultural structural policies, land reform and land market, volatility in international agricultural markets, formulation and analysis of agricultural policies, food security, development, management and evaluation of policies and programs of rural development and economics and management of natural resources with special emphasis on the economics and management of irrigation water.

Antonio Descalzo

Bachelor of Laws (Complutense University of Madrid, 1989). Graduate in Constitutional Law and Political Science (Center for Constitutional Studies, 1990-1991). Master in Law and Business Economics (Free School of Law and Economics, 1989-1991). PhD in Law from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (1997).
Professor of public law and director of public law department at the Carlos III University of Madrid.
Visiting lecturer at universities: Daytime (Colombia); ITAM (Mexico); El Salvador (Argentina).
Member of the research group "urban activity and social cohesion: the environment, public health and risk management" at the Carlos III University of Madrid; investigator on 18 research projects.
Author of over 40 books and studies in national and international journals on public law, in particular in relation to the following topics: Constitution, territorial organization of the state management of the economy, sports law and information law.

María Bustelo

Professor of Department of Political Science and Administration II, Faculty of Political Science and Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid.
Degree in Education Sciences at the Complutense University (1984), Master in Program Evaluation from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA (1986) and PhD in Political Science at the Complutense University of Madrid (2001)
Director of the Masters in Program Evaluation and Public Policy at UCM. She has directed and taught several courses and doctoral graduate specializing in both gender studies, and evaluation of public policy.
She is currently the principal investigator and leads the research team in Spain project "Policy Frames and Implementation problems: The case of gender mainstreaming" funded by the V Framework Programme for EU Research. 2003-2005 (www.mageeq.net).
She also heads the national project I + D + I 2005-2007 on "Analysis of the interpretive frameworks of regional gender equality policies in Spain: a comparative analysis between Andalusia, Catalonia, Madrid and the Basque Country."
Author of "Policy evaluation Gender in Spain" (The Waterfall, 2004), and several articles and chapters on equality policies and evaluation. She has presented numerous talks and presentations in national and international conferences of the following organizations: European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Spanish Association of Political Science and Administration, European Evaluation Society, Spanish Evaluation Society, Institute of Women's Studies.

Jose Ignacio Torreblanca

Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration from the National University of Distance Education (UNED) and PhD in the Juan March Institute for Study and Research. He has been a fellow of-EU-US Fulbright Program, Professor at George Washington University in Washington DC and researcher at the European University Institute in Florence.
He was Principal Investigator, in Europe Area on the Royal Elcano Institute of International Studies. Currently he is Principal Investigator and Director of the Office in Madrid European Council on Foreign Relations (European Council on Foreign Relations, ECFR).
He writes a weekly column on foreign policy and international relations in El Pais newspaper and he also holds the blog "Café Steiner" at Elpais.com.
He is the author of several books, chapters in books and journal articles about the process of decision-making in the European Union, the enlargement policy of the EU and European politics of Spain.

Sian Jones

Degree in History (University of York, UK 1977). Master in Public Policy (University of London 1983). She is currently Coordinator of Social Policy by the NGO: EAPN - European Anti-Poverty Network) responsible for coordinating the analysis and lobbying on the European policies with 30 national networks - with a specific focus on the Strategy for Europe 2020 and the Structural Funds (2005-2014).
Expert on Social Policy for the European Centre of Wales (2001-2004), with a specific focus on employment policies, education / training and inclusion.
Responsible for design and development of several innovative projects Structural Funds in London and Extremadura (Valle del Jerte), about inclusion and employment, particularly related to youth and women in urban and rural areas. (1984-1988, 1990-2000)
Responsible for the development of the pilot project of integrated territorial and decentralized public services. (City of Haringey / London) (1980-1984).
Author of more than 30 reports / publications with EAPN of inclusion and poverty; Member of the research team for the Council of Europe: "Youth Inclusion and Violence" (2000); Currently expert tips of FP7 project: the social determinants of health inequality and (DRIVERS); Active Inclusion (COPE and IMPROVE); Minimum Income (EMIN).

Luis Rubalcaba

University Professor. Department of Applied Economics, University of Alcalá.
Former President of the European Association of Research Services, RESER.
Advisor to the European Commission and the Economic and Social Committee. Project Coordinator of ServPPIN VII Framework Programme.
Author of hundreds of scientific, national and international publications, including a dozen of complete books and articles on national and international impact.
Contributing Committee on Economics-R + D + i, the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
Area Manager of Applied Economics.
He currently works at the World Bank in Washington.