Ignacio De Leon

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Ignacio DeLeón specializes in innovation policy, intellectual property commercialization, and business competitiveness. In addition to his work on legal rules, competition policy, and collaboration networks, he has authored numerous articles on disruptive technology innovation. IPPBLOCK (ippblock.com.br) is a blockchain-based service for registering legal documents, intellectual property, and export tracking. Formerly, he was the Interamerican Development Bank’s lead innovation specialist for five years. In this capacity, he led key loan operations in Central America to promote competitiveness. He has also promoted business incubators extensively in Latin America and the U.S. His experience in implementing law reforms crosses regional boundaries. Additionally, he has extensive knowledge and experience in Latin American institutional reforms. Previously, he taught at New York University, Universidad Francisco Marroquin, and Universidad Catolica Andres Bello of Caracas. In the early 1990s, he founded Pro-Competencia, the Venezuelan antitrust agency. In 1999, he earned a Ph.D. in Law and Economics from the University College London. In addition, he holds a Master’s in Economics from Universidad Francisco Marroquín, and a Master’s in Law from Queen Mary College, University of London. He also regularly contributes to leading publications specializing in law and economics. He gives public lectures on trade policy and competition, infrastructure regulation, and intellectual property. Currently, Ignacio is CEO at the Kozolchyk National Law Center, and Board Member of the Canadian CIFAR, a Canadian-based global research organization.

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