ECDG Biographies

Below are the ECDG Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference Chairs


Prof. Dr. Ramon Bouzas-Lorenzo has a PhD in Political Science and is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science and Public Administration (University of Santiago de Compostela). Dean of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences. He has been visiting scholar at Goldman School of Public Policy (UC Berkeley, EE.UU.), Università degli Studi di Bologna (Italy) and London School of Economics (UK). His research focuses on e-government and public organizations with a special focus on e-health.


Prof. Dr. Andres Cernadas Ramos has a PhD in Political Science (Univ. of Barcelona) and Master in Public Management. Senior Lecturer in Political Science and Public Administration (University of Santiago de Compostela). He has been awarded with Spanish National Best Research in Social Sciences (2009).  His research focuses on public policy evaluation, citizen participation and health policies. He is currently running a National Project on Digital Divide and e-Health.

Key Note Speakers


Dr Francisco Lupianez is a co-founder of Open Evidence and an Associate Professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. His research is focused on the social, economic, cultural and policy issues arising from information and communication technologies, particularly on networked citizenship, eHealth, and inclusion. Francisco has been a research fellow in the Department of Sociology – Science & Technology Studies Unit at the University of York, and a Scientific and Project Officer at the Joint Research Centre – Information Society Unit of the European Commission (JRC-IPTS) where he worked on economic evaluation and modelling of Personal Health Systems. He has a wealth of experience on multivariate statistical analysis and survey research. Francisco holds a Ph.D. in Information and Knowledge Society at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and a degree in Economics from Universidad de Oviedo.

Mini Track Chairs


Martijn Hartog is a senior project leader and research coordinator of the Research Group Information, Technology & Society at the eSociety Institute of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, where he coordinates multi-annual research programmes ‘Government of the Future’ on: Design, e-Democracy, e-Government, Digital Government, Transparency, Open Government and e-Health. He is also involved within the Research Group Public Governance as a researcher on jazz improvisation and complex governance networks. His research has been awarded with an ‘Outstanding Paper Award (2017). He has a background in Public Administration, Public Management and music.

Workshop Facilitators


Jorge Prado Casal has a PhD in Industrial Engeneering. Specialist in Computer Systems and Information Technology (Galician Regional Government, Spain). Head of the Department of Support of Computer Implementation of Information and Services at Sergas (Galician Regional Health Authority). His research focuses on e-Health strategic plans


Ana Garaikoetxea, MD, specialist in primary care and practitioner at the Catalan Regional Health Authority. Her research focuses on the user experience in health services. She belongs to a research team of the University of Santiago de Compostela currently running a project on the factors inhibiting the implementation of e-Government, sponsored by the Ministry of Economy (Spain).