Inés Sánchez de Madariaga, Arch, PhD, MSc, is the Director of the Women and Science Unit at the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Research and Innovation, Ministry of Economy, Spain, and Professor of Urban Planning at Madrid School of Architecture. She was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, NY, where she also obtained her MSc as a Fulbright grantee, at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and at the School of Architecture Bauhaus - Weimar University in Germany. She is the founder and director of the first Spanish research group into gender, urban planning and architecture and a member of the Board of Directors of the European Urban Research Association.

She has held public office in various capacities: Deputy General Director for Architecture; Executive Advisor to the Minister of Housing; member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Public Society for Rental Housing; member of the Cabinet of the Minister of Research and Innovation. Inés is Spain's representative at the European Commission's Helsinki Group of Gender in Research. She co-authored the White Paper on the Situation on women in Science in Spain, was Chair of the EC Expert Group on Structural Change of Research Institutions, and is a Co-Director of the EU-US Project Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine, Engineering and Environment.

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