Gorka Espiau

Associate Director International & Communities

Gorka Espiau Idoiaga is the Director of International Affairs at The Young Foundation and a Senior Fellow at the Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies, a Columbia University (AC4-Earth Institute) and the University of the Basque Country partnership to share internationally the Basque case of socio-economic transformation under extreme difficulties. Gorka is also a founding partner of Social Innovation Laboratory Koop, a Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) country ambassador and a member of the International Advisory Group of INCORE (University of Ulster and United Nations University).

Previously he was the Head of International Programmes at Innovalab (Bilbao Social Innovation Park), and served as Special Adviser to the Executive Office of the Basque President. Gorka Espiau is 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. Gorka is the author of “Pluja Seca” (TV3 2011) and “Parlem les Lluls” (TV3 2012) documentaries.