IMDEA Water. Avenida Punto Com, 2. Parque Científico Tecnológico de la Universidad de Alcalá. Alcalá de Henares. 28805 MADRID
Senior academic and water resources management and water economics specialist. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Department of Economic Analysis of Water at IMDEA Water Foundation and Faculty Member of the Belpasso International Summer School in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. Gonzalo is also the Academic Director of the Water Economics Forum, a public debate initiative with Nobel Prize Laureates.
His current roles include water policy advisor to the European Commission (EC DG ENV) and to the European Parliament (2014-2018). Further, since 2018 he is the Cluster Leader of the EU Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP) for the value of water.
He is also water policy advisor for the World Bank as part of the 2030 Water Resources Group (WB, IFC, WEF) framework contracts in which he has led the hydroeconomic analysis of water investments in the Pacific coastal catchments of Peru and also the work stream on the economic valuation of water resources and the use of economic incentives for water management in Mongolia, as well as the hydroeconomic analysis in two mining regions and the capital city (Ulaanbaatar).
He is an international consultant on water and energy economics for UN agencies such as ECLAC, FAO, WHO-PAHO, UNDP and UNESCO, and international development banks (WB; IFC, IDB) or bilateral agencies (SDC). Within a wide range of economic analysis assignments, he has worked on different studies to link water policy and macroeconomic performance in the EU (2013-2015), as part of the so-called European Semester. He has also coordinated the research team for the EU FP7 EPI-Water project (2011-2013) on economic policy instruments for sustainable water management, in which an economic assessment of environmental outcomes of EPIs was a key outcome. As part of the H2020 granted project AQUACROSS (2015-2018), Gonzalo leads the development of an integrated framework for the assessment of aquatic ecosystems (freshwater, coastal, and marine).
Gonzalo is a professor of postgraduate courses in the economics of natural resources (ECLAC, UN), public administration (INAP), ecosystem services (UAM-UCM-UAH-EUROPARC-FUGOBE), water economics (MAGUA: EOI), Contemporary Latin America and the European Union (UAH), as well as sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (IMSD, MSOSTON, MBA: EOI) and advanced architecture and new technologies and 'smart cities' (IAAC-UPC).