Santander has developed Santander X Innovation Xperts with the ultimate goal of bringing together the best global scientific, technical and social knowledge to identify and anticipate key innovations within three areas: Future of Planet, Future of Society and Future of Tech.

In order to achieve this goal, Santander X Innovation Xperts has the following objectives:

  • Bring together global experts from academia and business for the activation of knowledge levers.
  • Identify macro trends and future specific innovations in the defined areas.
  • Translate the opportunities for innovation in those areas that can contribute most to improving productivity and solving major societal challenges into relevant, accessible analysis.

The Santander X Innovation Xperts initiative is structured around two interconnected communication channels:

  • Talks: to know from first hand from the three Xperts where opportunities for innovation are.
  • Whitepapers: to deep dive into the analysis of most relevant innovative trends.

This initiative is run in collaboration with Esade, wich coordinates the implementation of the different activities of the Santander X Innovation Xperts.

SX Innovation Xperts Advisory Board


The Santander X Innovation Xperts Advisory Board is formed by Prof Clare Shine, Prof Sarah Harper and Prof Olivier de Weck (the Xperts) and representatives from Banco Santander and Esade.

The Advisory Board will meet twice a year to discuss and reflect on the trends, challenges and possible actionable investments with the greatest economic and social potential within the areas of Future Planet, Future Society and Future Technology, aiming to inform the global audience about the innovation opportunities that exist in these fields.

Clare Shine | See full bio

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Director and CEO of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Clare Shine is a UK-qualified barrister and a member of the Santander X Innovation Advisory Committee, an Associate of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and the World Commission on Protected Areas, a member of Cambridge Public Health steering committee, and a professional facilitator and mediator.

Clare has been at the nexus of sustainable development, organizational change and culture for over three decades. She was previously Vice President at Salzburg Global Seminar where she worked with senior leaders, intergenerational teams and Fellows from nearly 180 countries and led multi-year programs, partnerships and networks. Under her leadership, Salzburg Global built collaborative alliances linking research, policy, business and entrepreneurial practice and launched a series of cross-border networks for bottom-up innovation.

Previously worked as an independent environmental lawyer and policy adviser for intergovernmental bodies, governments, business and NGOs, focusing on biodiversity and climate change, coastal and marine management, public health, governance and international trade, human rights, and conflict transformation. She has played an influential role in the evolution of regional and global policy frameworks and led multi-sector capacity-building around the world.

Clare began her career in the media and publishing industry and was the Financial Times’ theatre critic in France for ten years. She holds an M.A. in English literature from Oxford University, UK and post-graduate degrees from London University and the Sorbonne University, Paris, France.

Sarah Harper | See full bio

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Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing

Sarah is Clore Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford and the  Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. She has a background in Anthropology and Population Studies holding a MA from Cambridge University and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on societal change arising from population ageing, with a specific interest in healthy life expectancy, the  family and intergenerational relationships. Sarah was appointed a CBE for services to Demography in 2018. 

Sarah served on the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, which advises the Prime Minister on the scientific evidence for strategic policies,  and chaired the Government Review into the Future of the UK's Ageing Population. She is Editor of the Journal of Population Ageing, Springer Nature.

Olivier L. de Weck | See full bio

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MIT. Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics

Olivier de Weck is the Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned degrees in Industrial Engineering from ETH Zurich and Aerospace Systems from MIT (SM ’99, PhD ’01) where he is the director of the Engineering Systems Laboratory. His main research is in Systems Engineering with a focus on how complex technological systems, such as satellites and launch vehicles, are designed and optimized and how they evolve over time.

Methodological contributions that his group has made include Time-expanded Decision Networks (U.S. patent 8,260,652), Generalized Multi-Commodity Network Flows (GMCNF), as well as software tools such as SpaceNet and HabNet. He is a Fellow of AIAA and a former chair of its Space Logistics Technical Committee. He helped develop the first integrated model of the Next Generation Space Telescope (now JWST) and the concept of interplanetary supply chains.

He has authored or co-authored over 400 publications for which he has been recognized with twelve best paper awards since 2004. Prof. de Weck previously served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Systems Engineering from 2013-2018 and is a former Senior Vice President of Technology Planning and Roadmapping at Airbus where he was responsible for roadmapping a $1-billion R&D portfolio. His passion is to improve life on our home planet Earth through research and education, while paving the way for humanity’s future off-world settlements.



About SantanderX

Banco Santander is firmly committed to progress and inclusive sustainable growth. It has a pioneering and long-standing commitment to education, entrepreneurship and employment through Santander Universities, which has been operating in this area for over 25 years, setting it apart from the world's other financial institutions. Since its launch, the bank has supported more than 790,000 students, professionals and entrepreneurial projects through agreements with around 1,000 universities and institutions in 15 countries and allocated over 2.1 billion euros

Through Santander X, the bank lends a hand to entrepreneurs at such different stages, promotes the generation of employment and supports emerging ventures by providing training and connecting them with the resources they need to grow and prosper.


About  Esade

Founded in 1958, Esade is a global academic institution with campuses in Barcelona and Madrid and a presence throughout the world, thanks to collaboration agreements with 185 universities and business schools. Each year, more than 11,000 students participate in courses organised by three academic units: Esade Business School, Esade Law School and Executive Education. Esade Alumni, an association made up of more than 67,000 Esade graduates, maintains an international network of 72 international chapters.

Esade’s graduates represent 147 nationalities and are present in more than 100 countries. Esade’s international outlook has enabled the school to secure top positions in the main international business school rankings, including those published by the Financial Times, QS, Bloomberg Businessweek and América Economía. Esade is a member of Ramon Llull University.