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David Pastor Escuredo

Experto en Inteligencia artificial y datos para el desarrollo, acción humanitaria y gobernanza público-privada. Experto en innovación digital biomédica, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)

David Pastor-Escuredo is a Ph.D. from Technical University Madrid. Founder and CEO of the LifeD Lab and the platform Humcoin. He has been the leading expert on Big Data, AI and Blockchain for Development and Humanitarian Action and has led a portfolio or projects on Data and AI projects and initiatives at the Centre of Innovation and Technology for Development at UPM (itdUPM). He is a long term collaborator of UN Global Pulse and works with UN agencies to develop data innovation solutions. He has been Data Science Advisor of Pulse Lab Jakarta and Lead Data Scientist for UNHCR, establishing methods and protocols leveraging data for disasters management and to support refugees and displaced population. He was part of the D4D-Orange initiative in Senegal. Currently he works for UNICEF Colombia and is part of the Global Data Science Network of UNICEF.

He co-leads a research network on Digital Governance, Policy, Collective Intelligence and Finance specialized in Future of Governance and Sustainable Development with UCL (UK), KTH and MIT.

He is also an expert in biomedical technologies having worked with the University of California San Diego, the Centre National Recherche Scientifique, the IS Carlos III and the Cardiovascular National Research Institute. He was Ph.D. researcher at BIT-UPM and post-doc researcher at CNRS - BioEmergences. He was associate researcher of the University California San Diego. He integrates computational models, Machine Learning and physics to understand dynamics processes in biomedical science with applications to embryogenesis and improved diagnosis. He is currently an associate researcher of the University of Washington Seattle. He is also a fellow of the Catalyst 2020 program of EIT Health and MIT LinQ. He has been awarded as the best project of Catalyst by EIT Health for Surgescope ( and he collaborates on digital innovation with Hospital Clinico San Carlos.


  • 2020–present
    Lead Scientist, UCL
  • 2020–2021
    Lead Scientist, UNICEF
  • 2016–2021
    Lead Scientist, UPM


  • 2020 
    EIT Health, Catalyst fellow
  • 2015 
    Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Doctor Internacional

Professional Memberships

  • University of Washington
  • EIT Health - MIT LinkQ