Carlos López-Gómez

Head of the Policy Links Unit
IfM Engage

Carlos López-Gómez

Head of the Policy Links Unit
IfM Engage

Carlos López-Gómez is the Head of the Policy Links Unit at IfM Engage. Policy Links is a global not-for-profit innovation policy consultancy unit that works with governments to develop effective industrial innovation policies. It is part of Cambridge Industrial Innovation Policy (CIIP).


Policy Links offers new evidence, insights and tools based on the latest academic thinking and international best practice in the areas of technology, manufacturing and innovation policy, with a track record of delivering high-impact projects in both developing and developed countries around the world.

Recent projects have focused on the following key areas:

  • Manufacturing recovery and growth post COVID-19.
  • Industry 4.0 – national readiness, implementation roadmaps, implications for developed and developing countries.
  • National innovation systems and science, technology and innovation (STI) policies.
  • Centres of excellence.
  • Industrial development strategies.


Carlos has extensive research and advisory experience in the fields of industrial and innovation policy. He has advised several national and regional governments as well as international organisations including UNIDO, OECD, ADB, UNCTAD and the World Economic Forum. He publishes regularly in academic journals, international organisation reports, and specialised magazines.

Carlos started his career with quality control and automation engineering roles at Toyota and General Electric, and has work experience in Japan, Austria, Mexico and the UK. Carlos holds a PhD in industrial and innovation policy from the University of Cambridge. He is a member of Downing College and Churchill College.


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