2015/09/09

The President of IK4-IKERLAN replaces Jesús María Iriondo (IK4-TEKNIKER).

 Inaki Aranburu

Iñaki Aranburu, President of IK4-IKERLAN, is the new President of the IK4 Alliance, replacing Jesús María Iriondo, whose term as has just ended. Iriondo will continue to collaborate with IK4 from his position as President of IK4-TEKNIKER. Along with this change in management at the Basque research alliance, Iñaki Otaño (IK4-LORTEK) has been named the new Vice President and José Miguel Erdozain will continue as the Alliance's Managing Director.

The new IK4 President began his career at IK4-IKERLAN, where he worked for 15 years and was member of the Governing Board for a number of years. After that he joined the cooperative Goizper as Director of Product Development, starting up Olaker, the R&D unit. Four years later, he moved to Orona, where he developed the Technological Innovation area through the creation of the research and development arm Orona EIC. Since then he has been director of promotion and marketing, head of intellectual property, codes and norms and manager of quality, safety and environment, all within the Orona group, while simultaneously acting as President of IK4-IKERLAN.

Iñaki Otaño began his professional career at Mondragon, where he served as Vice President and drove forward the cooperative’s internationalisation. Currently he is President of IK4-LORTEK.

Ambitious European Investment

One of the highlights of the Alliance’s projections is the ambition to increase European funds for R&D by 50% over the next three years. IK4 expects to increase European financing from 12 million euros per year to 18 million, which is about 15% of its total revenue, yielding an estimate of about 130 million euros during the seven years of the EU’s Horizonte 2020 plan.

The IK4 Alliance has a significant presence in the three types of entities that make up the work agenda for European research: technology platforms, influential advisory bodies, private associations that manage public-private partnerships, and entities that manage the budgets, known as Joint Technology Initiatives.

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