Mercedes Valcárcel is the COO of Generation Spain. In the last thirteen years, she held management positions in Fundación Tomillo, an organization focused on vocational training for vulnerable youth and other social innovation entities. She has been advisory member in European Commission experts groups about social innovation, gender and social entrepreneurship. Previously, she worked for fourteen years in management positions in the financial sector, focusing on regulatory frameworks.
She has a PhD in Economics with the thesis “Spanish savings banks’ social impact assessment: a methodology for social projects”, and a BA in Business Administration and Law. She has postgraduate Social Leadership and Advanced Management Programs at IESE, Harvard and ESADE.
She is a board member of Ashoka Spain ventures, Triodos Bank SAAT, and Bolsa Social.