Guilherme Ary Plonski holds master and doctoral degrees in Industrial Engineering, and was a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholarship at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Science and Technology Policy. He has a double appointment at University of São Paulo – full professor at the Business School and associate professor at the Engineering School, and is also the Research Director of its Center for Technology Policy and Management. He was the CEO of the São Paulo State Institute for Technological Research, the largest of its kind in Latin America, and the president of the Brazilian Association of Science Parks and Business Incubators. Plonski is or was a member of the board of relevant entities of the Brazilian System of Science, Technology and Innovation, including the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development; the Brazilian Innovation Agency; the Center for Strategic Studies and Management in Science, Technology and Innovation; the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service; and the Brazilian Association for Research and Development of Innovative Companies. He is currently the director of the Latin Ibero-American Association of Technology Management, and a board member of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation. Before becoming IEA’s director for the 2020-2024 tenure, Professor Plonski has previously been a board member at the Institute. He was also the deputy director for 2016-2020.