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  • Vice-rector for Knowledge Transfer: Vanesa Daza Fernández

Postal address

Universitat Pompeu Fabra 
Edifici Mercè 
Carrer de la Mercè 12
08002 Barcelona


Phone number: 93 542 20 00
E-Mail: [email protected]


The vice-rector for Knowledge Transfer shall, under the guidance of the rector, coordinate and oversee the following matters:

  • Knowledge transfer policy
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation programmes
  • Public-private partnerships, business chairs and other similar formulas for attracting public and private resources
  • Institutional relations with the ecosystem of global and local players in the aforementioned areas


Vanesa DazaVanesa Daza is an associate professor at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies at Pompeu Fabra University, where she is a member of the WiSeCom (Wireless and Secure Communications) research group, in which she leads research in the fields of cryptography and cybersecurity. 

She graduated in Mathematics (UB, 1999) and subsequently received her doctorate (UPC, 2004). In 2004 and 2005 she worked in the R&D department of an electronic voting company. In 2006 she joined Rovira i Virgili University as a Juan de la Cierva fellow, and in 2008 she began working at Pompeu Fabra University. She has done research stays at the University of Salerno (Italy), Aarhus University (Denmark), and Maynooth University (Ireland). She is co-author of more than 40 articles published in international journals and at top-level conferences. She also the co-holder of three patents.

Her research interests focus on distributed cryptography, especially its use to improve the privacy and security of blockchain technology. She has coordinated two European H2020 projects –BAnDIT (ITN MSCA) and PRESENT (RIA)–, and a further three at national level. She has been the associate editor of two of the most prestigious journals in the field, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security and IEEE Transactions on Trustable and Secure Computing.

Before assuming the position of vice-rector for Knowledge Transfer, she has held several management positions, including head of studies at the School of Engineering, as well as deputy director and subsequently director of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies.

She was appointed by the rector on 6 March 2023.