An experienced futurist, engineer, project manager, and strategist focused on developing regenerative innovations at the intersection of science and design. His passion lies in shaping a more sustainable future by using a collaborative and creative focus on innovation.
Juan Ignacio is one of the co-founders of Carbon Cell, a carbon-negative, non-toxic, fully biodegradable replacement for fossil fuel derived rigid foams. Carbon Cell is part of the Undaunted Greenhouse Accelerator run by the Grantham Institute for the Environment. Carbon Cell has also been a finalist in the London's Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition as well as the WE Innovate competition run by the Imperial Enterprise Lab.
He came to the RCA with previous extensive professional expertise in looking wide and long-term to help businesses in many industries identify growth strategies, new business models, and early-stage product development opportunities. As Kantar's North America Sustainable Transformation Practice Lead, Juan Ignacio has worked on foresight, innovation, positioning, and strategy projects for different industries and clients including Procter & Gamble, Spotify, Mayo Clinic, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Nespresso, Gap, Clorox, Intel, MasterCard, Domino’s, Colgate-Palmolive, Guardian Glass, and IFF.
Juan Ignacio is graduating from the Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) double Master’s Program (MA/MSc) between the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London and the School of Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA). His academic background is also in sustainability, product design, and environmental engineering.