Santiago Ibanez

Santiago Ibanez, a Senior Adviser with StoneTurn, has over 23 years of combined experience in the Energy and Artificial Intelligence (AI) industries. Specifically, for the last eight years, he has focused on the application of AI to solve complex problems across various industries with a special focus on finance, energy, insurance, and customer intelligence.

Working with a diverse range of companies, from startups to Fortune 500 corporations, Santiago has led projects involving the development of AI models to address complex challenges across multiple domains such as energy, finance, insurance, legal, chemistry and customer intelligence.

Prior to his transition into the technology domain, Santiago worked for and advised multiple companies in the energy space, including power utility companies and Independent Power Producers  (IPPs), on topics such as Asset Valuation, Project Finance, Strategy, M&A, and Market Modelling.

Prior to joining StoneTurn, Santiago was the CEO and Co-Founder of Bictop, a Fintech / AI startup with operations in the US and the EU that he exited in 2023. Previously, Santiago was a researcher at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), where he ran multiple research projects in AI in collaboration with various government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

In addition, Santiago teaches entrepreneurship and AI strategy at Columbia University and EOI Business School and is a mentor for startups at MIT and Techstars. Santiago previously held several executive positions in some of the most relevant energy companies in Spain, where he built business and developed project portfolios valued at over $1B across three continents. In the same field but in an academic capacity, Santiago has also been a professor of graduate subjects related to the power industry at the Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid.

Santiago holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Vigo, an EMBA from IE Business School, an MBA with focus on technology management from MIT Sloan, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Madrid.