Maialen Perez is the Deputy Project Manager of S3 CoP and is an expert in public policies with a particular interest in regional and innovation policies. She has been involved in stakeholder engagement and management activities, as well as secretariat support, in the Intelligent Cities Challenge (ICC), CircLean – the European network of businesses and SMEs for industrial symbiosis, and European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre (EREK). She has also been supporting regions through the European Entrepreneurial Regions (EER) initiative. Previously, Maialen Perez worked for the Delegation of the Basque Country to the EU in Brussels, where she dealt with European Policies on Research and Development, Innovation Economy and Industry. She holds MSc in European Integration, an MBA, and a BA in Business Administration.