D&I Webinar on 17 June: Increasing Diversity in Innovation

17 June 2024 | Webinar | Online | AIPPI

Dive into diversity, inclusion, innovation and more with renowned speakers Idalla Brum, Julio Raffa, Roberta Romano-Götsch and Esteban Santamaria Hernandez on 17 June (13:00-14:00 CEST)!

Examine the current statistics relating to diversity in innovation, particularly, issues surrounding the lack of underrepresented inventors and what various jurisdictions, such as WIPO, the EPO, and Latin America are doing to address this issue.

Don’t miss out on the second webinar of the D&I Committee Webinar Series and register now!


Idalla Brum

Idalla, a founding partner at Msantos Intellectual Property, is an Attorney at Law and IP agent with over a decade of experience. Specialized in Civil Procedural Law, she holds an MBA in Business Management and expertise in Intellectual Property, Digital Law, iGaming, Privacy, and Data Protection. In addition to leading IP prosecution and litigation cases at Msantos, Idalla plays an active role in national and international committees, and in promoting diversity and inclusion in the global intellectual property community.

As a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Bureau Advisory Committee (D&I BAC) of AIPPI, she contributes to driving equity and inclusive representation across the industry. 

Julio Raffa

Julio Raffo is Head of the Innovation Economy Section at the Department of Economics and Data Analytics of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).  

Before joining WIPO, he conducted research at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland); the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI, France); the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO, USA); and, the Red Iberoamericana/Interamericana de Indicadores de Ciencia y Tecnología (RICYT). 

He holds an Economics degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, a Master degree in Industrial Organization, Innovations and International Strategy and a PhD in Economics from the Université de Paris Nord 

His main research interests are the economics and metrics of innovation and intellectual property, with a particular focus on their intersection with socioeconomic development. 

Roberta Romano-Götsch

Roberta Romano-Götsch is Chief Sustainability Officer at the EPO and is passionate about UN SDGs and ESG.  

Prior to that she has served as Chief Operating Officer of the sector Healthcare, Biotechnology and Chemistry, and earlier of the sector Mobility and Mechatronics, where she was responsible for leading more than 1600 patent examiners, managers, formalities and administrative staff in Munich, Berlin and The Hague.    

Roberta is a chemist by education and has obtained her PhD in organic chemistry from the Technical University of Munich and was R&D product manager at Procter & Gamble before joining the EPO in 1997. 

She is an experienced mentor and has contributed to the shaping of the diversity and inclusion program at EPO, that she coordinates since July 2022. 

Esteban Santamaría Hernández

He has worked in the private, public, academic, and international sectors. He has served as a consultant specializing in intellectual property, innovation, and creative economy for the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB), where he published studies such as the book “Intellectual property rights and public policies for the creative economy: recommendations for Latin America and the Caribbean”.

He has also been a consultant for the Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean. He is the director and founder of the Mexican think tank CAIINNO, as well as an international IP consultant. Finally, he is also a GLIPA board member.

He earned a master’s degree in Intellectual Property Law at George Washington University, with the support of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship. He holds a Law degree and a master’s degree in Economic Law from the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, graduating with the highest distinction Cum Laude.

He is a Doctor in Government Sciences and Politics. He holds a Diploma in Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property from the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies of the University of Strasbourg.

He has represented both Mexico and Latin America in activities organized by institutions such as the WIPO, the USPTO, and the UPOV, among others. He is the only Mexican member of the Creative Economy Working Group of the UNCTAD.

He has participated as a speaker in forums such as the World Bank. In the field of education, he works as a professor for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in institutions such as the WIPO master’s degree in Intellectual Property and Innovation, administered by the University of San Andrés.