Gonzalo León is a Doctor in Telecommunications Engineering by the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) and a Telematics Engineering Professor in the Superior Technical School of Telecommunication Engineers of UPM. He has devoted his research activity to the development of software systems and in the transfer models of technology, participating in various National Projects and in the Framework Programme of the European Union. He has been General Vice-Director of international relations of R&D and Vice-Secretary of the General National Plan of R+D at the Ministry of Education and Culture and Secretary General of Scientific Policy at the Science and Technology Ministry.
In April 2004, he was appointed as Vice Chancellor of Research in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, position that he occupied until December 2013. In January 2013 he is appointed Director of the Technological Innovation Support Centre, position that he still occupies. In January 2013 he was also appointed Deputy to the Chancellor for Strategic Programs until April 2016 in which he is named Delegado del Rector para Partenariados de Innovación.
He has been president and member of diverse expert groups of the European Union. He has presided the Advisory Group for Space Investigation of the Framework Program of R&D of the European Union, the group of experts for the monitoring of the Lisbon Strategy and the Research Infrastructure. He has been a speaker in the High Level Civil Servants Group of the G8 for big scientific facilities. Currently, he is the Spanish representative in the EU FET Flagship “Human Brain Project”.
In the Spanish context, he is the Vice-President of the Technology for Defence and Security Program, and president of the New Technology Commission of CESEDEN. He is Member of the Innovative Companies Forum (FEI) and participates or has participated in the sponsorship of several foundations and administrative councils of companies as a representative of the UPM and the Spanish government.