13 June 2023

Héctor Dominguis takes over the presidency of Fundación LAB Mediterráneo

Alicante, 13 de junio de 2023. Fundación LAB Mediterráneo, a project promoted by the Valencian Association of Entrepreneurs (AVE), held its board of trustees today, at which the accounts for the 2022 financial year were approved and it was agreed that Alberto Gutiérrez, co-founder and CEO of Aquaservice and Plug and Play Spain, would take over the presidency, which until now has been held by Héctor Dominguis, CEO of GDES. The Board of Trustees would like to thank Alberto Gutiérrez for his effort and dedication during these 3 years, promoting the project from the beginning and leading the definition of its mission and strategic objectives.


He is a Materials Engineer from Imperial College London and holds an MSC Management degree from Surrey University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from ESADE and a Management Development Programme (PDD) from IESE

In 2010 he was awarded Innovator of the Year of the Valencian Community by the newspaper El Mundo and Entrepreneur of the Year of the Valencian Community and Murcia by Ernst & Young. During the period 2021-23, he held the presidency of the Spanish Nuclear Society (SNE) and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Valencian Association of Entrepreneurs, president of Fundación LAB Mediterráneo, independent director of Guzman Global SA. and independent director of Umbrella Solar Investment SA.


Fundación LAB Mediterráneo has presented a new report entitled “Technology as an engine for growth”, included in the research program it is developing together with the Ivie and whose objective is to promote the knowledge economy in the Valencian Community.

The presentation of the report was attended by the president of the foundation, Héctor Dominguis, who stated that “one of the areas of action of the foundation is the generation of knowledge that we carry out with a dual objective: on the one hand, to know the initial situation, always analyzing what and how the leaders do it and, on the other, to try to put forward proposals, paths and good practices that are useful to society as a whole”.

This is the third of the reports published after those that analyzed the situation of R&D and innovation in our Region. It analyzes the role of technology as a basis for economic and social progress and compares the situation of the Valencian Region with the most developed countries in Europe and the leading regions of Spain: the Community of Madrid, Catalonia and the Basque Country.

The document studies five fundamental aspects related to technological progress and which contribute to growth: ICT and R&D investment and capital; the importance of productive specialization according to the relationship with ICT; the contribution of productive factors to growth and the distinction by sectors according to their digitisation; the importance of intangible assets; and the characteristics of human capital

Fundación LAB Mediterráneo

Fundación LAB Mediterráneo is a project created by AVE with the mission of positioning the Region of Valencia as a national and European benchmark in entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and research.

To achieve this, it has set itself five objectives: to promote the creation and attraction of technology start-ups; to work to attract national and international technology companies to set up in the Valencia Region and create a ‘tractor effect’; to promote support for companies in non-technological sectors to accelerate their digital transformation; to contribute to increasing private investment in R&D&I; and to help promote research.

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees is made up of the following entities Aceitunas Cazorla, Aquaservice/Plug and Play, AVE, Baleària, Banco Sabadell, Boluda Corporación Marítima, CaixaBank, Dacsa Group, Embutidos Martínez/KMZERO, GDES, Grupo AZA, Grupo Bertolín, Grupo Gimeno, Helados Estiu, Importaco, Lanzadera, Logifruit, Nunsys, Royo/ Invext, S2 Grupo, SPB/Cleanity TIBA/Romeu, Verne Technology Group y Zeus/Sesame.


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