Ivan Fernandez Lobo is a creative technologist with a deep understanding of the gaming/entertainment media business and 20+ years experience facilitating and developing strategic business relationships and partnerships between gaming, technology and media companies worldwide.
Ivan was the co-founder and first ever president of the Spanish Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, a non-profit organisation helping both the Spanish and the Catalonian games industries to mature, grow and connect internationally in cooperation with the main organisations, private companies and public institutions.
In 2005 Ivan founded the Gamelab Barcelona conference, a global think-tank where industry leaders get together to exchange ideas and share their visions about the futures of Gaming and Interactive Entertainment. (www.gamelab.es).
Ever since then, Ivan has played a key role in the development of the Spanish and Catalonian videogames ecosystem, bridging the interests of the different governments and the industry, and connecting opportunities for them worldwide. Since 2021 he does so from his role of General Secretary of DeviCAT, the Catalonian Video games Association.
Ivan's latest project, Meetaverse, is a non-for-profit project that aims to connect the foremost political, economic and cultural forces with the new social realities shaped by games and the so-called Metaverse.
Exploring Metaverse's Potential
Join expert panelists, Sébastien Borget (The Sandbox) and Laura Higgins (Roblox), as they discuss and ruminate on the promises and challenges of the metaverse from their unique perspectives and experiences in this engaging panel moderated by Ivan Fernandez Lobo (DeviCat).