Mauricio O'Brien

AEIDL - Association européenne pour l'innovation dans le développement local AEIDL. General Assembly

Mauricio O’Brien is currently a consultant in crowdfunding, design and communication and entrepreneurship, specialising in social entrepreneurship in rural areas. He has more than 20 years of experience in Design and ICT and working with academic institutions of higher education, coordinator and co-director of the Master “Design and Architecture” (2004- 2015) at Elisava – School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona. Professor of “Crowdfunding and matchfunding strategies” in the Master’s Degree in Fundraising for NPOs and Chair of Competitive Social Transformation at the Complutense University (Madrid) and member of trainers community of TechCamp, a public diplomacy program hosted in the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State.


Specialised in crowdfunding since 2015, was co-director of the Goteo.org platform and is currently Head of Territorial Development and Training at Eurocrowd.org – European Crowdfunding Network. CEO-Founder at Federación de ideas (2009-2017) – Design & Communication Studio and since January 2024 co-founder and member of NANOMA cooperative, focused on Strategic Design for Social Innovation. He has participated in different European projects in areas such as energy communities, cultural and creative industries, rural development and social entrepreneurship.