David Leal-Ayala is a Senior Policy Analyst at Policy Links, the knowledge exchange unit of the Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSTI), University of Cambridge. Policy Links' mission is to develop new policy evidence, insights and tools building on the latest academic thinking and international best practice. David provides expertise in manufacturing engineering and innovation for all the projects undertaken within Policy Links. He has several years of experience in consultancy, industrial and academic roles, both in the UK and abroad.
Before joining Policy Links, David was the Co-founder and Chief Scientist of Reduse Ltd., a Cambridge spin-out company based on his PhD research, recently acquired by REEP Technologies Ltd. In 2015 David was awarded the “MIT Innovators Under 35” prize from MIT Technology Review for his work in Reduse Ltd.
Prior to that, David held a postdoctoral position at the University of Cambridge, mainly focused on Industrial Ecology research, and consultancy roles advising government organisations such as Innovate UK and the Energy Systems Catapult, as well as regional governments and industry associations in Mexico and the UK.
David started his career as an automation engineer in the automotive (NEMAK) and construction materials (CEMEX) industries both in Mexico and Europe (e.g. UK, Germany, France and Poland). David then moved to the UK to complete an MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Technology in 2008 (University of Manchester) and a PhD in Industrial Ecology in 2012 (University of Cambridge).