Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, a Director at Deloitte Consulting, currently serves as the innovation leader for the Energy and Resources Industry practice.. He builds advises clients on the impact of emerging and potentially disruptive exponential technologies on the future of their industry, and builds relationships between public and private sector clients to develop new groundbreaking technologies. To further foster innovation and growth, Tomás Díaz de la Rubia is also active in the Council on Competitiveness, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the nation’s prosperity and global competiveness.
The Council on Competitiveness recently partnered with 13 other organizations to ask Congress to “Close the Innovation Deficit” by pledging significant federal funding to higher education and research. To protest the innovation deficit, or the disparity between actual and necessary federal funding, organizations like the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Council on Education united to sponsor a four-minute-long video for Congress. The video explains that recent research funding withdrawals could be extremely detrimental to national development in a world where other countries, like China, are currently boosting funding for research, technology, and education. Using a combination of sketches and text, the video illustrates the connection between research, national security, medical breakthroughs, and economic advances.