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1990-1999 Director department - financial and insurance activities at Sabadell Multibanca - Banco Sabadell Group -, 1999-2004 Director of the department financial and insurance activities at Credit Suisse, 2004-2010 Director department financial and insurance activities at Banque Privee Edmond de Rothschild
President of CECOT. He was President of ESBAN (Red Española de Business Angels) and President of BANC (Business Angels Network Catalunya).
Strategy, Partnerships and Investment experience in Tech across Europe, US, LatAm and APAC. Currently Chief of Staff at Google. Ex McKinsey & Santander VC Fund. Stanford MBA.
Nacho Abia is an Executive Officer and serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Olympus Corporation. Nacho’s career with Olympus started in 2001 as the Managing Director of the Iberia Region based in Barcelona, Spain. He later moved to Hamburg (Germany) in 2007, and to Center Valley, Pennsylvania, in 2011 to join Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA). In 2013, he was promoted to the role of President of the entire OCA and in March 2015 was also appointed as its CEO and he served in that capacity until his promotion to the global COO role in April 2020. In addition to his Olympus responsibilities, Nacho serves on the Board of Directors of AdvaMed (Advanced Medical Technology Association) and on the Board of Directors of the US-Spain Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining Olympus, Nacho held several positions in the IT and consumer electronics industries working for a variety of high-tech companies, including Sony and Techdata. He holds dual Master’s Degrees; one in Telecommunications and Electronic Engineering, and another in Business Administration.
Analyst in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, working with clients in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications industries on M&A and financing transactions. Graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Warwick in 2017. Previously studied at Aula Escola Europea.
International Director of AREAS and also she is present on the Direction Committee.
Graduated in Political Science and Administration and Economics (Pompeu Fabra University), specializing in Health Economics, with eight years of experience in the Catalan health system developing tasks of economist and strategic support at management levels. I have acquired skills to lead and coordinate working groups and implement health projects.
Pepe Agell leads Chartboost’s strategic planning and partnerships, marketing and corporate development efforts. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the UPC Barcelona and the ETH Zurich. Prior to joining Chartboost, Agell led product management and operations teams in both multinational (Hilti AG) and startups (3scale and Innovalley).
Sergio focuses on transactional law, specialising in M&A, Corporate and Commercial law, Real Estate, development and execution of projects and joint-ventures. He also has considerable experience advising on corporate restructuring, bankruptcy and general corporate law. He regularly advises national and international clients such as investment funds, banks, development and construction companies.
Director of Festival de Peralada, one of the most important summer festivals in Catalonia.
Aeronautical Engineer and Economist. Working as Senior Consultant involved in strategy and transaction advisory projects for infrastructure operators, airlines, multi-lateral development agencies and investment funds across Latin America and Middle East. Previously worked at British Airways in London.
Mehdi brings an extensive experience as an international financial executive with a great entrepreneurial spirit oriented to the development of the business. As a partner of the Expense Reduction Analyst, he relies on a unique network of expert and seasoned consultants who allow organizations increase business performance. By working with industry specialists, he is able to build long-term rela
Vice President of the Col·legi de l'Art De La Seda and Administrator and Owner of Interfareba (chemical distribution company).
Juan Antonio Alcáraz holds a degree in Business Management from Cunef (Madrid’s Complutense University) and a Master of Business Administration from the IESE Business School. He joined ”la Caixa” in December 2007 as Chief Business Officer. He is currently head of the following business units at CaixaBank: Retail Banking (Branch Network, Private and Premier Banking, Wholesale Banking), Global Customer Experience (Daily Banking, Enjoy, Protect, Commerce), Specialized Consumer Segments (Imaginbank, Family, Senior, Agrobank, Holabank). Moreover, he is in charge of the following subsidiary companies: CaixaBank Digital Business and CaixaBank Business Intelligence.He is also Chairman of CaixaBank Payments and of CaixaBank Consumer Finance and a member of the Board of Directors of SegurCaixa Adeslas.Over the course of a lengthy career he has served as General Manager of Banco Sabadell (2003-2007), where he was responsible for the Business Network, International Network and Wholesale Banking (Corporate and Investment Banking). Prior to that, he was Deputy General Manager of Santander and Central Hispano (1990-2003), where he was responsible for the Commercial Banking Network and Business Banking in Catalonia (1998-2003). From 1995 to 1998 he was responsible for the Regional Division of Aragón and from 1990 to 1995 for the creation of the Business Branch Network.
Chairman at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in NY. He is a Doctor of Medicine and Associate Professor at the NYU Neurology Department. He is also the founder of Puig at New York, former President of the Spain-USA Chamber of Commerce and President of The Fragrance Foundation in NY.
Esteve Almirall serves as Associated Professor at Esade and Dtr. of the Center for Innovation in Cities. He lectured in several universities, like UC Berkeley, UPF, UPC and EPFL. He has a mix background both in AI and Management Science, particularly Innovation. He spent a previous life in the business IT sector with a career in consulting and banking. His research is published in top journals.
Former Managing director of IS Global. Currently director of CRESIB, CEO of the health service and tropical medicine of Hospital Clinic de Barcelona. Professor in Universidad de Barcelona and president of the CISM.
Mrs. Maria Alsina Call is the Territorial Director of CaixaBank in Barcelona. She has a degree in Law, a postgraduate degree in Banking and Finance at Pompeu Fabra University, she has participated in different programs at IESE, Advanced Management Program at ESADE and Transformational Leadership at ICLD, among others. She has held various positions in the entity highlighting her work as Territorial Director in the Balearic Islands, Commercial Director of Barcelona and General Delegate of Girona. Married and mother of three children aged 8 and 5.
President of ASCEF 2022
Before joining Miura Partners in 2013, I worked at Morgan Stanley in London, in the Corporate Finance and Capital Markets division. I earned an Industrial Engineering degree from Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña and a Business Administration degree from HEC Paris.
Silvia Alsina, General Manager at Roman y Asociados, has more than 20 years experience in corporate communication. She has managed more than 200 accounts and brands throughout her career.
Asset management expert, with 20 years of experience in banking and venture capital. Previously: Head of International Banking at Criteria, angel investor and prior to that, Managing Director of Corporate & Structured Risk department in CaixaBank. Focus on Fintech and Insurtech Business. Board of Director at KDPOF, Playgiga and Immfly
General Director at Amat Inmobiliaria. Member of the Cercle d'Economia.
He started his professional career at Price Waterhouse Coopers in 1991 as an external audit. In 1994 he started working at Bimbo, a large Spain and Portugal consumer company, where he had different management positions: Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Financial Director of Shared Services, Controller and Head of Internal Audit. In 2006 he was appointed Vice President of Financial Planning and Control of the European Divisions of Sara Lee Bakery. In 2007 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Grupo Applus, highlighting the stock market exit in 2014. He holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and also an Executive Development Program from IESE, a Global Business Strategy Program from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, and an Advanced Management Program from ESADE.
Founder of LifestyleDMC, one of the leading incentive event companies in Catalunya, working with large corporate companies.
President and Founder of Mango (Punto Fa, SL), multinational retail company with more than 1,200 stores around the world (over 100 countries).
Political Science graduate, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).
President Muji Spain, CEO Group Andreu and Co-founder of Whotells, he lived in Paris and New York working for Arthur Andersen and Grey Advertising.
Barcelonian by nature, I studied an International BBA, and in 2018 I joined Accenture. Now on, my objective inside Accenture is to grow my career inside the Strategy & Consulting - Life Science world. I'm passionate for Entrepeneurship, Technology and Gastronomy.
I'm the founder of TalentUp. We offer information about the talent market globally. I've a deep knowledge of talent fluctuations, specially for IT roles.
I joined Bluecap in January 2006 after a very interesting experience in the Middle East (Dubai) with DiamondCluster. As a consultant in Bluecap, I have been involved in projects of business strategy for personal and corporate banking, commercial productivity, risk & financial analysis for leading financial institutions in the Spanish market. Previously, I had worked as an analyst at Lehman Brothers (London - Financial Institutions Group - M&A) and DiamondCluster (Barcelona - Dubai offices), where I had been involved in projects for leading telecom companies. Graduated at Esade (Lic&MBA), with an exchange program at the MBA of University of Michigan. Passion for sports.
Carla brings close to 20 years of professional experience in Talent Management, having worked for diverse clients and industries across various geographies. She presents a clear multicultural background, with extensive professional experience in Europe, Latin America and the United States. She is the current President/CEO of Lincoln Leadership Advisors, a small HR boutique located in Houston.
Vice-President of Academics Ordination in the International University of Catalonia (UIC). Also he is a profesor in the same University.
Businessman and entrepreneur
CEO of Andbank España, formerly Deputy Director-General of the department of private banking & marketing at Andorra Banc Agricol Reig, SA. Has completed his studies of computer engineering in the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
Down to earth User Experience Design Team Leader with more than 20 years of experience with a "roll-up your sleeves" attitude. Know-how in start-up, corporate and agency environments with extensive knowledge creating digital experiences that engage users at emotional level. Currently VP of design at Thimble, previously at Time Inc, RGA New York, Microsoft and few US start-ups.
Degree in Business Administration and Management at the Institut Químic de Sarrià, Master in Audit and Financial Management at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Hotel Director AlmaBarcelona, Director of AlmaPamplona, Senior Auditor at Deloitte.
Is counsel of the Litigation Practice Area of Uria Menéndez’s Barcelona office. She joined the firm in September 2000. She focuses her practise on advising on contentious and pre-contentious civil and commercial issues, and specialises in pursue contentious issues which arise before the Spanish courts and tribunals as a part of national and international arbitration proceedings relating to the law of damages in its máximum extent (contractual liability, non-contractual liability and product liability), as well as contractual, corporate, lease agreements or banking-financial disputes. In particular, she defended different companies against the claims of contractual liability and non-contractual liability urged by privates, in the field of individual actions and/or by associations of consumers users, in the field of collective actions.
I am a lawyer at Uría Menendez and an associate professor of civil law at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. I represent national and foreign companies in litigation proceedings, both before Spanish courts and national and international arbitration courts. I also advise on insolvency matters as well as on civil and commercial contract law matters.
Born and raised in Barcelona, Jordi has lived and worked in several countries: Paris, Milan, London, Frankfurt, Minneapolis & New York. With an international strategy and macroeconomics background, he now works on an R&D focused industrial company, developing a fast EV charging network.
Born in Barcelona in 1958. Studied in Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (1990), undertaking the discipline of Projects Theory and History. Is General Director of L35, architectural study born in Barcelona that counts with more than 200 professionals and offices in Barcelona, Madrid, París, Ginebra, Miami, México, Sao Paulo, Bogotá, Santiago, Estambul, Casablanca, Abu Dabi
MS in Civil Engineering and MBA from ESADE Business School with broad experience in venture capital and strategy consulting. Founder and Partner of SeedRocket 4Founders Capital SCR, venture capital fund with €12M under management. I have been actively involved in transactions in more than 25 companies as Privalia, Scytl, MAT Group, Holded, Coverfy, Stayforlong, Localisto or Filmax among others.
Graduated in law from the University of Barcelona, Óscar has developed his professional career in the real estate, legal and, above all, tourism sectors. In 2012 he founded, together with two other partners, Premium Traveler Barcelona, a luxury inbound travel agency specialized in creating tailor-made trips and unique experiences in Barcelona, Catalonia and other Spanish destinations.
Josep M. Balcells is the head of the Corporate and International Law department at Toda & Nel-lo. He is a lawyer specialized in Corporate Law, Transactions and International Contract Law. He is a Board Member and the Treasurer of the ICAB (Barcelona Bar Association) since June 2017. He teaches in the Master’s programme of Business International Law at ESADE Business School.
Executive with 10+ years of experience in finance, consulting and retail with broad international experience in General Management and Sales. Proven cross-functional people manager, specializing in leading large teams and developing diverse talent. Passionate about creating value on companies that are making the world a better place - hard worker always looking to go the extra mile.
Partner Emeritus of Deloitte Spain, with experience in Corporate Finance focused on financial and strategic advice to national and international companies in complex operations of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), Private Equity, Strategic Alliances, Joint Ventures and Corporate Finance. I am a member of the Board of Partners of Deloitte Spain and lead the StartmeUP program.
Founder & Director at TheCreativeNet.
I started my professional career at Group Danone as a Point of Sale Manager, and during the following 20 years, I was promoted within the same company, Danone, Kraft & Mondelez until I got to the general management of Mondelez Iberia. My career developed through sales, finance, and management control, specializing in company transformation processes and the management of large mergers and integrations. Since 4 years ago, I've been managing the general management of Group TGT, the cheese leader in Spain, with 11 factories and commercial delegations. Managing Director oriented towards People and Results with experience in leading high-performance sales teams and in successfully increasing the results, the talent, efficiency, and productivity while reducing costs and inefficiencies. Capacity to keep a leveled head at all times, to nurture and grow a business, evaluate opportunities and risks, and offer new innovative solutions to challenges as well.
With over 9 years’ experience in the cosmetics Industry, truly passionate about Beauty in and out, Marcia has recognised expertise in product development and direct selling for B2C and B2B companies, from Latin America to Europe. She has worked with and for major brands across the globe and is now the face of Quadpack's Market Insights team, a top 10 European packaging company.
Artur worked at Nuclio, a Spanish venture firm and at Conector, a Spanish accelerator where he managed the deal flow and portfolio. Prior to that he was at Bfab.my leading the business development team in South East Asia and at BDO (London) & KPMG (Barcelona), in Financial Services. Artur holds a degree in Business Administration from University of Barcelona and he is a Teaching Assistant at ESADE.
Cloe is Partner at Deloitte Legal in Barcelona. Before joining Deloitte, she developed her career in Erns & Young Abogados and in law firm Donahue & Partners LLP (New York, United States). From September 2016 leads Desk Legal in London for implementation and development of legal services of Deloitte in the United Kingdom. She is member of Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Barcelona, in addition to being collegiate member for serving as foreign legal adviser in New York. Cloe specializes in sales transactions of companies, nationals and cross-border, including operations planning, due diligence processes, negotiating and execution of transactions. Additionally, she has solid experience in corporate reorganizations of multinational groups for optimization of corporate structures and integration of post-acquisition businesses. Also, she advises on a recurring basis Spanish and foreign multinationals on trade law affairs. She has a degree in Law by Universitat de Barcelona and holds a diploma in International Relations by The Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). Cloe speaks Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Italian.
Started in Real Estate consultancy twenty-five years ago and now leads a team of nearly 400 people at Cushman & Wakefield in Iberia Region. He is also part of the firm’s EMEA Strategic and EMEA Management Leadership teams, where he is strongly committed to leading High Performance Culture and Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. He started his career in real estate in CB Richard Ellis in 1996 and by 1997 led Offices Agency in Cushman & Wakefield, Barcelona. In 1999 he became an Associate, in 2002 Partner, in 2013 Executive Partner and in 2014 started to lead the Spanish business. Later in 2020, he was appointed Head of Iberian Region. He holds a Degree in Economics and Business from the University of Barcelona/University of Antwerp (UFSIA) and an MBA from Pompeu Fabra University.
Director of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Reproductive Medicine in Dexeus. Also, he is the Director of the Chairmanship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Barcelona University.
Professional in Performing Arts (theatre and dance) from various aspects: actress, choreographer, teacher as Head of the Dance Department of the Esart Campus, involved in the associationism as vice president of the AADPC, involved at management level as broker in risk prevention through the company Ofitesec SL, fights for cultural defense from belonging to different groups.
Graduate in Information Sciences (UAB). Exercised journalism for three decades in press, radio and television. Director of communication in the financial sector. Responsible for the operational management, communication and marketing of the equipment that can be visited at the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera. Lecturer on communication at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Universitat Rovira i Virgili.
Graduated in Law from the University of Barcelona, Juan Baselga has focused his professional activity in the field of marketing and communications. With experience in the management of large accounts at national and international level, he has dedicated great part of his career to managing strategic communications and marketing campaigns, events, sponsorship and corporate relations. Throughout the years he has led projects in diverse industries such as automotive, sports or cultural, among others. Juan Baselga is the current Director of Marketing, Communications and Institutional Relations of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation.
Teresa Basilio Monné (Barcelona, 18 February 1964, member 138,267) is the current Culture Delegate for the Board of Directors. A law graduate from the University of Barcelona, she completed a Masters' course in External Commerce at CEDEIN, a diploma in High European Studies at Europa College in Bruges, she is a postgraduate of the Economics and Business Faculty at the University of Barcelona and General Management Programme from IESE. She has worked as a lawyer and also as a consultant at MASTER CONSULTING ESNET, SA and director of the ASSOCIACIÓ INDEPENDENT DE JOVES EMPRESARIS DE CATALUNYA. Since 2005 she has been a member of the management committee and CFO at BATLADY S.L.
I live with a desire to be better every day. Nick has over 25 years' experience in leisure and consumer-orientated sectors, working across private equity, public and private family-run businesses. Currently Chairman of Ten Entertainment plc, and previously was a senior independent director of Elegant Hotels plc and NED at Brakes Group. Also served on the Board of Directors of The Wimbledon Champ
With a degree in architecture, I currently work as a senior architect at the Batlle i Roig office. During my work experience, I have had the opportunity to work with many professionals from whom I have been able to learn how to take care of our great city and to value, its urbanism, its architectural and artistic heritage, its pleasant climate, its cutting-edge economy, but especially its people.
Combines practice of architecture, urbanism and landscaping as Founding Partner of Batlle i Roig Arquitectura. Doctor of Architecture, was awarded the Medalla CSCAE 2017, Premio FAD Teoría y Crítica 2012, Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado UPC, y el Montaner de Arquitectura, Teoría y Crítica. Currently, leds Master's Degree in Paisajismo–MBLandArch (UPC)
Graduated from ESADE in 1993. MSF from Boston College in 1995 Morgan Stanley London, 1995-1996 Kleinwort Benson London, 1997-1998 J.P. Morgan London-Madrid, 1998-current Currently co-head of banking industry groups, EMEA at J.P. Morgan
I am economist and I have 24 years of real estate sector experience. I started my carreer as an external accounting auditor by working in EY and specialized in real estate. During the past 9 years I have been also focused on other industries (publishing, tourism and financial) organizing major annual exhibitions, conferences and leadership meetings in Spain, Europe, South Amèrica and Russia.
Is a computer engineering student focused on electrical circuits, programming and free software, with interests in AI, robotics and cyborg technologies. Technologic/ artistic itinerary comes along with her: she was invited to various museum and festivals for her work in electronics of sound and body extent and also, invited for symposiums of biohacker movement at the international level.
Passionate about events, travel and good stories.
I have developed my career in the field of mobility with engineering and consultancy companies and currently in the Strategic Plannig Area of FGC, one of the main transport operators in the Barcelona area. Born and raised in the Barcelona area, I have studied in Shanghai and I have worked in Manchester for several years and so I have been exposed to varied city models.
Have work in IT and digital marketing for 20 years. Specializing inprogrammatic online marketing for global big brands. Next to that i am part of a company that has created their own programmatic B2B advertising platform. Also now in Barcelona i am setting up a e-commerce marketplace for local owned stores and looking into setting-up a new business that focusses on solar power for businesses.
Jordi Bernadó (Lleida, 1966) is the winner of the Fotopress Scholarship in 1993 and the Endesa X Scholarship in 2007. His book "Very very bad news" won the prize for the best photography book at Photoespaña 02 and the prize for the best art book from the Ministry of Culture in 2002. His work is part of important public and private collections around the world.
President on Bernat Family Office, and is also an active investor with a focus in technology: TIC, biotech and cleantech. He is an member of other boards in different industries. This is balanced with studies in dramatic art, philosophy, and brain biology. For 24 years he worked for his family business, Chupa Chups and he created the Smint product and brand (powermints).
CFO for Quadpack, which is on a quest to revolutionize the beauty sector by creating positive impact packaging. Dutch by birth and Catalan by adoption since 2 decades, he has held leading international positions in the steel and the pharmaceutical industry in Barcelona, Stockholm and Santander. He holds Master degrees by the Rotterdam School of Management, CEMS and an Executive MBA by ESADE.
Her professional career has mainly been associated with the Business Schools’ sector. She is an expert in entrepreneurship initiative and corporate entrepreneurship. She currently holds the presidency of the global network of business schools CEMS.
She is Director of Strategic Development and Institutional Relations of Value Retail group in Spain and, also, Director of the legal department. She worked in Uría Menéndez for 16 years and in 2008 she joined Value Retail. She was advising Value Retail from its beginning in Spain in 1996 and her work has evolved from the legal department to coordination of strategic projects of Value Retail in Spain, working closely with CEO. Graduated in Law from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Extraordinary Prize of Degree) and Master of Laws (LLM) in International Trade per la London School of Economics that she studied with a scholarship Fullbright granted by La Caixa in collaboration with Instituto Británico.
President of Tres60 Group and former Minister of Science and Technology in the Spanish Government.
Experimental physicist, expert of particle accelerators, worked at CERN and at LNF-INFN. Since 2012 Director of ALBA Synchrotron, has managed its development as a large multidisciplinary research facility with international projection, and is now planning the upgrade to 4th generation light source. Chair of LEAPS (www.leaps-initiative.eu/) and member of several international advisory boards.
Mike is CEO of Integrated Systems Events, organizer of the Worlds’ largest AV Exhibition. An avid tech fan he has been involved in technology publishing and events for more than 35 years, the past 18 focused on the AV sector. ISE outgrew its previous home in Amsterdam and now makes its’ future in Barcelona. In 2020 Installation Magazine voted Mike the most influential person in Pro AV.
Mercantile lawyer with extensive experience in legal advice to national and international companies in various sectors. Specialist in M & A, corporate, commercial contracts, compliance and real estate. Focused on preventing and resolving conflicts in a pragmatic way.
Degree in Industrial Engineering by University of ITESM, Mexico, and with masters in finance, business and financial management. He has experience in HR management, team management, negotiation, and international coordination. In 2002 started his professional life at T-Systems Mexico, as Head of Project Management & Controlling Office. Transferred to TS USA, as head of HR. In Iberia from April 2017.
1964. Born in Barcelona 1964 1982-1988. Studies at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB) 1987-1988. He collaborates in Estudio Bonell / Gil arqtos, F. Mitjans, arqto. and Mitjans / Gascón Arquitectos 1990-1994. Associated architect at Mitjans / Gascón Arquitectos 1994. Funda BCA Arquitectura with Mercé Conca, architect
Manel Blanco is the partner responsible for Markets in Cataluña, Balearic and Andorra, head of the office of KPMG in Girona and has developed his professional career in the Audit department of KPMG • Degree in Economic and Business Sciences by the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. • Member of Instituto de Auditores y Censores Jurados de Cuentas de España and of Colegio de Censores Jurados de Cuentas de Cataluña. • Member of Registro Oficial de Auditores de Cuentas. • At this time he is responsible for Markets in Cataluña, Balearic and Andorra, role that combines with partner of the auditoría de Industria y Consumo and head of the office of KPMG in Girona. Additionally, during more than 10 years Manel was a part of methodology development team of Auditoría de KPMG in Spain. • Has extensive experience in large business groups, national and international quoted, family, industrial, chemical and distribution.
Noemí Blázquez joined Uría Menéndez in 2000. She has over 18 years' experience in the practice of administrative, urban and environmental law, collaborating with both the public authorities and in the defence of business interests. He participates in commercial operations of projects in the real estate sector and in the commercial and residential distribution sector.
Raül Bobet is the director and oenologist of Castillo de Encus, his most personal project, in which he set himself the objective of producing high quality wines while always respecting the environment. After many years working in the sector, always with great interest in oenological research, now research, perfectionism and rapture define his work.
Christopher has a multi-cultural background (French-Norwegian) and is a team coach helping executive teams become more effective in designing strategy, in collaborating toward a shared goal and in managing organizational change. He creates conditions for courageous dialogues to talk about about really matters and for teams to be aligned and energised.
CEO of Irestal and specialized company in supplying stainless steel in its various forms. Also, he is President of the Consell Social de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Vice-President of ACUP (Associació Catalana d'Universitats Públiques) and Vice-President of UPM (Unió Patronal Metal·lúrgica).
Born and raised in Barcelona. Living in Mexico city for the past 18 years. 23 years Henkel + Silicon Valley + Mondelez International. Big family of seven. Love traveling, food and running. Music and reading.
Javier Bonet is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Enterprise at the University of Greenwich. Previously Director of the Welsh Government's Sêr Cymru National Research Network in Advanced Engineering and Materials and Head of the College of Engineering at Swansea University. A professor in computational mechanics with over 100 well cited publications and several widely used textbooks in the field.
President of Freixenet. He is also professor of economics at the University of Barcelona, and he is president of the Executive Committee at Fira de Barcelona, president of Alimentaria, the food and beverages trade fair, and president of the Brands Forum.
Born in Moscow, I moved to Spain in 2002 where I received a master in MBA and another International Trade. In 2009 I started my own business, Escuelas Happy Way, 0-3 years child care centers in Sant Gervasi, Turo Park, Les Corts and Sant Cugat
Digital Marketing Manager in TourRadar, startup that has raised over $ 65M of global funds. Bruno is Engineer in ICT Management by La Salle with an international exchange completed at Manhattan College. With several years of experience in internet companies, he started his career at vente-privee and than worked at BeRepublic, trivago, heycar. Before moving to Viena, lived in Barcelona, New York, Düsseldorf and Berlin.
Salvador Borrós, born in Barcelona in 1963, is a Ph.D. Chemical Engineer IQS-URL (1993) and Chemical Engineer IQS-URL (1987). He has a long teaching and research career. Since 2003 he is Professor of Materials Science and Biomaterials at IQS-Universitat Ramon Llull. In 1994 he created the Materials Science laboratory at IQS.
Lawyer admitted in Paris and Barcelona. Working in business law (corporate commercial) in Paris for over 20 years. He is a partner of the law firm M & B lawyers in Paris. He is in the department of commercial law and contracts, advising on economic law, corporate law and commercial litigation. Previously he was a partner of Gide Loyrette Nouel in charge of the Iberian Desk. He was in charge of Investment Advice and Defence and litigation in France for Spanish and Latin American multinationals in industrial and commercial projects. He was also managing partner of Cuatrecasas' Paris office in the corporate M&A and commercial law department. She holds a degree in law from the University of the Basque Country, a master's degree in international trade and law and a higher diploma in commercial law from the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne. She completed her training at IESE with a special program in Leadership in the Legal Profession.
Albert is the founder and director of the Innovation Growth Lab (IGL), a global partnership of governments, foundations and researchers that trials new approaches to accelerate innovation, entrepreneurship and growth. He holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University and is guest professor at the Barcelona GSE. He has also been visiting economist at the OECD and consultant for the World Bank.
My day job is to work with Spain's largest & most innovative companies, to add the bit of Artificial Intelligence that provides conversational assistants to their business. I also volunteer as Founder/Treasurer of newly created Associación 50a50 (www.50a50.org) to bring gender diversity into the top echelons of Catalan businesses & institutions. Also on the Board of Calala - Women's Fund in BCN.
I work at J.P. Morgan as an associate in the debt capital markets team covering corporate clients in Southern Europe. I joined J.P. Morgan London in 2014, having spent two years in the Natural Resources M&A team before joining my current team. I hold a Masters in International Finance from HEC Paris and a B.S. from ESADE Business School.
Digital product and growth strategist helping entrepreneurs, SMEs, and corporate innovation teams navigate the world of technology, product development, product led digital marketing, and digital culture to meet their business objectives.
Business Excellence Program Manager for countries affiliated at Novartis. He has more than 10 years of experience in Pharma Supply Chain based in different European countries. He is actually based in Basel.
Founding partner at TAX.es, a tax consultancy with more than 60 offices in Spain; and also a partner at Brumwell Brokers, founded by his father in 1979.
D. David Brush has over 30 years’ experience as a real estate professional. He started his career at Philadelphia National Bank in 1983 and moved to Bankers Trust (now part of Deutsche Bank) as a Vice President in 1987. During his 20-year tenure at Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank Real Estate, Mr. Brush founded the Real Estate Opportunistic investing division, where he was a Global Head and CIO of the business for 13 years. During that time, he supervised the completion of over 150 transactions consisting of real estate acquisitions, equity investments, corporate recapitalisations and distressed loan portfolio acquisitions with an enterprise value in excess of $50.0 billion. Most recently, Mr. Brush served as Managing Partner at Brookfield Property Group, responsible for the firm’s real estate investing activities in Europe, where he closed the £500 million acquisition of Gazeley, a pan-European logistics company (2012). Mr. Brush holds a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of several real estate professional organisations.
Founder and General Director of Ardana Consultants. Expert in public-private partnerships, structuring of investment projects and services and public procurement. Founder of the Specialist Center on PPPs in Smart and Sustainable Cities, an initiative of IESE and the United Nations. Founder of the association Knowurbannet.
Victor holds an M.B.A. from ESADE Business School, a Master’s Degree in health economics, a Post-graduate Degree in pharmaceutical marketing. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He holds a B.S. in chemistry and a Master’s in chemical engineering both from Institut Quimic de Sarria.
Strategic communications advisor, with special expertise in M&A, crisis communications, investor relations, corporate reputation, Board advisory and financial media relations.
Luis has more than 27 years of experience in managing complex projects for leading multinational companies that approach environments of systems and functional integration. He is a business consultant with capacities in all aspects of a company, especially in financial, strategic and resources areas. Luis has led numerous companies of different sectors with its main focus on the energy sector and the companies Power & Utilities. Other areas to highlight in which Luis has experience are: Insurance, Fashion & Retail, Government and public administration, life sciences, and automotive. Possesses a deep knowledge of the industry in the field of Energy and Public Services because of its experience with companies such as Gas Natural Fenosa, Endesa, Iberdrola, EON, ENEL and A2A He is an expert in the counseling of senior executives in addition to CFOs at companies in multiple industries. He has specialized in the transformation and definition of business processes ensuring compliance of the objectives and creating a culture change in terms of its internal procedures. Has a wide experience in the definition of models of Management Control and has managed a variety of strategic projects focused on the transformation of finance divisions and corporate restructuring.
Professional of the real estate sector with more than 15 years of experience. With a degree in statistics for the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona and Master in Project Management for the Universidad Politecnica de Cataluña . His professional activity has always focused in integral management of real estate developments. He also owns an Executive MBA for EAE Business School.
As a result of my extensive experience at JLL in the areas of marketing, PR and research for over 15 years, with a broad cross-functional knowledge of the real estate industry, my main objective is to drive the growth and performance of the organization to higher levels.
Entrepreneur in several sectors.
+22 years working for multinationals, the last 12 As General Manager in several countries. Currently General Manager Europe in BIC, with aprox 45 countries under my responsibility. Start-up investor, with 14 investments done mainly in Barcelona start-up ecosystem. Member of the Board of French Chamber of Commerce in Barcelona. 70% of my time spent travelling in Europe.
Marketing and Communications specialist with +10 years of experience. I am currently working as Marketing Manager for Vita Student in Spain. Vita Student is the UK’s only experience-led accommodation brand with 18 schemes in 14 cities. Two new buildings will be welcoming students in September 2022 in Barcelona.
Min Cai is a multicultural senior manager at CaixaBank with over a decade of experience in financial wealthness, Corporate risk analysis for banks and other lending institutions. She is currently based in Hong Kong as CaixaBank´s chief representative for Hong Kong, Taiwan and Greater Bay Area, targeting trade finance, corporate/ institutinal lending and M&A opportunities.
Consultant. Plans & Controls, Organization, IT. Experienced manager and entrepreneur. More than 30 years experience in multinational environments. Currently woring on projects in Spain and Italy. Barcelona Chapter Leader of Bocconi Alumni Association.
Independent Strategic Advisor, Professor and Author, with over 30 years’ professional experience in Europe and Japan in business transformation and digitalization. Deputy Dean and Faculty of Strategy, Disruptive Transformation, Industry 4.0, AI Robotics & Business, at GLOBIS School of Management, Tokyo. Executive in Residence, Professor, ESADE Business School Barcelona.
Born in Barcelona. Industrial Organization Engineer, with Erasmus in USA. Later I did an internship in an industrial company. Currently, working in the Insurance sector, specifically in an insurance consultancy. Proud of Barcelona, I like to be able to help and collaborate in a better future for everyone.
Doctor-dentist, by Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. Postgraduate in Periodontics Master in Medical and Dental Education, University of Southern California, President of the Association of Dental Clinics: Best Quality Dental Centers (2011 to present). Founder and medical director of Cambraclinic Dentistas. Tennis player since the age of 6, participating in all RCTB teams
Doctor in Medicine and Professor of Pharmacology at the Pompeu Fabra University. Scientific researcher in neurosciences, firstly in drug addiction and now in cognition, memory and related diseases. He has also promoted various research centers and scientific programs’ initiatives.
An award-winning, diverse Creative Director with a proven record driving business for diverse industries, creating brand experiences across different mediums for the world's most recognized companies and brands. Passion for creating sharp, professional, and unique designs and messages that immediately attract attention and drive responses.
Asabys Partners (Asabys) is a professional investment firm that works closely with entrepreneurs to build health and innovation companies with technologies and products designed to transform people’s lives and provides disruptive solutions to current health challenges. Asabys will be investing in early stage companies operating in healthcare innovation across the board.
Elies Campo leads Growth, Partnerships and Business Development at Telegram Messenger. Prior to joining Telegram, he was part of the initial Growth and Business Development team at WhatsApp, before the Facebook acquisition.
She began her professional career as a lawyer in 1997 at Bufete Cabello after graduating in Law from the University of Barcelona. She joined the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya in 2006 as Director of Legal Services and Recruitment. Before assuming her current position as Executive Director of the entity in 2013, she was the manager of the TNC.
Marc Camprubí Artal is a Vice President at Ceros Capital Markets. He is involved in all aspects of the business with a focus on legal affairs and international business development.
Engineer in the Management of ICT and Msc. in Data Science. Oscar Canales, is an Advanced Analytics & Economics Consultant at Deloitte. Passionate about innovation, investing and sports.
Vicente holds a Degree in Law as well as a Master in Business Administration. He finished the General Management Program at Wharton Business School in 2012. He started in Zurich in Claims (89-93) and after differents positions he became the CEO for Global Corporate Spain (2010-2014) He was also Chief of Staff Officer for LATAM and, since Nov. 1 2015, he is appointed as a Country CEO for Spain.
Chairman of Froneri Ldt and former Executive Vice-President and EMENA Zone Director for Nestlé Health Sciences SA, in Lausanne. He has also been in charge of the Swiss company’s operations in America and Europe and he is on the boards of companies linked to the nutrition and health sectors.
Senior digital business executive with wide experience in innovation, digital transformation and launching new products and business lines in big corporations and startups. Board Member at Barcelona Tech City, Member of the Advisory Board at mVenturesBCN (Mobile World Capital), mentor at StartupBootCamp Internet of Things & Data and Innovation & Intellectual Property Professor at UOC.
Blai Carandell is partner in NOBA, an innovation study that helps corporates accelerate the launch of new products and services through business prototyping. He is also co-founder of Musicotec, an audiovisual rental platform with more than 30,000 active users. He has a Master in International Relations by IBEI and a Degree in economics by UPF.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the president of FemCAT, a private foundation of business people in Catalonia whose purpose is to pursue and encourage initiatives that 17an17ia the progress of Catalan society.
Chairman and Founding Partner, Equipo Singular. He also is 17an17ializ in the Marketing Department in EADA Business School in Barcelona. He was the Chief Commercial Officer, NH Hoteles (1994-1995).
As a professional with more than 20 years in the fashion business, I specialized in lifestyle product design, creative brand communication and strategic product advisory.
Member of the Global Executive Committee of Bertelsmann, President of Bertelsmann Spain and CEO of Arvato. He studied Industrial Engineering in Karlsruhe. Between 1982 and 1993 he also worked as a freelance sports journalist for newspapers in Spain, Austria, and Germany.
Artur Carulla is the president of Agrolimen and a board member of Repsol.
Partner and General Manager of TomTom Telematics, in Mexico City. He has wide experience as an entrepreneur with innovative companies in the fields of e-commerce and mobile marketing. He is member of Antai Business Angels and a partner of different companies such as Fancybox, Clickonero, Coordina México, Catval and Inspira Yoga.
Graduated in Marketing, she started at Born&Ribera and in 2011 became part of the support team of the Instituto Superior de Marketing's General Management, later integrated into ESIC. In 2016 she was appointed Secretary General of ESIC in Catalonia, from where the general services depend: finance, HR, legal, communication and institutional relations. She is a member of the Executive Committee of ESIC.
Graduated in Physical Sciences from the UAB, he also holds an MBA from IESE and doctoral studies in Applied Economics at the University of Navarra. Between 1995 and 2002 he developed his professional career in commercial and marketing areas of various consultancies (Europraxis, Andersen Consulting) and Banco Santander. He joined the Telefónica Group in 2002 as Marketing and Sales Director of Terra España. In 2004 he moved to Latin America as Director of Sales for Telefónica Argentina, and in 2009 he assumed the position of Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Telefónica Colombia. In 2013 he became CEO of Telefónica in Ecuador. He is, since January 2020, CEO of Telefónica in Cataluña, Comunidad Valenciana, Islas Baleares and Murcia.
PhD - Civil Engineer, Director of Strategic Planning and Prospective in charge of international benchmarking, strategic business analysis and the "Agenda 2030" Chairman of the UIC - Toprail group. Part time lecturer at UPC and author of several papers and more than 30 communications to conferences
Graduated from the Univeristy of Barcelona with a law degree in 1992. He also studied in the USA, France and Belgium. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions. He has been a lecturer in corporate law in Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University for 14 years. He is regularly listed in Chambers, Legal 500 and Best Lawyers.
Founder of Gamo USA Corporation in 1994 and BSA Optics Inc. in 1997 as a wholly owned subsidiary of SA Industrias El Gamo. He is based in Miami and is actively involved in the sporting goods industry.
Value Investor. Currently working as Real Estate Associate in Family Office.
Originally from Milan, I studied/worked in the UK for nearly 15 years. I started my career in HR for tech companies & I was headhunted in 2021 by both Glovo + TravelPerk. In 2017 with Booking.com and Rentalcars.com I was responsible for opening a contact centre in Diagonal Mar and since then I had the dream to one day relocate here. My dream came true in April 2022 and I haven't looked back since
Xavier was born in Barcelona, got his BA and MBA at ESADE, did his PhD at the University of Minnesota, has been faculty at ESADE, HEC Paris, LBS, Technion and UCSC and is Professor of Strategy at the Université de Lausanne. He does research & teaches on corporate governance & strategy, org design, innovation & arts management. He is VP of external relations of European Academy of Management
Originally from Hospitalet del Infant (Tarragona). I have a Diploma in Administration and Management of Tourism Companies and I have been developing my professional activity around the hotel sector, where I have been working in several countries such as France, Germany, England, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
Joaquin Castellvi is a former transaction manager with major consultancy firms, investment banks and developers. he was directly involved in transactions totalizing over $ 6.0 billion. Mr Castellvi holds a Master’s Degree from University of Barcelona and an MBA from Ramon Llull University
She started her professional career in the financial world, first in Bank of America and after as Chief Financial Officer in Nissan Motor Ibérica. She then took over the management of RTVE Catalunya. She then held the position of CEO of Planeta 2010, head of the audiovisual and media business of Grupo Planeta. Later on, she launched a startup in the digital content field. And in 2003, she joined Grupo Recoletos as General Manager of the audiovisual and non-daily press business. Between 2008 and 2020 she has been Partner at Seeliger y Conde. She is currently President of Barcelona Global an Independent Director of Banco Sabadell and Repsol. She is also member of the Trustee Board of Cellnex Foundation, member of the Advisory Committee of Adevinta (Schibsted Group) and member of the Executive Committee of IESE Alumni. She is an industrial engineer by the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, and MBA and a PADE from IESE. She has participated in the Mentoring Program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Member of the Board of Directors of the Andbank group. Degree in Business Administration by the Faculty of Economics IQS, Master in audit and management development by Pompeu Fabra University and Executive MBA by IESE Business School. I worked at Deloitte Spain as a senior auditor and at a venture capital fund in Luxembourg before joining the family patrimonial.
In 2001 he assumed the Presidency of Andorra Banc Agrícol Reig, S.A. (Andbank). He is a member of the Board of Directors and/or Chairman of various companies in different economic sectors (tourism and hotels, real estate, finance, insurance, import and export, department stores, electricity, transport, etc.).
Develops his professional activity as a process improvement, efficiency and strategy consultant. Graduted in business administration and marketing from ESIC.
Telecommunications Engineer, International MBA, PADE IESE, PhD in innovation in Talent. 25 years of experience in Projects, Management, Leadership and Direction of first-rate multinationals, family companies and businesses as an entrepreneur. Manager in multiple sectors, highlighting Consulting and Services, Information and Communication Technologies in competitive environments.
Since 2014, part of Ferrari’s Formula 1 team and currently focusing on trackside aerodynamic performance. Prior to this, I completed research work in fluid dynamics and manta ray swimming at Princeton University. I hold degrees in Aerospace Engineering from both UPC (Barcelona) and Supaéro (Toulouse).
Born in Borneo, Malaysia. Studied in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. Worked in global positions throughout 23 years in Deutsche Bank with assignments in various countries. Finally settling in Barcelona. Embarked on a new journey as a self-employed Personal Growth Facilitator. Other engagements include as trustees in an NGO. Love metaphysics, sports, opera and gastronomy.
I help companies reach their ambitions by creating strategic experiences aimed at positively changing the way people feel, think and act. For eight years I have lead teams in designing experiences in a wide range of different industries including pharmaceutical, consumer goods and the banking industry, both for national and international companies. My values are passion, attitude and determination
Audiovisual Producer. Founder and Managing Partner of Fosca Films, a content creation and production company that develops films and media. Founder and Partner of Playtheatres a online video on demand platform specialized in performing arts.
Creating access to affordable mental healthcare at Headway. Previously, consultant at GEP Worldwide. Graduated from the Dual Degree Program between Columbia University and Sciences Po Paris in Economics and Political Sciences.
Global Advisor and Chairman of The Business of Cities in London. He also acts as a Global Fellow at Brookings Institution, Senior Fellow at the Urban Land Institute, and Chairman of the OECD Local Development Forum. Moreover, he chairs global summits and gatherings.
I am a self-motivated, enthusiastic team worker with a keen interest in Machine Learning and Data Science. I am passionate about solving business problems through data storytelling and helping make jobs better and more efficient by understanding and supporting the organizational direction. I enjoy being strategic with data and I excel at realizing what needs to be acquired to increase the value of
Over 25 years of international experience as executive in leading international technology companies (mainly Hyprotech, Aspentech and Aucerna) serving the energy industry. Currently based in London (UK), I have spent multiple years living in Canada, Barcelona and Germany. Born and raised in Barcelona, “my city” has been always center to me.
15+ years working in marketing, mainly in international brands, 11 at Nike. Currently, Nike Barcelona Brand Marketing Director. I am a curious, passionate, social, creative and optimistic professional that enjoys leading teams and unleashing their full potential, achieving results that have a positive impact, where we all win.
Professional of the real estate sector with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked in Garrigues, Bankers Trust REIB, DB Real Estate and RREEF, as General Manager. During this period, he has participated in transactions with a total volume of approximately 5,000 million euros in all types of real estate assets. These include the sale and leaseback of the Tree portfolio, the largest real estate transaction in Europe in 2009. During his time at RREEF, he was responsible for a team with a portfolio of assets in excess of 3,000 million euros. This team also constituted seven investment vehicles of which two are still active, with a size of approximately 500 million euros, belonging to private clients and family offices. Since Merlin's IPO, he has led two of the sector's largest operations in Spain, the acquisition of Testa and the agreement to integrate Metrovacesa, two operations that have led Merlin Properties to become a leading real estate company in Spain with assets worth more than 10,000 million euros and gross annual income of 465 million euros from rentals.
Joaquim Clos holds a Diploma in Tourism from ESADE and a degree in Finance from IESE. Born in Barcelona, he is General Manager of Derby Hotels Collection. He has 23 establishments including the firm Barcelona Apartment. Spaces where art, culture, gastronomy and luxury are presented to the client as a unique experience in the centre of Barcelona, Madrid, London and Paris.
Dr. Joan Clos is the former Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), at the level of Under Secretary General by the United Nations General Assembly. He held this office from October 2010-December 2017. During his mandate, Dr. Clos led the process of elaboration of the New Urban Agenda, and he was appointed Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). Born in Barcelona on 29 June 1949, he is a medical doctor with a distinguished career in public service and diplomacy. He was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona, serving two terms from 1997 until 2006. He was Minister of Industry, Tourism, and Trade of Spain between 2006 and 2008. This ministerial function included the Spanish Energy portfolio. Prior to joining the United Nations, he served as the Spanish Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan. He is a medicine graduate from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), and specialized in Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). Dr. Joan Clos then joined the Barcelona Municipal Government as the Director of Public Health in 1979. Elected as a city councilman between 1983 and 1987, he earned a reputation for improving municipal management and for urban renewal projects, notably managing the renovation of downtown Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella district.
Consultant at the United Nations in New York. She obtained her degree in Law at Esade and worked for several years as a criminal lawyer in Barcelona. In 2014 she moved to the US to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy at NYU and an internship at the UN. After, she worked as a Risk and Forensic Analyst at Interpublic Group of Companies.
APPLUS Former President and board member of several industrial companies. He was President of the Port of Barcelona and was also the second President of Barcelona Global. He was elected Honorary President of Barcelona Global in June 2014.
BSc graduate both in Political Sciences and Law, I jumped into the art world at 'Fundación Arte y Mecenazgo'. After an experience at Christie's UK, I strengthened my career at Galeria Senda (Barcelona) where I discovered my passion for bringing contemporary art closer to young audiences. That was the turning point in my career where I decided to create KOYAC (Kicking off young art-collecting).
My name is Alba Collado and I am currently leading projects related to latest technologies from Mediapro with clients like Apple and Cupra. I studied Business Administration and a master of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. My main source of inspiration is music. In my free time, I either go to the mountain and hike or join some friends for a salsa meet up.
I have 8 years of experience working in top tier consulting teams assisting with projects in Technology, Energy and Travel industries. My last professional experience was a leadership position to scale the fastest-growing hospitality chain globally in Spain and Germany. I also hold an MBA from IESE Business School.
Doctor in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Barcelona and University Professor of Cell Biology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He did (2011) postgraduate managerial training at IESE Business School in Madrid (Health Management Executive Programme). After a long career in the field of basic neuroscience research, he was appointed Director the Director of Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) in 2009, with responsibility over the entire Research at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital. This is his present appointment that he combines with the leading of a small research group of eight people working in the molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer Disease physiopathology. In his career it is noteworthy that he began as director of the research group of Molecular Neurobiology (1991) and as Professor of Cell Biology and Histology (2002) in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Lleida. In 2004 his entire group moved to the University Hospital ‘Arnau de Vilanova of Lleida" to start a new line of basic -clinical collaboration. From 2004 to 2007 he held the position of Director of the Research Laboratory of this Hospital. This nucleus was the embryo of the Biomedical Research Institute of Lleida. In 2007 he moved to Autonomous University of Barcelona to become Director of the Institute of Neurosciences (2007-2009). In the past, he has served in science policy managerial tasks at various levels such as: Vice President for Research and postgraduate studies at the University of Lleida; Director of the National Evaluation and Prospective Agency (ANEP) (Spanish Government); General Director of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (Spanish Government); General Director of the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI) (Catalan Government). More recently he was elected as secretary general of the Confederation of Scientific Societies of Spain (COSCE) (2011). In March 2012 he has been elected External Advisor to the National Agency for Research (Spanish Government). Since 2009 he has been leading the Spanish scientific participation in EATRIS (European Union) and since 2012 he is also the Chair of the Board of National Directors of EATRIS at a European scale. Furthermore, he has been reviewer of the European Commission (Framework Programme), other national spanish (ANEP, FIS, CICYT) and regional Catalan (DURSI) funding agencies. He serves as reviewer of more than15 international scientific journals, and has organized (chair) national (Spanish Society of Neuroscience - Lleida 2003) or international (FENS Forum of Neuroscience, 2012 edition). Dr. Comella has published over 100 articles in international journals and has lectured more than 150 conferences, seminars and presentations at national and international meetings and academic institutions. His Hirsch index is 35. Most of the research work of his group relates with the relevance of neuroinflammation in the development of neurodegenerative diseases and in particular with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Graduate in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Lleida and Master in Business Administration (MBA) at ESADE. He has been the Director of the Catalan Health Service for the last three years. He has developed his professional career in the scopes of graduate teaching, health, the private business, and the public sector, from where he will direct the closure of the Barcelona Model prison.
Industrial Engineer with more than 5 years experience in Supply Chain at a leading German semiconductor company with international experience in Germany, USA and Singapore. Currently finishing an MBA at IESE Business School and pursuing my next professional steps in the healthcare sector.
Managing director of Seeliger & Conde, a company 22an22ialized in head hunting. Member of the board at Fira de Barcelona and president of Saló Nàutic, the boat show.
Founder and partner in IMO, as well as being its medical director. He holds the chair in IMO at the UAB and is director of the scientific advisory body of the European School of Advanced Studies in Ophthalmology in Lugano.
He is CEO of Anantara Ventures (Research disruptive innovation, investment, business models transformation and design of new impacting initiatives). As a high executive has developed his professional career with national and international responsibilities at consumer good products companies like Anheuser Busch, Earthgrains and Sara Lee, and also in Fira Barcelona, Mobile World Capital, and Grupo Zeta. He is also advisor of diverse companies and sectors: Oaktree Capital, Simon, EPI Industries and he run projects with other companies in different sectors like utilities, chemical,…etc. Also board member at Fira de Barcelona, AED (Spanish Association of Directors), APD (Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección), RACC (Real Automòbil Club Catalunya), and others. Bachelor of Economic and Business Sciences (UB), PADE by IESE, PADE by CCL and participant of the Global CEO Program by The Wharton School & CEIBS (Shanghai) & IESE Business School (Sao Paulo).
+10 years of experience in the digital business; I graduated from UPF and have postgraduate studies in strategic management from Anahuac University in Mexico City. In 2013, I relocated to Mexico City as CMO of Mundo Joven, LatAm travel group leader for youth. And since 2018, Smart Fit, the fastest-growing fitness company of LatAm.
Moved to everis uk as a CEO. Now appointed as EMEAL Head of Business Development
Vice-President & Managing Director of EU Business School, Carl has more than 15 years experience in pioneering business education. A strong believer in the role that education plays in shaping the leaders of tomorrow. Carl is an entrepreneur, innovator and proactive manager.
Inés Cuatrecasas is the executive Vice-president of Emesa Corporación Empresarial. She is a graduate of ESDI Design School in Barcelona. She began her career in Privalia (Part of Veepee) as a Production director. In 2009 she co-founded the clothing company Mille Collines in East Africa. She has been the CEO of the brand until 2019. She is now President of the Board of directors. In 2011 she was awarded with the young social entrepreneurship award by Universidad Europea of Madrid and in 2012 by the YAN fellowship for social entrepreneurs in the US. Inés was a Panelist at the Retail Congress of Africa held in Johannesburg as well as at APD held in Barcelona, III Forum for Emerging Markets. In 2020 she joined Emesa Corporación Empresarial, where she also serves as a member of the board of directors of several Emesa’s portfolio companies, including Elior Group.
Former president of Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, the second largest law firm in Spain. He is also former president of Areas. From May 2012 until June 2014 he was president of Barcelona Global, and now is Honorary President.
General Manager of Áreas in Los Angeles. She holds a MBA from IESE Business School and Journalism Degree from University Ramon Llull. She has worked as an editor at La Vanguardia and Director of Oerreeme.
Jordi is an innovation strategy consultant at Anantara Ventures. He uses innovation & technology to advise firms in transformation and growth. Previously, he led mobile ventures at Mobile World Capital, supporting the creation of startups, and launching innovative tech-transfer programs. Additionally, he worked as a strategy consultant at Accenture in the FMGC sector and holds an MBA from IESE
Hospitality and Tourism Studies and 2 years living in Portland (USA) where he worked in different hotels and restaurants Experience in many restaurants and hotels in Catalonia. 6 years at the Hotel Arts Barcelona (Ritz-Carlton) occupying management positions in the Food and Beverage division. And since 1998 (21 years) working in Dominican R. with Catalonia Hotels. Openings of all hotels.
Fundació Empreses IQS Director.
Hi, I am Massimo D'Alessio, born in italy. I am an architect with a lot of interests, I am working as Senior Consultant in Retail Investment in CBRE. I arrived in Barcelona after lived in Milan, Tokyo, Rotterdam and Valencia. I love this city!
With more than 20 years of experience in corporate communication and events international enviroment, acquired within PR agencies, big corporations or small companies and as a free lancer, I am now deeply interested in developing thoughtful events that enable people to grow and ideas to emerge.
He has developed his professional career in the field of institutional relations, government and representation of interests in the private sector where he has acquired knowledge especially in the economic and business environment of the city of Barcelona. From 2013 to 2016 he was linked as Project Manager in Barcelona Global. In Barcelona City Council he has been Chief of Cabinet of the President of the Socialist Municipal Group (2017 - 2019) and Chief of Cabinet of the Second Tenancy of Mayor, of Company, Culture and Innovation (2016- 2017). Degree in Political Science and Administration, International Relations profile by UPF, took part in the London and Global Cities, Governance, Planning and Design program (2014) - London School of Economics Executive Summer School (Program Directors: Ricky Burdett and Tony Travers).
Is a Strategic Business Advisor, with more than 35 years of experience as an entrepreneur and managing executives of global technology companies. As an American national, living in Barcelona for ~20 years with an extensive US and European network, he has a strong trans-Atlantic and pan-European focus. Dave spends approximately 2/3rds of his life internationally, and 1/3 in the USA
From its founding in 2004, I lead Asociación Sport Cultura Barcelona, that was promoted by Juan Antonio Samarach. Previously I was co-owner of company AZAI, specialized in staff recruitment for events and congresses. As indicative data during Olimpic Games of Barcelona in 92 we had more than 400 people working during 3 months...huge challenge.
Degree in Economics and Business Administration and Law from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. 1999-2006 Accenture manager, 2006-2010 principal of The Boston Consulting, 2010-2012 director of PwC.
Dr. Javier de Benito graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the Universitat de Barcelona. Since 1980 he has been director of the Institute that bears his name, where residents from all over the world have passed and been trained. He is a national and international benchmark in Aesthetic Surgery. Since 2006, his Institute has been recognized by the international press as one of the ten best centers.
Born in Barcelona, where he grew up, studied in the French Lycée and later graduated at ESADE Business School with an MBA in 1986. During his professional career, Narcís de Carreras has always worked in the Energy and Infrastructure fields, with a variety of roles in banking, consulting, engineering and utilities sectors. Since 2006 he works for Naturgy Energy Group (formerly known as Gas Natural
Ceo & CoFounder MyPoppins
VP Growth en Handy.com (Angi Group), una empresa de tecnologia amb seu a Nova York que cotitza al Nasdaq. En Xavier té un MBA de Harvard Business School i un BBA d'ESADE. Abans, va treballar com a consultor de gestió a Bain & Company a Madrid, Londres i Dubai, així com en J.P. Morgan a Londres.
Born in Utrecht (Netherlands) and living in Barcelona since 1985. I worked in Corporate Finance at Banco Sabadell from 1988 until 2000, when I joined Norgestion, as Managing Director of the Barcelona office.
President of Clear Channel Outdoor for Latin America in Miami, an international marketing & advertising company. Previously, he worked at BMG Music and at Walt Disney Company Iberia as Chief Financial Officer in Spain and Portugal. He holds a degree in Law from the Complutense University in Madrid
Ph.D. student in Economics at MIT, doing research in macro-labor and international macro. Educated as a civil and industrial engineer, and former intern at Bain.
After 14 years working in different areas of Repsol, I have been fortunate to live for the last 7 years in Southeast Asia, where I have been able to interact with people from very different profiles and backgrounds. Now, back in Spain, I have joined the Repsol Foundation team.
Prof. de Lecea graduated in Biology at the University of Barcelona in 1991 and conducted postdoctoral work at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. He started his laboratory on the neurobiology of sleep in 1996. He is best known for his discovery of neurotransmitters critical for the regulation of vigilance states and for the implementation of ontogenetic methods.
Partner of Gonçalves Pereira. She is Partner of the Litigation and Arbitration Group. Also she is the Head of Barcelona’s office Arbitration Group, the Coordinator in charge of the Pro Bono Program of the Firm and the Coordinator of the CSR Committee of the Firm.
José María specialises in both public and private M&A. He has extensive experience in acquisitions, joint-ventures and development of green-field and brown-field infrastructure projects in Spain and abroad (UK, USA, China, Chile, Colombia, etc.). José María also specialises in law for non-profit organisations and is secretary for a number of boards of trustees (Fundación AGBAR, Fundación Aquae, Fu
Marketing, Comms and sales executive with more than 14 years of international experience. Passionate, creative, driven with demonstrated intrapreneurial skills. Committed to questioning the status quo and delivering the highest possible results with integrity, professionalism and spirit of service.
President and CEO MUJI Spain & Portugal Board Member of Barcelona Oberta and Associació Comerciants L'Illa Diagonal Former jobs: Banco Santander and Auna Telecom MBA IESE '92 BA Economics University of Barcelona
Founding Partner of Hedron HR Human Resources Consultancy. Bachelor in Economic and Business Sciences from the University of Barcelona.
Serial tech entrepreneur from the Netherlands currently charged with scaling-up an AI powered supply chain management SaaS company.
Founder and CEO of The Institute For Generative Leadership in Spain and Peru, Coach PCC specialist in senior management at the global level. Senior Consultant and Country Manager of Altus Growth Partners USES, projects that translate their commitment to the people and their environment, through the organizations, to create value and build a sustainable and relevant future for people and their happiness.
Chief Executive Officer of SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital since april 2003. President of the Factor Humano Foundation's Advisory Board since 2016. Member of the Children’s Hospital’s International Executive Forum since 2010. He is a specialist in Family and Community Medicine and holds a Master's degree in Public Utility Management from the ESADE.
Born in Barcelona having a Catalan Mother and an American Father. I was raised in Madrid until I was 13 and then moved to the UK for the following 5 years attending Ampleforth College a boarding school in the UK. Following that, I moved back to Barcelona for Uni (Business Admin) and started my career in finance in London. I changed Industry to follow my dream in tech and started in Salesforce.com
Managing Director and Head of Business Development for Alantra Asset Management and brings over thirty years of private and public credit markets experience. Prior to joining Alantra, I spent nearly fifteen years as Business Development Director at Cairn Capital, a U.K. based credit alternative asset manager. Earlier in my career held senior positions at JPMorgan and Citibank.
VP Sales, Marketing and Product Management EMEAI at Peli Products, the European division of Pelican Products Inc. Previously held senior management roles in Nokia, General Electric and other technology companies. International Baccalaureate from the United World Colleges, M. Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Padua and MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Matthias Dentler co-founded Netzpiloten AG which started out in Hamburg as one of Germany´s Dotcom Pioneers in 1996. Today Netzpiloten AG is holding a group of companies in Germany, Spain and Portugal, specialized in online marketing as well as in online publishing. Further he has been involved in real estate busniness and Humanitarian Aid projects.
CEO of Invest for Children, a foundation of the Investindustrial group. Invest for Children promotes Venture Philantropy.
Co-founder and President — Cooperativa d’Alumnes Les Oliveres SCCL November 2011 — August 2013 The largest student cooperative in Catalonia with more than 100 students. Our goal was to promote entrepreneurship and solidarity among students. Being part of the first executive team of the cooperative allowed me to get an insight of how to scale and design the whole structure. Managed a budget of around €20K in order to maintain a school in Cameroon – teacher’s wages, utilities bills... –. FX Associate — Kantox June 2015 — September 2015 Kantox is a pioneering firm in the FX market (Foreign Exchange). During my stay at Kantox, my main tasks were: • Developing FX proposals for Kantox's clients in order to establish risk management policies and handle FX operations in the most optimal way. Worked in projects for top clients with special operational needs, directly reporting to the CEO & COO Co-Founder – Impact.Barcelona Think Tank February 2016 - Present We are a non-profit organisation founded by young people that promotes entrepreneurship and ideas development among young people. Partnerships with Mobile World Capital & Barcelona Global. Co-Founder & CFO — Arkyne Technologies (Bioo) October 2015 – Present Responsible of the business and financial development of Arkyne Technologies. Arkyne is a pioneering cleantech company that develops and commercialises technologies capable of generating electricity from plant’s photosynthesis in a competitive and sustainable way. Key Milestones: • Best Business Initiative in Catalonia. • 1st Investment Round: 311.000€ (250.000€ from private investors + 60.000€ loan from ENISA) • Forbes 30 under 30.
Engineer by vocation, passionate about mechanics and entrepreneur. I have always set goals to meet in my life, both professionally and personally, and I have not rested until I achieve them.
Ruben Diaz-Plaja is Senior Policy Advisor in the Policy Planning Unit of the NATO Secretary General and has more than a decade's worth of experience working on the links between security, defence and governance in Europe and its neighbourhood, having worked with NATO, the OSCE and civil society. Ruben is a proud Barcelonan by birth and is committed to helping his city thrive in the years to come.
Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wales, Master in Human Resources Management from EADA, Graduated from the Authentic Leadership Development and Disruptive Strategy programs from Harvard Business School and DBA (c) from the École des Ponts Business School. Until August 2020 he was Director of Programs & International Relations. Currently, he is the new Dean of EADA.
Director of Communications at Barcelona Global
27 years transforming Global Automotive Business by Leading, Enabling, Engaging and Empowering People + Organizations. Currently, leads the Nissan side of the Alliance Digital HR Program.
Superior technical architect by the School of Architecture of Barcelona. Collegiate Coac since 1976. Creator and founder of Swab Barcelona - International Contemporary Art Fair - since 2006.
Pharma leader with close to 20 years expertise in International executive roles and a solid and diverse commercial and business development track-record in companies such as Almirall, Pfizer, Allergan and DuPont Pharma. Committed to contribute to the progress of healthcare and drive positive success, always hand in hand with purpose and the highest ethical standards.
Art historian and gallery owner specialized in modern and contemporary art, with special interest in the artistic avantgarde of the 20s and 30s. He did his academic studies in London. 1992-1993 Works of Art Course at Sotheby's Institute of Art (London); 1993-1995 BA in History of Art at University College London; 1995-1996 Master in History of Art.
2012-Present: KPMG Auditores, S.L.
Nescafé EMENA Business Manager of Nestlé in Vevey (Switzerland). She has 20 years of experience in the coffee sector and in brand building, marketing and communication strategy. She started her career in 1989 at Nestlé España (Esplugues) and moved to Nestlé HQ in Vevey in 1997.
Economist. Businessman in the following fields: Tourism, short, medium and long term apartment rentals, Real Estate and... yes, also Confectionery!
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Is from Barcelona and moved to London to develop his professional career after getting his degree in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University. Pere has an extensive career in the Telecoms and Event Business growing revenue streams and leading market development strategies for events such as Mobile World Congress and 4YFN. Pere is currently the Event Director of 4YFN.
With almost 40 years’ experience in beauty packaging, Tim Eaves is Quadpack’s Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Impact Officer. During his tenure as CEO, he grew the company from a small trader into a global manufacturer and provider. His passion for sustainability led him to establish the non-profit arm, Quadpack Foundation, and to achieve B Corp certification in 2022. Tim’s aim is to inspire the packaging industry, by example, to transform it into a sector with a positive impact within communities and on the planet.
ARAD EDREY-LAVIE, CITIZEN OF THE WORLD After working in various countries with prestigious tech firms, Arad decided to move to Barcelona because “it’s the most European city of the Mediterranean, and the most Mediterranean city of Europe.” Real estate was always his passion, he had begun to invest early in life and one day he decided to convert his hobby into a personal business endeavor.