Adrià is currently the Director of Venture Building at Innocells, the hub of new digital businesses of Banco Sabadell. Prior to this, Adria led mVenturesBcn, the investment arm of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation (MWC). The company was focused into accelerating and investing in high-growth digital startups across Europe and incubating deep-tech research-based startups. While at MWC, he led the event for entrepreneurs of Mobile World Congress, named 4YFN, with more than 15,000+ attendees in its third year. He started his professional career in strategy consulting at Accenture and Deloitte. Beyond his professional work, Adria is lecturer in several master courses in business model innovation and entrepreneurship and mentor of digital startups. He also started a PhD on Artificial Intelligence a few years ago – and he still hopes to finish it someday.
Expert in digital marketing with over 10 years of experience in the sector. In recent years he has specialized in app marketing working at advertising agencies for large companies and start-ups. He is currently the Online Marketing Manager at InfoJobs (#1 job portal in Spain) where he manages ASO, SEO, SEM and user acquisition/retention (apps/web).
Paco Anes es Responsable de Mobile & New Media en IAB Spain, donde dirige comisiones como Content & Native, eCommerce, Innovación Tecnológica, Mobile Marketing, o Video Online. Además, durante años ha impartido formación en Cámaras de Comercio y universidades. Es Master en Product and Management por IEBS y Master en Comunicación y Publicidad Digital por IAB Spain.
Claudia De Antoni is a London-based investment director at Virgin Management, the family office of the Branson family and the home of the Virgin brand.
In her current role Claudia looks after origination of investment opportunities for the Virgin group across a wide variety of industries and geographies. She is particularly passionate about early stage investments that have the potential to bring the group at the forefront of innovation.
Claudia joined Virgin Management in 2013 after spending one year building an online marketplace in the UK and experiencing first-hand all the aches of being a startup entrepreneur.Before embarking in her entrepreneurial journey Claudia worked for five years as an investment professional in the private equity industry (Arcapita, Vision Capital) and before that she started her career as a TMT banker at Morgan Stanley (London, New York).Claudia holds a corporate finance bachelor degree from Bocconi University in Milan and is fluent in Italian, English and French.
Mara is a Human Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher and a technology strategist. She is the CEO of Ideas for Change, a think tank and consultancy firm advising cities, businesses and institutions on innovation, open and collaborative strategies, civic tech, and exponential growth (see the frameworks @Pentagrowth and @The Bristol approach).
She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Fab Lab Barcelona where she coordinates Making Sense, a European project that seeks to empower citizens through personal digital manufacturing applied to the design of environmental sensors, and co-founder of SalusCoop, the first Spanish cooperative for citizens’ health data.
Mara co-directs the Master in Design for Emergent Futures at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. She earned a PhD in Computer Science from the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities at University College London.
Adrià was the Executive Director for mVenturesBcn, the investment arm of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation. The company is focused into accelerating and investing in high-growth digital startups across Europe and incubating deep-tech research-based startups. Prior to this, Adrià was the executive director of 4 Years from Now, the event for entrepreneurs held last February during the Mobile World Congress: (15,000+ attendees).
Although he holds a BSc in Computer Science, started as assistant researcher at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, (and have some credits for his PhD on Artificial Intelligence), his professional career has been always related to business strategy and innovation for large corporations. Beyond his professional track record, he is lecturer in several master courses in business model innovation and entrepreneurship and mentor of digital startups.
Adrià Batlle is currently the Venture Builder Director at InnoCells
Nuria is an industrial engineer, specialized in chemistry. She also has a Master in Management of Business by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the École Polytechnique in Paris.
He began his professional career in the pharmaceutical sector in areas of quality and R&D. After to this, she developed various management tasks in pharmaceutical, food and electronic sectors.
In 2007 she created a food engineering specialised in strategic advice in the areas of production, environment, internationalization, quality and R+D and she became a business partner and general director until 2013 from it.
In June of 2013 she assumed the leadership of the programme “Catalunya Emprèn” with the aim of promoting and coordinating the Government’s entrepreneurship policy of the Government. On 2016 she was named General Director of Industry, a position that she combines with the role of CEO of ACCIÓ since October of 2014. Under his direction, ACCIÓ has driven the binomial innovation-internationalization as a strategy to reinforce the competitiveness of the company and has turned on the Catalonia brand Trade
Juan Cambeiro is responsible for the leadership and deployment of innovation projects at Telefónica Spain. In the last 10 years, he has been looking for new technologies and opportunities, evaluating their potential for the business of Telefónica and developing, in close collaboration with the final customer, “hard tested” innovation projects aiming at evaluating the reality of new technologies, their value for the business, and contributing to the early development of markets.
As part of his most recent activity, he has been leading projects related to critical communications for Industry 4.0 and retail, M2M and Internet of Things, Portable LTE Networks, Big Data and Data Marketplaces for tourism, retail and industry, along with many others, looking always for the real value behind the technology.
Telecommunications Engineer, MBA, and trained in Systematic Innovation, always involved in the IT and Telco industries through his experience in companies like Nokia, Ericsson and Telefónica, he declares himself an enthusiast of innovation and its applicability in all professional areas, including technology, business, organizational or a as mere technique for problem solving.
Jaime García Cantero is an independent analyst, mentor at Founder Institute, professor at EOI and advisor at different start-ups. García Cantero was Analysis director at IDC, having worked previously as strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. He studied engineering at UPM in Madrid and KHT (Stockholm), and has taken postgraduate studies at Stanford University. He is currently Content Director at El País RETINA.
Santiago Cascante Nogales is Enel’s Head of the Innovation Department for the I&N Global Business Line. His job is to develop Open Innovation Models with the internal and external entrepreneurs ecosystem. When he first joined the company he led the Innovation Corporate Model Project Change in the HV Distribution Business in Spain and Latin America. This role involved developing cooperation models with National Research Centres, strategic partnerships and funding bodies, as well as managing the Innovation Project development portfolio. Later he became head of e-mobility new business models and demonstration projects. He had gained significant professional experience in the international energy sector, prior to joining Enel.
He collaborated with large companies such as Siemens and Schneider Electric and worked on international projects in the field of smart grid technology, in addition to managing the development of new business models. He was born in Barcelona 1976. He has an MSc in Industrial Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, a Master’s degree in Project Management from Universitat Ramon Llull-Barcelona, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University. He also has extensive experience as a speaker and lecturer at a number of business schools.
Currently the CCO for Barcelona Tech City, he has previously worked for BeRepublic, BeAgency, LetsBonus and Elogia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
With more than 15 years of experience in the digital world, he has developed his career mostly by collaborating with start-up launches and consolidations and by digitalizing large companies. His only specialization is in constantly learning, and his biggest professional passions are social media, the start-up ecosystem and digital transformation.
Ricard Casteller also coordinates the Master’s program in Digital Marketing for La Salle, Ramon Llull University, and collaborates with the Catalunya Radio program Revolució 4.0.
An Industrial Engineer with an EMBA in IESE, he develop his career developing B2B business in different companies and sectors, like security, health, ecommerce and packaging sectors. Between 2003 and 2010 he worked in the security field developing first and managing after the sales and marketing department of some companies.
Between 2010 and 2014 he worked in the ecommerce channel and in the packaging one related with pharma sector, where he was the country manager for Middle East and North Africa. Finally in the last 3 years he’s working in Garmin, where, since 2 years he’s the key account manager for the B2B health division for West and South Europe
Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., is an urban strategist focused on the areas of urban innovation, entrepreneurship, smart cities and the Internet of Mobility. He has published 3 books (Climate Capitalism, 2011; The Emergence of the Urban Entrepreneur, 2016; Post-capitalist Entrepreneurship, 2017). He is a professor at EADA Business School and a Fellow at the Singapore University of Social Sciences in their Fintech and Blockchain group. In 2017, he co-founded iomob, a blockchain startup seeking to decentralize the mobility sector by providing an open protocol for the Internet of Mobility (IoM). He is also leading the Blockchain Cities Alliance. He regularly provides keynotes on smart cities and mobility around the globe and appears in the media, recently being the special guest expert on CNBC.
Ulises Cortés is a Full-Professor and Researcher of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) since 1982 (tenured since 1988 and habilitated as Full-Professor since 2006) working on several areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Software Department including knowledge acquisition for and concept formation in knowledge-based systems, as well as on machine learning and in autonomous intelligent agents . Since 2017 Professor Cortés is the scientific manager of the High Performance Artificial Intelligence group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Since 1989 Professor Cortés and his group have been applying their work in Artificial Intelligence to Environmental Sciences in special to Wastewater Treatment Plants with the financial support of CICyT and CIRIT and the European Union.
Entrepreneur focused on technological companies, he is expert in digital innovation, prototyping and digital transformation. He develops and manages projects with a high strategic impact for organizations through technical assistance and execution in the area of innovation and communication, bringing large companies closer to the model of innovation that is applied by leading startups in the market.
He also collaborates as advisor in many organizations among which are banking entities, administrations and solidarity projects. He is an Industrial Engineer and has studies at ESADE. He has also attended the Executive Program for Growing Companies at Stanford University in California and is a graduate of MIT’s Entrepreneurship Center (Massachusetts).
John is a member of IBM’s global Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry team, with a specific focus on the European market. He is also a member of the IBM Industry Academy. He advises and contributes to a number of European and Global healthcare IT industry associations, including COCIR, Continua. He is the lead IBM contributor for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Aging, and is one of several IBM executive sponsors of EIT Health, a European alliance for healthy living and active ageing.
John is President, since January 2016, of the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL), a multi-stakeholder membership organisation dedicated to the promotion of eHealth and new models of care.
Javier is considered to be one of the most innovative strategists and thinkers on the sharing economy, open business models and P2P, citizen innovation and the network society. He is the author of the Pentagrowth report, the five levers of accelerated growth.
He has previously been a strategic planner in advertising, co-founder of the business incubator Digital Mood and @kubik multi-disciplinary space, and a lecturer on services marketing at Esade Business School. Co-author of the book “We Are Not Ants” (ed. Debate 21001) and Ouishare Advisor.
Itziar de Lecuona is a Doctor of Law and Bioethics from the University of Barcelona, a lecturer from the Department of Medicine, and deputy director of the Bioethics and Law Observatory of the University of Barcelona. She is both a member of the consolidated research group ‘Bioethics, Law and Society’ of the Generalitat (Catalan government) and of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics of the University of Barcelona. She is also the coordinator of the MA in Bioethics and Law and codirector of the MA in Food, Ethics and Law of the University of Barcelona. She is a member of Catalonia’s bioethics committee, of the research ethics committee of Barcelona’s Hospital Clínico and of the bioethics committee of the University of Barcelona. She takes part in various national and European R&D competitive projects. She is a member of the advisory council on the ethical, judicial and social matters of EITHealth, of the European Union and of the big data initiative COE Barcelona.
José Luis Domínguez-García was a researcher visitor of the Institute of Energy, Cardiff University, and University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, in 2011 and 2016, respectively. In 2010, he joined IREC as researcher, and currently acts as Head of Power Systems Group. His work deals with the grid integration of renewable energy sources, smart grids, and microgrids. He actively participates and coordinates several industrial and research projects focused on grid integration of Renewables, Power electronics and the usage of ICT technologies for the smart grid expansion.
Hays is the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled work. Christopher joined Hays in 1996, he started at Hays as a consultant before assuming his current role. He previously worked for the group in the UK and Portugal, opening the Lisbon, Barcelona and Valencia offices before assuming his Managing Director’s role.
The company operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments. Hays has been operating in Spain since 2001, and currently has offices in Madrid, Cataluña, Levante, País Vasco and Andalucía, all of them managed by Chris.
Christopher studied in L’école Superieure des sciences commerciales d’Angers and also in Ashridge Business School an Executive development course. He finished 2 years ago a business program at the International Institute for Management Development. Christopher Dottie is also the President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain.
Xavier Escales is the Country Manager of ASICS Spain and Portugal, a company for which he has worked for more than a decade.
A graduate in Administration and Business Management, he completed a number of programs in prestigious universities such as IESE, IE and ESADE in Spain, and Columbia, Stanford and London Business School abroad.
He developed his professional career working for multinationals such as Panasonic, LifeFitness and Accor hotels, always in positions in the field of sales and marketing.
He is currently also a partner and business developer for 100×100.net. He has been working in the fields of innovation, strategy, digitalization and entrepreneurship projects for more than 15 years, providing his services to large companies, SMEs, administrations and universities. He has mentored various start-ups thanks to programs such as StartupCatalonia, Yuzz Emprendedores or Booster Up Chile. He has participated in communication and strategic consultancy projects with the Lavinia Group and with the think-tank Infonomia.com. He is a graduate of the Leading Strategic Growth & Change Program (Columbia Business School), and holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and another in Political Science and Sociology, both from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Matteo Fermi joined CaixaBank Payments four years ago with a focus on mobile payment and promoting the CaixaBank Pay app by offering new payment solutions. CaixaBank in these last few years has launched payment solutions with HCE (Host Card Emulation), Samsung Pay and Apple Pay. Previously, Matteo worked for Viacom Networks and coordinated their mobile development for Southern Europe.
His first contact with the Mobile world came a little later, when he started working as Mobile Manager in Altiria, a company specialized in mobile solutions. His career continued in Elogia, a company specialized in marketing for eCommerce, where he was Mobile Account Manager, and later in eMMA Solutions, where he was CMO for this Mobile Intelligence tool.
Computer engineer who graduated at the UAB and specializes in digital image and artificial intelligence. He has worked since the 1990s in the field of human interaction with computers at companies like IBM, Deutsche Bank and Gotomedia. He has founded companies in the fields of design, communication and archaeology. In 1998 he wrote his first blog and is currently managing the digital transformation consulting Mortensen.cat. He teaches at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and at the IDEP design school; he regularly collaborates with RAC1, BTV and Tv3; and writes in La Vanguardia, Viaempresa, Cavall Fort and Sàpiens on topics related to digital dissemination. He is a member of the ISOC (Internet Society) and a founding member of the AIPO (the Spanish Human-Computer Interaction Association). You can find him on all the usual social networks under the handle @ganyet.
Oriol Gavaldà is an industrial engineer and an economist, and he holds a master’s degree in renewable energy. He is currently the general manager of Aiguasol, and he counts with more than 18 years of experience in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
He joined Aiguasol in 2006 after acquiring much experience in rural electrification projects using renewable energy. He has worked as a field engineer in numerous energy efficiency and renewable energy implementation projects, as well as for consultancies, especially in the industrial and tertiary sectors. Some of the projects he’s been a part of include NZEBs and smart district networks that have earned national and international awards and recognitions (Endesa Award to the Most Sustainable Residential Property 2011, European Heat Pump City of the Year2014 Award). He has overseen Aiguasol’s R&D, participating in a number of tasks of the International Energy Agency (Task 44-45 SHC-*IEA).
Gregor is cofounderndador and head of the BMW Garage Startup, the incubator for automotive startups in a seed stage of the BMW Group. The Garage helps startups with technologies that can transform or to advance significantly in the automotive sector. Previously, Gregor helped to create BMW Innovation Worlds. Previously, Gregor started several software companies in Silicon Valley and Europe. And prior to being an entrepreneur, had worked for IDEO (Palo Alto), and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants (Germany)
Gregor is co-founder and head of the BMW Startup Garage, the Venture Client unit for early stage startups of the BMW Group. The Garage works with startups whose technologies can significantly advance the automotive sector. Prior to the Garage, Gregor helped create BMW InnovationWorks. Before BMW, Gregor started various software startups in Silicon Valley and Europe. Prior to entrepreneurship, Gregor worked at IDEO (Palo Alto) and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants (Germany).
Idoia Ortiz de Artiñano is the Managing Director of the PublicTech Lab at IE University and has more than 12 years of professional experience, working on government affairs, international development and public innovation. In 2017, she spent a year at MIT studying the relationship among entrepreneurial innovation, technology, and public service delivery, and the use of open innovation methodologies for the public sector. Previously, she worked as the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), supporting the Secretary on the relationship with the 48 shareholder countries and helping in the political and strategic decision-making process of the institution.
Idoia has developed her professional career in countries such as Uruguay, Bolivia, Guatemala, Spain and the United States. She holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, a Master’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a JD from the Universidad de Comillas (ICADE).
Katherine is Head of Innovation & Ventures at Amadeus IT Group. With more than 20 years of experience in IT, Katherine has been on all sides of deals, entrepreneur, business angel and venture capitalist. As head of innovation and ventures, her role is to be at the forefront of innovation and to bring this insight back to impact the organization to shape the future of travel. In 2013 Katherine founded the venture fund, bringing the idea from inception to making their first two investments within the first 5 months. The portfolio now has investments all over the globe.
Prior her start-up career, Katherine led business development efforts held senior positions at Compaq Computer both at the European headquarters and the UK subsidiary. Katherine is originally from the US and is trilingual in English, Spanish and German.
With a degree in industrial engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and having studied a Management Training Programme (PDD) at IESE, Carlos Grau has enjoyed an impressive career both in the field of information and communication technology and digital business development. After holding several management positions in sales and marketing in companies within the ICT sector, such as Hewlett-Packard, Accenture, Telefónica and Microsoft, in November 2017, Carlos Grau was named CEO of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation (MWCB).
Nicky de Groot is an attorney at law specializing in Dutch employment law and is based in Amsterdam. She counsels both international and Dutch clients on various employee-related legal issues that arise through the many stages of the employment relationship, from pre-hire to following separation. She also litigates on the broad spectrum of Dutch labor law. In addition, she advises on employment and service contract design and flex work. Nicky has particular expertise in advising startups and scale-ups.
Nicky is a member of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) and Vice-President of the AIJA Labour Law Commission. She is also a member of the Dutch Employment Lawyers Association (VAAN) and treasurer of the business club of the Cobra museum.
Sabina Guaylupo is a lawyer specializing in New Technology Law. Sabina counts with extensive experience in the field of privacy and data protection, as well as in the field of Intellectual Property, mainly in the sphere of software development and technology transfer. During the last 15 years, Sabina has been involved in various R&D projects financed by the European Commission, especially in the ICT sector, analyzing these projects’ compliance with the law and defining compliance procedures. She is a member of several tech initiatives and platforms such as PLANETIC, BDVA and DESCA, and is also a member of the Spanish Professional Association of Privacy (APEP).
Founder of Adgage, the renowned mobile advertising company, Gonzalo Guzmán is an expert in mobile marketing, advertising and new media. He has been Marketing Director and Head of Publishers & Ad Operations at Yoc, as well as Business Development Manager of Nokia’s digital advertising division, where he was able to launch the first mobile advertising network in Spain and Portugal.
He holds a degree in Audiovisual Communication, Advertising and Public Relations from the European University and an MBA in Television Business Management from the University of Salamanca.
Hanna Johnson is Chief Operating Officer at PUBLIC, the UK’s leading accelerator and venture builder for the public sector. She started her career as a technology consultant with Accenture, before moving into Government, where she served as Private Secretary and Head of Research and Information to two UK Prime Ministers.
Ferran is CEO & Co-Founder of Carnovo, the first Marketplace for brand new cars dealer offers since the beginning of 2017. Previously he was Global Head of Dealer Network Development at SEAT and held several management positions in Sales, After sales and Strategy fields within the Brand. Ferran started his career at Daimler Chrysler in Germany and the US. With an international background and over 15 years of corporate and his current start-up experience he has a comprehensive overview of the automotive ecosystem.
Carina Lopes works at Mobile World Capital Barcelona where she leads the strategy and oversees the work of the Think Tank, a core initiative of the Digital Future Society (DFS) programme. With the support of eighteen international organisations, the DFS Think Tank is a transnational project focused on the commissioning, curation and interconnection of research, knowledge-exchange and advocacy on the complex ethical, legal and inclusion challenges emerging from the design, usage and governance of digital technologies. Previously, she worked as d-LAB Programme Manager, responsible for its strategy and setup in 2016.
Over the last decade she has specialised on leveraging tech development for positive urban change and social impact, working both with local governments and social entrepreneurs on accelerating the implementation and growth of tech solutions for social good. Previously, while at Citymart (2012-15) she worked on innovation projects with cities like Barcelona, Moscow and Athens, local government teams in the US, South Africa, Japan and Brazil, and with the initiative 100 Resilient Cities (Rockefeller Foundation). She has also supported the Committee of Culture Agenda 21 from the largest world association of cities and local governments (UCLG) on cultural, local urban governance and economic development issues. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies (2016) from the Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Anna Majó is the director of Digital Innovation at the Barcelona City Council and expert in urban innovation, change management and new public-private governance models. An industrial engineer by training, Anna holds an MBA in Business Administration and Master in Communication. After working in strategic consulting and change management at Accenture, and fostering entrepreneurship at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), she joined the public sector to lead innovation and economic promotion for the 22 @Barcelona project.
Anna is also the director of the Municipal Innovation Conference, and has designed and led projects such as the Urban Laboratory of Barcelona and the Barcelona Open Initiative Challenge that encourages innovative public procurement and cultural change. She regularly collaborates with institutions such as the World Bank or the European Community. In addition to designing and implementing Barcelona’s Digital Innovation strategy, Anna is the director of the i.lab initiative for urban social innovation and sustainable development at the Barcelona City Council.
Holding a degree and an MBA from ESADE, Oriol has developed his whole carrer in the field of technology and internationalization projects. After founding his own app design and devlopment agency in May 2016, he started heading eCooltra: the international leader in the field of motosharing, with presence in 4 cities in 3 countries and a fleet of more than 1,000 motorbikes.
Francisco Martínez has a Law Degree. He is Director at Celera, a talent accelerator aimed to identify talented individuals in Spain and equipping them with a series of key tools that will allow them to develop their potential to the fullest. At Celera we accelerate people not projects. Prior to that he was the Director of the European Institute for Entrepreneurship. Advices and is member of the board of different startups.
Jesus is a corporate lawyer and specializes in privacy and data protection. He has over 20 years of experience providing legal advice on corporate and strategic matters, such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and related integration processes, compliance, corporate governance, etc., as well as in operational business support. He has been responsible for privacy and data protection, and has been a member of corporate committees such as prevention of occupational risks, environment and quality. He has extensive experience in data protection and information security and for over five years he has been globally responsible for corporate data protection in a multinational group.
Manuel Ángel Méndez is managing editor of Teknautas, the technology and science section of El Confidencial. Prior to this, he was managing editor at Gizmodo en Español, the spanish version of Gizmodo, one of the most read US tech blogs worldwide, owned by Gawker Media, acquired by Univisión in late 2016.
Manuel wrote for five years for El País and Cinco Días about tech and digital economy. He started his career as a technology analyst based in London for the US consultancy Forrester Research. He holds a degree in Economics with studies in journalism in University of London and he is the winner of the X National Edition of Accenture Journalism Award.
Javier Placer joined Telefónica in May 2011and was appointed CEO of Telefonica Open Future_ in 2014. Telefónica Open Future_ is the division that ensembles together all the open innovation programs that exist within Telefónica Group. It includes initiatives such as Amerigo funds, a network of 6 VC funds which have, to date, invested in 60 startups; Telefónica Ventures, a corporate VC fund that invests worldwide in companies that fit the company’s global activities; acceleration programmes such as the renowned Wayra and the TOF crowdworking spaces, a series of co-working facilities deployed together with public or private partners.
Javier began his career in BBV in 1991. Before joining Telefónica, he owned and run his asset management company and an M&A advisory boutique. After working in Beta Capital, he joined Salomon Brothers.
Josep Maria Boixeda de Miquel is a Telecommunications engineer. He has a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Master in Computer Sciences and Business Managemenr with more than 30 years experience in Telecomunications and IT Systems. He is the director of strategy, technology and innovation of information systems in Gas Natural Fenosa Group. Before joining to Gas Natural Fenosa Group, Josep Maria was the general manager of Origin Technologies and Chief Information Officer at Philips Electronics. He also has professional experience in large corporations such as Merck and IBM.
Sylvia Pascaline is a multilingual HR specialist with vast experience in agency and in-house recruitment and holder of a Master degree in HR Management. For the last 4 years, Sylvia has been a part of the Corporate HR team of the of the Spanish pharmaceutical company Almirall as a Global Talent Acquisition Sr. Specialist. In this role she is supporting the business with their talent needs, Employer Branding projects and developing digital solutions for recruitment.
As a Senior Research Analyst, Christina is leading the Emerging Technologies research within the GSMA Intelligence and is developing forward‐looking research focused on the transformation of the TMT industry and the wider digital ecosystem. Christina has recently produced a number of reports on the topics of IoT and Blockchain, 5G devices, Smart Mobility and Artificial Intelligence for future networks. She regularly engages with the industry across a number of events, where she participates as a speaker or a moderator. Past events include Mobile World Congress, Blockchain World Expo, IoT Tech Expo and LPWA London.
Christina holds a Diploma (Master of Engineering equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, with a specialisation in Industrial Engineering, from the National Technical University of Athens.
Miriam Peláez, from Tenerife, holds an MBA from the European University of Madrid and a degree in Economics. She has been immersed in the digital sector for more than 10 years and has spent 6 years in the mobile sector. Her professional experience began at Dyrecto Consultores, the tourism consultancy firm where she started as an intern and ended up becoming, 4 years later, its Director of Marketing and Sales.
For the last 8 years, Francisco has served as Strategy Director for Medtronic Ibérica, the world’s leading company in health technology and sales of services and associated solutions.
Francisco has also been the Assistant Director of ESADE Business School’s Health Management Program in Madrid for 12 years.
Before that, Francisco developed a long career as Managing Director of various hospitals all over Spain.
With more than 10 years of experience as a HR Manager, Ivanna is currently part of the ISDI Talent team with a clear vocation on student empowerment with the aim of identifying and defining new value proposition in a digital environment that requires new technological business and leadership skills. She has a degree in Labor Relations from the University of Buenos Aires, a Postgraduate in People Management by EADA and a Master in Internet Business by ISDI.
ISDI is one of the leading schools worldwide in digital education, helping professionals, entrepreneurs, companies and institutions to close the competitive gap towards the digital age.
Jens Pippig is the Founder & Managing Director of the ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator. Before that he was leading the Group’s strategy department. Prior to that, Jens spent eight years at McKinsey & Company in Berlin and specialized in e-commerce, private equity, and retail. He also founded two successful companies in the field of market research and employer branding in Sweden. Jens studied economics at Witten/Herdecke University where he obtained his PhD. He also studied business administration and economics in Stockholm and at Harvard.
Oliver is currently the Director of the Siemens Digital Hub in Barcelona, focusing on delivering digital solutions for energy customers in Southwest Europe. He is also collaborating with universities and startups in Barcelona to further strengthen the digital offerings in Siemens within data analytics and artificial intelligence.
He started to work for Siemens in 2002 and has held different roles across Europe and the United States within Siemens Energy and Siemens Management Consulting. Oliver holds a Master of Science from Stanford University in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. While at Stanford Oliver collaborated with NASA as the Satellite Operations Lead in the BioNanoSat project.
Prof. Prats’ primary area of interest is the entrepreneurial process, which includes the identification, evaluation and implementation of opportunities in any context. Central to this work is developing strategies and systems that help established firms achieve profitable growth. Her second work stream focuses on understanding the key factors in building and managing professional service firms.
Prof. Prats was nominated Kauffman Emerging Scholar for her dissertation work and has published in international journals, both for practitioners as well as for the academic community. She has also authored teaching materials and contributions to several books on entrepreneurship and growth strategy related topics.
At IESE, she teaches courses on entrepreneurship, growth strategies, in a wide variety of programs including the MBA Programs, and international executive education. She has also been visiting professor at The Wharton Business School (USA), IPADE (México), INALDE (Colombia), and The University Asia Pacific (Philippines) among others.
Professor Prats consults for some professional service firms, European high growth firms, and seats on the board of several nonprofit organizations.
Alex Puig is a software R+D engineer and tech entrepreneur. Due to his interest in cryptocurrencies, he founded Digital Currency Summit, a conference aiming to debate about the
economic impact of blockchain and decentralized technologies in our society. His areas of interest are Blockchain, DAG, Self Sovereign IDs, Zero Knowledge Proof and
Tokenomics. He also founded Alastria Blockchain Ecosystem, the first National Wide semi-public blockchain Platform, and now is leading the Technical Team at Caelum Labs, a Blockchain
consultancy and development firm based in Barcelona.
RocaSalvatella President, business consulting firm with offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Bogotá specialized in the digital transformation of organizations, their processes and business models.
With more than twenty years of experience in business management, Internet projects and exploration of the potential networks, he is an expert in Digital Transformation and its impact on personal, professional and business environments. In 2013 and 2014, he was one of the 25 most influential Spaniards of the Internet for El Mundo newspapper.
He is member of different advisory boards and boards of directors, its Opinion has been requested in government committees, maintains Stable in the press and radio, and is a regular guest as an expert in different TV channels. In 2010, the employers’ association awarded him the best Lecturer of the year.
He is an archaeologist specialized in Lower Palaeolithic, graduated from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and an MBA from ESADE. He is a guest lecturer in multiple University centers and business schools.
At just 34, Christian Rodríguez has a long history of entrepreneurship. He holds a degree in Advertising, a postgraduate degree in Qualitative Trend Research and an MBA from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He has founded several companies such as: ByHours, the first international platform for hotel hour booking, currently operating in more than 35 international cities, WashRocks, the leading App for laundry and dry-cleaning at home, Urban Secrets, the private leisure club in Barcelona for secret restaurants such as Tintoreria Dontell, Chi-Ton, etc, Spotbus, the first audiovisual content system in public buses, etc…
He has won several awards and recognitions for his career such as: CREATIC Award 2005 for Spotbus, National Marketing Awards Finalist 2010 for Urban Secrets, Best Entrepreneurship Award 2013 for ByHours and Best National APP also for ByHours. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Hawkers Group, as well as a mentor in different accelerators and business programs. He is a speaker and lecturer at several prestigious universities such as Ramon Lull, ESADE and Pompeu Fabra.
Fernando de la Rosa is the founder of Foxize (www.foxize.com), a training platform spealized in attendance-based courses for businesses and professionals, with a special focus placed on how to make use of digital tools both in our day-to-day lives and in long-term strategies. Previously, Fernando founded 2 startups (teleprix.com and rentingcar.com) and was a founding partner of the communication agency Seisgrados, a pioneer in branded content back in 2001. A family man, admirer of his wife and a maverick by nature, he writes regularly about digital marketing and the transformation of businesses since 2002 on his blog titonet.com.
Maurizio Rossi likes to understand people’s lifestyles, their local traditions and the influence of technology in our daily life. Italian pioneer of start-up business and Venture Capital, Maurizio is vice president of H-FARM and has over 10 years of experience in the start-up world. Between the 80’s and 90’s he worked in the fashion-footwear industry leading the internationalization of his family-run business Rossimoda. Between 2003 and 2004 he managed the launch of the Southern Europe and Mediterranean headquarters of yachtworld.com and boats.com, two of the main boat marketplaces in the world. Maurizio is now running H-FARM, a digital platform to help young entrepreneurs launch new initiatives and support the digitalization of traditional companies
Born in Barcelona in 1966, Emilio Rousaud Parés is a founding partner and the CEO of Factorenergia, the leading electricity and gas company born in the free market. He currently combines running Factorenergia with being vice-president of the Catalan employer’s association PIMEC. He is also a member of the Spanish Electricity Market Agents Committee, being a promotor and a founding member of the Independent Energy Traders Association (ACIE), of which he is currently deputy vice-president, and he is also vice-president of the Catalan association Group of Energy Managers (GGE).
On the other hand, he is an associate professor at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), teaching subjects related to the field of marketing in the faculty of Journalism and Audiovisual Communications. After the elections of July 18, 2015, Rousaud joins the Board of Directors of FC Barcelona as a spokesperson. Emilio Rousaud holds a degree in Business Sciences and an MBA from ESADE, as well as a degree in Business Management and Administration from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and a master’s degree in Tax Consultancy and Management from ESADE.
Currently, Managing Director of Idneo Ventures, the corporate ventures fund from Ficosa.
Entrepreneur profile with high experience in technological start-up projects, he participated in the foundation of Fractus, a well-known growing European Technology start-up in the global telecom industry, Advanced Automotive Antennas, today the core business of Ficosa Advanced Communication, Wireless BCN and Social & Beyond in Wayra, and Teraki in Hub:Raum, the Deutsch Telekom accelerator.
He is collaborating and participating in major accelerators networks like Wayra (Telefonica), Startupbootcamp, BWM startup Garage, Airbus Bizlab and Challenge Up (Cisco, Intel and Deutsche Telekom program).
Edouard main interests include IoT, Wireless technologies, Big Data and collaborative economy models. Between Barcelona and Berlin.
Oleguer is the co-founder of Dribia Data Research, a data innovation consultancy company, where he also acts as leading Data Scientist. He is also the technical coordinator of DECODE, an European consortium aiming to allow citizen recover ownership of their personal data.
Oleguer holds a PhD focused on Network Science and human mobility from the University of Barcelona, with a stay at MIT working on urban shared mobility solutions, and a masters in computational physics for UPC. His research topics include Citizen Science, complex systems, mobility and synchronization. He has also team building experience background as field hockey athlete and coach at FCBarcelona.
Mr. Salvador is an entrepreneur that co-founded Altac in 2003, a company specialized in new computer technologies applied to the design and the study of new construction materials such as CSP solar towers or chimneys.
Ever since, he has hold managerial positions related with engineering at several corporations including The Celsa Group, one of Europe’s top four steelmakers.
Since May 2016, he is the Innovation Director of the Celsa Group, where he is in charge of “Ingenium”, an accelerator program striving to lead industry transformation via innovation in energy storage, traceability in the supply chain, “smart steel” and recycling byproducts.
He holds a civil engineering degree from Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya and an MBA from IESE Business School.
David has developed his professional career in market research consultancy firms and institutes. With over seven years of experience at Nielsen, he worked as the Customer Service Director to, later on, direct two business areas: ad-hoc research and advertising effectiveness. He also directed NM Incite, a partnership created between McKinsey and Nielson for social media research and consultancy. He is now CEO of nPeople, a research, data and digital analytics consultancy firm that, in just over two years has revolutionized research and the digital sector for rational and engaged decision-making. It has gained the trust of such clients as Google, Real Madrid, Twitter, Microsoft, P&G, MyTaxi and large media firms. David also combines his leadership at nPeople with being a regular speaker and professor of analytics, digital business and data for IAB, ICADE and The Valley, among others.
Graduated in Humanities and Journalism from Pompeu Fabra University, she completed her education with an Executive Master in Marketing Management at EADA. With more than 10 years of experience as a marketing and communication specialist, she has worked in the consumer goods, fashion and luxury, automotive and corporate communication sectors. She has consolidated her work experience as Account Manager in multinational communication agencies such as Hill & Knowlton, Equipo Singular, Román y Asociados and PRM Events, among others. She also worked at Tous as an international press officer.
Currently, she is leading mytaxi’s marketing department in Spain. mytaxi is the first free Taxi App for calling and paying for cabs with a Smartphone. In September 2014, moovel GmbH, a Daimler subsidiary, acquired mytaxi and thus became part of Daimler AG – Mercedes Benz Group. Nowadays she is a member of Women in Mobile, a member of the Barcelona Marketing Club and an active member of the Spanish Marketing Association. She is a co-author of the publication: ‘OTHER WORLDS. Alternative and solidarity trips’.
Manel Sanmartí is Industrial Engineer in Energy by the Politecnical University of Catalonia and Master in Technology Enterprise by IMD, Lausanne, Switzerand. He has more than 20 years’ experience leading and participating in national and international R&D projects in the field of energy systems and in large international scientific facilities such as LHC or ITER.
He joined IREC in 2011 focusing his research in energy efficiency systems, buildings and communities as Head of the Electrical Engineering research area and leading the Barcelona Fusion programme. He is also leading the RIS3CAT Energy Community, a 10 MiEuro Action Plan to develop and improve the competitiveness of the energy sector in Catalonia. He has been recently appointed Coorporate Development and Knowledge and technology Transfer Director at IREC.
Lluis Sanz graduated as an Industrial Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He also holds a diploma in Public Administration from ESADE.
He is currently the Data Protection Delegate of Barcelona’s City Hall, where he developed most of his professional career in several positions relating to corporate information management, electronic administration and ‘smart cities’ over the last 30 years.
He was appointed spokesperson by the Catalan Parliament of the Catalan Data Protection Authority Advisory Council and coordinator of the workgroup in charge of implementing the General Register of Data Protection (RGPD) in Local Administrations between the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces and the Spanish Data Protection Agency, and of various Administrative Commissions and Councils relating to information society, privacy and New Technologies.
For years, Mr. Servat has held managerial positions at Fluidra, a public Spanish multinational group dedicated to the development of applications for the sustainable use of water.
Since 2014, he is in charge of Fluidra Accelera, one of the few industrial accelerators in Spain, focused on technology and water. Its goal is twofold: to complement its internal innovation by seeking out entrepreneurs that can leverage the existing R&D projects of the while seeking a financial yield at the same time.
Fabian Simmer is 33 years old. He was born in Austria but he has been living in Spain since he was 3 years old. Simmer is the Chief Digital Officer at SEAT since 9 years ago. He is the responsible of the connected cars and for the future urban mobility concepts where he also leads the digital transformation of the company.
Managing Director of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB Spain) since December 2005, where he drives the growth and development of digital publicity and communication in Spain. Previously, and for 6 years, he had been the Managing Director of the Spanish Association of Direct and Interactive Marketing Agencies (AGEMDI-FECEMD), where he started working as Marketing and Communications Manager. He kicked off his professional career in the publishing and advertising sector. For 5 years he has been a member of the Board of Directors of IAB Europe, an association that represents the online advertising industry in Europe.
Jonathan is Ventures Director at Castrol innoVentures, the strategic develop and corporate investment team of the BP’s lubricants business. Jonathan joined BP in 2012 after senior roles in venture capital in and outside corporates since the late 1990s. He previously worked for QinetiQ in the UK, Carl Zeiss foundation in Germany and as a partner in UK –US venture firm. His work has covered life sciences, software, sensors and materials. Jonathan graduated sum cum laude with a Doctorate in Chemistry from Oxford University.
Xavier Tudurí is the CEO of ServiZurich S.A.U Technology Delivery Center since April 2013 and Head of Center Management & Commercials at Engineering and Technology Centers organization within Zurich Group. He joined Zurich Group in 1999 as part of IT Executive team and held several roles mainly on European and Global transformation programs. Based in Barcelona, Xavi is also collaborating as senior advisor and Board Member at several technological companies, mentor of different Start-Ups, and Business Angel.
He previously worked at Philips Netherlands at the R&D global department based in Holland and set-up several start-ups.
Bárbara Vallespín holds a Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) (Barcelona, 2002) and MBA from Esade Business School (2007).
She has extensive knowledge in the health care and ICT sectors, with special focus on hospital, academic and R+D environments.
She worked for eight years in the Clinic Hospital in Barcelona, one of the leading institutions on translational biomedicine related research in Spain, and with a long tradition collaborating in health innovation programs.
Ms. Vallespín was involved in the management of a long list of national and international initiatives focused on the telemedicine area and management of chronic patients through the implementation of technological platforms.
She then became Business Development Officer at the Center of “Computational Imaging and Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine” (CISTIB) at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. She was responsible for capturing public and private funding for the Center and establish strategic alliances with the key stakeholders in the bioengineering sector.
In September 2012, she started working at IESE Business School as project director of several international projects related to the areas of integrated care, social determinants for health and health technology assessment.
In 2013, she began working in the Mobile World Capital Foundation within the Mobile Health program as mHealth manager. Ms. Vallespín developed the strategic and operational plan for the mHealth Competence Center, she coordinated several initiatives around the deployment of the mHealth Plan in Catalonia as well as international projects around the areas of digital identity, standards and interoperability in mHealth.
Since May 2016, she worked at Mobile World Capital as d-LAB program director under the Digital Transformation area. D-LAB is focused on launching large societal challenges with a global scope that can be answered through innovative digital technologies.
Bárbara Vallespin is currently the Market Access Manager at Roche Diabetes Care.
A mathematician and engineer with a Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics, Aleix Valls began his professional career in the field of research at the International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), where he served from 2000 to 2004. During this period he also began his association with Compass Ingeniería y Sistemas, where he worked as project manager until 2006.
Between 2006 and 2012 Valls worked at different companies and on projects related to the field of Strategic Consulting. In January 2006 he joined The NODE Company, a provider of innovation services, as a senior associate. Between 2008 and 2010 Valls worked at LOOP Consultancy where as a senior manager he took on responsibility for the Dubai office and the management of business development for the entire region of Northern Africa and the Middle East. In July of 2010, Aleix Valls became a manager with the consulting firm Accenture, where he headed up Strategic Consulting projects in different sectors.
Guillermo Sánchez Vega is a senior journalist at paper Cinco Días paper, Grupo Prisa’s economic paper. He studied translation (both for german and Russian), before receiving a bachelor of Journalism dregree. He has also worked at Cadena Ser radio. At Cinco Días, he has covered broad themes like financial services and media before joining the journal’s website as an editor and social media strategist.
Fernando Vilariño is Associate Director at the Computer Vision Center and Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science UAB in Barcelona, Spain, where he gives lectures about Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Multimedia Systems. His research has been linked to different areas of Computer Vision, with especial attention to Medical Imaging, fieldwork in which he has developed different projects together with paramount hospitals and companies. His work is published in the main Journals and Conferences of the area and he has also contributed to a number of patents in the field.