Esteve Almirall

Esteve Almirall holds a PhD in Management Sciences (ESADE), a MRes in Management Scienes, a MCIS, DEA and MRes in Artificial Intelligence (UPC). Most of his career has been devoted to Information Technologies, especially in consulting, banking and finances where he worked for more than 20 years in executive and board level positions in IS, Organization and Marketing. As an entrepreneur he actively participated and founded several start-ups in the field. Moreover, Esteve has an MBA, a PDD from IESE a Diploma in Marketing from UC Berkeley and a GCPCL Diploma from Harvard B.S. .

Esteve is passionate about the intersection between technology and innovation and how IT is changing the way we innovate from the individual inventor to ecosystems, from owing and buying innovations to benefiting from innovations created by others by aligning incentives and motivations. Therefore he is very active in fields such as Smart Cities, Innovation Ecosystems, Innovation in the Public Sector or User Innovation (particularly Living Labs). He has coordinated several large EU competitive projects and participated in more than ten of them as main researcher. He is often busy collaborating and organizing workshops, Open Data Challenges and conferences in these areas.

Esteve is a well-known speaker in fields such as Open Innovation in the Public Sector, Smart Cities or Living Labs in Europe, the US and Asia. He also serves as a World Bank consultant and Council member of the ENoLL (European Network of Living Labs), a member of the OIPSG (Open Innovation Policy and Strategy Group) of the European Commission and serves as an expert for several organizations, cities and the European Commission.

Esteve has more than 30 publications in journals and conference proceedings, including top level journals and well-known magazines such as HBR (Harvard Business Review) and advised several PhD and Master thesis.