The advisory board is made up of benchmark individuals in art, science and technology, who contribute their experience and expertise to develop the reasoning behind the initiative, focusing on the digital transformation and the daily future.
The advisory board helps select the experts for panels and assesses and proposes activities related to their area of expertise.
Head of R&D at Centre of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona
PhD in Biology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona – UAB (1991). Since 2005, she has been the director of R&D in the Biology Unit of the Reproductive Medicine Department at Dexeus Mujer and Stem Cell Bank Director at the Centre of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona (CMR[B]). Associate professor in the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) since 2002.
Director of R&D in the Biology Unit of the Reproductive Medicine Department at Quirón University Hospital-Dexeus (1982-2005). President of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) (2011-2013). Founder and president of the Spanish Association for the Study of Reproductive Biology (ASEBIR) (1993 – 2003).
She has published more than 300 scientific papers in national and international journals and 73 book chapters, 283 international articles, 5,235 citations with an H-index of 35. She has organised and spoken at numerous international science events about: clinical embryology, reproductive genetics, stem cells, legislating cell therapy and bioethics in PSC research. She is on the editorial board at various national and international scientific journals.
She is an honorary member of scientific societies, Italian Society of Embryology, Reproduction and Research (SIERR), Spanish Association for the Study of Reproductive Biology (ASEBIR) and the Medical-Pharmaceutical Institute of Catalonia.
She has received many awards, including Member of Honour from the Association of Biologists of Catalonia (2017); Dr Benapès Award 2016, Spanish Society of Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery (SEMCC); Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (2015); “Fem Talent” award for professional career (2014), Gold Medal of Honour from the Parliament of Catalonia (2013); Josep Trueta Medal of Merit in Healthcare (2012); National Medal of Scientific Culture, Government of Catalonia (2006); “Amics dels Amics” award from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2006); Narcís Monturiol Medal for Merit in Science and Technology, Department of Universities, Research and Information Society – DURSI (2005); Creu de Sant Jordi, Government of Catalonia (2004).
COMMUNICATION AND DEMOCRACY
Researcher, educator and independent curator
Researcher, educator and independent curator interested in the points where contemporary art, networked society, popular culture and politics meet.
Founder and curator of “The Influencers”, a festival about unconventional art, guerrilla communication and radical entertainment held at the CCCB since 2004 (http://TheInfluencers.org). He is also one of the main promoters of “Masters & Servers” (2014-16) and “The New Networked Normal” (2017-19), two cooperative projects backed by Creative Europe that are committed to post-digital culture, in collaboration with prestigious partners in the UK, Germany, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Italy and Croatia. In the past, he has been involved in grassroots cultural production and art activism projects (most recently with Las Agencias and Yomago, 2002-2007).
He holds a degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Bologna (Italy, 1999) and a PhD in Advanced Studies in Art Production from the University of Barcelona (2016). He has taught about art, digital culture and social transformation since 2008 and is currently an associate professor of Network Cultures, Art and Communication at the University of Barcelona and ELISAVA, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering. Over the past ten years, he has given conferences, led workshops and participated in various international festivals and events, including ZKM (Karlsruhe), Aksioma and Bunker (Ljubljana), Transmediale (Berlin), School of Machines (Berlin), Drugo More (Rijeka) and Resonate (Belgrade), among others.
ETHICS AND AI
Chair of the Catalan Social Services Ethics Committee
PhD in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona and professor in the same faculty. From 1996 to 2007, she was head of the Ethos Chair at Ramon Llull University and now she is a professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Barcelona. She is a member of the consolidated research group “Aporía: Filosofía contemporánea, Ética y Política”, chair of the Catalan Social Services Ethics Committee and a member of the Bioethics Committee of Catalonia.
She specialises in bioethics and ethics in professional environments and organisations, teaching on these subjects at universities and giving training sessions in institutions. She was executive secretary of the Ethos Chair at Ramon Llull University, where she taught until 1997.
Her latest published articles include Ética en los servicios sociales (Herder, 2016), and, with Francisco Esteban, ¿Quo vadis, Universidad? (UOC, 2016). She coordinated Hacia una sociedad responsable: reflexiones desde las éticas aplicadas, (Prohom Edicions, 2006), Por una ética ecológica (Prohom Edicions, 2005) and Por una ética docente (Prohom Edicions, 2003).
MIGRATION AND TECHNOLOGY
Migration researcher, CIDOB.
Senior researcher on migration at the CIDOB. She holds a degree in History and Anthropology from the University of Barcelona and a PhD cum laude in Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam.
She won the award for best PhD dissertation in the study of sociology in the Netherlands in 2009 and 2010. She analyses immigration policies in Malaysia and Spain, multi-level integration policymaking, political discourse on immigration and irregular immigration from a comparative perspective. She was a Juan de la Cierva postdoc research fellow from 2010 to 2016 and a visiting professor at Pompeu Fabra University.
She is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Barcelona and a member of the European IMISCOE network.
She has just published a book on the concept of integration and integration policies in Europe with Rinus Penninx (Springer, 2016).
She is currently studying refugee policies and discourses in Europe from a comparative perspective.
EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY
President of the European Forum of Education Administrators in Catalonia.
She holds a degree in Biology and is the director of the Virolai School Barcelona. She did a course on managing educational centres at ESADE.
She is the president of the European Forum on Educational Administration of Catalonia and a member of the FEAE State Board and the Catalonia School Board as a prestigious figure. She is a representative of the Barcelona City Council and the Directors of Charter Schools on the Barcelona Municipal Board. Plus, she is a member of the board of directors at the Catalan Educational Society (AEC) and the “Taules” group. She is on the “Educació demà” Technical Committee at Fundació Bofill.
She has spoken at several international educational congresses and given courses on educational leadership, educational innovation and leadership, educational change and assessment, quality systems and improving education, professional assessment, leadership and KLT in educational centres, and education and sustainability.
She has been published in books and journals on education, environmental education and education management.
Psychiatrist and head of the Addictions Unit at Hospital Clinic.
Dr. ANTONI GUAL
Dr. ANTONI GUAL
Psychiatrist with extensive experience in addiction research, both in terms of clinical practice and public health. He heads up the Addictions Unit in the Psychiatry Department at Hospital Clinic Barcelona and has been a member of the Catalan Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council and its Standing Committee since 2005. He is also a temporary advisor to WHO Europe.
He has been vice-president of INEBRIA (International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol Problems) since 2005, president of EUFAS (European Federation of Addiction Societies) and president of GETEM (Spanish Work Group on Motivational Interviewing).
He coordinated the Alice Rap Project and has been recognised with several awards, including one from the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology of the Ministry of Science and Innovation in 2011 and the 1990 Reina Sofia Award for Research in Drug Addition from the CREFAT (Spanish Red Cross, Foundation for Drug Addiction).
He has published numerous books and papers in journals, in addition to his work teaching at several universities in Spain and aboard.
WORK OF THE FUTURE
Founder of the Future for Work Institute
Founder of the independent Future for Work observatory, specialising in transferring emerging HR trends to organisations. Additionally, he consults for many organisations on innovation in the workplace, the third sector and social entrepreneurialism.
He got his start in the world of technology, managing consultancy projects for large organisations and then continued in human resources at Everis, where he was director of Human Resources for Spain. With more than 10,000 professionals, this multinational consultancy firm is considered one of the best workplaces according to the Great Place to Work Institute.
He is part of many initiatives focusing on innovation in human resource management, including Nubelo, Impact Hub Barcelona, iOpener and Workmoods.
His passion for creativity and innovation keeps him up-to-date and his funnels this passion into the world of human resource management. He organises TEDxSantCugat and has been president of the Fundación Factor Humà, which brings together companies in this field in Catalonia in order to promote best practices in human resources in organisations. He has also been part of the Teaming project and a member of the advisory board at the Fundación ADSIS.
He co-wrote the book “El Ocaso del Empleo. Cómo sobrevivir al futuro del trabajo” (Ed. Libros de Cabecera) and is the author of the blog “El futuro del trabajo”.
CITIES OF THE FUTURE
PhD in Physics, researcher and head of OpenSystemsUB
He holds a PhD in Physics and is a professor in the Department of Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Barcelona. He is a member of the board at Complexitat.cat and secretary of the UB Faculty of Physics.
He specialises in the study of financial markets from an economics/physics standpoint and has recently begun to focus on analysing the behaviour of amateur investors and creating human mobility and cooperation models.
He was head of the Science Department at the Centre d’Arts Santa Mònica Barcelona for the UB (2009-2012), promoting seven exhibitions in the Laboratory space, which won the Antoni Caparròs award in 2012 for the UB’s best knowledge-transfer project.
In 2013, he set up the OpenSystems-UB scientific research group, which focuses on citizen participation and artistic practices.
Plus, he has participated in scientific experiments on human mobility (BeePath, Science and Technology Fair 2012 and 2013), cooperation (DAU fira de jocs de tauler 2012) and urban-beekeeping projects (Urban Bees 2012 and 2013).
He is also part of the Barcelona Lab project, promoted by the Barcelona City Council Culture Institute, to consolidate science among citizens.
Director of Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
Director of the MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya) since 2012, he has also been director of the Barcelona Picasso Museum (2006-2012), deputy director-general for Museums and Cultural Heritage in the Catalan Ministry of Culture (2005 and 2006), head of Cultural Services and Programmes at the Caixa Catalunya Foundation (2001-2005) and coordinator of exhibits at the MACBA, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, (1996-2000).
Noteworthy contributions in his career as a curator include El cartell a Catalunya (Saló del Tinell, 1995), Eudald Serra, Rastres de Vida (La Virreina, 1999), El Cos i el Cosmos (La Pedrera, 2004) and Kees Van Dongen (Picasso Museum, 2009).
In addition to his work managing and curating exhibitions, he also collaborates with the academia arena. In Spain, he has been co-director and professor in the postgraduate degree in Museum Management and Curatorship at Pompeu Fabra University (2010-2015) and a professor in the Master in Cultural Heritage Management and Museology at the University of Barcelona. Internationally, he has worked with Boston University-Metropolitan College since 2009, teaching the international seminar The Arts in Barcelona and was co-director of the two Museums in Changing Times seminars held in Barcelona by Johns Hopkins University as part of the Master of Museum Studies (2012 and 2016).
NEXT GENERATION INTERNET
Founder of the Council and member of the Advisory Board
ROB VAN KRANENBURG
ROB VAN KRANENBURG
Founder of the IoT Council (the internet of things), a talent network that includes all sorts of skills, experiences and professions, from entrepreneurship to philosophy, in the public and private sectors.
He is on the SmartCitiesWorld Advisory Board and also works as Ecosystem Manager on the Tagitsmart and Next Generation Internet projects for the EU. He has also been part of the IoT Asia 2017 International Advisory Panel (IAP).
Co-founder of Bricolabs and co-editor of Enabling Things to Talk, designing IoT solutions with the IoT Architectural Reference Model, Springer Open Access.
He holds the IoT Hyper-connected Society Chair at IERC, The European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things.
With Christian Nold, he published Situated Technologies Pamphlets 8: The Internet of People for a Post-Oil World.
He is the author of “The Internet of Things”.