Esteve Almirall

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 Almirall also worked as a researcher in Computer Science (UPC) and in Management (IESE and Esade) while being active in consulting. He participated and coordinated a number of research projects around Innovation, Collaborative Environments, Social Networking and Recommender Systems. European Projects such as Open Cities (coordinator), Laboranova (budget >10M€, subproject coordinator), Collabs, Fireball or Gala, together with national or regional projects, being active in a number of innovation initiatives such as the Catalan and European Network of Living Labs. He also collaborated as an expert with the EU or acted as a reviewer in NSF projects and published a fair number of articles in academic and non-academic journals and conferences such as Academy of Management Review, EURAM, European Management Journal or R&D Mgmt conference and advised research projects and Master Thesis, being regularly appointed as speaker in Europe, America and Asia. His research has been featured in HBR and other management publications. 

Esteve Almirall seved as Associate Professor in UPC (2004-2009) and he is currently appointed as a lecturer at ESADE and as associate professor at UPF. He teaches at PhD, Master, Executive and BS levels. His interests focus on Open Innovation, Innovation and AI tools that could foster innovation. Esteve also collaborates and is deeply involved with some NGO.

Presentation abstract

Open Cities

Open Cities is a three year European project with a 5.9M€ budget and with the participation of several European cities: Helsinki, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona, aiming at exploring Open Innovation methodologies in the Public Sector and particularly in Smart Cities by experimenting novel mechanisms in pan-European platforms around Urban Labs (Living Labs in Cities), Crowdsourcing, Open Data, Fiber to the Home and Open Sensor Networks. Esade-IIK is the organization coordinating Open Cities.

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