General Director
  • Mateu Hernández Maluquer

    Mateu Hernández Maluquer

    Barcelona Global CEO

    Mateu Hernández is the CEO of Barcelona Global. Mateu is member of the International Advisory Board of the 4th New York Strategic Plan, Secretary of the International Advisory Board of the Smart Cities Expo and Congress, regular advisor for economic development and strategic plans for cities, and is Senior Advisor of SONAR, the advanced music and technology festival. 

    Previously, he was the CEO of the Economic Development Agency of the City of Barcelona, where he coordinated policies and programmes in Barcelona on employment, entrepreneurship, business, attracting foreign direct investment, the city’s brand, technological innovation, promotion and trading standards, city markets, and tourism. As managing director of the Economic Development Agency, he was the executive Vice President of Barcelona Activa, Mercabana, and had executive responsibilities in the 22@ innovation district. He had previously developed his career at Barcelona Activa, the local development agency of the City Council, as managing director and executive director. 

    Mateu designed and implemented policies to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in Barcelona and was part of the leadership team that designed a strategic plan for Barcelona. He was part of the team's bid to win the Barcelona Mobile World Capital, and he has developed several innovative programmes to promote local and regional economic development. 

    Mateu graduated from executive programmes in Business Administration from IESE, and he also graduated in law from the University of Barcelona and has a Masters in Public and Social Policy from the Pompeu Fabra University and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He has also taken part in various OECD studies on local economic development. In 2006, he participated in the Marshall Memorial Fellowship programme in the United States and teaches courses on public policy and local development.

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