Esteve Almirall

Esade Business School

serves as Associated Professor at Esade and Dtr. of the Center for Innovation in Cities. He lectured at various universities, including UC Berkeley, Purdue, UPF, UPC and EPFL. He has a mixed background in both AI and Management Sciences, particularly in Innovation.
He spent a previous life in the business IT sector with a career in consulting and banking where for many years he was the youngest CTO in the Spanish banking industry, being the 1st in offering online transactions and the 2nd in online banking. As an entrepreneur he founded several companies and participated in tech startups.
In academics he has been involved in multiple programs and created a Smart Cities program together with the World Bank that was well attended. His last contribution was the creation of the Esade’s Master in Business Analytics (ranked #5 in the world in 2018).
He is passionate about the intersection between Digital Technologies and Innovation, in particular Smart Cities where he participated in multiple projects and congresses. He was one of the founders of the European Networks of Living Labs with +400 Living Labs around the world and coordinated several high-impact European Projects such as Open Cities or Commons for Europe and participated as principal researcher in many others totaling a budget of more than €29M. He also worked for the World Bank and the European Commission as an expert. He has been deeply involved in the Smart Cities movement and in Smart City Expo since its inception.
His research has been published in leading scientific journals such as Academy of Management Review, MISQ, Government Information Quarterly, HBR, CACM or California Management Review among others, totaling +80 publications. He is also a frequent contributor to the general press such as Forbes, La Vanguardia or El nacional among others, and a well-known public speaker.
As a recovering geek he prides himself on teaching Python, Julia, Machine Learning, Cloud Planforms and AWS as well as Competing with AI & Cloud, Smart Cities, Innovation and Management.

Last update: December 2022