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Joan Riera

Active Development
Barcelona Area, Spain
I am the managing partner and director of Active Development (a consulting firm specialized in growth projects) and professor in ESADE's Department of General Management and Strategy. Within ESADE Alumni, I am the President of the Innovation Club and member of the Alumni Entrepreneurship board and the ESADE's Business Angel network. I am a private investor and independent board member. I am also an active writer and speaker at innovation and entrepreneurship international forums.

With more than 15 years' teaching and consulting experience in the fields of business strategy, new business models, sales, business development, leadership, change management, entrpreneurship, internationalization, growth management and innovation processes, I have collaborated with companies in different sectors such as Telefónica - Movistar, Boston Scientific, Pfizer, Danone, Servihabitat / La Caixa, Puig, Novartis, PWC, Abbott, Bodegas Torres, BBVA, Grupo Palladium, Solvay o Adif.

I have professional experience working with multidisciplinary teams in international settings, including the UK, the US and Spain. I founded 7 companies and I worked in many different fields, including consulting, banking, Internet, the creation of a new department in a large corporation, coaching over 400 entrepreneurs and managers in the Spanish market or the organization of the first investor's forum in Spain in 2004. I am one of the co-founders of ESADE Creapolis, the world's first innovation park to be backed by a business school, where I also assumed the position as the park's first managing director for five years.

I hold a combined undergraduate degree and MBA in Management from ESADE (Lic&MBA) and from Cornell University's Johnson Business School (Ithaca, New York). I am a real estate agent, and have complemented my executive education at ESADE (Real Estate Management) and at IESE (Developing Business Innovation).

Especialidades:Business Development, Growth, e-business, Project Finance, Business Opportunities, New Ventures, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Board Membership, Coaching, Teaching, International, Investment Fund Raising, Business Angels, Negotiations, Organizational Development and Recruiting, Sales, Strategic Planning.