SPEAKERSAntoni Vives TOMAS
CEO, Barcelona City Transformation Agency

Antoni is an international consultant, political advisor and policy analyst with 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He created the City Transformation Agency – Barcelona, an innovative firm that seeks to radically improve people’s lives generating hope and delivering welfare in cities all around the world. He consults for city, national governments and companies on Disruptive Political Agendas, Smart Cities and City Anatomy. He is currently engaged in several projects in Europe, America, Africa and Central Asia. He lectures in universities and events all over the planet.

From 2011 to 2015, he served as the Deputy Mayor of Barcelona, Vice-president of the Metropolitan Area and Vice-president of the Port of Barcelona. He was responsible for the Smart City and Urban Innovation Strategies in Barcelona, leading more than 10 municipal and metropolitan bodies. During this period, he was in charge of the Internationalisation of Barcelona, leading the city branding abroad, attracting investment and connecting Catalan companies to the world. He was the president of the Smart City World Congress and Expo. Under his leadership, Barcelona received numerous awards, including the 2014 European Innovation Capital (European Union), the 2014 Challenge Award Mayor Bloomberg Philanthropies (Vincles Project) and 2015 Juniper Research Ranking 1 Global Smart City.

Previously, he served as the Secretary of the Cabinet Office of the Catalan Government. During that period, he created the first e-Government Consortium in Spain. He founded the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. He started his career as a member of the direction of Nissan Motor Company in Spain. He graduated in Business Administration from the Universidad de Barcelona and has undertaken the Leadership & Public Management Programme at IESE in Madrid. He is senior advisor of the London School of Economics and a regular contributor with articles in the national press. He has published several essays and novels, some of which have received awards. He is about to publish “Smart Barcelona: the Quest for a Better living”.