Our Team

The secret to our success is our team

 

 

Our people are everything. We are a team of specialists with a wide variety of professional experiences in multiple areas and sectors, most of them hailing from some of the most prestigious business schools. We are ready to be part of your team. Together we will turn your opportunities into successes.

 

JOAN RIERA
PRESIDENT

“The secret is the team. To surround ourselves with the best, has proved to be the key to our success. Anyone who can surpass us in something is welcome to join”

He graduated in Business Administration and MBA from ESADE (Lic&MBA program) and from the Business School Johnson School at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York). He is a real estate agent, and has complemented its executive education at ESADE (Management and Property Management Companies) and IESE (Developing Innovation Company).

Joan is Managing Partner of Active Development and professor of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Department of General Management and Strategy ESADE. He is president of the ESADE Alumni Innovation Club and founder and board member of the network of ESADE Business Angels. He is an investor and advisor for technology and fast-growing companies. He is co-author of the book Emprende Tu Propia Aventura and active lecturer in international forums.

He created his first company with only 23 years. In his extensive international experience he has created 7 companies and has worked in UK and USA, through banking, consulting and multinational companies. He was founder and first General Director of the innovation business park ESADE CREAPOLIS, coach of more than 400 entrepreneurs, and organizer of the first Forum of investors from Spain in 2004. With more than 15 years of experience, he has worked in innovation projects with companies such as Telefonica, Boston Scientific, Pfizer, Danone, Servihabitat/La Caixa, Puig, Novartis, PWC, Abbott, Bodegas Torres, BBVA, Palladium Group, Solvay or Adif

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JORDI PLA
General Manager

"Customers demand excellence and great results. To do this, we have a good team, knowledge and motivation”

He has a degree and MBA from ESADE and IESE PDG. He has developed a long international career in the world of marketing, advertising and communications. He has had managerial responsibilities in Spain, United States and several European projects.
 
He is academic collaborator for ESADE. He is also active lecturer and independent director of several business initiatives, as well as an active participant in the commercial sector business forums and entrepreneurship. He has been an entrepreneur and private investor.
 
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NACHO GALLARDO
Senior Manager

“Perseverance will prevail where everything else fails! Passion for innovation and growth and the ability of a talented team makes working at Active Development a pleasure”

 

Lic&MBA by ESADE, specialized in Marketing, Sales and Business Strategy. Experience in an International Marketing Agency (5 years between Paris and London). Nacho is also a ESADE academic collaborator and associate professor in the MBA ESIC, where he coordinates the Investment Forum and advises the investors club.
 
Private investor in start-ups in different accelerators and incubators, as well as an active speaker. He has been an entrepreneur and Director in the consulting area.
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PACO GÓMEZ
MANAGER CASABLANCA OFFICE

"Africa is waking up… do you know how to make toasts?"

He has a degree in Economics and Business Studies from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. He has degrees in international trade given by the ECSC in collaboration with Georgetown University. Paco has a postgraduate degree in Financial Management from ESADE and is PDG from IESE.
 
Currently, he participates and advises to different Spanish and international companies on its expansion to Morocco and North Africa as well, where he spends most of his time.
 
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JORDI RIERA
MANAGER MIAMI OFFICE

“The worst execution is the one that is not done”

Jordi leads Active Development for USA. He has more than 10 years experience in Marketing and Sales in the USA and in international companies in diverse countries. Jordi has also experience in Business Development for Asia, New Zealand and Australia.
 
He has the BA Honours International Business by the University of Westminster ( London, UK ) and also has studied in programs from the London School of Economics and Instituto de Empresa.
 
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EDGAR JORDÀ
Senior Manager

“We reward the attitude and enthusiasm. Our team strives for excellence, not physical hours, as we have a winning spirit;

Lic&MBA from ESADE. He is an expert in Sales and Business Development with international experience in consulting, entrepreneurship and growth management. General Director at ESADE Business Park CREAPOLIS.
 
He has been former Sales Director in SAMSUNG Spain. Edgar has international business experience (USA and Asia), and more than 8 years experience in management and sales training.
 
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RICARD HUGUET
SENIOR MANAGER

“It is more fun being the pirate than joining the Navy”

 
Ricard has a degree in Pharmacy and MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management with emphasis on innovation. He is co-instructor with Henry Chesbrough and Ken Morse at ESADE. His specialties are in the area of turning technology into business and commercial development.
 
In 2003 Ricard was appointed Director of Innovation for the city of Barcelona. He is an entrepreneur, private investor and active speaker.
 
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ENRIC ALONSO
VICEPRESIDENT

“The passion is the gasoline of the success”

 

 
Industrial Engineer from the School of Engineering of the UPC. Master in PDG by the IESE Business School in Barcelona. He advises the postgraduate course in Facility Management in the Escola Sert COAC.
 
With a long history in private companies, he is currently the President of Congress Facilities Management & Business Service and is part of several Boards of Directors, advising companies and institutions.
 
 
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CARLOS LÓPEZ
SENIOR MANAGER

“Great work is performed not by strength but by perseverance”

PADG at the Instituto de Empresa. he estudied Management and Business Administration at the UIB. Businessman and entrepreneur expert in the area of corporate finance.
 
He has been Director of Corporate Banking for financial institutions in the Balearic Islands. Founder of a company for outsourcing Financial Management services to SMEs.
 
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CATALINA DARDER
SENIOR MANAGER

“Teamwork, leadership and communication, the essence for the success of any project”

 

MBA from ESADE. She has worked in the private sector and has also been an entrepreneur. She highlights its experience in Banking (mainly Risk Analysis) and treasury management..
 
She has developed several business projects and currently performs tasks of Financial Consulting and Project Management
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SAAD HAMOUMI
SENIOR ASSOCIATE

“Business development is the key for the survival of any business”

 

Doctor in Economics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Currently he is the President of Harvard Moroco Consulting, specializing in business development and business Support Company. Previously he was president of the Commission PME in GCMS.
 
 
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IRENE MARIJUAN
Consultant

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. There is a reason why curiosity exists”

She has a Two Degrees in Business Administration and Law at ICADE (Madrid), specialized in Finance and Business Strategy. She has worked in diverse consulting firms and also in a start up. She has huge experience and now is working on her current "adventure" in Active Development.
 
 
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XENIA COROMINAS
Consultant

“The innovation is the fuel of the leader. The only way to be followed is being running faster than the rest”

She has a BA in Political Science and Public Administration by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. She has experience in Management and Team Motivation, as well as in business development.
 
 
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