• Joan Riera

    Founder & CEO of Active Development

Joan Riera

Founder and CEO of Active Development

Joan Riera is an Innovator, Advisor, Professor, Investor, Writer and Speaker, known for his unparalleled connection with people, his fierce passion, and his obsession to find entrepreneurial ways to drive positive change in the world. Joan has over 20 years of business success in the corporate world and then as an eight-time entrepreneur.

Joan has been honored to participate in more than 400 projects and help over 50.000 executives from more than 60 countries transform and energize their lives and their organizations. To accomplish this mission, he founded Active Development in 2010, a consulting firm that offers specialized advisory in growth management, innovation, corporate entrepreneurship and sales. He is currently leading the company and participating in different projects in the field.

Joan has always been defined by his enthusiastic love of teaching and commitment to building and empowering leaders. For 20´years, he has been teaching Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Intrapreneurship, Lean Startup, Leadership, Internalization, Strategy and General Management at ESADE Business School. He is managing courses in top programs such as Msc, MBA or EMBA, and also flagship executive courses such as “The Journey to Business Transformation” in collaboration with Singularity University or custom executive programs for companies such as Telefónica, Boston Scientific, Puig, Grupo Planeta, Pfizer, Repsol, La Caixa, LIDL, Danone, Porsche, Novartis, BBVA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Abbott, Solvay or Adif.

At ESADE Business School he also assumed different executive positions in the school and, as intrapreneur, he was founder and Managing Director of ESADE CREAPOLIS, the world’s first open innovation park to transfer innovation between startups and corporations, or cofounder of ESADE BAN, one of the most powerful business angel network in Europe.

He is a prolific thought leader and author, regularly expressing his views on business issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications. Joan is internationally recognized as a leading expert for Corporate Entrepreneurship. His latest book, Impulso, offers an accessible methodology to deploy intrapreneurship in the organizations.

As a supporter of socially conscious ventures, Joan is proud to have designed and executed different programs for governments, institutions, foundations and NGOs, such as entrepreneurship camps for young gifted entrepreneurs or an incubator / accelerator for disabled entrepreneurs.


CEO forums, Board of Directors memberships, Advisory, Consulting, Transformation, Digitalization, Entrepreneurial Marketing, Technology Commercialization, Technology Transfer, Regional Innovation Ecosystem Development, Global Leadership, Executive Education, Change, Growth, Disruption, Entrepreneurship for Women, Sales / Business Development, M&A, Joint Ventures, Corporate Venturing, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, Moonshot Thinking, Exponential Technologies, Financing, Fundraising, Business Angels, Venture Capital (VC), International business expansion, Internationalization.