I define myself as a social analyst and change manager, because throughout my professional and associative life I have always combined these two aspects: trying to understand the context, establishing improvement objectives, and promoting and managing change processes that make them possible.
I was lucky enough to have belonged to Scouting from a very young age, and that this educational movement, with its inclusive values, gave me tools for action and contributed to forming my personality. It did so from the ideal of equal dignity of all humans and the unique potentials we have to create new responses to the challenges of living in harmony among people and with nature, many of which today synthesize the Sustainable Development Goals.
Possibly because of this, in recent years I have dedicated myself to educational transformation, both at school and university level, as I had previously done with higher education and research policy and management, leadership in the associative and non-governmental fields, education in values, identity and global citizenship, and, transversely, world scouting and its contribution to a better world.
I am the Chairman of CATESCO (formerly Unescocat-Center for UNESCO of Catalonia) and I have promoted and directed Escola Nova 21-Alliance for an advanced education system (2016-19). I am a founding Board member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) and Board member of the Institute of Humanities of Barcelona. I am also a member of the Advisory Board of the European university alliance EUTOPIA, of the Advisory Council of the University of Vic, and of the Education in Advanced Teaching Advisory Board of the University of the People.
I have promoted a university program to improve the professional development of teachers commissioned by the Government of Catalonia, with the UVic and the UOC (2014-19), and have been commissioned to launch the PM Investigators Programme of the Pasqual Maragall Foundation for research against Alzheimer. . Before that, I spent two years as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Sociology at New York University, after having directed the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics for six years – since its inception in 2006.
I hold a PhD in Political and Social Sciences (UPF), a Master in Social Sciences (Chicago), a degree in Philosophy (UB) and in Journalism (UPF) and a diploma in Advanced Management (AMP from IESE). I was a two-year Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College (University of Cambridge) doing my doctoral research on education in global citizenship and the case of World Scouting, published in Catalan by Proa (2010) and in English by Palgrave MacMillan (2012).
I was Chief of Staff with the first Minister of Universities, Research and Information Society of the Government of Catalonia, Andreu Mas-Colell (2000-03). In the associative field, I was Head of Relations of Escoltes Catalans, International Commissioner of the Catalan Federation of Scouting and Guiding, president of the National Youth Council of Catalonia and president of the Josep Carol Scout Foundation. I was also a Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2009 (German Marshall Fund of the United States).