Esteve Almirall serves as Associate Professor at the Esade Business School, where his research focus is on Innovation, and particularly on Open Innovation. His work has been referenced in HBR and he is a frequent speaker in conferences concerning Innovation, Smart Cities, Living Labs and Open Data/Gov. His background is a mix of Management Science (PhD,MRes,MBA) and Computer Science (MSc, MRes). Esteve is also highly involved in European Projects and EU organizations, having coordinated and participated in many EU projects on Innovation and Smart Cities. He is passionate about how IT can be used to redefine governance and reinvent citizenship in the 21st century: transforming cities from service providers to ecosystem orchestrators, and therefore fostering growth and promoting entrepreneurship.