Introducing the THA President candidate

Josep Miquel Piqué

Barcelona, 1967

Executive President of Technova Barcelona – La Salle Innovation Park – Ramon Llull University

Head of Knowledge Economic Zones – Barcelona Activa – Barcelona City Council

Past-President of International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation


Josep Miquel Piqué is a Telecommunication Engineer from La Salle / UPC and MBA. He is Doctor on Ecosystems of Innovation from Ramon Llull University. He holds also diplomas from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of California-Berkeley.

He is a disciple of Professors Henry Etzkowitz (co-founder of Triple Helix), Francesc Solé Parellada (Entrepreneurship) and Jerome Engel (Clusters of Innovation).

He is the Founding President of XPCAT (Catalan Network of Science Parks), Vice-President of APTE (Spanish Network of Science Parks) and Past-President of IASP (International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation).

He is expert of the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission and member of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies of the United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE).

His long professional experience in university management has leaded him to promote and lead Postgraduate Programs, Technology Transfer Centers, University Incubators and Innovation Science and Technology Parks. He has promoted several hybrid organizations taking the partnership model University-Industry-Public Administration. Nowadays is Executive President of Technova Barcelona – La Salle Innovation Park and Director of La Salle MBA – Ramon Llull University.

In the field of public administration has been CEO of the District Innovation – 22 @ Barcelona (developing 22@Barcelona Urban Lab), Director of Strategic Sectors of the Agency of Local Development – Barcelona Activa and CEO of the Office of Economic Growth of the Barcelona City Council. Among other projects he has participated in teams of Barcelona European Capital of Innovation and Barcelona Mobile World Capital. Nowadays is Head of Economic Zones of Barcelona Activa – Barcelona City Council.

He has published several papers in publications and congresses on Innovation Ecosystems. He has participated in several international forums in Europe (Bulgaria, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Italy and UK), America (Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, U.S.A.) and Asia (Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Japan and China).

The central line of his activity is the promotion of Knowledge-based Economy and Society with a Triple Helix approach in order to consolidate Knowledge Cities on Smart Cities.


The voting session for the President elections will be organized online in the period between 15 September – 30 September 2021. Our General Assembly, composed by all the THA paid members, will receive via email a link to the online voting session and each member will be entitled to cast 1 vote.

The election results will be announced by 15 November via our THA official communication channels.

The new elected President will be presented to our Community at the General Assembly to be organized online on 30 November 2021.