IESE Business School

IESE Business School

IESE Business School is the business management school of the University of Navarra. It has worked for over 50 years training executives and developing and inspiring business leaders across the globe.

The Public-Private Sector Research Center (PPSRC) was founded in 2001 with the goal of fostering cooperation between the private sector and public administrations. The results of its studies are disseminated through academic conferences, research seminars, publications, forums and colloquia in order to pave the way for cooperation and the exchange of ideas and initiatives.

Cities in Motion Strategies is a research platform that connects a worldwide network of city experts and specialized private companies with local administrations all over the world with the goal of developing valuable ideas and innovative tools that can generate smarter, more sustainable cities and promote change at the local level.


United Nations. International PPP Centre of Excellence. UNECE

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is one of the United Nations’ five regional commissions. Its main goal is to promote pan-European economic integration among 56 countries in Europe, Asia and North America through dialogue and cooperation.

The goal of the International PPP Centre of Excellence (ICoE) is to serve as an international benchmark and leader in the development of PPP good practices and standards. UNECE has a United Nations mandate to expand and develop the program and to work with other international organizations such as the World Bank, the EIB and the ADB, among others.

The mission of the Specialist Centres (SCs) is to become global benchmarks in specific sectors. Their tasks include compiling practical
case studies in PPP projects, drawing up standards and guides to good practices, and providing consulting and training to public administrations all over the world.

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The City of Barcelona

The City of Barcelona is an example of the role that a public-private partnership can play in transforming a city in the long term in terms of sustainability, strategic planning and smart cities. Examples include the initiatives that emerged at the time of the 1992 Olympics, the new technology district 22@ and the Barcelona Smart City Campus.

Barcelona has earned numerous international awards for its efforts, such as first prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, the City Climate Leadership Award and the European Capital of Innovation Award.