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II International Conference 
“Governance among partners in Public Private Partnerships”

November 17th, 2016. Barcelona



PPP for Cities (The Specialist Centre on Public Private Partnership in Smart and Sustainable Cities) organized the 1st International Conference on PPPs in Cities last year during the Smart City Expo World Congress 2015. The Conference reached remarkable achievements and became a meeting point and center of discussion on fostering sustainability and innovation in cities through Public Private Partnerships among one hundred experts in the field, including public administration, academia and practitioners.

In order to consolidate this International Conference as an annual event, PPP for Cities invites all those interested on this field to the 2nd International Conference on PPPs in Cities “Governance among partners in Public Private Partnerships”.

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9.30-10.00   Welcome remarks
Joan Enric Ricart. Professor at IESE Business School.
Geoffrey Hamilton. Chief of the PPP Programme at UNECE.
Agustí Colom. Councillor (Member of the Parliament) for Enterprise and Tourism at Ajuntament de Barcelona.

10.00-10.45   Opening discussion. What is a Smart City?
Joan Enric Ricart. Professor at IESE Business School. Presentation
Mauricio Bouskela. Senior specialist in the competitiveness & innovation division at Inter-American Development Bank. Presentation
Chair: Marcelo García. Strategy Execution Consultant Smart Cities & Telecom

10.45-11.15   Speech “A successful pioneering PPP amidst difficult times”
Rafael Pérez Feito. International Operation Director at AQUALIA. Presentation

11.15-11.45   Coffee Break

11.45-12.30   Keynote Speech “The Simple Economics of White Elephants”
Gerard Llobet. Professor of Economics at CEMFI. Presentation

12.30-13.00   Speech “PPP in urban mobility”
Jorge Rivas. CEO of Concessions at GLOBALVIA Chile. Presentation

13.00-13.30   Speech “Public-private relationship through Innovative Public Procurement”
Anna Majó. Digital Innovation Technical Manager at Ajuntament de Barcelona

13.30-14.15   Lunch Break

14.15-14.45   PPP for Cities. Presentation of PPP Case Studies. “Lessons from the reality of PPP”
PPP for Cities Research Team. Presentation 

14.45-15.15   Speech “Emerging and Sustainable Cities Program”
Ellis J. Juan. Chief Housing and Urban Development Division at Inter-American Development Bank. Presentation 

15.15-16.15   Round Table “Key Governance issues to succeed in PPP”
Pedro Michelena. Chairman at Foro PPP.
Maya Falguera. Lawyer, Head of Unit for Concessions and Antitrust at Abertis Infraestructuras. Presentation
Marc Frilet. Managing Partner at Frilet Société d’Avocats.
Irina Zapatrina. Chairman of the Board at Ukrainian PPP Development Support Centre.
Pedro Neves. Founder & Managing Partner at Global Solutions. Presentation

Chair: Pascual Berrone. Professor at IESE Business School.

16.15-16.45   Speech “PPP model to develop new Smart Cities. The case in China”
Walter Fang. Executive Vice President at iSoftstone Group. Presentation 

16.45-17.15   Speech “PPP’s for Urban Transformation”
Maria Galindo. International Business Manager at Doxa Innova&Smart. Presentation & Video

17.15-17.45   Closing remarks and next steps
Núria Betriu. Director General of Industry and CEO of the Agency for Business Competitiveness (ACCIÓ), Government of Catalonia.
Miquel Rodriguez Planas. Manager at Public-Private Sector Research Center, IESE Business School.



PPP for Cities & UN Members:         Free
Non-members:                                       50 €

The registration fee includes:
– Access to the conference “Fostering sustainability and innovation in cities through Public Private Partnerships”
– Free access to Smart City EXPO (valued 100 euros) 15-17 November
– 25% discount Smart City World Congress 15-17 November


Gran Via Exhibition Centre

Conference Center 1
ROOM 1.1.
Avinguda de Joan Carles I, 64
L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
08908 (Barcelona)

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