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Twelfth session of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies

5 - 6 December 2019

Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Ana Paola is introducing innovation in Barcelona City Council through the i.lab. The i.lab’s goal is to accelerate social and sustainable urban innovation in an open and collaborative way between the public, private, social and academic sectors. It serves as a transformation tool of the city administration to deliver better services and improve the quality of life of Barcelona’s residents, while fostering economic development.

She is a specialist in urban and social innovation and for the past 8 years she has provided advisory services to local governments on problem-solving, needs’ identification and public procurement. She also has experience in urban resilience, climate change policy, social development and urban poverty alleviation.

She has worked for the Social Development Ministry of the Mexican Government on a program to tackle urban poverty; for the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Department on projects to strengthen social resilience to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean; and for Citymart, managing projects on challenge-based procurement and open innovation competitions working with several cities in countries such as the U.K, U.S., Chile, and Spain.