Who we are

The people

21 people form today the Governing Council, the Social Council and the Executive Director of the iSocial Foundation.

Manuel Aguilar

Manuel Aguilar

Member of the Social Council

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Sociologist and lecturer and researcher in social policies and social services at the Social Work Faculty of the University of Barcelona (UB). Advisor to numerous local and regional governments in social services, inclusion plans and minimum-income systems.
Enric Arqués

Enric Arqués

Voting member of the Board of Governance.
 Representative of the Fundació JOIA

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Psychologist and family therapist. Co-director of the Fundació JOIA. Chairman of the Fòrum d’Iniciatives assistencials i de gestió en Salut Mental i Addiccions [Forum for Care and Management Initiatives in Mental Health and Addictions] in Catalonia. Secretary of the Obertament Association for the fight against stigma. Vice-Chairman of the Fundació Habitat 3. Voting member of the Board of the Taula del Tercer Sector Social de Catalunya [Panel of the Third Social Sector of Catalonia]. Voting member of the Board of La Unió-associació d’entitats sanitàries i socials [Union-Association of health and social organisations].
Maria Àngels Cabasés

Maria Àngels Cabasés

Member of the Social Council

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Economist. Lecturer and director of the Department of Applied Economics of the University of Lleida (UdL). Member of the JOVIS.com research group, he conducts research into the behaviour of the young people’s job market. Secretary General of the Consell Interuniversitari de Catalunya [Inter-University Council of Catalonia] (2006-2008). Member of the Parliament of Catalonia (2008-2010).
Núria Carrera

Núria Carrera

Member of the Social Council

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A social worker with experience in interventions in Ciutat Badia and el Carmel district; in education, at the ICESB; and in institutional management, at the City Council of l’Hospitalet and the Red Cross. Deputy Mayor of the City Council of Barcelona (1999-2003). Rector of the Official College of Social Work of Catalonia (2009-2017).
Montse Cervera

Montse Cervera

Chairwoman.
 Representative of the Fundació AMPANS

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A graduate in Pedagogy, she has worked in different areas of social services, in which she has held different responsibilities in the public and the private sector alike. She is currently head of innovation of the Fundació Ampans.
Toni Codina

Toni Codina

Director

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A graduate in philosophy who has also studied politics and business administration. He is the former director of the SETEM (1991-2007) international cooperation NGO and director general of the Taula d’entitats del Tercer Sector Social de Catalunya (2007-2018).
Ricard Faura

Ricard Faura

Member of the Social Council

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Technologist and anthropologist. Head of the Digital Inclusion and Qualification Service of the General Directorate for the Digital Society of Catalonia. Expert in Sciences and Technology of the Ateneu Barcelonès. Collaborating lecturer of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC).
Josep-Ramon Ferrer

Josep-Ramon Ferrer

Member of the Social Council

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Engineer and expert in Smart Cities at Doxa Innova & Smart. Director General of Telecommunications (2006-2010) and Director General of the Information Society of the Government of Catalonia (2010). Smart City Director of the City Council of Barcelona (2012-2015).
Marina Geli

Marina Geli

Member of the Social Council

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Resident doctor and politician. Member of the Parliament of Catalonia (1995-2003) and Autonomous Minister for Health of the Government of Catalonia (2003-2010). Since 2016, strategic coordinator of the Centre d’Estudis Sanitaris i Socials [Centre for Health Care and Social Studies] (CESS) of the University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia (UVIC·UCC).
Assumpció Gonzàlez

Assumpció Gonzàlez

Member of the Social Council

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Nurse. Working on Person-centered integrated care and Self-care promotion. Promoter of programmes Patient Expert and Caregiver Expert Catalonia. Josep Trueta medal for health merit.
Cristina Laborda

Cristina Laborda

Member of the Social Council

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Doctor in Education. Tenured Lecturer of the Department of Applied Pedagogy of the School of the Sciences of Education of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Specialist in care to diversity. Member of the DO (Diversity and Orientation) Research Group.
Jordi Marín

Jordi Marín

Member of the Social Council

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Economist and IT expert. Lecturer and member of the Social Council of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Promoter of the Tecnocampus of Mataró and of the Fundació TIC Salut. Chairman and founder of Sinergia. Secretary for Telecommunications and the Information Society of the Government of Catalonia (2006). Director General of Microsoft in Catalonia (2014-2018).
Josep Maria Pascual

Josep Maria Pascual

Member of the Social Council

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Graduate in Economics, PhD in Sociology and Master in Political Analysis. Expert in governance and the strategic planning of cities and regions, having authored several books on the topic. He is the Director of Urban Quality Strategies, Chairman of the Fundació Ciudadanía y Buen Gobierno Coordinator of the AERYC (África-América-Europa de Regiones y Ciudades).
Ismael Peña López

Ismael Peña López

Member of the Social Council

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General Director of citizen participation and electoral processes of the Catalan Government. Previously, he was a lecturer in Law and Political Science Studies, and a researcher on the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute and the eLearn Center at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). Director of the Open Innovation project of the Jaume Bofill Foundation.
Pilar Rodríguez

Pilar Rodríguez

Vice-chairwoman.
 Representative of ABD (Associació i Fundació Benestar i Desenvolupament)

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Social worker and expert in healthcare services, bioethics and human rights. Director of the User Attention Unit of an ICS hospital for 14 years. Since 2001 she has been Assistant to Management and Director of the ABD’s (Associació i Fundació Benestar i Desenvolupament) Social and Health Operating Unit.
Joan-Artur Sales

Joan-Artur Sales

Voting member of the Board of Governance.
 ATRA Group representative

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Clinical and community psychologist, expert in community mental health and addictive behaviours. Co-director of the ATRA Group. Vice-Chairman of the Coordinadora de Comunitats Terapèutiques per a Drogodependents de Catalunya [Therapeutic Communities Coordinator for Drug-addicts of Catalonia].
Josep Salvatella

Josep Salvatella

Member of the Social Council

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Economist. Chief Executive Officer of RocaSalvatella. He has held the positions of Strategy and Organisation Director of the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and Director General of Eureca Media. Academic collaborator of the ESADE.
Josep Maria Solé

Josep Maria Solé

Secretary.
 Representative of SUPPORT-Fundació Tutelar Girona

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Lawyer. Director of SUPPORT- Fundació Tutelar Girona. Trustee and Chairman of the Social Council of the Fundació Institut Guttman. Vice-Chairman of the Fundació DRISSA. Vice-Chairman of the Fundació Campus Arnau d’Escala. Member of the Governing Board of the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD).
Alfons M. Thió

Alfons M. Thió

Voting member of the Board of Governance. Representative of the Fundació Família i Benestar Social

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Industrial Engineer from the UPC and MED from the IESE. With long-standing experience in managerial positions in industrial companies. Since 2004 he has been the Manager of the Fundació Família i Benestar Social, an organisation engaged mainly in the development and management of social housing.
Toni Vilà

Toni Vilà

Member of the Social Council

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Graduate in Law and PhD in Pedagogy. Expert in social services legislation. He was a lecturer in social services at the University of Barcelona and the University of Girona and now works as a researcher at the ICOP-UAB. Member of the Municipal Council of Social Welfare of Barcelona, the Social Council of the Institut Guttmann and a trustee of the Fundación Pilares.
Josep M. Vilalta

Josep M. Vilalta

Member of the Social Council

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Expert in the environment, educational policies and R&D management. He has 30 years of professional experience in the area, in which he has held different positions and responsibilities. He is currently the Executive Secretary of the Associació Catalana d’Universitats Públiques [Catalan Association of Public Universities] (ACUP) and Director of the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi). Web: www.josepmvilalta.com

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