Curator #124: Joan Martí Estévez

I’m Joan Martí (@JMartiClusters) born 41 years ago and living in Barcelona. I’ll be your curator from 27 July to 2nd August.

Concerning my professional track-record, I’ve been a cluster practitioner for more than a decade. My current occupation is Director of Cluster Development Division at ACCIÓ, which stands for the Catalan Agency for Competitiveness, which belongs to the Catalonia Government. I’m involved in 25 different clusters, such as the gourmet food, fashion, beauty, medical devices or water technologies. Cluster development in Catalonia is a strategic change process, a trip to identify and implement winning business models in different sectors, using cooperation as an instrument for that. I’ve an experience of 20 years being involved in competitiveness initiatives, having worked with around 2.000 companies.

I’m convinced that travelling is one of the greatest sources of learning so I’ve led international benchmarking trips to different ecosystems, for instance, Boston, Israel, Silicon Valley or Québec. I’ve always tried to understand what makes a country successful and then contribute to build and connect the right pieces for Catalonia, never copying other realities but getting inspiration.
As a cluster practitioner I’m member of TCI network, the leading global network of main organizations and practitioners with deep expertise in clusters and competitiveness, who collaborate in a unique open, flexible and practical context to advance in the practice of competitiveness, innovation and cluster development. TCI reaches out to 9,000 practitioners from development agencies, government departments, cluster organizations, academic institutions, companies and multilateral organizations in over 110 countries. I’ve been a speaker in their International Congresses, since 2006, in the five continents (India, Finland, South Africa, New Zealand, etc.)

In 2013, I published my first book: “Clusters: winning strategies and teamwork”. The book’s philosophy is to provide a practical tool to help countries, regions, cities, companies and organizations to understand that they can be competitive in this changing world if they understand their capabilities and implement the needed strategies. To do so they will probably need a partner to travel together in the road to competitiveness, the perfect partner is the one sharing the same challenges, the cluster partner.This book has been created for a global audience.
I’ve been also teaching cluster strategy in several Business Schools and Universities.

Concerning my personal life, I’d like to point out my passion for U2 since I was 13 years old. My first participation in a radio program was about U2 when I was 19, I presented my collection publicly when I was 21 and I’ve attended more than 20 concerts. The next will be the 4 in Barcelona, next october.

I’ll be tweeting about competitiveness, in general, and cluster development, in particular.


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