Joan Clos

Director of UN-Habitat (2010-2017); Mayor of Barcelona (1997-2006); Minister of Industry, Tourism and Commerce of Spain (2006-2008) & Former Spanish Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan

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Travels From: Barcelona, Spain

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    Joan Clos

    Director of UN-Habitat (2010-2017); Mayor of Barcelona (1997-2006); Minister of Industry, Tourism and Commerce of Spain (2006-2008) & Former Spanish Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan

    Speaker Fee Range: Please inquire for fees

    Travels From: Barcelona, Spain

    Joan Clos is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

    Joan Clos Speaker Biography

    Born in Barcelona, he is a doctor with a distinguished career in public service and diplomacy. He graduated in medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, later specialized in Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh and joined the municipal government of Barcelona as the Director of Public Health in 1979.

    Joan Clos was elected twice mayor of Barcelona, from 1997 to 2006, after having been city councilor between 1983 and 1987, and deputy mayor of finance and budget playing a key role in the preparation of the Barcelona Olympic Games in the 1992.

    In his time as mayor, Clos received several awards, including the gold medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1999 for the transformation of Barcelona and, in 2002, the UN-Habitat Honor Award for the promotion of global cooperation between local authorities and the United Nations.

    Internationally, in 1998, Clos was elected President of Metropolis, the international network of cities. Two years later, he was elected President of the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities. Between 2000 and 2007, he acted as Chairman of the United Nations Advisory Committee for Local Authorities. And between 1997 and 2003, he was a member of the Council of Municipalities and Regions of Europe.

    Before joining the United Nations, Dr. Joan Clos was Minister of Industry, Tourism and Commerce of Spain between 2006 and 2008, and Spanish Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan.

    In 2016, he received the Jane Jacobs medal by the Rockefeller Foundation in recognition of the leadership of the New Urban Agenda.

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