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.

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    Speaker Joan Clos ushered in a new urban spirit as the Mayor of Barcelona, and continues to influence urban planning worldwide. A medical doctor by trade, his approach to urban design embraces concern for the public’s well-being. Organizations that celebrate cities and the vision that informs their administration turn to Joan Clos for unforgettable keynote addresses.

    Joan Clos Speaker Biography

    Keynote speaker Joan Clos brings is one of the world’s great urban visionaries and one of its most seasoned diplomats. As a celebrated keynote speaker, Joan Clos draws on an extraordinary career with warmth, wit, and keen insight.

    Joan Clos is at once one of the world’s great public servants and a medical doctor specializing in public health. As the world-renowned mayor of Barcelona, Clos led a renaissance that led some to call him “the world’s urban planner.”

    After earning his medical degree from the Autonomous University in Barcelona, Clos worked in the city’s Sant Pau Hospital. Spain’s political transition encouraged Clos to join the anti-Franco movement before returning to his studies. He focused on epidemiology and public health at Edinburgh University, then returned as Barcelona’s Director of Public Health.

    Clos ran successfully for city council, then served as Deputy May or of Finance and Budget. In that capacity, he played a leading role in Barcelona’s turn as Olympic host in 1992. In 1997, he was elected to the first of his two terms as Barcelona’s mayor.

    His tenure as mayor saw Barcelona reclaim its extraordinary legacy of architecture and design, a revitalization that earned Clos international recognition. The Royal Institute of British Architects awarded Clos its Gold Medal in 1999, and he won the UN-Habitat Honor Award in 2002. Portugal honored him with the Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry in 2006.

    Clos’s leadership extended beyond Barcelona. He served on the Council of Municipalities and Regions of Europe from 1997 to 2003. In 1998, he became president of international urban network Metropolis. In 2000, Clos was elected to lead the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities.

    He then began a long-standing relationship with the UN, chairing the Advisory Committee for Local Authorities. He later served as Secretary-General of the Habitat II Conference. Clos is now the Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme and a UN Under Secretary General.