Pola, Emilià

Executive Director of ICREA, the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies.
He was the first director of the CERCA programme, and before that he was advisor to the Ministry of Universities and Research. He was the managing director of ACER, the Catalan Association of Research Entities, of which he later on became Secretary of the Board. For five years he was the General Director of IDIBELL, a large hospital research centre.
He has been member of the board of several research centres of the CERCA network (CRG; ICFO, CRESIB, among others) and also member of the investment board of INVERTEC. His entrepreneurial activities include the participation in several spin-off companies, and he was the CEO of the first spin-off company of the University of Barcelona (OED). As an independent consultant, he has worked for universities, regional governments, research institutions and investors.
He has been associate professor at ESADE, and he has extensive teaching experience in several universities (UB, UPF). He regularly collaborates with mainstream newspapers and media, generally in research and innovation support and advocacy.

He has a Biology Degree (UB), a Master in Sciences (UB) and an MBA (ESADE).