General Secretariat Team

The Secretariat of MedCities is based in Barcelona, Spain.

Josep Canals Molina

Secretary General

Secretary General of MedCities since June 2019. He is an ecologist with long-standing expertise on urban issues. Graduated in biology, he holds a postgraduate degree in land and landscape management and a master's degree in territorial and urban studies.
Elected Mayor of Corbera de Llobregat (municipality of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB)) from 2009 to 2011 and metropolitan councillor of the AMB 2007-2009.
Professionally, he has been advisor on environmental and urbanistic policies of the AMB and the Parliament of Catalonia between 2003 and 2007. Advisor on public space and waste management of the Mayor of Bogota 2012-2015 and advisor on public space of the Sabadell City Council (Catalonia) 2017-2019. He is an independent advisor of the Inter-American Development Bank, the Sustainability UNESCO Chair and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Research of the German government.

 

Oriol Barba

Director

Oriol has held senior positions in various international projects and initiatives related to urban development in the Mediterranean and is the author of several publications on the theme. He has an Msc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and further developed his studies at the University of Damascus, Syria. Before joining MedCities in 2012, he worked as a policy officer at the Secretariat for EU Affairs of the Catalan Government, where he was seconded to the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean during the period of its establishment.

 

Carolina Pérez

Project Officer

A lawyer by education, Carolina has over 20 years' experience in managing projects in the field of coastal management, planning and policy-development. She was previously project coordinator at the Coastal & Marine Union in the Netherlands and in 2003 moved to Barcelona to open its regional office for the Mediterranean. Soon after she began cooperating with MedCities and joined the team in 2017 as a Project Officer, working mainly on the Association's activities in the eastern Mediterranean. Her main fields of interest relate to sustainable socio-economic development and include participatory processes, adaptation to climate change, waste reduction and management and marine litter.

 

Iván Luque

Project and Communications Officer

A trained building engineer, Iván has over 15 years' experience working in fields related to Urban Planning, Energy Management and Urban Mobility. For 10 years he has worked in project management in non-profit organisations, public administrations and private companies in Europe and Africa. Now focusing on the Mediterranean area, he works on projects related to urban sustainability and the development of city strategies.

 

Konstantia Nikopoulou

Project Officer

Konstantia has over ten years' experience working in international cooperation and EU territorial cooperation project management, focusing on urban and territorial sustainable development. She holds an MA in Post War Recovery and Development Studies and an MA in International Relations. She has worked for local authorities and NGOs, and has managed multi-partner projects targeting countries around the Mediterranean.

 

Dario Ros

Finance Officer

Dario is a technician in administration and finance and has worked for international organizations throughout his professional career. He has experience in taxation, law and accounting in international trade and, since joining MedCities, he has specialised in the management of non-profit organisations.