Action Plan


The BCN Action Plan aims to transform Barcelona into a global centre of reference in international public policy. Thanks to a partnership between Barcelona’s public, private and policy sectors, incentives are being developed in order to attract the world’s leading international public policy organisations, foundations, and think tanks and professionals to Barcelona.


“Global cities” are not only centres of finance, science and culture; they are also renowned centres of innovation on the world’s greatest policy challenges. A key aspect of their global brand and prestige results from hosting a critical mass of the world’s leading think tanks, NGOs, research centres, and foundations. Barcelona seeks a similar future and possesses outstanding geographic, economic, and quality-of-life advantages that give the city an enormous scope for growth in the international policy sector.


We have four operational pillars:

A benchmark mapping and one-year consultation process with Barcelona’s international policy sector and other key stakeholders revealed a strongly shared conviction about Barcelona’s potential to become a leading hub of international policy work. The consultation process culminated in the creation of the BCN International Policy Sector Action Plan (BCN Action Plan). Ratified and endorsed by more than 30 of Barcelona’s most prominent international policy groups, the plan was launched at a high-profile signature ceremony in 2015.


360-degree partnership across the city’s public, private and policy sectors.


Concrete incentives to attract leading international policy actors to transfer some or all of their global operations to Barcelona.


A global "call for applications" in order to create a special opportunity for leading international actors to consider a move to Barcelona.


An independent and technically-specialised secretariat to guide the successful implementation of the Action Plan.

BCN Action Plan Team

BCN Action Plan Steering Committee

The BCN Action Plan Steering Committee is a volunteer group that guides the direction of the BCN Action Plan on behalf of the BCN Action Plan signatories. Steering Committee members include:

Mark Freeman

Executive Director
Institute for Integrated Transitions-IFIT

Javier Albarracín

Director, Socioeconomic Development Department

Elisabeth de Nadal



Annamie Paul

International Policy Action Plan Secretariat


Francesc Badia

Democracia Abierta/Open Democracy

Rafael Vilasanjuan

Director, Policy & Global Development

Juan Manuel Ribera

Managing Partner

Mateu Hernández

Barcelona Global

BCN Action Plan Secretariat

The BCN Action Plan Secretariat is the independent, specialised body that manages the implementation of the BCN Action Plan and reports to the BCN Action Plan Steering Committee. The Secretariat is hosted by the Barcelona International Public Policy Hub (BIPP HUB) within the Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau.