Francesc Subirada

Director at the UPF initiative for the Knowledge Citadel

CV summary

Subidara is a Chemical Engineer from the Sarrià Chemical Institute (IQS) and Master in Business Administration from the Open University Business School (OUBS, United Kingdom). He is the current Director of the Pompeu Fabra University Initiative (UPF) for the Citadel of Knowledge. He was Director General of Research of the Generalitat de Catalunya between 2016-2018. Founder and Associate Director of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) since its inception in 2005 until 2016. The BSC is a public that depends on the Spanish and Catalan governments and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Subidara is Member of several boards at European level in the field of Research and Innovation in information and communication technologies, with special emphasis on the European supercomputing strategy.

From 2000 to 2004 he was Associate Director of the IBM-UPC Joint Research Institute. He was also Director of the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) in Barcelona.  From 1989 to 1999 he worked at IBM, responsible for various strategic, technical and business positions. His main professional interests are Research Strategy and Management, understood as one of the fundamental drivers of the competitiveness of the nations and the quality of life of its citizens. Throughout his career he has collaborated continuously with Universities and Public and Private Research and Innovation Centres nationally and internationally.


  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

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  • Generalitat de Catalunya