Xavier Ferràs


Xavier is an expert in defining business strategies to foster innovation and disruption, leading the Innovation Strategy practice.

Xavier has an extensive experience in corporate strategy, business innovation and innovation ecosystem management, both in public and private institutions.

He is currently Operations Management, Innovation and Data Sciences Professor and Executive Director, Custom Programs of the ESADE Business & Law School. Before, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Communication at University of Vic and  used to be the Director of the Innovation Centre at ACCIÓ (Catalonia Competitiveness Agency). Xavier led the deployment of innovation policies in Catalonia for more than 12 years. He has experience in the automotive industry, where he worked as an engineering manager (1995-2001).

Xavier has always been connected to academia, and has collaborated with ESADE, DEUSTO, EADA, OBS, UOC, UPC and IQS, among others, designing and teaching innovation, technology management, operations, entrepreneurship and strategy courses. Xavier has also authored and co-authored several papers on innovation subjects, as well as some books such as Innovation 6.0, Passion for Innovation or 50 Management Lessons.

Telecommunications engineer trained at UB and holds an MBA from ESADE and a PhD in Business Economics from UB.