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Miguel

Rivas

Validated Lead Expert
Generic Skills
B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
Economic geographer and post-graduated in business management, Miguel has an extensive background of over 20 years in economic development and innovative urban policies from a variety of positions, in the public sector and as international consultant. It includes CEO of Sevilla Global, the urban agency for economic development (2000-2007), and since then as partner director of Grupo TASO, providing consultancy services to both individual customers and transnational partnerships. His most outstanding projects are related to revitalization strategies for urban economies, city branding, cluster development and creative industries. Concerning urban policies, it is remarkable his involvement with the so-called URBACT Method on integrated urban development, having been appointed as Lead Expert for two URBACT projects in the last years and as Thematic Expert for two other ones. What Miguel most appreciates from the URBACT method is the opportunity to build up more consistent collaborative platforms in urban management, bringing together a number of key stakeholders.
B1. Assessment: 
1 = validated Demonstrated more than 2 years of experience with integrated and sustainable urban development.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
In the last years Miguel Rivas has designed and conducted three big-scale cross-learning processes at international level, in the frame of URBACT and the Atlantic Area programmes. All those projects together have engaged 25 partner cities, yet this number is double if considering other cities participating actively in some of the transnational events we have organized. Activities in this context include state-of the-art-reports, state-of-play reports for each of the participating cities, specific thematic roadmaps covering the whole project timeline, organization of international workshops, study visits, peer-review exercises, reporting notes, final reports and dissemination events. Miguel always addresses transnational cross-learning as precious opportunity to produce new knowledge and move forward the state or the art in specific urban issues. In addition to this experience, Miguel has also worked in other trans-national frameworks with a significant dimension of exchange and learning, like the 7º Framework Programme-Regions of Knowledge, ESPON programme or the Conference of the Atlantic Arc Cities. Recently, DG Enterprise & Industry appointed him as one of the experts for the European Creative Industries Alliance.
B2. Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided significant transnational activities that demonstrate understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
Due to his engagement in international assignments, most part of Miguel´s work is in English. It includes numerous written reports and daily interaction with partners, practitioners and other experts, frequently through face-to-face meetings and workshops. Miguel Rivas is also a frequent speaker in that language, in international seminars and conferences, many of them as co-organizer.
B3. Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided sufficient proficiency in English (proficient user).
Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:
C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
English is not Miguel´s mother tongue, so he frequently faces situations where has to use Spanish, mostly in the Spain or Latin America context. For multi-national audiences he speaks English indeed, and makes use of different supporting tools, e.g. presentations, written reports, videos, interviews, articles. Just a sample of this: Interview (related to the CityLogo project): Branding Cities: Interview with Miguel Rivas from URBACT CityLogo http://www.eukn.eu/news/detail/branding-cities-interview-with-miguel-rivas-from-urbact-citylogo/ Published article (related to the Creative Clusters project): From Creative Industries to the Creative Place: Refreshing the Local Development Agenda in Small and Medium-sized Towns. REDIGE, Review of Design, Innovation and Strategic Management, Vol 2, nº 2, 2011. Special issue on Creative Economy. Reporting notes: City Branding in Zurich, reporting note on the URBACT-CityLogo study visit to Zurich, 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKLOTBYqNlk Video (related to the AT.Brand project) San Sebastian, April 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKLOTBYqNlk
C3.1 Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided examples that demonstrate ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
Miguel used to work with questionnaires: see the one used in the AT.Brand transnational project (Atlantic Programme): https://www.dropbox.com/sh/inlxln2nivyrz83/AAA1jJbltdvDxDUr-AHq9CW1a?dl=0 Template used for the CityLogo peer-review exercise. In that occasion the template was given as flexible guidance to make comments, observations and remarks, and also as check-list for reviewers to think about their cities´ own weaknesses and strengths: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/45yayy8mzmld337/AACq9tlhQWcsoBbvKaHeTSA9a?dl=0 To a large degree, partner´s questionnaires feed the state-of-play reports produced at the beginning of the cross-learning itinerary. See those samples: Aarhus profile (CityLogo): http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/aarhusprofile_citylogo2012 Dundee profile (CityLogo): http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/aarhusprofile_citylogo2012 During the URBACT-CityLogo final conference, a number of parallel thematic workshops were organized, conducted and reported by the 10 partner cities. Prior to the event, they were coupled and encouraged to use their own approach and facilitation method for their workshops. See: http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/citylogo_finalevent When organizing thematic workshops, Miguel used to write introductory notes along with a list of topics for discussion. It also works as call to attract interested audience beyond the partnership. Before the event Miguel interacts intensively withall the active contributors to better focus their presentations
C3.2 Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided examples that demonstrate the ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants to enable comparison, exchange, peer review, etc.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
Just as sample: a short article, two reporting notes as thematic papers, one case study and one study visit report: Short article for EUKN on the CityLogo study visit to Zurich, 2015: “City branding in Zurich: a work in progress” http://www.eukn.eu/news/detail/city-branding-in-zurich-a-work-in-progress/ What target groups for the city? Segmentation in today´s city marketing. Reporting note of the joint Eurocities-Urbact CityLogo thematic workshop, Zaragoza 2014. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/targetgroups_citylogo_tw04 Integrated city-brand building: beyond the marketing approach. Reporting note of the joint Eurocities-Urbact CityLogo thematic workshop, Utrecht 2013. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/citybrandbuilding_thematicnote_mriv Barnsley, re-making the Northern England Midsized Town. Case study in the context of URBACT-Creative Clusters project, 2011. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/barnsley_case_study Unpacking key findings after intensive peer-learning on place branding: reporting note on the URBACT-CityLogo final conference, Utrecht, March 2015. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/citylogo_finalevent
C3.3 Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided examples that demonstrate the ability to capture learning for participants to take away.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
“Create, Innovate, Grow. A new policy agenda to maximise the innovative contributions of Europe´s creative industries”. It is the final report of the European Creative Industries Alliance, a large-scale initiative promoted by the DG Enterprise & Industry of the European Commission. www.eciaplatform.eu. It was a teamwork rather focused on key policy messages. It was officially presented in Amsterdam last November 2014. I was part of the pool of experts. http://www.eciaplatform.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/ECIA_report_Create-Innovate-Grow-1.pdf “Dublin: Re-taking a roadmap for branding Dublin”. Report produced in 2015 for Dublin City Council in the frame of the AT.Brand project (Atlantic Programme). It´s a state-of-play kind of report but with a high component of policy recommendation. Available to third parties upon request. URBACT-CityLogo produced the Strategic Policy Statement “On the Real Meaning and Future Path of City Branding” as specific output that was then integrated as summary of the project final report http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/finalreport_citylogo_mrivas All the URBACT-CityLogo thematic notes are a combination of good practices and policy-oriented messages.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages.
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
Miguel has a tested and refined methodology to undertake big-scope peer-learning processes in the field of integrated urban development, with an impact at local level but also to other interested cities and parties beyond the initial partnership. Innovative thematic roadmap and subsequent thematic workshops are the cornerstone of the process, where other key initiatives are also considered, e.g. state of the art report, state of play reports of each of the participating cities, peer-review exercise, study visits.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets all the criteria. There is consistency between CV, replies and summary.
Thematic expertise:
Theme / Policy: 
Local Governance
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Prior to his career as international consultant, Miguel got first-hand experience as top decision maker on local policies (2000-2007), with a focus on economic development issues. Then, institutional design and capacity building in SMEs policies and urban policies have always been among his core areas of expertise. He´s quite familiar with issues like meaning of leadership in a more relational way of performing political power, place-based policies, multi-level governance, stakeholder involvement along the whole cycle of policy decision making, or the interface (“grey area”) between elected representatives and top policy decision makers. Main projects: -Launching of the public agency for economic development established by the Municipality of Seville in 2000. Corporate governance for a 25 staff agency, which was pioneering in the region in introducing independent members in its board of directors. -Expert for TAIEX-Local Administration Facility (EC-DG Enlargement), focused on capacity building for elected representatives and public officials from Western Balkans and Turkey.. -Active participation through EURADA in the IQADE Project for Implementation and Qualification of Development Agencies in Portugal. -Capacity building on EU Regional/Urban Policy for Neighbourhood Countries. Pool of experts, DG Regio´s contract. -Sounding Board member for the “TOWN” project (ESPON Programme), the benchmark project on small and medium-sized towns in Europe.
D1 Assessment: 
1 = validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
-“Integrated city brand management: re-thinking organizational models”. Thematic note on governance in the frame of URBACT-CityLogo. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/citybrand_management-citylogo_tw01 -“City brand governance: shaping the collaboration model”, La Rochelle, 2014. AT.Brand international meeting. Co-organizer along with La Rochelle, http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/programme_citybrandgovernance_laroc. From a governance perspective, integrated city branding is about creating a shared working area for the diverse entities in the city targeting different audiences. -“Dublin: Re-taking a roadmap for branding Dublin”. Report produced in 2015 for the Dublin City Council, focused on governance and management, in the frame of the AT.Brand project. Sample of conferences as speaker or co-organizer: -NEXPO 2013 - paving the road to EU integration. Rijeka (Croatia), 2013. Organized by NALAS, NEXPO is the South-East Europe International Municipal Fair, the most relevant event in the Balkans about local governance. -URBACT Summer University on Integrated Urban Development, Krakow 2011. Facilitator on integrated urban development. -The Rías Baixas City Region, Vigo, 2007. Seminario de Estudios Socioeconómicos Carlos Velasco. -Metropolitan Areas in Spain in a Comparative Perspective, 2007. University Pablo de Olavide. Conurbations of Galicia Region from a Comparative Approach, Santiago Compostela, 2006. Xunta de Galicia, OECD.
D2 Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
-URBACT-CityLogo - Innovative Place-Brand Management. Lead Expert. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/finalreport_citylogo_mrivas Emphasis on governance and management. That is, in building up the collaborative model by means of specific Brand platforms, with the capacity of bringing together a range of relevant stakeholders -CityLogo peer-review, conceived as ex-ante evaluation and recommendation for action planning, with a focus on how partner cities intended to institutionalized the collaborative model in placebranding http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/peer_review
D3 Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
-Final report of the European Creative Industries Alliance “Create, Innovate, Grow. A new policy agenda to maximise the innovative contributions of Europe´s creative industries”. http://www.eciaplatform.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/ECIA_report_Create-Innovate-Grow-1.pdf -Villafranca de los Barros Creative (Spain): a creative-based framework strategy in a small and medium-sized city context. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/cci_sample
D4 Assessment: 
0 = not validated Provided examples do not fully demonstrate an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc. Potential expert does not describe his role in the design of the outputs and in the definition of the related dissemination strategy (including digital strategy).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Prior to his career as international consultant, Miguel got first-hand experience as top decision maker on local policies (2000-2007), with a focus on economic development issues. Then, institutional design and capacity building in SMEs policies and urban policies have always been among his core areas of expertise. Consequently, Miguel is quite familiar with issues such as meaning of leadership and meaning of citizenship in a more relational way of performing political power, multi-level governance, stakeholder involvement along the whole cycle of policy decision making and implementation, the interface (“grey area”) between elected representatives and non-elected top policy decision makers, public agencies and PPP in local/regional administration and accountability. His main project in this field was the launching of the public agency for economic development established by the Municipality of Seville in 2000, which was pioneering in many aspects at the time. Miguel was rather active within the EURADA community (European Association of Development Agencies) and has been involved more recently in several capacity building assignments within the TAIEX-Local Administration Facility (EC-DG Enlargement).
Assessment: 
The applicant meets the criteria. There is consistency between CV, replies and summary.
Theme / Policy: 
Local Economic Development
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Most of Miguel´s long career is related to local economic development. First as policy decision maker, when he was appointed as director of Sevilla Global urban agency for economic development. Since then, as consultant for a wide range of projects within the field of spatial economic development, at national and international levels. His most outstanding projects in this field are related to cluster development, SMEs policies, revitalization of urban economies, business facilities and new urban industrial space, creative economy, local business climate, city branding and urban internationalization, and institutional building in the field of Development Agencies. Projects: -AT.Brand - Innovative City Branding for the Atlantic Area. Atlantic Area Programme. Main technical assistance. Lead partner: Dublin City Council. http://atbrand.eu/ -URBACT-CityLogo. Lead Expert. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/finalreport_citylogo_mrivas -URBACT-Creative clusters. Lead expert. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/le_ccfinalreport -World Bank-Cities Alliance: Miguel was commissioned in 2006 by the WB to organize the conference Alexandria City Development Strategy - Egypt: Creating Tools for Local Development, involving Barcelona, Lyon and Turin. -Conference of the Atlantic Arc Cities, chairmanship of the economic development commission, 2000-2006. -TAIEX-Local Administration Facility (EC-DG Enlargement) on capacity building for public officials from Western Balkans and Turkey.
D1 Assessment: 
1 = validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
-Thematic expert for URBACT-SURE project, including paper “Taking the most from a rising social economy for regeneration strategies in deprived urban areas”. -Sounding Board expert for the ESPON project “TOWN”- Small and Medium sized Towns in their Functional Territorial Context. Sample of conferences as speaker or co-organizer: -URBACT Summer University on Integrated Urban Development, Krakow (2011). Facilitator. -Clusters, Clusters Policies and Innovation Networks in Europe, Santiago de Compostela, 2010. IGAPE. -Best Practices in Science Based Incubators: Expanding the Incubator´s Function, Sevilla, 2007. Science Alliance. -Competitive Cities: Clusters for Local Economic Development, San Sebastian, 2006. UPV. -Revitalisation and New Industrial Urbanism, Sevilla, 2005. SG. Organizer. -Innovation and Strategic Change in Local Productive Systems, Sevilla, 2005. UIA. Organizer -The Mediterranean Metropolitan System, Marseille, 2004. C2M Project Final Conference. -Competitive Cities in the Global Economy, International Policy Workshop. Sevilla, 2003. OECD. Organizer. -Metropolis-Technopolis of the Mediterranean Arc, Barcelona, 2003. Fundación CIDOB - Aula Barcelona. -Local and Regional Clustering of R&D: Policy Workshop, Helsinki, 2002. TEKES / EU Commission D.G. Research. -Urban Agencies for Economic Development: New Performances in the European Context, Seville, 2001. Organizer.
D2 Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
“Dublin: Re-taking a roadmap for branding Dublin”. Report produced in 2015 for Dublin City Council in the frame of the AT.Brand project. Available to third parties upon request. Final report of URBACT-CityLogo - Innovative Place-Brand Management. Lead Expert. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/finalreport_citylogo_mrivas CityLogo peer-review, conceived as ex-ante evaluation and recommendation for action planning http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/peer_review_report Final report of URBACT-Creative clusters. Lead expert. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/le_ccfinalreport Barnsley, re-making the Northern England Midsized Town. Case study in the context of URBACT-Creative Clusters, 2011. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/barnsley_case_study What target groups for the city? Segmentation in today´s city marketing. Reporting note of the joint Eurocities-Urbact CityLogo thematic workshop, Zaragoza 2014. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/targetgroups_citylogo_tw04 Integrated city-brand building: beyond the marketing approach. Reporting note of the joint Eurocities-Urbact CityLogo thematic workshop, Utrecht 2013. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/citybrandbuilding_thematicnote_mriv
D3 Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided two examples in application (and more provided in the applicant's CV) that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Final report of the European Creative Industries Alliance “Create, Innovate, Grow. A new policy agenda to maximise the innovative contributions of Europe´s creative industries”. http://www.eciaplatform.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/ECIA_report_Create-Innovate-Grow-1.pdf Guadiamar Technological Corridor: a spatial strategy on eco-innovation. Storytelling on emerging productive spaces. Villafranca de los Barros Creative (Spain): a creative-based framework strategy. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/cci_sample Analysis of creative industries in Jaén [Spain]. Fundación Red Andalucía Emprende. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/iccjaen09_abstract Cluster strategy in the field of Technological & Industrial Tourism for Seville. Diputación Provincial de Sevilla-PRODETUR. Analysis of creative industries in Almería [Spain]. Fundación Red Andalucía Emprende.
D4 Assessment: 
0 = not validated Provided examples do not fully demonstrate an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc. Potential expert does not describe his role in the design of the outputs and in the definition of the related dissemination strategy (including digital strategy).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Most of Miguel Rivas´ long career is closely related to local economic development. First as policy decision maker during the period 2000-2007, as director of Seville´s Urban Agency for Economic Development. Since then, as consultant for a wide range of projects within the field of spatial economic development, at national and international levels. His most outstanding projects within this field are related to cluster development, SMEs policies, revitalization of urban economies, business facilities and new urban industrial space, creative economy and creative industries, local business climate, city branding and urban internationalization, and institutional building in the field of Development Agencies. Those projects span policy design and project implementation, lead expert and main technical assistances for transnational partnerships, policy recommendations, capacity building and organization of international seminars.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets the criteria. There is consistency between CV, replies and summary.
Theme / Policy: 
Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Since the beginning of his career, Miguel Rivas has been closely involved in industrial and innovation policies at regional, local and business cluster levels. As executive in charge of planning and studies at the Agency for Innovation and Development of Andalusia (1990-2000), CEO of Sevilla Global (2000-2007) and since 2007 as partner director of Grupo TASO. His projects in this area have been approached within the knowledge and creative economy context and the impact of globalization. Those projects can be grouped into 4 categories: a) Place-based analysis, e.g. AMCER project- Advanced Monitoring and Coordination of EU R&D Policies at Regional Level. ESPON Programme. TASO as project partner. b) Technology centres, new industrial space and other facilities related to innovation, e.g. Innovation and Technology Centre in the Fishing Industry – CIT Garum [Spain], Innovation and Technology Centre of the Olive Oil Industry CITOLIVA. c) Strategic roadmap to specific Clusters in technology-driven sectors, e.g. AGFORISE agrofood cluster-cluster co-operation platform for the regions of Mersin (Turkey), Emilia Romagna (Italy) and Murcia (Spain). UE 7º Framework Programme – Regions of Knowledge, The Seville aerospace cluster: a foresight report. d) Creative clusters, creative spillovers, cross-innovation, e.g. Expert of the Policy Learning Platform of the European Creative Industries Alliance, Lead Expert for the URBACT project Creative clusters.
D1 Assessment: 
1 = validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
-TASO-Cluster http://www.tasocluster.net/. This is a platform in Spanish I and my team have designed to target intermediary bodies in the field of innovation and SMEs policies in Latin America. It gathers a wide number of videos and other thematic introductory materials. -Design and new growth potential for mature industries. A short piece in the frame of the ECIA project on the transformative power of Design. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/macael_creative_spillovers -AMCER project- Advanced Monitoring and Coordination of EU R&D Policies at Regional Level. ESPON Programme. TASO as project partner. Our role in this transnational project was to produce baseline information at regional revel. Sample of conferences as invited speaker or co-organizer: Clusters, Clusters Policies and Innovation Networks in Europe, Santiago de Compostela, 2010. Connecting European Food Clusters, Wageningen 2009. European Commission-7FP. Best Practices in Science Based Incubators: Expanding the Incubator´s Function, Sevilla, 2007. Clusters and Interclusters: a European Strategy, Brussels, 2007. Europa Intercluster, Eurada. Competitive Cities: Clusters for Local Economic Development, San Sebastian, 2006. UPV Innovation and Strategic Change in Local Productive Systems, Sevilla, 2005. UIA. Director Competitive Cities in the Global Economy, International Policy Workshop. Sevilla, 2003. OECD Local and Regional Clustering of R&D: Policy Workshop, Helsinki, 2002. EU Commission D.G. Research
D2 Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Most of Miguel´s assignments in this field have resulted in the production of a final report. Full list in the CV note. Herein just a sample: -Final report of URBACT-Creative clusters (Lead Expert role): http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/le_ccfinalreport -Guadiamar Technological Corridor: a spatial strategy on eco-innovation. Storytelling on emerging productive spaces. -Cluster strategy in the field of Technological & Industrial Tourism for Seville. Diputación Provincial de Sevilla-PRODETUR. -Cluster development Plan related to the New Agriculture Production in Huelva – ADESVA Technology Centre. -Almeria Scientific and Technological Park (PITA): Marketing Plan. -Readjusting the knowledge capital related to the ship building industry in Seville. -Programme Seville Open Technology. -Pilot programme on intercluster plans in Andalusia: detailed international roadmap for the sustainable construction sector. Report for EXTENDA, Agency IDEA, EOI, in collaboration with two technology centres operating in that cluster
D3 Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Final report of the European Creative Industries Alliance “Create, Innovate, Grow. A new policy agenda to maximise the innovative contributions of Europe´s creative industries”. http://www.eciaplatform.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/ECIA_report_Create-Innovate-Grow-1.pdf. After its formal presentation in Amsterdam, at the end of 2014, this report has been widely disseminated through all over Europe. In addition, Miguel Rivas has a strong background in directly implementing projects as associate adviser or interim manager: strategic associate adviser for CLAND, cluster on creative digital and new media sectors in Andalusia, business plan and interim management for CIT-Garum, Innovation and Technology Centre in the Fishing Industry [Spain], launching and management of CREA [Centre for Advanced Business Resources], first incubation programme in Seville, etc. Full list of assignments in the detailed cv note.
D4 Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided examples that demonstrate an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Since the beginning of his career, Miguel Rivas has been closely involved in industrial and innovation policies at regional, local and business cluster levels, from a variety of positions. His projects in this area can be grouped into 4 categories: i) place-based analysis, e.g. within the AMCER project- Advanced Monitoring and Coordination of EU R&D Policies at Regional Level, ESPON Programme; ii) institutional building for technology centres and other facilities related to business innovation; iii) strategic roadmaps to a number of specific clusters in technology-driven sectors or making use of innovation as driver for giving new growth potential to mature industries; iv) and creative clusters, creative spillovers and cross-innovation, e.g. lead expert for the URBACT project Creative Clusters or member of the expert panel of the European Creative Industries Alliance.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets the criteria. There is consistency between CV, replies and summary.
Theme / Policy: 
Entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Miguel has a long background in SMEs support policies, since the beginning of his career as executive in charge of planning at IDEA and then as CEO of Sevilla Global, the urban agency for economic development. Since 2007, as consultant for national and international assignments, Miguel and his team have also worked directly for a number of cluster organizations, business facilities and other intermediary bodies. His projects on SMEs and competitiveness can be grouped into three types: i) Cluster Development, including cluster approach to both give new growth potential to mature industries and dealing with emerging productive realities (e.g. he was acting as lead expert for URBACT-Creative Clusters), cluster-driven internationalization (the so-called intercluster strategies) and new cluster readings of urban economies; ii) Economic Intelligence and Local Business Climate, e.g Seville Urban Economy Barometer a quarterly report on the metropolitan area, stance analysis on public supply of seed capital at metro scale; iii) New industrial space and other facilities related to business and innovation, e.g Launching and management of CREA [Centre for Advanced Business Resources] as first incubation programme in Seville, etc. Furthermore, through his recent involvement in international flagship projects on city branding & marketing, Miguel has touched issues like marketing the business place, inward investment and talent attraction and retention.
D1 Assessment: 
1 = validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
As thematic expert for the URBACT-SURE project, I delivered the paper “Taking the most from a rising social economy for regeneration strategies in deprived urban areas”. For the European Creative Business Network ECBN I produced the concept note Re-thinking entrepreneurship policies around the concept of Talent. “Design and new growth potential for mature industries. A case study on Creative Spillovers”, a written input to the European Creative Industries Alliance project. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/macael_creative_spillovers AGFORISE agrofood cluster-cluster co-operation platform for the regions of Mersin, Emilia Romagna and Murcia. 7º FP–Regions of Knowledge. Report as intermediary input http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/valorial_agforisereport Sample of conferences as invited speaker or co-organizer: -RYME project final event: SME' international boosting and development in SUDOE territories, Madrid, 2014. -Revitalisation and New Industrial Urbanism, Sevilla, 2005. Organizer. -Benchmarking Regional Competitiveness in the Field of Business Support Services, Brussels, 2002. Eurada. -Urban Agencies for Economic Development: New Performances in the European Context, Seville, 2001. Organizer. -European Forum on Top Class Business Support Services, Cardiff, 2001. D.G. Enterprise. -Small and Medium Sized Enterprise in a Changing World, Seville, 1998. IGU-Commission on the Organization of Industrial Space. Organizer.
D2 Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Most of Miguel´s assignments in this field have resulted in the production of a final report. Full list in the CV note. Herein just a sample: -Final report of URBACT-Creative clusters (Lead Expert role) http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/le_ccfinalreport -Guadiamar Technological Corridor: a spatial strategy on eco-innovation. Storytelling on emerging productive spaces. -Pilot programme on intercluster plans in Andalusia: sustainable construction, sea food, fashion. EXTENDA, Agency IDEA, EOI. -Cluster strategy in the field of Technological & Industrial Tourism for Seville. Diputación Provincial de Sevilla-PRODETUR. -Cluster development Plan related to the New Agriculture Production in Huelva – ADESVA Technology Centre. -Strategic review and map of collaborative projects for seven clusters in Extremadura region: fashion, audio-visual, ICT, construction, agro food, etc. EOI-Government of Extremadura. -Readjusting the knowledge capital related to the ship building industry in Seville. -Extenda-Trade Promotion Agency of Andalucía: review of the service charter and gaps for improvement. -Strategic positioning for the Solar Energy Technological Park in Sanlucar la Mayor [Spain]. -Villafranca de los Barros Creative (Spain): a creative-based framework strategy.http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/cci_sample
D3 Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Miguel designed and promoted the Old Industrial Sites Revitalization Plan for Sevilla –over €13M invested in renewal projects. Then, this know-how was capitalized acting Seville as lead partner of the Interreg IIIB-Atlantic transnational project “REVITA-Atlantic strategy on industrial land revitalization”. TASO-Cluster http://www.tasocluster.net/. This is a platform in Spanish Miguel and his partners have launched capitalizing their deep experience in SMEs policies and cluster development. Final report of the European Creative Industries Alliance “Create, Innovate, Grow. A new policy agenda to maximise the innovative contributions of Europe´s creative industries”. http://www.eciaplatform.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/ECIA_report_Create-Innovate-Grow-1.pdf. This team work was specifically produced to inspire sound policies all around Europe. “Setting of new productive infrastructures in Riotinto coalfield (Andalusia)”. This was groundbreaking report from the methodological perspective, as model for location analysis in business facilities http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/parque_eng Launching and management of CREA [Centre for Advanced Business Resources], first incubation programme in Seville, etc. Development Plan for the Retail Sector. Financial support measures concerning innovation and technological modernization, town centres and commercial urban development.
D4 Assessment: 
1 = validaed Provided examples that demonstrate an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
The expert has a long background in SMEs support policies, since the beginning of his career in 1990, in a variety of positions in economic development agencies. Since 2007, as consultant for national and international assignments, Miguel and his team have also worked directly for a number of cluster organizations, business facilities and other intermediary bodies. His numerous projects on SMEs and competitiveness can be grouped into three types: i) Cluster Development, including cluster approach to both give new growth potential to mature industries and dealing with emerging productive realities, cluster-driven internationalization and new cluster readings of urban economies; ii) Economic Intelligence and Local Business Climate; iii) and New industrial space and other facilities related to business and innovation. Furthermore, through his recent involvement in international flagship projects on city branding & marketing, Miguel has touched issues like marketing the business place, inward investment and talent attraction and retention.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets the criteria. There is consistency between CV, replies and summary.
Theme / Policy: 
Arts and Culture
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Creative economy, cultural and creative industries and local creative ecosystems are Miguel Rivas´ core areas of expertise. In particular since 2008 when he was appointed as Lead Expert for the URBACT project Creative Clusters (2008-2012) http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/le_ccfinalreport, conducting transnational cross-learning and supporting in the elaboration of Local Action Plans. Then after, Miguel was appointed by the DG Enterprise & Industry of the European Commission as one of the experts of the European Creative Industries Alliance www.eciaplatform.eu (2012-2014), with the mission to develop the activities of the so-called Policy Learning Platform. Meanwhile, in the last years, Miguel has produced a number or relevant consultancy projects at regional level related to the creative industries. He has been invited to numerous international conferences on those topics, as teacher in postgraduate courses and jury member in awards related to the creative economy.
D1 Assessment: 
1 = validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in having deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
-Baseline study, thematic notes and other inputs produced for URBACT-Creative Clusters (2008-2011). -Collaboration in Master degree in Creative Economy, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, 2014. -Jury member at the III Forum Endesa on creative cities in Spain, aimed at awarding innovative projects on creative urban economies, Las Palmas, 2014. As guest speaker in other transnational projects: CreaLab launching conference, network of Creative Living Labs in the SUDOE Area, Lisbon, 2013. Clusters and Creative Industries: Economics and Professional Issues, Paris, 2013. 10th European Conference. APCI. Eurocities Culture Forum & Eurocities Creative Industries working group, Utrecht, 2012. Validation workshop for the study on innovation and creativity in education in EU member states, Sevilla, 2010, JRC IPTS and DG Education and Culture. Context–-European Creative and Digital Content Industries Forum, 2012 and 2011 editions. Cluster CLAND. As co-organizer of workshops in the context of URBACT-Creative Clusters: The Creative Ecosystem: Events and Cultural Agenda as Catalysts, Barnsley, 2011. The Space of the Creative Class: Urban Facilities and Strategies for Creative-based Entrepreneurs, Hódmezővásárhely, 2010. Creative Education: Incubating Future Talent, Reggio Emilia, 2010. Creative Clusters: Diversifying Local Economic Base and Opportunities to Young People”, Ploiesti, 2009. Creative Clusters in Small Urban Centres, Óbidos, 2009.
D2 Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided examples that demonstrate the ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Final report of URBACT-Creative clusters [Óbidos, Catanzaro, Reggio Emilia, Viareggio, Barnsley, Mizil, Hódmezővásárhely, Jyväskylä]. URBACT Programme. Lead expert. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/le_ccfinalreport Barnsley, re-making the Northern England Midsized Town. Case study in the context of URBACT-Creative Clusters, 2011. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/barnsley_case_study Participation as expert in the report “Create, Innovate, Grow. A new policy agenda to maximise the innovative contributions of Europe´s creative industries”. This was the final output of the Policy Learning Platform of the European Creative Industries Alliance, a large-scale initiative promoted by the DG Enterprise & Industry of the European Commission. http://www.eciaplatform.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/ECIA_report_Create-Innovate-Grow-1.pdf CLAND – cluster on creative digital and new media sectors in Andalusia. Role as strategic associate adviser.
D3 Assessment: 
1 = validated Provided examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities, put forward good practice and policy messages targeting city practitioners and urban policy-makers (for participants as well as for an external audience).
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
From Creative Industries to the Creative Place: Refreshing the Local Development Agenda in Small and Medium-sized Towns. REDIGE, Review of Design, Innovation and Strategic Management, Vol 2, nº 2, 2011. Special issue on Creative Economy. This article was part of the capitalization process of the project URBACT-Creative Clusters. Villafranca de los Barros Creative (Spain): a creative-based framework strategy. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/cci_sample Analysis of creative industries in Jaén [Spain]. Fundación Red Andalucía Emprende. http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/iccjaen09_abstract Analysis to support policy design. Analysis of creative industries in Almería [Spain]. Fundación Red Andalucía Emprende. Analysis to support policy design. Creative industries: an international benchmarking analysis. Servicio Andaluz de Empleo.
D4 Assessment: 
0 = not validated Provided examples do not fully demonstrate an understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for strategic benefits in capitalization, policy design, awareness raising, etc. Potential expert does not describe his role in the design of the outputs and in the definition of the related dissemination strategy (including digital strategy).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Creative economy, cultural and creative industries and local creative ecosystems are Miguel Rivas´ core areas of expertise. In particular since 2008 when he was appointed as Lead Expert for the URBACT project Creative Clusters (2008-2012) http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/le_ccfinalreport. Then after, Miguel was appointed by the DG Enterprise & Industry of the European Commission as one of the experts of the European Creative Industries Alliance www.eciaplatform.eu (2012-2014), with the mission to develop the activities of the so-called Policy Learning Platform, resulting in the report “Create, Innovate, Grow. A new policy agenda to maximise the innovative contributions of Europe´s creative industries”. Meanwhile, Miguel has developed a number or relevant consultancy projects at regional level related to the creative industries. He has been invited to numerous international conferences, as teacher in postgraduate courses and jury member in awards related to the creative economy.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets the criteria. There is consistency between CV, replies and summary.
Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies
E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
Through his position as lead expert in two URBACT projects, Miguel Rivas has given support to the production of 15 Local Action Plans in different European cities within the URBACT Programme and with the URBACT method. Miguel´s particular way in this issue, first in URBACT-Creative Clusters (2008-2011) and then in CityLogo (2012-2015), includes: i) 360º site visits to all the participating cities, interviewing as much real and potential stakeholders as possible, and including a collective stakeholder analysis with the influence/important matrix; ii) Policy recommendations as opportunity for re-learning, which means a especial focus on identifying most common failures and gaps in the field; iii) State of Play reports at the beginning of the process, since it´s essential getting in-depth knowledge of the local backgrounds, ongoing developments and real expectations, in order to further adapt the overarching methodology of intervention to specific local conditions; iv) Detailed Questionnaires to partner cities during both the application period and the preparatory phase, including questions on real and potential stakeholders; v) Continuous encouragement to partner cities to involve their LSG members (particularly those from the private sector) in the transnational activities. As a result, absolutely all the Local Support Groups created within the URBACT-CityLogo context will have continuity as brand platforms, in one way or another. For instance, the Dundee Brand Alliance G
E.1 Assessment: 
1 = validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in the category E/Provided relevant activities that demonstrate knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices (including proactive outreach to different stakeholders, conflict resolution, mediation of interests, community dialogue, etc.).
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
On monitoring tools, in URBACT-CityLogo Miguel organized a peer-review exercise that was conceived as ex-ante evaluation of the LAPs, http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/peer_review_report During his URBACT assignments as lead expert (Creative Clusters and CityLogo), Miguel takes special care of the political legitimation of the resulting action planning: his site visits include interview with elected representatives; LAP´s introductory notes by Mayors or elected representatives; Mayor summits within project final events; as in URBACT-CityLogo, he includes a Strategic Policy Statement as final deliverable. Regarding action planning, his work as LE within the URBACT programme also includes two complementary approaches: i) a Project-based Approach, as a way to move forward in the short-term, as one cannot easily engage only with strategy; ii) a Negotiation approach, which means to foresee bilateral meetings with each of the stakeholders, besides the group meetings, which has proved to be useful in getting LAPs with high applicability. From 2012 to 2014 Miguel has been appointed as one of the experts of the Policy learning platform of the European Creative Industries Alliance www.eciaplatform.eu. It gave him the opportunity to work with the Alliance concept, which means: i) Stakeholder involvement to co-produce policy recommendations; ii) from Experimentation to Policy Design, identifying large-scale demonstrators to mainstream tested pilots; iii) and more emphasis in “how to do” than in “what to do”.
E.2 Assessment: 
1 = validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in the category E/Provided relevant activities that demonstrate knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable urban strategies/policies.
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
Miguel keeps himself closely connected to the State of the Art regarding spatial economic development and urban development in terms of both theory and practice. He devotes significant part of his time to follow (and occasionally take part) the academic debate, basically to literature review. He also attends regularly international conferences and seminars - please see detailed CV enclosed. In what respect innovation and spatial economic development, it is worth to mention his involvement during a long period of time with the European community of Development Agencies, through EURADA.
E.3 Assessment: 
1 = validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in the category E/Provided valid examples that demonstrate awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
State of Play reports is one of the first things I do when conducting transnational projects aimed at policy recommendations or action planning, in order to understand the different local situations. A sample of URBACT-CityLogo: Aarhus profile (CityLogo): http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/aarhusprofile_citylogo2012 Dundee profile (CityLogo): http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/aarhusprofile_citylogo2012 Oslo profile (CityLOgo): http://issuu.com/grupotaso/docs/osloprofile_citylogo2012 Other projects: -Training sessions on EU Regional Policy for Neighbourhood Countries. Pool of experts in a DG Regio contract. In this assignment, Miguel was in charge of transferring the EU´s background & trends in urban policies to groups of high-level civil servants and public officials from Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Tunisia and Morocco. It required significant adaptation of the materials and messages used and previous study of the different backgrounds in each of those countries. -Sounding Board expert for the ESPON targeted analysis “TOWN” - Small and Medium sized Towns in their Functional Territorial Context”. Sounding board method works to ensure high quality to research and planning process from two point of views: theoretical consistency and validity and relevance as policy recommendations. -Expert for the TAIEX-Local Administration Facility (EC-DG Enlargement), focused on capacity building for policy makers from Western Balkans and Turkey.
E.4 Assessment: 
1 = validated Demonstrated more than two years of experience in the category E/Provided relevant activities that demonstrate ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities so as to ensure consistency in the design and delivery of integrated and participatory policies across participants in transnational projects.
Summary Expertise: 
Miguel Rivas´ career is intimately related to policy design, combining theory and practice, first as practitioner and top policy decision maker, and since 2007 as international consultant. From his role as lead expert for two URBACT projects, he has given support in the production of over 15 Local Action Plans in different cities from all over Europe, including setting up of Local Support Groups and the facilitation of numerous LSG meetings. In parallel to this experience, Miguel has been working in other transnational projects aimed at policy recommendations, like expert for the Policy Learning Platform of the European Creative Industries Alliance and sounding board member of the ESPON project TOWN, the reference project in Europe on the functional role of small and medium-sized towns. He has even been hired as interim manager to support in the launching phase of projects previously shaped by him as consultant. One of Miguel´ s areas of expertise is related to institutional building and capacity building in the field of economic development and urban management.
Assessment: 
The applicant meets all the criteria. There is consistency between CV, replies and summary.

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Spain
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Spanish - Mother tongue
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