Catalina Grimalt Falcó

Catalina Grimalt Falcó

CIO/Subdirectora General de Organización y Recursos Internos of Port de Barcelona ,






The Port of Barcelona is a pioneer in applying technology solutions in its various areas (commercial, logistics and citizens). The aim is to generate efficient services that provide competitiveness to the sector and value for its customers while ensuring that logistics and port activity grow sustainably. Barcelona, Spain's top port and one of the first in Europe to promote an initiative of this kind, is now also getting involved in developing and financing tools to respond to the demands and needs for modernisation and competitiveness of the local logistics sector.

Port Challenge Barcelona has been launched in collaboration with the Founder Institute Barcelona and involves the participation of Barcelona Tech City, Barcelona Activa, the Chamber of Commerce, the Catalan Government's CatalunyaEmprèn initiative and ESADE and IESE's business angels networks.

Catalina, what will logistics look like in 20 years?

Drones, Hyperloop, Amazon, these are three terms that immediately come to Catalina Grimalt’s mind when she muses on the future of the harbor. CIO Grimalt can imagine using drones for surveillance or transport. Shipping company owners, drug dealers and the police share her thoughts on the use of drones. The air space above the harbor could become very crowded.

Hyperloop is not yet ready to be deployed, but could upset existing logistic models. The shuttles, which inventor Elan Musk plans to shoot through reduced-pressure tubes, could take the place of transport by road or rail. For the second largest cruise harbor (Miami is the largest) this could be a larger challenge. What Musk is demonstrating in California at the moment is less than a Transrapid test track, but Grimalt wants to keep an eye on this technical development.

And finally Amazon: For the first time in history a retailer has amassed so much power that it shapes overall logistics. Amazon’s ambitions are more threatening for logistic companies than Google is for car manufacturers. Self-driving cars might become an interesting side business for Google, but logistics belongs to Amazon’s core business. Catalina Grimalt follows developments regarding “Same Day Delivery” with great interest. She is not only “Directora Sistemes d’Informatico“ of the Port de Barcelona, she is also Chairwoman of the “Consell de CIOs de Catalunya”. This regional council is looking forward to our visit.


  • October 2016 – present: Subdirectora General de Organización y Recursos Internos of Port de Barcelona
  • May 2010 – present: Directora Sistemas de Información at Port de Barcelona
  • January 2008 – September 2010: Responsable de Desarrollo Informàtico y Calidad de servicios at Port de Barcelona
  • June 2004 – December 2007: Responsable de Informatica de Gestió at Autoritat Portuaria de Barcelona
  • July 1999 – September 2003: Directora Tecnica at PortIC Barcelona
  • September 1990 – June 1992: Consultor Senior at Ernst & Young
  • August 1989 – September 1990: Consultor Junior at KPMG Peat Marwick
  • 2013: ESADE Business School, CIO Advanced Program
  • 2012: ESADE, Sistemas de información de gestión, general
  • 2007: IESE Business School, PDD, Programa de desarrollo directivo
  • 2002 – 2003: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Master, Logistics
  • 2002 – 2003
  • 1985 – 1989: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Licenciatura, Informatica

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