Albarracin Corredor, Francisco Javier
Perfil professional
Experiència professional

  • 1998-­99: Working in the Spanish Commercial Office in Istanbul (Turkey) for the Spanish Foreign Trade Institute (ICEX): promote business cooperation of Spanish companies in Turkey and analysis of the economic context and tendencies of Turkey and surrounding economies.


  • 2001-­2008: Responsible for the Middle East and North African markets at the Consortium for Foreign Trade Promotion of Catalonia (COPCA), of the Ministry of Innovation, Universities and Enterprise of Catalonia. Direct responsibility on the offices in Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Iran with operations in several other countries of the region.

-         Promotion of business cooperation between Catalan and local enterprises from these countries.

-         Reporting on the economic and business situation of the region for Catalan economic and politic institutions.

-         Organization and management of economic and institutional delegations from Catalonian authorities to these countries.

-         ­Participation as market expert on the economy and business environments of the MENA region in international business cooperation programs:

-         ­European Commission TEP-­A Program in Egypt (2006/­7)

-         Inter-American Development Bank: Argentinean project (2005/­6) and Uruguay project (2005).


  • 2008-2017: Director of the Socioeconomic Development Department at the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), think tank and research centre specialized in the Mediterranean region, being a public consortium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, the Government of Catalonia and the Municipality of Barcelona.


-         Analysing and reporting on the socioeconomic and business situation of the countries of the region as well as the growing economic involvement of external powers.

 -         Defining and managing multidisciplinary international high level working groups on relevant topics for the region such as:

  • Financial reform: mobile banking, banking reform and private equity.
  • Emerging business opportunities and tendencies in the main markets of the Mediterranean and Middle East region.
  • Public Administration reform: decentralization, independence and professionalization.
  • Urban agenda and management: PPP, involvement of international finance institutions on urban development.
  • Potential development of the stock exchange market in North Africa.
  • Analysis of the economic transitions in the region and the reforms to be implemented.
  • How to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the Mediterranean countries.
  • Information and communication technologies as factors of development and inclusion.
  • Citizen’s driven innovation dynamics and schemes that are arising as drivers of innovation and creativity such as Living Labs, Fablabs...


April 2013: Evaluator for the Research Executive Agency (REA) of the European Commission of the research proposals on Mediterranean issues for the 7 Framework Program.

  • October 2015: Report for the European League for Economic Cooperation (ELEC- LECE) on ‘Entrepreneurship by Immigrant Women: Milan, Barcelona, Istanbul


  • Since 2015: Member of the Steering Committee of the ‘BCN International Policy Sector Action Planaiming to transform Barcelona into a global centre of reference in international public policy.


  • September 2016: Founder and partner of ‘Barcelona Halal Services’, a consulting company specialized in the Halal business opportunities emerging in the Muslim world.


  • September 2017 – June 2018: Coordinator of the Halal Project for Alimentaria 2018 (Organizer of the Second International Halal Congress, organization of international specialized trade missions, showcookings, contact with international media…)


  • Since September 2017: Consultant, specialized cross-cultural management and business culture in Muslim environments.


  • 2018 member of WOCMES Advisory Scientific Committee for the 5th Edition of WOCMES (World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies), Seville from July 16-20th 2018.
  • September – November 2018: Coordinator of the ‘Mediterranean Innovation and Digital Transformation Summit’ in the framework of the ’12th  Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders’ of Barcelona of ASCAME
  • 2018-19: Consultant of the SWITCHMED Project implemented in 8 Mediterranean countries. It is a project run by UNIDO, UN Environment-MAP/SCP-RAC, UN Environment Economy Division, and DG NEAR on behalf of the European Union.
  • Since November 2015: organizer of the International Halal Congresses and coordinator of the Halal events at Alimentaria Exhibition


 Participation in International Euro-Mediterranean Project:


  • ‘Mediterranean Prospective 2030’ (MEDPRO 2030) with 20 euro-Mediterranean research centres (April 2010 – March 2013); Analysis of the main scenarios in the region for 2030 on key variables such as demography, food security, economic development or energy, among others.


  • Sharing KnowledgE Assets: InteRegionally Cohesive NeigHborhoods’ (SEARCH), with 17 Euromediterranean research centres (2011-2014); Comparative analysis between South and Eastern neighbourhood countries on human capital, mobility, investment and location choices and institutional environment.


  • ‘EU-Turkey Global Business Bridge’; together with TEPAV, Turkish leading economic research centre, elaboration of a study regarding the feasibility and benchmark of the viability of economic and business cooperation among European, Turkish and businessmen from Egypt, Tunis and Palestine (2012)


  • Project Manager of the study for the creation of an Urban Agency for the Mediterranean & of an award for urban innovations, 2013, Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)


Collaboration in conferences and working groups of relevant regional institutions such as:

Institut de Prospective Economique du Monde Méditerranéen (IPEMED);

Fomento del Trabajo Nacional

Business Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (PIMEC)

Union for the Mediterranean (UfM);

La Caixa Foundation

ANIMA Investment Network

The Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME);

International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM);

Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO);

Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV);

Fundación 3 Culturas;

Economic Business Forum of the 5 5 Dialogue

Forum Euro-méditerranéen des Instituts de Sciences Économiques (FEMISE)

Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)

World Halal Summit & OIC Halal Expo


Selected articles

‘MediTerra 2012’, Drafting Committee member. International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)

'Les islamistes: analyse d’un agenda économique en construction.  Albarracín, J.; Cusi, P. (2012): Confluences Méditerranée 83(4): 119-134.

      Turkey’s economic agenda in the Middle East North Africa: the urgent need for a regional approach’, World Commerce Review Magazine, 2013

Is there a genuine and feasible Islamic economic agenda?’ World Commerce Review magazine, 2013

The international economic environment of the Arab Spring’, EuroMed Survey, Experts and key actors of the Euro-Mediterranean space. IEMed, 2013

The Mediterranean Diet for Sustainable Development’, Sébastien Abis and Javier Albarracin, Report of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development, 2015

The economic consequences of instability: an added cost to the MENA region’, Afkar/Ideas, nº47, autumn 2015

And above all, EU policies must be tailored to each country’s needs, Europe's World, autumn issue, 2015.

Relacions empresarials amb la Mediterrània: situació i perspectives’

, Memòria econòmica de Catalunya  2015, Cambra Oficial de Comerç, Indústria, Serveis i Navegació de Barcelona, Juny 2016.

 Digital economy: the silence revolution that will change the region’, Medyear Book, IEMed 2016


Selections of some of the publication coordinated:


-         ‘Transition All Over? Lessons from the Experience of the Post-Communist Countries for the Countries of the Arab Spring’, Erik Meyersson, Anders Olofsgård and Jesper Roine, PaperIEMed 10, 2011



-         Economic Agendas of Islamic Actors’, several authors, PaperIEMed 13, October 2012

-         Financial Development and Economic Growth in the Mediterranean Associated Countries: Current State of Affairs and Proposals for Improvement’ Adolfo Barajas and Seyed Reza Yousefi. PaperIEMed 14, October 2012.

-         What Economic Governance for Arab Transitions?’ Several authors, DocumentsIEMed 8, 2012

                                 -         ‘Private Equity in the North Africa region: case study of Morocco, Tunis and Algeria’ Albert Alsina. PaperIEMed 15, July 2013.

                                 -         Social inclusion in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring: from Politics to Policies’ Several authors. DocumentsIEMed 9, July 2013. 

-         Financial reform in the Mediterranean: ideas and policies to inspire change’ Several authors. PaperIEMed 16, November 2014. 

-         ‘Macroeconomic and monetary policies in the Mediterranean: management in a context of uncertainty’, Several authors. Monography 10, IEMed, May 2015 

-         The challenges of the Mediterranean urban agenda: the importance of an innovative urban planning, social inclusiveness and Private-Public partnership development’ Several authors. PaperIEMed 17, June 2015 


-         Neighbouring Host-Countries’ Policies for Syrian Refugees: The Cases of Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey’, PaperIEMed 19, January 2017

                                 -         Digital Entrepreneurship: Expanding the Economic Frontier in the Mediterranean’, PaperIEMed 20, April 2017

                                 -         Post-Conflict Re-Construction in MENA: Previous Experiences and Stakeholder's Inclusive Involvement in the Future Reconstruction of                                             Libya, Syria and Iraq’, PaperIEMed 21, April 2017   

-         ‘The Mediterranean as an open Living Lab’, PaperIEMed 22, November 2017


-         Green finance in the Mediterranean’, IEMed PolicyStudy 3, IEMed and  Eco-Union, December 2017



Selected classes and business training sessions: 

Business opportunities in selected markets for different Spanish Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Barcelona, Granada, Sevilla, Valencia, Girona…)

Escuela Diplomática de España, ‘Digital Economy in the Arab world’, 2016

EAE Business School, ‘Strategies for business internationalization in the Mediterranean markets’ 2017, 2018

Université Jean Monnet Saint Etienne, ENS de Lyon and Sciences Po Lyon: Invited Professor and member of the Steering Committee of the AlterEurope Master’s Degree, from 2013 to 2015. 

Autonomous University of Barcelona: Master of International Relations, Faculty of Political Science, since 2008;

UAB-Study Abroad Programme (“Politics of the Developing World’; ‘Mediterranean Politics’;‘Cross-Cultural Management’; Greater Middle East) since 2011;

University of Girona, Master in Business Administration (MBA): ‘How to make business in the Mediterranean economies’, since 2015.

Barcelona Executive Business School (BEBS), Regional economic cooperation organizations’, ‘Internationalization of companies and access to new markets’ and ‘Tourism Policies’ since 2017 

Blanquerna - Ramon Llull University, coordinator and professor of the Executive Course on ‘Islamic Economy and Business Opportunities from Barcelona, June 2018, April and November 2019.


Professor at:

-                    School of Tourism, Hospitality & Gastronomy of the University of Barcelona (CETT): ‘New emergent tourism markets’,Tourism policies in the international context’, ‘Strategic Management’, since 2016.

-                    Ramon Llull – Blanquerna: ‘Political economy of international business’, ‘International Trade and emerging economies’, ‘International economy and International Relationssince 2019

 Training to companies and business associations on the concept and business opportunities of the Muslim friendly consumption and the halal segment of

 Training on the Muslim and Arab business culture to business associations and companies like AENA, ROCA, AMEC (Spanish Association of the Internationalised Industrial Companies), many SMEs and MBA of several Universities.

Experiència internacional


Càrrecs de direcció, gestió o coordinació

Altres mèrits

23/10/1996Llicenciatura de Ciències Polítiques i de l'AdministracióUniversitat Autònoma De Barcelona
Màster en Relacions InternacionalsUniversitat Autònoma De Barcelona

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