The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has appointed Michael Donaldson Carbón to be the new commissioner for Digital Innovation, e-Government and Good Governance. Donaldson will be part of the third Deputy Mayor’s Office for the 2030 Agenda, Digital Transformation, Sports and Territorial and Metropolitan Coordination, led by Laia Bonet.
Michael Donaldson holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Barcelona and a master’s degree in Public Management from ESADE-UAB-UPF. Since 2015, he has been the Director of Strategic Planning and Central Services at Gavà Town Council, where his duties have included overseeing various departments – Open Government, IT, Procurement Office, e-Government and Citizens’ Advice Office – and leading the Modernisation Systems project at Gavà Town Council.
Over the course of his career, Donaldson has been Director of the President’s Office and Institutional Action at Rubí Town Council (2008–2015); Manager of Fundació Privada Catalunya S.XXI (2002–2008) and Agenda 21 Coordinator at Barcelona City Council (2001–2002).
The commissioner for Digital Innovation, e-Government and Good Governance post is designed to reinforce Barcelona City Council’s commitment to a strong administration with democratic values that is accessible to the public. For the current left-wing government in Barcelona, innovation in governance is of crucial importance and materialises as proactive leadership for a more efficiently managed administration, with evaluation of results, accountability, transparency, effective administration of public assets, and new, effective ways to interact, collaborate and cooperate with citizens and social and economic stakeholders.