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Francisco Polo: The former entrepreneur heading Spain's Digital Advancement

Spain · Oct 09, 2018· By Amalia González

He's been charged to transform Spain into an entrepreneurial nation, and a technological and innovation frontrunner

When Francisco Polo, the former CEO of Change.org in Spain, was named the new Secretary of State to grow the country’s digital economy earlier this year, one of the first things he changed was the name of his portfolio.

“Spain has the chance to become a digital country that is innovative and prosperous,” he tweeted in July. “Today we take a step forward by changing the name of this Secretary of State. From today, it’s the Secretary of State for Digital Advancement.”

By renaming the portfolio – it was simply “Digital Agenda” under the former Conservative government – Polo and the Socialist government he’s part of sought to send out a powerful message of not just change, but also of progress.

“One of this Government’s major plans is to turn Spain into an Entrepreneurial Nation… into an international reference for technological innovation,” Polo wrote in his blog earlier this month about heading a delegation to the Silicon Valley.

And progress it seems, for both Polo and his boss Nadia Calviño, the powerful economy minister, would come from two key drivers: the rollout of Spain’s 5G infrastructure and gender equality.

Edited by Bernice Tang

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