President - Beatriz Casado - HSPH-MSC'07
Beatriz Casado is a director at the American biotech company Biogen. She leads the company relationship with the public administration and is an executive committee member in Spain.
Previous to that, she spent 13 years in healthcare consulting: as partner of Science and Innovation Link Office (SILO), and as senior director of the global pricing consulting firm Simon-Kucher & Partners, where she co-founded and led the Life Sciences Division in Spain.
In 2017, Beatriz was named number one of the Top 100 Economic Leaders of Tomorrow by the Institut Choiseul. And in 2021, she was included in the Top100 women leadership list of Diario Empresa.
She is an MPH graduate at Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health and graduated with honors in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Vicepresident & Secretary - Ignacio Domínguez - HLS-LLM'08
Ignacio graduated in law by the University of Salamanca in 2002, after studying one year in Leuven (Belgium). In 2003, he works in the legal department of the US telecommunications company MCI WorldCom in Brussels, and initiates his studies of Political Science. Since the end of 2003 until the end of 2006 he works in the Brussels office of the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, doing a secondment in the regulatory department of Orange in London. In 2007 he works in the Antitrust Department of Clifford Chance in Madrid. He obtains a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard University in 2008. Since the end of 2008 until 2021 Ignacio works in the Corporate Department of Latham & Watkins LLP in Madrid, specializing in M&A and restructuring matters, and since 2021 he heads the M&A and private equity practice of Simmons & Simmons LLP in Madrid.
Vicepresident – Maria Eugenia Girón – HBS-MBA'92
Eugenia serves at the Board of Directors of Corporación Financiera Alba, a public asset management company with a diversified portfolio, of Ecoener, a public renewable energy company and CIE Automotive a public multi-technology component supplier for the mobility industry. She member of the Board of Real Fábrica de Tapices (Royal Tapestry Manufacturing) and member of the Board of IE University.
Committed to ESG, she is Vice Chair of the international Board of Oceana, the leading global ocean conservation organization, Chair of the Board of Fundación Diversidad, member of the Board of IC-A and co-founder of WCD (Women Corporate Directors) Chapter in Spain as well jury member at the European Innovation Council for Horizon Europe and the “Green Deal”.
With entrepreneurial spirit, she is an active angel investor. She is associated professor for entrepreneurship at IE Business School and INCAE. She is Jury member of Harvard Alumni Venture competition and member of the Board of Harvard Club of Spain. She founded and led “IE premium Business Observatory” at IE University. She was CEO of Carrera y Carrera jewelry company as well as investor after leading a management buy in. Previously she was VP for Loewe International.
She has an Industrial Engineer degree of ICAI and Harvard Business School MBA. Awarded as Best Women Executive of Spain in 2004 and Top 100 in 2017 and 2019.
Vicepresident & Treasurer Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea - GSD-MAR'02
Principal AGi Architects; Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (USA); Master in Urban Design and Architecture from the ‘Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid’ (Spain); 94-95 Eramus Fellow at the ‘Technische Hochschule Darmstad’ (Germany); Registered architect from the Boarding School of Architects of Madrid (Spain). 2001 Erol Becker Foundation fellow; Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard fellow from 2000 to 2002.Joaquin worked on several major international projects for offices including Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos, SOM and the Harvard University Planning Office until he founded, together with Nasser Abulhasan, AGi Architects in 2005. Prior to this period, he carried out different roles in projects as diverse as the Spain Pavilion at EXPO 2000, where he acted as chief architect, to then become the director of the Amsterdam office at Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos, in charge of the renovation of the National Museum of Holland (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam). Since 2005, as co-director of AGi Architects, he has completed several projects in the fields of building, urban design, planning, and interior & industrial design, and has been honored on several occasions both nationally and internationally. Amongst these awards were the CITYSCAPE AWARDS 2009 and 2010, WAF 2010, the first prize of the contest to build the PARISH OF ASCENSION OF THE LORD OF SEVILLE and the KUWAIT CHILDRENS’ HOSPITAL.At the academic level he has participated in several symposiums and conferences, and has held teaching positions as an assistant professor at Harvard University (USA), professor at the Boston Architectural Center (USA) and visiting professor at Kuwait University.
Board Member - Pablo Cavero - HBS-AMP’15
Pablo Cavero joined Seeliger y Conde as a Partner covering the Financial practice among others.
His professional career has been linked for 19 years to the Barclays Group in Spain and Europe, holding different management positions. Among others, he has been Director of Strategic Planning for Western Europe, and Commercial Director and Business Development for Retail & Private and Commercial Banking in Spain. Barclays was n.1 foreign bank in Spain.
In January 2012 he was appointed Regional Minister for Transport and Infrastructure of Madrid, and in September of the same year Councillor for Transport, Infrastructure and Housing, chairing the Madrid Regional Transport, Madrid Subway-Metro Consortium and the Public Housing with c.30.000 public flats.
In May 2015, he was elected Councillor of the Madrid City Council by the Popular Party. He has chaired the committees of Economy and Finance, Special Accounts, Member of the Committee on Environment and Mobility, Councillor for the District of Latina, and Director in the board of the EMT, public buses.
Pablo Cavero has a double degree in Business Administration and Economic Sciences from Comillas Pontifical University – ICADE (top university in Madrid), with postgraduate studies at INSEAD, and is an AMP from Harvard. He studied a scholarship (Erasmus) at ESSEC, Paris.
Board Member - Francisco Guijarro - HLS-LLM'78
Francisco Guijarro has a Law Degree University Complutense, Madrid,, LLM Degree and International Tax Program (ITP), Harvard University. He was Financial and Tax Inspector, Ministry of Finance, Madrid.
In his private practice he was Director of the Tax Department in the Garrigues Firm and Price Waterhouse, and Managing Partner in Spain of the Dutch law firm Nauta Dutilh and the international law firm Hammonds. At present he is Of Counsel at Andersen Tax & Legal and member of the board in different companies. He has been involved in the tax structuring of foreign investments in Spain and retained by multinational groups as adviser for its current operations in Spain. He has also advised national and international restructuring of Spanish leaders groups in different sectors of activity such as, real estate, construction, leisure, banking and finance. He is a member of the Spanish Tax Advisers Association (AEDAF) and International Fiscal Association (IFA).
Board Member - Raquel Meizoso - HGSEMED'83
Raquel Meizoso is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in couples and family therapy, psychosomatic medicine and stress-related disorders. She works with the Anglo-American Medical Unit of Madrid as a bilingual clinical psychologist, specializing in the interface of mind and body illnesses.
She was previously Director of Psychology at the Massachusetts Institute de Espana hospital in Madrid, as well Professor of Family Therapy in the Master's degree program of the University of Comillas-ICADE.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Comillas-ICADE (Madrid), an M.Ed. in Consulting Psychology from Harvard. She lives in Madrid with her husband and three children.
Board Member - Carlos Muñoz - HBS-MBA'98
Carlos Munoz is CEO and founder of Volotea Airlines, his second airline start-up, based in Barcelona, Spain. Volotea started flying in 2012, and in 2022 will transport 9M pax, operate 41 aircraft with 1600 employees.
Before that, Carlos was also CEO and Founder of Vueling Airlines, now the largest low cost airline in SW Europe, and also based in Barcelona, Spain. Carlos founded Vueling in 2003, and after fast growth went public in late 2006 for €450M, with 1200 employees and 20 aircraft. He stepped down from Board in 2009, after completion of merger with rival Clickair.
Graduated in 1992 at Madrid, Universidad de Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) in Business Administration and Management with a major in Finance and, in 1998, at Harvard University with a Masters in Business Administration. He began his professional career with his family business, AMC, in the juice and citrus industry, and later moved to San Francisco, CA, where his wife is from, and where he was a consultant for McKinsey and Company. They live in Barcelona, and have four kids. Carlos was Cofounder and President of the HBS Club of Barcelona from 2008 to 2012.
Board Member - Carlos Ortega - COL’90, HBS-MBA’94
Co CEO at Corporación Financiera Alba. Chairman of Acerinox (leading stainless steel group). Board member of Parques Reunidos, Rioja Investments (20% shareholder of Narturgy), Verisure (Sweden) and Atlantic Aviation (US). Set up and led the investment banking practice of Crédit Agricole CIB in Spain and Portugal as Managing Director from 2002 to 2017. Prior to that was Executive Director of the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs in New York and London (1994-2002). Started his professional career in McKinsey & Company in Spain in 1990. Graduated with an AB Cum Laude from Harvard College in International Economics in 1990 and with an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994. Continues to help Harvard College Admissions in Spain as International Chair of interviewers. He is into sports (golf, soccer, padel).
Board Member - David Pérez Renovales - HBS-PMD'01
David is CFO in MásMovil Group and member of the Steering and Management Commitees of the Company. He is also Independent Director and Chairman of the Risk & Audit Committee of Allfunds Bank SAE and Allfunds Group plc. Previously he has been Director General in Vivaz Seguros de Salud and CFO in Línea Directa Aseguradora, and he has held several relevant positions in Bankinter as Chief Financial and Risk Officer, Head of SME Banking Division, Investor Relations Officer, Director of Products Division and Head of Capital Markets. Before joining the Bankinter Group he was part of the Capital Markets team in Banco de Progreso, March Group. He has also been a Member or as a Representative to Bankinter in the Board of Directors of several companies.
Since 2014 David is an University Professor of Corporate Finance at Universidad Pontificia Comillas - ICADE
He holds degrees in Law and Business Administration and a Diploma in European Communities Law from Universidad Pontificia Comillas - ICADE (E-3), and a PMD from Harvard Business School. He has recently attended the Executive Program of Singularity University in Silicon Valley, California.
David is vicechairman in Fundación Foro de Foros, member of the Executive Commitee of Club Empresarial Icade and Chairs the International Advisory Board of Icade Economics and BA School at Universidad Pontificia Comillas. He is also an ordinary member of the Círculo de Economía of Barcelona
He is married, lives in Madrid and has two daughters.
Board Member- Ivan Poza - HBS-MBA'94
IFinancial Executive with 24 years of professional experience in the areas of investment banking, capital markets and asset management. Joined BBVA in 2010 as Global Head for Banks at Corporate & Investment Banking division.
Started professional career in Mexico in M&A and project finance, moved to capital markets, more specifically on structured products sales for 10 years in Madrid, Brussels and London. Continued six years professional career as managing partner on Alternative Investment Advisor in Iberia and Latam. Moved to Zurich (Switzerland) to head global product development for swiss bank.
Mr. Poza holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Business and Economy from ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México).
Board Member - Alejandro Rodriguez-Carmona- HBS-MBA’96
Alejandro Rodriguez-Carmona has had a professional career as investment banker, restructuring advisor, PE investor and entrepreneur in various sectors. In the last years as operating partner, he has taken executive (as CEO and CFO) and non-executive roles in portfolio companies of HIG, Sandton, Abac, Bybrook Capital, Bullnet and Capza.
Prior to this experience Alejando has worked as a partner at Norgestion, Mercapital, Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank. He has been an investor/ manager at various distressed companies. On his return form the USA, where he advised several companies in their entrance into the American market, he has created a value-add real estate portfolio of residential assets in Spain and is an active investor as business angel (co-founder and co-chair Harvard Angels of Spain) and in search funds.
Alejandro has a BA in Law and an BA in Business administration from Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE E-3) and an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School. He is a CFA charterholder since 1994 and is very involved in the running of the Spanish chapter as a member of the governance and chair of the nominations committees. He enjoys mentoring young talent.
Board Member – Luis Rodriguez-Ovejero – HBS-OPM’08; ALI Fellow’14
Luis is a Civil Engineer by University of Cantabria and holds a PhD by Kings College, London; MBA by IESE, and completed the Owner President Management Program at Harvard Business School. He started his professional career joining the R&D group based in London in the engineering & construction services firm Dames & Moore. He later joined the Spanish subsidiary of Control Data Corporation into a management job working in scientific supercomputers, industrial applications and IT time sharing services. Later he founded Satec, an IT System Integrator with more than 1.000 employees with significant international presence in Northern Africa-Maghreb, Middle East & Former Portuguese Africa. Satec delivers engineering, consulting & application services helping organizations to improve their core business performance & quality of their operations. Luis is actually the CEO and President of Satec Group. He was an Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University, Fulbright scholar and is a member of the Advisory Board of Liberbank and a patron of Princess of Asturias Foundation.
Board Member - Inigo Sanchez-Asiain - HBS - MBA'90
Iñigo Sanchez-Asiain is Founding Partner of PORTOBELLO CAPITAL since 2010.A leading Private Equity firm with c.2000 million euro under management, invests in the European market. He has been involved in the acquisition, management or disinvestment of several portfolio companies. Among others, Angulas Aguinaga, Laboratorios Indas, Hofmann, Multiasistencia, Hoteles Blue Sea or Industrias Alimentarias de Navarra.
Before joining Portobello, Mr. Sanchez-Asiain was AssociateGeneral Manager at Grupo Santander, being responsible forthe Private Equity Area. At that time, he lead the AC Hoteles, Teka Industrial, and Grifols Investments, companies where he was member of the Board. Previously, he was the Head of theM&A and Corporate Finance Department at Grupo Santander. From 1990 to 1993 he worked for The Boston ConsultingGroup. He also serves as Independent Director of Grifols S.A. And President of its Audit Committee.
Board Member - Borja Santos - HKS-MPA'17
Borja is an expert in public policy and sustainable development. He currently works as the Executive Director at IE School of Public and Global Affairs and as a Professor Practice teaching courses like Sustainability, Public policy and Development, Public Speaking, Adaptive Leadership or Management of Humanitarian Crisis. He also works part-time as a senior international consultant for Public Policy and as an advisor of different companies/organizations.
He has over 15 years of international professional experience, having worked and lived in Africa, Europe, America, and Asia, and working for the United Nations, The World Bank, The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Harvard Center for International Development.
He holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School (2017), being the recipient of the international scholarship of the “La Caixa” foundation. He also holds a Master in International Relations (2014) and a BEng+MEng in Telecommunication Engineering with cum laude in the final thesis (University of Valladolid, 2006). Additionally, he completed his professional piano studies at the professional music school of Valladolid (2003).
In addition, he leads the Spanish Alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School; heads the international expansion of IMFAHE (a social international mentorship foundation); forming part of the Board of Trustees of COV360 (a charity for the advancement of education in public health); and since, January 2021 he is Acumen fellow, a community of social changemakers who are committed to tackling poverty and injustice in their communities. He publishes articles regularly in El País, Agenda Pública, Esglobal, The Conversation, Norte de Castilla or the Harvard Kennedy School Journal.
Board Member - Julio Urgel - HBS-DBA'91
Dr. Julio Urgel is Emeritus Professor of Finance and Negotiations at IE Business School (Instituto de Empresa) which he joined in 1989. He has held different responsibilities at this School in Madrid where he was the Dean in the period 1994-2000, when IE consolidated its international reputation. He is still teaching there as well as in other educational institutions around the world, both online and face to face.
Prof. Urgel is also a Senior Advisor for EFMD Global Network. He was Director of EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and Quality Services at this association of international business schools in Brussels from 2001 until 2012, when he became its Deputy Director General until 2015.
He is Telecommunications Engineer (1979) from University of Madrid, MBA (1982) from IESE Business School, and Doctor of Business Administration (1991) from Harvard University. He has collaborated, and continues to do so, with many different institutions holding board membership or senior advisory roles, often acting as expert or mediator in complex negotiations, or as consultant in financial and negotiation aspects of M&A, or as advisor in the management and operations of educational institutions.
Board Member - Gabriela Ruiz Begué - HLS - LLM’05
Gabriela is a Senior Advisor in the Office of the CEO of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. She joined the Company as Director of the Global Contracting Department in 2007.
Before joining Siemens Gamesa, Gabriela worked as a lawyer at the top tier law firm Cuatrecasas. At the Law Firm, she acquired extensive legal training and experience in various areas of legal practice, including Litigation, Commercial, Corporate, Tax, Intellectual and Industrial Property, Data Protection and Competition, and European Union Law.
Gabriela studied Law in Spain, Austria, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the United States of America. As a Fulbright Scholar, she obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Harvard University. She also holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies from the University of Navarre as part of the Ph.D. Program in Law and a Program for Management Development (PLD) degree by the Institute of Higher Business Studies from the same university (IESE). She is fluent in Spanish, English and German.
Juan Arena. HBS-AMP-ISMP'99
Juan Arena has a PhD in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering by ICAI, MBA by ICADE, a degree in Tax Business Studies and Psychology and completed the Advance Management Program at Harvard Business School. He joined Bankinter in 1970, where he has occupied various positions: since 1985 as General Manager, later as Chief Executive Officer and from 2002 until 2007 as Chairman. Mr. Arena is a member of the boards of directors of Ferrovial, Almirall and Dinamia. Member of the board of directors of Harvard Club of Spain. President of Professional Council of ESADE. Member of the HBS European Advisory Board. As well as, Member of the Spencer Stuart Advisory Board. He has been awarded the Gran Cruz de la Orden del Merito Civil in recognition of his contribution as a member of the Commission for the Development of the Information Society in Spain ("Soto Commission"). He is married and has four children.
Jose Maria Beneyto. LAW-LLM'90
Jose Maria Beneyto graduated in Law at the University of Navarra (1978); Master in Law from Harvard University; Ph. D. in Law and Ph. D. in Philosophy from the University of Munster (Germany). Civil servant of the European Communities (1985-1988). Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bonn, Trier, Harvard and New York (1988-1991). Professor of International Law and Jean Monnet Chair in European Law at the University CEU San Pablo. Executive Director of the Institute of European Studies. Director of the Centre on Competition Policy and Regulation. Several publications in the fields of European Law, Competition Law, Corporate Law and International Economic Law.
Practising Attorney. Joined Gomez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados in 1991. Partner in charge of the German Practice Group. Member of the Board of several Companies and non-profit institutions. Legal Advisor to the European Union, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the UN.
José Manuel Campa GSAS-AM'89, PHD'91
José Manuel Campa, holds a Ph.D. and a master degree in economics from Harvard University. Currently, he is Professor of Financial Management and International Economics at the University of Navarra-IESE.Between 2009 and 2011 Campa served as Secretary of State for the Economy in the Ministry of Economy and Finances of Spain. Mr. Campa has also been a consultant to a large number of international organizations, including the International Monetary Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Bank of International Settlements in Basel, and the European Commission. He currently serves in the Expert Group, chair by Mr. Erkki Liikanen, evaluating policy recommendations on structural reforms for the European Banking industry and is a member of the board of Bruegel. He specializes in international finance and macroeconomics. He has also taught at the Stern School of Business of New York University and at Columbia University. He has also served as an expert for the Spanish justice, at the Spanish Court of Arbitration, and at international courts of arbitration in Paris, Geneva, New York and the Netherlands.
María Garaña HBS-MBA´98
María Garaña Corces is the President of Microsoft Spain. She has a MBA from Harvard Business School, an International Trade Diploma by Berkeley University and a Bachelor degree in Law and Business Administration from San Pablo University in Madrid (Spain). María Garaña joined Microsoft in 2002 as Chief Operations Officer for Microsoft Mexico. After three years, she moved to Argentina, as Microsoft Regional VP for the South Cone(Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay).Before joining Microsoft, María Garaña worked for several companies in Europe, United States and México, including Zoom Media Group, Television Azteca Group, Merrill Lynch International, Andersen Consulting and Citibank. Ms. Garaña is a member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement Foundation and SERES Foundation and is the President of the Foro Con-R, non-profit organizations that promotes social equity and CSR. María Garaña is member of the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) She is also member of the ESADE Professional Board and the American Chamber of Commerce Board in Spain.
Julio Gómez-Pomar KSG-MPA'88
Julio Gomez-Pomar holds a degree in Economics, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and is Master in Public Administration by the Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University). He belongs to the Public Bodies: - Technical Body of Auditors and Accountants
- State Tax Inspector.He has carried out different directive possitions in the Spanish Social Security (Director General of the Nacional Institute of Social Security and Director General of the Treasury of the Social Security). Within the Ministry of Finance he has been Director General of European Funds. And has also been Secretary of State for Public Administration. He was Director of the PWC/IE Center of the Public Sector at the Instituto de Empresa Business School. From 2012-2014 he was President of RENFE. At the present time is Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing, Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
Ramiro Mato. HBS-PMD´78
Ramiro Mato is Country Head of BNP Paribas in Spain since January 2001, as well as Head of Corporate and Investment Banking of Spain. He is member of Investment Banking Europe (IBE) Board and member of IBE Executive Committee of CIB. He is also member of the Board of BNP Paribas Real Estate, BNP Paribas Investment Partners, BNP Paribas Wealth Management in Spain, Cetelem, Arval and other subsidiaries of the group.He joined Paribas in 1993 as Head of Investment Banking for Spain and Portugal. He became Country Head for Spain and Portugal of Paribas in 1996, as well as member of the International Counsel of Paribas Europe.Previously, since 1980, he worked for Argentaria where he held the following positions : Managing Director of Argentaria Investment Bank, Chairman of Argentaria Bolsa SVB, Head of BEX for USA and Chairman of Extebank N.Y.Among other positions, he is currently member of the Board of BME (Bolsas y Mercados Españoles). He is also in the Board of the Spanish Banking Association and its Executive Committee. He chairs the Group of the Spanish Banking Association, formed by the international banks operating in Spain.Born in Madrid in 1952, Ramiro Mato has a degree in Economics from Madrid University and a PMD from Harvard University.
Fernando Merry del Val. HBS-MBA´73
Ingeniero Industrial y Máster de Administración de Empresas por la Universidad de Harvard, aprobó las oposiciones al Cuerpo Superior de Técnicos Comerciales y Economistas del Estado. La mayor parte de su trayectoria profesional la desarrolló en la Administración General del Estado, especialmente el Ministerio de Economía, en el cual ocupó el cargo de Director General de Política Comercial entre 1987 y 1988.
En 2003 fue designado por Esperanza Aguirre para asumir la cartera de Economía e Innovación en el Gobierno de la Comunidad de Madrid. Tras las elecciones de 2007, renovó en el cargo, como Consejero de Economía y Consumo.
Ha sido Jefe de la Oficina Económica y Comercial de España en Washington.
Pedro Nueno. HBS-DBA´73
Pedro Nueno is Doctor in Business Administration from Harvard University. He is an Industrial Engineer and Technical Architect from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona. He is professor at IESE where he holds the Bertrán Foundation Chair of Entrepreneurship. He is President and one of the founders of the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), with campuses in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Accra (Ghana). His main area of academic interest is entrepreneurship. He established at IESE the Venture Capital fund FINAVES which has provided seed capital for more than 40 companies until 2015. Professor Nueno has published 14 books on entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial turnaround and innovation, many of them translated to several languages. He has written more than 100 cases on entrepreneurship, and published many articles. He is in the board of several companies and institutions and during his career he has been in the board of more than 30 companies and institutions in Europe, the USA, Latin America, China and Africa. He was member of the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School between 2005 and 2011. Prof. Nueno has received many awards like the Order of Queen Elisabeth the Catholic in 2015 awarded by the King of Spain, and the Outstanding Contribution Award received from the Chinese Government in 2014.
José Viñals - GSAS-PhD’82
José Viñals was appointed Chairman of Standard Chartered PLC in December 2016, having joined the Group as Chairman designate in October 2016.
José joined Standard Chartered from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he was the Financial Counsellor and Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department. He was responsible for the oversight and direction of the IMF’s monetary and financial sector work, and he was the IMF’s chief spokesman on financial matters, including global financial stability. José was a member of the Plenary and Steering Committee of the Financial Stability Board for seven years, playing a key role in the reform of international financial regulation.
José began his career as an economist before spending 25 years at the Central Bank of Spain, where he rose to be the Deputy Governor, with responsibility for all areas of the Central Bank, including monetary policy, banking regulation and supervision. José has held many other Board and advisory positions including Chair of Spain’s Deposit Guarantee Fund, Chair of the International Relations Committee at the European Central Bank, member of the Economic and Financial Committee of the European Union, and Chair of the Working Group on Institutional Investors at the Bank for International Settlements.
He has also been a member of the European Central Bank Monetary Policy Committee; and the high-level group appointed by the President of the European Commission to examine economic challenges in the European Union. He was also a board member of the Spanish Securities Authority, the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores.
José holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Valencia; a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics; and Master's and Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Economics from Harvard University. He is a former Faculty Member of the Economics Department at Stanford University. His awards include the Premio Rey Jaime I (King James I Prize) in Economics in 2001.