Ms Belén Romana García has a Degree in Economics from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid -UAM- (1988). She studied postgraduate studies at Skidmore College - Tufts University- in the United States (1988) and has been a Commercial Technician and State Economist since 1994.
She has also completed several training programmes in International Economics at Harvard University (2009), Senior Management in Digital Business at The Valley Digital School (2017) and Disruptive Technologies at Singularity University -Mountain View- in California (2017).
Until 1994, she worked at Fraser Consulting AG located in Essen –Germany- (1988-1989) and at Bestinver as a Fixed Income, Options and Futures Trader (1989-1991).
Between 1994 and 2000, she worked as a Commercial Technician and State Economist at the Directorate-General of Economic Policy of the Ministry of Economy.
Subsequently, she was the Director-General of Economic Policy of the Ministry of Economy between 2000 and 2003, holding, in that period and on behalf of the Ministry of Economy, the status of Director at various companies and public agencies (ICO, Mercasa, SEIASA, Sidenor, CERSA) and the position of Head of the Spanish Delegation on the Economic Policy Committee of the European Union and on the OECD Economic Policy Committee.
She also served as the Director General of the Treasury and Financial Policy of the Ministry of Economy between 2003 and 2005, holding, during this period and on behalf of this Directorate-General, the position of member of the Governing Board of the Bank of Spain and of the Board of the National Securities Markets Commission, as well as Head of the Spanish Delegation on the European Union's Financial Services Committee.
She has also been Director of Economics for the Círculo de Empresarios between 2005 and 2008; Director of Strategy and Corporate Development of ONO between 2008 to 2010, an entity at which she has also been responsible for Internal Audit, Risk Management and Investor Relations; General Secretary of the Círculo de Empresarios between 2010 and 2012; and Chair of Sociedad de Gestión de Activos Procedentes de la Reestructuración Bancaria, S.A. (SAREB) from December 2012 to January 2015.
Since 2008, she has held various positions in various listed and supervised companies, such as Banesto, in which she served between 2008 and 2012 as independent Director, Chair of the Audit Committee and of the Appointments and Remunerations Committee and member of the Executive Risks Committee; Acerinox SA, in which between 2009 and 2013 she was an independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee; and in the company listed in Belgium and the Netherlands Ageas SA (former FORTIS), in which she was an independent Director and member of the Appointments and Remunerations Committee from 2010 to 2012.
Between 2013 and 2014, she was a member of the Group of Experts on Euro Letters and the European Debt Fund, which is a group created by President Barroso and by Vice-President Olli Rehn of the European Commission.
Since December 2015, Mr Romana García has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Banco Santander, SA and a member of its Audit Committee, Innovation and Technology Committee, Executive Committee and Responsible Banking Committee, as well as the Risk Supervision, Regulation and Compliance Committee.
Additionally, since June 2015 she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the British insurer AVIVA plc and Chair of its Risk Committee and a member of its Audit, Appointments and Client Committees. She has also been Chair of the Global Board of the Digital Future Society since February 2019 , Advisor to Tribaldata, a start-up dedicated to data since July 2019 and external advisor to Artá Capital.