Board of Directors Mr Joan Hortalá i Arau (Director)

Professor of Economics Theory at Barcelona University.

Professor of Business, Graduated in Law and holds a degree and PhD in Economics, winner of the Extraordinary Prize, from Barcelona University. He obtained diplomas from a number of foreign universities and is a Doctor in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Member of the Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences.

Previously Dean of the Economics Faculty and has held various posts at Barcelona University and on Spain's Scientific Research Council. He is the author of various books covering his specialist subject and publishes works and articles in Spanish and foreign journals. He has overseen 46 PhD theses. He is the editor of “Cuadernos de Economía”. He is member of the Advisory Board of the Autonomous University of Madrid.

He has been a Councillor for Barcelona City Council, member of the Catalan Parliament and Minister for Industry and Energy of the Catalan regional government.

Has held directorships at various public and private companies. Currently Chairman of Hacve Assets, S.L., and Beka Finance, S.V., S.A. Within the Group he has been Director of "Servicio de Compensación y Liquidación de Valores, S.A." and Iberclear and Deputy Chairman of MEFF. He currently chairs Sociedad Rectora de la Bolsa de Valores de Barcelona, S.A.U. and is Director of Sociedad de Bolsas, S.A. and of the Iberoamerican Federation of Exchanges (FIAB).

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