Economist, businessman and ex minister of Spain



Josep Piqué has a degree in Economics and Business Studies with an Outstanding Merit. He is also a PhD in the same subject-matter with an Outstanding Cum Laude as well as a degree in Law, all the title above at the University of Barcelona. Academically, he has been lecturing Economic Theory since 1984. He also worked as Economist in the Studies Service Department of La Caixa from 1984 to 1985.

During his public stage, he has been Minister of Industry and Energy (1996-2000), Government Spokesman (1998-2000), Minister of Foreign Affairs (2000-2002) and Minister of Science and Technology (2002-2003). He has also been Deputy and member of the Spanish Parliament.

In the private sector, he has performed relevant positions in different private companies and Boards of Directors up to date, including Ercros, Vueling, Airbus, Volkswagen Group, SEAT, OHL, Alantra, Abengoa, Stadler, Hotusa, Tradisa, HSF and Boston Consulting Group, among others.

In the field of civil society, Piqué is member of the Board of Trustees in several foundations and associations. He is the President of the Spanish-Japanese Forum and Foundation, The Spanish-Korean Chamber of Commerce, the Association for the Searching for Excelence, CITpax (Toledo International Center for Peace) and the Iberian-American Business Foundation. He is Vice President of the Círculo de Empresarios (Business Forum) and was president of the Círculo de Economía (Economics Forum).


 9:15 - 10:15 (04/10/2018)


(AUDITORIUM) Plenary Session 1: Keys to understand the world political context

During this session, Josep Piqué will analyse global geo-politics, related challenges and the implications of political macro-trends (tensions and the escalation of conflicts, risks stemming from terrorism and cyber-terrorism, rivalry for resources, changes in the European Union, etc.); economic macro-trends (convergence between advanced and developing economies; an increasingly multi-polar economy less dominated by Western societies; the sustained growth of emerging and social economies, the risk of fragmentation of the global trade system, etc.) and social macro-trends (greater inequality in societies, increasingly more urban and ageing among advanced countries; increased migratory flows, ethnic-national conflicts, etc.).







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