The board of trustees is the highest governing body of the institute and is made up of individuals individually recognised by the business, academic, scientific, technological, institutional and social world.
Gabriel Ferraté Pascual – Honor President
Former Rector of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC); was the founding Rector of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC); Director of the School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona; General Director of Universities and Research and General Director of Science Policy for the Spanish Government; and Vice-President of the Inter-departmental Commission on Technological Research and Innovation (CIRIT) of the Government of Catalonia.
Salvador Alemany Mas – President
President of Saba Infraestructuras, President of the Board of Trustees of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Trustee of the “La Caixa” Banking Foundation and Chairman of its Audit Committee and Vice President of Institut Guttmann. His previous professional roles include: CEO of Saba (1987-1998) and CEO and President of the Abertis Group (1998-2017). In the institutional sphere his roles have included being: President of Creu Roja in Barcelona, President of the Circle of Economy, President of the Council Assessor for the Economic Reactivation and Creation of the Government of Catalonia, President of the Social Council of the University of Barcelona and Vice President of F.C. Barcelona. He is an Economist, a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of IESE.
Jordi Mercader Miró – Vicepresident
President of Miquel y Costas & Miquel. His previous professional roles include: Vice President of La Caixa, President of the AGBAR Group, President of the National Institute of Industry (INI), President of the Nacional BAZAN Military Naval Constructions Company (today Navantia) and Pulp and Paper Industries (INPACSA). He is president of the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and has also been President of Institut Cerdà. He is a Doctor in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Economics and Business Management from IESE.
Oriol Altisench Barbeito
Strategic Mobility Actions Director of the Barcelona Municipal Infrastructures Company (BIMSA, Barcelona City Council) and Coordinator of the Project for the Connection of the Tram Networks. He has also been the Dean of the College of Civil Engineers of Catalonia. He was also Deputy Director of the Barcelona City Council Urban Ecology Department. He is a Civil Engineer, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). His professional career has involved work in both the public and private sectors related to infrastructure, urban and organizational projects, in different companies and institutions.
Silvia Ávila Rivero
She is the Director of Bancaseguros and Deputy Director General of Banc Sabadell. She joined Banc Sabadell where she has developed her professional career, holding various positions, including Commercial Director of Bancaseguros and General Director of the group’s insurance companies (Bansabadell Vida, Bansabadell Pensiones and Bansabadell Seguros Generales). She has a degree in Economics and Business Administration (University of Barcelona), and her other qualifications include the Executive Marketing Management Programme (ESADE) and the Zurich Leadership Program (London Business School). She is a member of the Institute of Spanish Actuaries, the International Association of Actuaries, the Circle of Economics and the Advisory Council of the Fundació Formació i Treball.
Antoni Brufau Niubó
President of Repsol and President of the Repsol Foundation. He was previously Deputy General Manager of the “La Caixa” Group and also President of the Gas Natural Group. He is a member of the Business Action Council of the CEOE, Member of the Spanish Association of Executives and the Circle of Economy, Patron of the CEDE Foundation (Spanish Confederation of Directors and Executives), Patron of Real Instituto Elcano, Patron of FUNSEAM, Patron of COTEC (Foundation for Technological Innovation) and Patron of the Princess of Girona Foundation. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona and an honorary Doctorate from the Ramon Llull University of Barcelona.
Jordi William Carnes Ayats
President of LEITAT Technological Center and President of the KIMbcn Knowledge Innovation Market Foundation. His previous professional roles include: General Director of the Barcelona Tourism Consortium, Deputy Mayor for Economic Promotion and Budget of the Barcelona City Council, Councillor for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Government of Catalonia and President of CTecno. He has a degree in Germanic Philology from the University of Barcelona, a Master’s in Public Management from ESADE and PADE-IESE.
Àngels Guiteras Mestres
She is Director of the Association of Wellbeing and Development (“Associació Benestar i Desenvolupament – ABD” in Catalan). She started her professional career at the beginning of the 1980s working for a social sector organisation setting up care for those suffering alcoholism and other drug-dependencies in the City of Barcelona. She was President of the Board of the Voluntary and Social Sector of Catalonia and is a member of their Advisory Board. She has a Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Barcelona, a Diploma in Business Administration from the ESADE business school and is also qualified in the Management of Social Policy.
Francisco Gutiérrez Ferrández
He has been the Director of AENA’s Barcelona Plan; Manager of the Catalan Waste Management Agency (la Junta de Residus); President of Planta Incineradora de Residus Especials, S.A; CEO of Motorways of Catalonia (Autopistes de Catalunya); Manager of the Tarragona Water Consortium. He is a Civil Engineer and also has a Diploma in High Level Business Management from IESE.
Xavier Llobet Colom
He is President of Istida (Investment Advisory). His previous professional roles include: being a collaborator of the Bcn Economistas Cabinet, Vice President and Founder of Crolls Mexicana (Mexico), President of the Board of Directors of Capital Impulse S.A. (Venture Capital), member of the Board of Directors of the Caja de Ahorros de Cataluña, President of the Social Council of the UPC and Founder and first President of the Polytechnic Foundation of Catalonia. He has a degree in Economics and a Business Diploma from IESE.
Pere Macias Arau
He is president of the Fundació Cercle d’Infraestructures. He has taught at the School of Civil Engineering of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC); has been the Mayor of Olot, Girona; President of the Provincial Council of Girona (la Diputació de Girona); Member of the Spanish Parliament, and the Catalan Parliament and a Minister of Environment and of Regional Policy and Public Works, both in the Government of Catalonia. He is a Civil Engineer.
Josep Mª Martí Escursell
Vice President and CEO of Moventia (a group of companies, with more than 4.000 collaborators, that provide services and facilitate collective and private mobility solutions to people) and Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of the FECAV and of the technical panel of ATM operators. He is a Civil Engineer (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) and also as a diploma in Senior Business Management from IESE.
Mariano Marzo Carpio
He is a Doctor of Geology, Professor of Stratigraphy and Professor of Energy Resources and Hydrocarbon Geology in the Department of Earth and Ocean Dynamics of the Faculty of Earth Sciences of the University of Barcelona. He is Director of UB-Fundación Repsol Energy Transition chair, member of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona and member of the Repsol Board of Directors (where he serves as Coordinating Independent Director and chairman of the Sustainability Commission). He has participated in various advisory councils on energy matters for both the central and regional administrations, as well as other institutions. He maintains a permanent relationship with the oil and gas industry through applied research to the sector and continuous training. He has worked in Europe, the US, South America, the Middle East and North Africa, and also works as a spokesperson and analyst on energy issues for various media.
Jordi Miarnau Montserrat
President of Comsa Corporation and Counsellor of the Asepeyo mutual. He is a Civil Engineer, a graduate of the IESE General Management Program (PDG) and has a Master’s degree in Direction and Management of Construction Companies from the Agustín de Betancourt Foundation (Madrid).
Joan Molins Amat
President of Cementos Molins. He was President of the Institut Cerdà and has formerly been President of the Circle of Economy and member of the Executive Council of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce. He is vice president of the IESE Alumni Executive Committee and a member of the ESADE Board of Trustees. He has been distinguished with the Gold medal of the College of Civil Engineers.
Raquel Sánchez Jimenez
Mayor of Gavà, she was previously Deputy Mayor responsible for Economy and Finance, Human Resources and General Services and Spokesperson for the municipal group of the Socialist Party in Gavà. She has also served as Deputy Mayor for Town Planning, Economic Promotion, Environment and Sustainability. She is the Institutional Vice-President of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Second Vice-President of the Spanish Network of Cities for the Climate and is part of the executive of the Airport Regions Council. She has a Batchelors Degree in Law from the University of Barcelona (UB) and a Master’s degree in Labour Law and Social Security from the Pompeu Fabra University.
Ángel Simón i Grimaldos
President of AGBAR and Senior Executive Vice President Spain and America of SUEZ. He is a Civil Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and has an MBA in Business Management from ESADE.