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Francesc Xavier Vives

Lead Independent Director

Xavier Vives Torrents was born in Barcelona in 1955. He has been a member of the CaixaBank Board of Directors since 2008 and the Lead Director from 2017.

He is a Professor of Economics and Finance at the IESE Business School. He also holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

He was Professor of European Studies at INSEAD from 2001-2005; Director of the Institute of Economic Analysis at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas between 1991-2001; and a Visiting Lecturer at the universities of California (Berkeley), Harvard, New York (King Juan Carlos I Chair 1999-2000), and Pennsylvania, as well as the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

He has also advised the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the New York Federal Reserve, the European Commission (where he was Special Advisor to the EU Vice President and Competition Commissioner, Joaquín Almunia). He is also a member of CARE (Advisory Council for Economic Recovery and Growth) of the Government of Catalonia and has advised many international companies. Mr Vives also served as Chairman of the Spanish Economic Association in 2008; and Deputy Chairman of the Spanish Energy Economics Association in 2006-2009 and was a Duisenberg Fellow at the European Central Bank in 2015.

He currently sits on the Board of Fundación Aula; he is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts; Research Fellow of the CESifo and the Center for Economic Policy Research; Fellow of the European Economic Association since 2004, Fellow of the Econometric Society since 1992 and Chairman of EARIE (European Association for Research in Industrial Economics) between September 2016 and August 2018.

He has published numerous articles in international journals and directed the publication of various books. He received the King Juan Carlos I National Award for Research into Social Sciences in 1988; the "Societat Catalana d'Economia" (Catalan Economics Society) award in 1996; the Narcís Monturiol Medal from the Government of Catalonia in 2002; and the "Premi Catalunya d'Economia" (Catalonia Economics Award), 2005; The IEF Award for academic excellence for his professional career in 2012; he is also the recipient of a European Research Council Advanced Grant, 2009-2013 and 2018-2023, was awarded the King Jaime I Award for economics in 2013.

Last updated: December 2018.