Xavier Vives Torrents (Barcelona 1955) has served on the Board of Directors of CaixaBank since 2008 and has served as Lead Independent Director since 2017.
He is a professor of Economics and Finance at the IESE Business School. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
He taught European Studies at the INSEAD Business School from 2001 to 2005; served as director of the Institute of Economic Analysis at the Spanish High Council for Scientific Research in 1991-2001; and was a visiting lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania and New York University (King Juan Carlos I Chair 1999-2000), as well as the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Pompeu Fabra University.
He has served as a consultant to, among other institutions, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the European Commission (acting as Special Counsel to the Vice Chairman of the EU and Commissioner for Competition, Joaquín Almunia), the regional government of Catalunya as a member of CAREC (Advisory Board for Economic Reactivation and Growth), and international companies. He also served as Chairman of the Spanish Economic Association in 2008, and as Deputy Chairman of the Spanish Energy Economics Association from 2006 to 2009 as well as Duisenberg Fellow of the European Central Bank in 2015.
He is currently a member of the board of the Aula Escola Europea, a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and of the Academia Europaea, and a Research Fellow of the CESifo and the Centre for Economic Policy Research. He has been a Fellow of the European Economic Association since 2004 and a Fellow of the Econometric Society since 1992. He is the Chairman of EARIE (European Association for Research in Industrial Economics) for 2016-2018.
He has published numerous articles in international journals and coordinated the publication of various books. Mr. Vives Torrents has also received several awards including the King Juan Carlos I Award for Research in Social Sciences in 1988; the Catalan Society for Economics Award in 1996; the Narcís Monturiol Medal from the Catalan regional government in 2002; and the Catalunya Economics Award in 2005, in addition to the IEF Award for Academic Excellence for his professional career in 2012. He is also the recipient of a European Research Council Advanced Grant in 2009-2013 and was awarded the King Jaime I Award in Economics in 2013.
Last updated: August 2017.