Spanish diplomat. Spanish Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2008-2012)
Language:Catalan, English, Spanish
Carles Casajuana is a Spanish diplomat with over thirty years’ experience who held the post of Spanish Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2012. Previously, from 2004 to 2008, he was the director of the International Department of the Prime Minister’s Office.
From 2001 to 2004, he was the Spanish Ambassador on the European Union’s Political and Security Committee in Brussels and, from 1996 to 2001, he was the Spanish Ambassador to Malaysia. Before becoming an Ambassador, he had held several different posts in the Foreign Ministry and Spanish Embassies in Bolivia, the Philippines and the Spanish Permanent Mission to the United Nations, in New York.
Casajuana graduated in Law and Economic Sciences and joined the diplomatic service in 1980. He has also had a literary career, publishing two essays, 'Las leyes del castillo', which won the 2014 Godó Prize for Reporting and Journalistic Essay, and 'Pla y Nietzsche: afinidades y coincidencias', 1996; and eight novels. 'El último hombre que hablaba catalán” won the Ramon Llull Novel Prize in 2009.
He writes regularly in La Vanguardia and more sporadically in El País. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences. He is a member of the board of the Alliance for Solidarity and the SOLIDAR European NGO network.
European Commission Vice President and Commissioner for Competition (2010-2014). Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs (2004-2010).
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Expert in society and politics: Professor in Philosophy and National Award in Literature.