Josep Piqué i Camps
Spanish Minister of Industry, Foreign Affairs (2000-2002) and Science and Technology (2002-2003).
Josep Piqué has always been on the front line as a politician, economist and businessman. During his political stage, he was Minister of Industry (1996-2000); Government spokesperson minister (1998-2000); Minister of Foreign Affairs (2000-2002), Minister of Science and Technology (2002-2003) and President of the Catalonian People’s Party (2002-2007).
As a speaker, he highlights his knowledge of the chemical, aeronautical, automotive and technology sectors, in addition to his first-hand experience in foreign policy and internationalization. Doctor in Economics from the University of Barcelona and full professor of Economic Theory since 1984, Piqué is an expert in the Spanish industry.
Currently, Josep Piqué is the President of ITP Aero, and is a director of different business groups such as SEAT and VOLKSWAGEN Navarra and president of the respective Audit, Compliance and Good Governance Commissions, ABENGOA and AMADEUS.
Prior to his political career, he was a senior economist at the "La Caixa" Research Service. In 1988 he joined the Board of Directors of Explosivos Río Tinto and S.A. Cros, which later merged to create the main Spanish chemical company, ERCROS, where he assumed corporate strategy and later the executive presidency.
Josep Piqué chairs the Forum and the Spain-Japan Foundation, the Ibero-American Business Foundation and is the founder and honorary president of ABE, the Association for the Search for Excellence. Josep Piqué is also president of CITPax, and a member or employer of various Foundations and Associations of civil society.
He is the author of the essays “Cambio de era” and “El mundo que vemos”, both by Deusto.
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