Miguel Sebastián Gascón

Minister of Industry, Tourism & Commerce of Spain (2008-2011). Economy expert.

The exports sector has become Spain's primary growth provider and I expect it to be so during the next few years, becoming a stable vector on which to base our new production model.

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Miguel Sebastián's career in the public sector began in the Ministry of Finance; in the Research Department of the Bank of Spain and at the Economic Office of the President of the Spanish government where he was named Director. In 2008 he was appointed Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade of Spain, a position he held until the end of the legislature.

He also has been member of the Executive Committee of the International Conference of Commercial Bank Economists and at the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of International Economy & Finances.

"The exports sector has become Spain's primary growth provider and I expect it to be so during the next few years, becoming a stable vector on which to base our new production model"

Miguel Sebastián holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota and the Complutense University where he, nowadays is professor of Economic Analysis.

He has been director of BBVA's Research Department; CEO at InterMoney, a financial services firm, as well as member of several scientific committees at the Foundation for the Study of Applied Economics and at the Italian economic research center NOMISMA. Sebastián received the Spanish Grand Cross of the Order of Carlos III in 2011, one of the most important distinctions given by the Spanish Government.

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