Juan José Güemes

Chairman of the IE Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Juan Jose Güemes joined IE Business School in March 2010, as President of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He had previously served in a broad range of government departments, including tourism, finance and employment, gender policies, and health care.

As Chairman of IE’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship he is focused on fostering the entrepreneurial spirit and creating new business and social projects. In January 2012 he was appointed VP of Economic Affairs at IE. He makes compatible this responsibility with the Chair of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Güemes is also co-Founder and member of the Board of Fundación Creaté and an early stage investor focused on FinTech, FoodTech and e-Health startups.
Juan Jose began his career as an analyst at the Bank of Spain in 1991, before serving as Economic Policy Adviser to Spain’s Popular Party in the Spanish Parliament from 1993 to 1996. He later served as advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, who appointed him Deputy Director of his Cabinet in 1998. In the year 2000, he was appointed General Secretary of Tourism, being responsible for the international promotion of Spain as a tourist destination.
Juan Jose joined the Madrid Regional Government as Minister for Employment and Diversity in 2003. He developed a pioneering approach to promoting equal opportunities for men and women, including the LiderA program, designed to help women gain access to senior management positions in companies.
He was appointed Madrid region’s Minister for Health in 2007. During the three years he held this position he opened eight new hospitals, three medical schools and launched key biomedical research initiatives. Further achievements during his time in the public health sector include fostering partnerships between public and private health organizations and the introduction of the patient ́s freedom to choose among different health services.