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Teresa Santero


Teresa Santero



Teresa Santero holds a PhD in Public Policy Analysis-Economics, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She has been full time Professor at IE University since 2012, teaching in the area of Economic Environment, and she seats at the Board of Directors of CaixaBank. Previously, she held high ranking positions in economic areas of the Spanish Public Administration for ten years (Secretary General for Industry in the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade; Director General in the Economics Department and Secretary General at the Department of Social Affairs, both at the Regional Government of Aragon). Previously, she worked for ten years as an Economist at the Economics Department of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in Paris. In the academic area, she has been Visiting Professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Lecturer and Research Assistant at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has been member of several Boards of Directors, among them those of Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO, Dec 2018-March 2021), Sociedad Estatal de Participaciones Industriales (SEPI, 2008-2011), NAVANTIA (2010-2011), Consorcio de la Zona Franca de Barcelona (2008-2011), and Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón (ITA, 2004-2007); and Board of Directors member of several Foundations, like Fundación Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC, 2005-2007)), Fundación para el Desarrollo de las Tecnologías del Hidrógeno en Argón (2005-2007), and Fundación Observatorio de Prospectiva Tecnológica Industrial (2008-2011).  She has also held the highest level representation of the Spanish government in various international institutions, like the European Space Agency, where she headed the Spanish Delegation, the Competitiveness Council of the European Union, and CARS21 (High Level Group on the competitiveness and sustainable growth of the automotive industry in the EU).

Academic Background

• Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis, Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, 1990

• Bachelor in Business Administration, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain, 1982

Academic Experience

• Full time Professor, IE Business School, Madrid, Spain, 2012 – Present

• Visiting Professor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, 1991 – 1992

•  Lecturer, University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois, USA 1988 – 1990

Corporate Experience

• Member of the Board of Directors of CaixaBank, Dec 2020 – Present

• Member of the Board of Directors of Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO), Dec 2018 – March 2021

• Secretary General for Industry, Ministry for Industry, Tourism and Commerce, Spain, 2008 – 2012

• Secretary General for Social Affairs and Family, Government of Aragón, 2007 – 2008

• Director General for Economic Policy, Government of Aragón, 2003 – 2007

• Director of the Research Department, Economics Department, Government of Aragón, 2002 – 2003

• Economist, Economics Departament, OECD, Paris, France 1992 – 2002

• Other Board of Directors Membership: Sociedad Española de Participaciones Industriales (SEPI, 2008 – 2011), Navantia (2010 – 2011), Agencia Espacial Europea (2008 – 2011), Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón (2004 – 2007), Gerencia del Sector Naval (2008 – 2011), Consorcio de la Zona Franca de Barcelona (2008 – 2011), Savia Capital Riesgo (2005 – 2007), Fundación Zaragoza Logistics Center (2005 – 2007), Fundación Centro de Investigación de Recursos y Consumos Energéticos (CIRCE, 2004 – 2007), Fundación para el Desarrollo de las Nuevas Tecnologías del Hidrógeno en Aragón (2005 – 2007), Fundación Observatorio de Prospectiva Tecnológica Industrial (OPTI, 2008 – 2001), Centro Español de Metrología (2008 – 2011)