About the authors

Publication date:

Jordi Bacaria Colom is Professor of Applied Economics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and director of the magazine Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, which is published in Mexico. He was Director of CIDOB from June 2013 to August 2018, and has been Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Director of the Institute for European Studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and Co-Director of the Institute for European Integration Studies in Mexico (European Commission project). He has published articles in specialist magazines, book chapters and books on economic integration, Latin America, the Mediterranean economy, monetary institutions and public choice.

Clàudia Canals is a lead economist in the Strategic Planning and Research Department of CaixaBank and lecturer on the International Business Master’s at UPF International Business School. She has a PhD in Economics from Columbia University and a Master’s in Economics from the same university, as well as Pompeu Fabra University. Before joining CaixaBank, she worked as a Research Assistant at Columbia University and at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and also as an Assistant Professor at Columbia University and Pompeu Fabra University. Her areas of study include international trade and macroeconomics, with particular emphasis on the United States and emerging economies (Asia and Latin America). Her research has been published in the Journal of Development Economics, Papeles de Economía Española and in works by the Bank of Spain, among others.

Lourdes Casanova is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Emerging Markets Institute at Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. In 2014 and 2015 she was named one of the 50 most influential Ibero-American intellectuals by Esglobal, and in 2017, as one of the 30 most influential. As a Fulbright/“La Caixa” scholar, she completed a master’s degree at the University of Southern California and later a PhD at the University of Barcelona. She is also the author of several books. With Anne Miroux in 2019 she published La era de las multinacionales chinas and, from 2016 to 2020, the report Multinacionales de mercados emergentes. In 2017, she published FinancingEntrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Markets with Peter Cornelius and Soumitra Dutta. She is also a member of the Global Agenda Council and Competitiveness in Latin America groups of the World Economic Forum. She also collaborates with Agenda Pública, CNN in Spanish and El País.

Iciar Chávarri Ureta is an official at the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission. She holds a degree in Law with a specialisation in European Union law from San Pablo CEU University, and a Graduate Degree in European Union Law and Economics from the Sorbonne University. She has a Master’s in European Political and Governance Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges. 

Antoni Estevadeordal represents the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Brussels. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. He has experience in regional cooperation, economic integration and trade policy in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia–Pacific and Europe. Leading the bank’s migration initiative, he coordinated the strategic agenda on migration issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining the IDB, he taught at the University of Barcelona and Harvard University. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author and editor of several books and has published numerous articles in leading business journals.

Paloma Fernández Pérez is Professor of Business History at the University of Barcelona. She graduated from the University of Barcelona with a degree in Geography and History and has an MA and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. She is an expert in the history of entrepreneurial families and century-old family businesses in Spain and Latin America. Editor of various research journals (Business History and the Journal of EvolutionaryStudies in Business), she also coordinates several research groups on family businesses. She has carried out research stays at the universities of York and Lancaster in the United Kingdom; at the Universidad del Pacífico and Uniandes in Lima, and at Kyoto University, Japan.

Xavier Fernández Pons is Professor of International Public Law at the University of Barcelona (UB). He has a BA in Law from the UB and a PhD in Law from the Università degli Studi di Bologna. He also holds a diploma from the Research Centre of the Hague Academy of International Law in The Hague. He has participated in various research projects funded by Spanish and European institutions and is the author of numerous publications on international public law, especially international economic law. He also teaches on the Master’s in International Relations at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). He has been a visiting lecturer at several Spanish and foreign universities.

Vittorio Galletto is Head of Regional and Urban Economic Development at the Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies of Barcelona. He also teaches on the Metropolis in Urban and Metropolitan Studies Master’s at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He received a degree and a PhD in Economics from the same university. He works in the fields of the regional and urban economy, local production systems and innovation. Before joining the IERMB, he worked as an Associate Professor and Researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has also worked in the private sector for consultancy and professional services companies on local development projects for various municipalities, provincial councils and other public bodies.

Ignacio García Bercero is Director of Multilateral Affairs, Strategy, Analysis and Evaluation at the European Commission. He holds a Law degree from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Master of Laws from University College, London. Member of the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission since 1997, he has participated in the negotiations of the Uruguay Round and other multilateral agreements. He has been Chief Negotiator in trade agreements between the EU and Korea, the United States and India. He has published numerous articles on trade-related topics in a range of academic publications. In 2020 he became a fellow of Saint Anthony’s College, Oxford.

Patricia García-Durán Huet is Associate Professor in the Department of Economic History, Institutions and Policy and World Economy at the University of Barcelona. She has a degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona, a Master’s in European Studies and a PhD in Governance from the London School of Economics. She is also a researcher at the Observatory of European Foreign Policy of the Barcelona Institute for International Studies (IBEI). In recent years, her work has focused on the trade policy of the EU and the World Trade Organization. She has published in several specialist journals, including the Journal of European Public Policy and the Journal of World Trade.

Marc Ibáñez Díaz is a “La Caixa” fellow and is studying for a Master’s in Global Affairs at Yale University. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Barcelona and a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of London. His final thesis on the impact of Brexit on the UK financial sector has been published. He has completed exchanges at the University of Pennsylvania and Burgas Free University, Bulgaria. Prior to his arrival at Yale, he worked at Sabadell Consulting, an internal strategic consulting unit of Banco Sabadell Group.

Miguel Otero-Iglesias is Senior Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute and Professor at IE School of Global and Public Affairs. He holds a Master’s in International Political Economy from the University of Manchester and a PhD from Oxford Brookes University. He is Research Associate at the EU-Asia Institute at ESSCA School of Management in France. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, and at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin. He is Co-Founder and Coordinator of the European Think Tank Network of China (ETNC).

Eloi Serrano Robles is Director of the Social Economics Chair at the Tecnocampus - Pompeu Fabra University and Associate Professor in Business Economics at the same university. He holds a PhD in Economic History from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. His lines of research focus on international economic relations and the internationalisation of companies, with particular emphasis on relations between Spain and Latin America. He has published several books, book chapters and articles in scientific journals on this topic. Other fields of research include those related to the social economy and cooperativism in companies. He has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics.

Joan Trullén teaches in the Department of Applied Economics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has been Director of the Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies (IERMB) of Barcelona, as well as Secretary General of Industry (Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce) from 2004 to 2008 and President of CDTI. Within the field of regional and urban economics, he is working on the design of local development strategies and inclusive urban growth.