Alejandra Kindelán

Chair and CEO of the Spanish Banking Association (AEB)

Alejandra Kindelán has been Chair of the Spanish Banking Association (AEB) and of its charitable foundation since April 2022. She is also vice president of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE).

She is a member of the Institute of Economic Research (IEE), the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Financial Research (FEF), and the Observatory of the School of Industrial Organization (EOI).

Before her appointment at the AEB, she was Head of Research, Public Policy and Institutional Relations at Banco Santander and a member of Santander Consumer Finance’s (SCF) European board. Previously, she had also been a board member of Santander Argentina. From 2017 to 2023, she was an executive board member of the Business at OECD (BIAC) executive board.

From 2006 to 2012, she chaired the European Banking Federation’s (EBF) Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (EMAC) and was also a member of the Steering Committee of the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

Prior to joining Banco Santander, she worked as a consultant for the World Bank. In 1994, she joined the Research department of Banco Central Hispano (which later merged with Santander) as an analyst of the global economy. In 2001, she was appointed Head of Research and Public Policy at Grupo Santander.

Alejandra holds a degree in Economics and Political Science from Wellesley College (Massachusetts) and completed the executive management programme (PDG) at IESE (Madrid) and the banking programme at INSEAD (Fontainebleau). Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Alejandra has lived in the United Kingdom and the United States and has three children.