José Juan Ruiz

Chairman of the Elcano Royal institute

José Juan Ruiz (1957), currently Chairman of the Elcano Royal institute, has been a member of its Scientific Council for a decade. An economist by training, he is a member of the Spanish Civil Service. Throughout his professional life he has held positions in the Ministry of the Economy and in the private sector –as Chief Economist of Argentaria, AFI and Banco Santander Latin America–-, while more recently he was Chief Economist and Director of Research at the Inter-American Development Bank. He is currently a member of the Economic Affairs Advisory Council of the Spanish Government’s First Deputy Prime Minister.

He has extensive experience in international organisations and has been a board member of various public and private companies and a University lecturer. He also served as President of the Social Council of the University of Castilla-La Mancha. A frequent contributor to the media, he has been a member of the editorial boards of Política Exterior, Prisa and Grupo Recoletos.