Jordi Gual is Chairman of CaixaBank and Professor of Economics at IESE Business School. Before taking on this post he was CaixaBank’s Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Chief Economist and Director-General of Planning and Strategic Development at CriteriaCaixa. He joined the “la Caixa” Group in 2005. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California (Berkeley) and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London. He has been an Economic Advisor at the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission in Brussels and a Visiting Professor at the University of California (Berkeley), the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He is currently a member of the Market Monitoring Group of the Institute of International Finance (IIF). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the European Corporate Governance Institute, the Executive Committee of the Círculo de Economía and the Board of Trustees of the CEDE Foundation. He has also been a member of the Oxera Economics Council and of “la Caixa” Group’s International Advisory Council. In 1999, he received the EIB Prize for research from the European Investment Bank and has been also a Fulbright Scholar. His recent work includes: Banking Union: Made of Concrete or Straw? (2013); European Integration at the Crossroads (Banco de España, 2012); Integration of European Banking: The Way Forward (CEPR, 2005); y Building a Dynamic Europe: The Key Policy Debates (Cambridge University Press, 2004).