Josep Piqué i Camps

Expert in International Affairs, Geopolitics and Geoeconomics.
Spanish Minister of Industry & Energy (1996-2000), Foreign Affairs (2000-2002) and Science and Technology (2002-2003).

"Taking advantage of the economic situation to grow is not enough".


English, Spanish


Specific topics

Financial MarketsInternational BusinessInternational economyInternationalizationbusiness growtheconomic growthgeopoliticsglobal issuesinternational politicslogisticspolitical analysispoliticsstrategic planningstrategy and execution

It is with great sadness that we regret to inform you that Josep Piqué, one of our speakers, passed away in April 2023.

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Who is Josep Piqué?

Josep Piqué is one of Spain's most prominent leaders, both in business and management as well as in the political, academic, and intellectual spheres. He is also a businessman and senior executive, fully involved in the executive management of large companies.

Due to his experience in foreign policy and internationalization, Josep Piqué is a renowned expert in international affairs, especially related to geopolitics and geoeconomics, as well as a lecturer and author of several books and numerous articles.

What can you expect from a conference with Josep Piqué?

Having first-hand experience in foreign policy and internationalization, Josep Piqué reflects on world events from an economic and geopolitical perspective, sharing specific knowledge of the chemical, aeronautical, automotive, and technology industries.

As a strategically minded businessman with deep multi-sector knowledge, in his lectures, he encourages the audience to act accordingly with regard to the macro trends and tendencies that are developing in the world today.

As an economist, he knows the impact of geopolitics on the economy, which enables him to instantly connect with the audience by creating awareness of the challenges that every market and region in the world face.

Josep Piqué’s career and contribution to society:

Josep Piqué holds two degrees in Law and Economics, as well as a Ph.D. in Economics Cum Laude from the University of Barcelona. He is a Professor of Economic Theory since 1984, and has also been Head Economist of the Research Department of "La Caixa" between 1984 and 1985.

In his public career, he has been Minister of Industry and Energy (1996-2000), Minister Spokesman of the Government (1998-2000), Minister of Foreign Affairs (2000-2002), and Minister of Science and Technology (2002-2003). He was a member of Congress, heading the candidacy of the Partido Popular party in the Constituency of Barcelona between 2000 and 2003; and Senator for that constituency (2004-2007). Member of the Parliament of Catalonia (2003-2007).

Likewise, he holds different positions of relevance in different private companies and Boards of Directors, such as Ercros, Vueling, Airbus, VW Group, SEAT, OHL, Alantra, Amadeus, Abengoa, ITP Aero, Kearney and Mapfre International, among others.

Josep Piqué is a trustee of several foundations and associations: he chairs the Spain-Japan Forum and Foundation, the Association for the Search for Excellence, the CITPax, the Ibero-American Business Foundation; he has been vice-president of the Guild of Entrepreneurs and Economics and is currently managing director and editor of Estudios de Política Exterior, S.A. and president of the Foro La Toja-Vínculo Atlántico.

Awards and recognitions:

Throughout his career, Josep Piqué has received numerous awards, including recognition from the Embassy of Japan in Madrid (Grand Cordon badge of the Order of the Rising Sun).

He is also honorary ambassador of the Republic of Korea and the Ibero-American Business Foundation.

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