José Luis Curbelo


Economist. Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. M.Sc. at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Licenciado at the University of the Basque Country-Bilbao. He has also taken courses at various institutions, such as The University of Harvard, Harvard Business School, University of California-Los Angeles; University of Texas-Austin, Amsterdam Institute of Finance, London School of Economics, World Bank, amongst others.

Professional Experience

In academia: Senior Scientist at the Institute of Public Goods and Policies of the National Research Council of Spain (CSIC); Dean and Catedrático at the School of Law and Economics of the Universidad Camilo José Cela of Madrid; CEO of the Basque institute of Competitiveness/Orkestra of the Universidad de Deusto (Bilbao-San Sebastian); BBVA Entrepreneurship Catedrático at the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija of Madrid; Director at the Master in Regional Studies and Planning of the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid. Hewlett-Packard Visiting Professor at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais at Belo Horizonte (Brazil). Has also taught and researched at the universities of Bilbao, Seville, Rey Juan Carlos, Fundación Ortega y Gasset; UC-Berkeley; UW-Madison; United Nations Commission for Latin American (Chile).

As a professional: Chief Economist and Vice-President for Development Strategies and Public Policies at the Development Bank of Latin-America-CAF; Unit Chief responsible for Private Sector Development at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC; Chief Investment officer at the Spanish Agency for Development Finance (COFIDES); Chief Economist at the National Mortgage Bank of Spain. Has also Board Member of several Multinational Companies in developing countries.

Lines of Research

Competitiveness and Innovation; International Economics and Development; Economic Environment and Strategy; Industrial Policy; Multilateral Development Banking; City and Regional Economics and Planning; Latin American Studies; Leadership; SME Development and Finance; Entrepreneurship; Infrastructure and Project Finance. Author/editor of 7 books, Professor Curbelo has published extensively in academic journals.