The European Union’s former High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, is to be president of Esade Business School‘s Centre for Global Economics and Geopolitics from the new year.

Prof Solana, 67, who holds a doctoral degree in physics and is a tenured professor at Madrid’s Complutense University, has held several government positions in Spain, including Minister of Education and Science and Minister of Foreign Affairs. In December 1995 he was appointed Secretary General of NATO, a position he held until 1999, when he moved to the EU.

The new centre is designed to instigate analysis and public debate on the role of public institutions and multinationals and a number of other Esade professors in internationalisation, macroeconomics, public policy and leadership will join the centre. “We hope to set up what will become an international reference for the generation of new ideas essential for the future of global society as a whole,” says Prof Solana.

Prof Solana will also teach on some of Esade’s executive education programmes and the MBA.

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