Ignasi López Verdeguer is director of Relations with Research and Health Institutions of the "la Caixa" Foundation. He has more than 20 years of experience in financing and management of research and innovation and fields of science and society. He is a physicist from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona / Université de Grenoble and has a postgraduate degree in Business Management from IESE-Universidad de Navarra.
Participates in areas of research and innovation governance at national and international level. He has been President of the research group of the European Association of Foundations (Philea) and of the Advisory Board of Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) of EIT Health, among others.
Representing the "la Caixa" Foundation, he is part of the board of trustees of several research centers. He is also an expert evaluator of the European Commission in the fields of Open Science and Responsible Research and Innovation and was a member of its Research Philanthropy Expert Group. He has led and participated in European Commission projects in these areas of the latest framework programs since FP7.
Antoni Vila was born in Barcelona in 1949, he is Chief Executive Officer of Caixa d’Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona, ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation since December 2019.
Graduate in Economic Sciences from the University of Barcelona. In 1975 he did a placement in Business Management in Sacramento (United States of America).
In 1975 he joined the Catalana Occidente Insurance Group in its life insurance business. In 1977 he began his professional career as a manager at Banca Jover, as Office Manager and Securities Department Manager. After its acquisition by Banco Santander in 1978 he held the position of Director of Head Office. In 1980 he joined Nido Industrial, S.A. in Holdings Management, both in Brazil and in Italy. He was Regional Director for Catalonia at Banco Internacional de Comercio (1981-1983) and at Banco Saudí Español-Saudesbank (1983-1985). In 1985 he began his career at ”la Caixa” as Territorial Manager of Grupo Caixa, a post he held until 1987. From 1987 to 1989 he held the position of Deputy Commercial Director and from 1989 to 1991, the position of General Deputy Director for Loan Capital, Capital Market and Insurance. In 1991 he went on to hold executive positions in the insurance group of ”la Caixa”, was appointed general Director and Board Member of VidaCaixa, and SegurCaixa, and also Board Member of Acesa and Adeslas. In 1998 he was appointed Executive Director of ”la Caixa”, member of the Management Committee and Territorial Director for Catalonia. In 2008 he was appointed Chairman of CaixaRenting. In 2012 he joined CaixaBank, and was involved in the merger processes of Banca Cívica and Banco de Valencia. In 2014 he was appointed Chairman of MicroBank, and in 2015 was also appointed Chairman of CaixaBank Consumer Finance (CCF) an institution that merged with CaixaRenting in the same year.