Emma Navarro, new chairwoman of ICO

Emma Navarro, new chairwoman of ICO

The Spanish Council of Ministers today approved her appointment, replacing Irene Garrido who has been head of ICO for the last 14 months.


The Spanish Council of Ministers has approved the appointment of Emma Navarro Aguilera as chairwoman of ICO, proposed by the Minister of Economy and Competitiveness, Luis de Guindos.

Emma Navarro replaces Irene Garrido who has been in charge of the Institute since 1 September 2014. Garrido is leaving ICO after being appointed as the Partido Popular candidate for the province of Pontevedra at the upcoming general election on 20 December. 

The new chairwoman of ICO has a degree in law, a master's degree in EU law from CEU San Pablo University and a joint postgraduate degree in EU law and economics from Madrid Complutense University and the Sorbonne in Paris.
Since 2005, she has also been a member of the State Trade Analysts and Economists Division.

She has held the position of chief of staff to the Minister of Economy and Competitiveness, Luis de Guindos, since 29 August 2014. Emma Navarro has been a member of the board of directors of ICO; ICEX España Exportación e Inversiones and other boards including the Hipódromo de la Zarzuela race course and SEGIPSA.

From November 2012 to September 2014 she was adviser to Spain's representative to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

In January 2012, she was appointed as an advisory member of the office of the Minister of Economy and Competitiveness with responsibility for European matters and relations with the EU and its member states.

From November 2010, she was an advisory member of the office of the Second Deputy President and Minister of Economy and Finance, in charge of the international area of the office for both multilateral and bilateral relations.

Previously, from November 2008, she was head of the economic and international area as an advisory member of the office of the General Secretary of Budgets and Expenditure at the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Between September 2006 and November 2008, she held different posts related to economics and finance, on different assignments, such as Assistant Deputy Director General for EU affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and head of the area in the Sub-directorate General for Economic and Legal Affairs within the Directorate General for Economic Policy of the Ministry of Economy and Finance.