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N° 16–2008: Spanish Chair for ESA Council

14 March 2008

Maurici Lucena, Director General of CDTI (the Spanish Innovation Agency, which belongs to the Ministry of Industry Tourism and Trade) will chair the ESA Council for the next two years effective from 1 July.

Lucena was unanimously elected Chairman of the ESA Council at the 199th ESA Council meeting held at ESRIN, ESA's European Centre for Earth Observation in Frascati, Italy, on 13 and 14 March. He will take over from Mr Per Tegnér of Sweden, who is chairing the Council until 30 June.

Born in 1975 in Barcelona, Spain, Maurici Lucena graduated in Economics and Management Sciences at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona in 1997 and was awarded a Master of Economics and Finance at CEMFI (Centre for monetary and financial studies; Bank of Spain) in Madrid in 1999.

He worked five years as a consultant in different fields of economic analysis and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Economy of the University Carlos III in Madrid. In 2004 he was appointed Director General of CDTI and has since then been the Head of the Spanish Delegation at ESA.

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