Ignacio de la Torre is Partner and Chief Economist at the Spanish Investment Bank, Arcano Partners. Ignacio was amongst the first to foresee the turnaround of the Spanish economy from 2012 on, a thesis that was published in a series of reports titled “The Case for Spain”. Ignacio counts over twenty years of experience in diverse fields of investment banking at Arcano, UBS and Deutsche Bank within the departments of Capital Markets. Since 2003 he has been a Professor of Economics and Finance at IE Business School and since 2007, he is also the Academic Director of IE’s Masters in Finance. For the past decade, he has been a regular columnist for the Spanish newspaper, El Confidencial, and since 2019, for Expansión. Ignacio has published five books, as well as several academic papers (on the financial activities of the Templar Knights) and cases (with INSEAD and IE). In 2009, he won the Everis prize and in 2019 the SIMA-ASPRIMA prize on real estate. Also in 2009, he founded the NGO Financieros sin Fronteras (“Financiers without Borders“), of which he is vice president. He also serves as a member of the advisory board of Círculo de Empresarios and is a member of the board of Arcano Partners. Ignacio holds a Ph. D. in Medieval History (UNED), an MBA (INSEAD), a MSc in Economics (ICADE) and a MA in Law (UNED).