Mr. Gregorio Izquierdo Llanes has been appointed as the President of the National Statistics Institute of Spain (INE) on 31st December 2011.
Mr. Izquierdo graduated in Economics from the Complutense University in Madrid. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Economics awarded by the Autonomous University in Madrid and is a Professor with Tenure (Profesor Titular de Universidad, civil servant having passed a public competition). He was previously Director of Analyses and Studies at the Instituto de Estudios Económicos (Economics Studies Institute) and Director of Economics at the Círculo de Empresarios (the Association of Businessmen). He has written five books and more than forty articles for indexed scientific magazines. He has managed more than seventy research projects. He was awarded the National "Angel Herrera" Prize for Social Sciences in 2000, by the San Pablo CEU University Foundation.
He has lectured at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Open University); University College for Financial Studies (CUNEF); San Pablo CEU University; King Juan Carlos University; Diplomatic Academy and Pontificia Comillas University. He has lectured on areas such as Economic Environment (National Accounts, Techniques, Indicators, Economic Statistics and Situation) and Applied Economics (World Economics, European Economics and Spanish Economics).
The organizational structure of INE has been revised in order to meet three priority goals:
1. A steady improvement in the quality of products and services provided by INE, 2. Greater efficiency in production processes and reduction of the response burden, and 3. A more active role in coordinating the National Statistical System and institutional cooperation both with other administrations and with international agencies.
The new organization means a more horizontal structure, which involves:
The participation of eight heads of Units in the Governing Board
The existence of two General Managers: one for the improvement of quality and efficiency while the other’s mission is to optimize coordination and cooperation
The creation of three Units to support and coordinate the activities of the thematic Subdirectorates.
This new structure at INE bears similarities to the organizational pattern of other statistical offices, such as Eurostat.