Ambassador José Ignacio Wert took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Spain to the OECD on 27 August 2015.
Mr. Wert was born in 1950 and holds a degree in law with Extraordinary Award as well as the Calvo Sotelo Award for the best academic record from the Complutense University of Madrid. Mr. Wert also obtained a masters degree in Political Sociology from the Institute of Political Studies.
In 1973 Mr. Wert joined RTVE, was appointed Director of the Research Department in 1977 and subsequently nominated Research Director of the Centre for Sociological Research of the Spanish Government. In 1980 Parliament elected him member of the Governing Board of RTVE, where he remained until 1983.
From 1983 to 1987 Mr. Wert was elected Counsellor for the City Hall of Madrid and subsequently Congressman. In 1987 he resigned from his post of Congressman and founded Demoscopia, a private company leader in public opinion research. In 1994 Mr. Wert took up the Presidency of Sofres Audencia de Medios and from 2003 to 2005 he is General Director for Corporate Relations of the BBVA Group which he leaves in 2005 when he starts his own consulting firm, Inspire Consultores.
Throughout his professional carreer, Mr. Wert has also taught at university and published numerous articles in scientific journals. Mr. Wert was also the President of the Council of the ESOMAR World Research and of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM).
From December 2011 until his appointment as Permanent Representative of Spain to the OECD in 2015, Mr. Wert served as Minister for Education, Culture and Sports.
Ambassador Wert is married to Ms. Montserrat Gomendio.