José Viñals

Financial Counsellor
Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department

Biographical Information

June 4, 2013

José Viñals is currently the Financial Counsellor and Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He represents the IMF at the Financial Stability Board. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Valencia; a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics; and Master's and Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Economics from Harvard University. He is a former Faculty Member of the Economics Department at Stanford University.

His professional career has been closely tied to the Central Bank of Spain, where he served as Deputy Governor after holding successive positions as Head of Economic Studies; Head of Economic, Monetary, and Financial Studies; and Director-General. He has also played a role in international fora. He headed the team of economic advisors to the Committee of Governors of European Union Central Banks and was a member of: the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Committee on the Global Financial System; the European Central Bank Monetary Policy Committee; and the high-level group appointed by the President of the European Commission to examine economic challenges in the European Union. He was also a member of the European Union Economic and Financial Committee and a Board Member of the Spanish Securities Authority, the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores.

Mr. Viñals served as Chairman of the Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI) in Spain; Chairman of the European Central Bank International Relations Committee; and Chairman of Spain’s Deposit Guarantee Funds, the Fondo de Garantía de Depósitos de Bancos, Cajas de Ahorros y Cooperativas del Crédito de España.

His awards include the Premio Rey Jaime I (King James I Prize) in Economics in 2001.