Former Under Secretary of Sovereign Wealth Funds, International Monetary Fund

Jose Maria Fuentes

Jose Maria Fuentes Rodriguez, previous Under Secretary of Sovereign Wealth Funds of the International Monetary Fund, has been until March, the CIO & Head of IIRR of Grand Duche Investment Fund & Kernel Investment Group. Currently, he maintains collaborations with different international companies like Citigroup and McKinsey & Co, as Senior Adviser; Gerson Lehrman Group as Council Member, the Center of Studies and Research of Islamic Finance as Executive Board Member, etc. Beside of that, he holds positions in international institutions, being member of the Advisory Board of the Ibero-American States Organization, Board Member of the International Financial Institutions-Liaison Group, Member of the Consultative Group of the Global Facility of Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Council Member of the Global Environmental Forum, etc.

Before that, Mr. Fuentes was Head of the Multilateral Department of the Spanish Embassy in Washington and New York, Secretary of the Management Review Committee and Head Economist for New Official Policies of the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank, etc.

Mr. Fuentes holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Salamanca, also completed the 3 master degrees Jean Monnet in European Studies and the ICEX master in International Trade. Subsequently undertook a Master in International Tenders and Multilateral Organisms from Harvard University.

Mr. Fuentes has been, for more than a decade, a key agent in the introduction of sustainable and responsible principles in different sectors and their implementation in the financial side: creating multiple official policies adopted by multilateral institutions; promoting the best practices along the sovereign investment instruments; developing and implementing sustainable and ethical rules for the investments of private sector; and recently, involved in the development of Islamic Finance in Spain, in parallel with the creation of a hub to Latin-America and a platform to Mediterranean for this financial system.