Biography: Antonio de Lecea

DE-LECEAAntonio de Lecea

Minister

Principal Advisor for Economic and Financial Affairs

Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Antonio de Lecea was appointed the Principal Advisor for Economic and Financial Affairs at the EU Delegation to the United States in October 2009.

Prior to joining the Delegation, Dr. de Lecea served as the Director for International Affairs in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, steering analytical and policy support for the Commission’s economic relations with non-EU countries and multilateral and regional economic institutions including the IMF, the World Bank, the G-20, the G7/G8, and the OECD.

From 1999 to 2004, Dr. de Lecea was the economic advisor to then-European Commission President Romano Prodi. He launched his career at the European Commission in 1986, holding management positions in the EU budget and control areas, as well as in economics and finance.

Before joining the European Commission, Dr. de Lecea served in the private office of the Spanish Secretary of State for Finance in Madrid and in academia.

Dr. de Lecea earned a Ph.D. in quantitative economics from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Barcelona Autonomous University (UAB). He is also an associate professor of applied economics in the Basque Country University (UPV), in Bilbao, Spain, a position that he now holds on special leave. He has published articles on public finance and the European economy.