A graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies and École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Javier Santiso holds a doctorate in International Affairs and Economics, which he completed at the University of Oxford. He started his professional career at the investment bank Crédit Agricole Indosuez in Paris. From 2000 to 2005 he was Managing Director and Chief Economist for Emerging Markets at BBVA, based in Madrid, then Director General and Chief Economist at the OECD Development Centre in Paris. In 2010 he joined Telefónica as Managing Director of New Ventures and, staying in Madrid, worked alongside the person who is now Chairman of the operator. Javier Santiso then moved to London, taking on the role of Head of European Investments at Khazanah, the sovereign wealth fund of Malaysia, as well as Head of Global Tech Investments. He was a member of the Khazanah Executive Committee and Investments Committee, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Axiata Digital, the Malaysian telecoms operator. He is now CEO of Mundi Ventures, a venture capital fund that invests in new technologies and start-ups in Europe from bases in London and Madrid. Javier Santiso is a member of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum in Davos. He has French and Spanish nationality. In January 2021, he became an independent member of the Board of Directors of Prisa, a Spanish company.