Who is Carlos Body, the new Minister of Economy: 43 years old, discreet character, master in London and polyglot

Carlos Cuerpo, 43 years old, until now Secretary General of the Public Treasury and International Financing, takes over from Nadia Calviño in the Economy portfolio. Born in Badajoz and with a PhD in Economics by training, Body succeeds the minister after her appointment as president of the European Investment Bank (EIB). This was announced this Friday, December 29, by President Pedro Sánchez, whom he has endorsed for his “solvency and honesty.” This is the calm and discreet man of the Executive, who this very Friday He is sworn in before King Felipe VI in the Zarzuela Palace.

“Doctor in Economics and trained at a public university.” These were the descriptive details with which Sánchez started the announcement of the appointment. Son of teachers, his family comes from the Serena Valley. His parents lived in Switzerland and later settled in Badajoz, where it is said that since he was a child he saw “that he was going to go far” because he has always stood out for his effort, perseverance and commitment.

Carlos Body did his doctorate at the UAM in 2017 and graduated from the University of Extremadura in 2003. He entered the Corps of State Economist Technicians by competitive examination in 2008. He has a Master of Science in Economics (London School of Economics and Political Science) of 2004. He is fluent in two languages: English, French. Those who know him say that he is a very discreet man.. Just like his management, which has been characterized by discretion and effectiveness. “If you mention my name it is the best way to keep it from appearing, so I prefer to remain anonymous”commented on December 27 when pools were still being made about the appointment, as reported by the elEconomista Businessmen's Club.

With a European profile, He was appointed Secretary General of the Treasury and International Financing in 2021, a position he held until the date on which his new destination was announced. After working four years in the General Directorate of Macroeconomic Analysis of the Ministry of Economy, he was highlighted as a national expert in the General Directorate of Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission, where he exercised responsibilities related to the Macroeconomic Imbalances Procedure. He has also carried out his work in the direction of the Economic Analysis Division of the Independent Authority for Fiscal Responsibility (AIREF).