Oriol Amat

Oriol Amat during an interview on July 2020. Picture: A. Salamé

Oriol Amat has been the Universitat Pompeu Fabra rector from May 2021 to March 2023. 

Full Professor of Financial Economics and Accounting at Pompeu Fabra University since 2001, Amat studied at Autonomous University of Barcelona (PhD in Business Administration and Bachelor’s degree in the same speciality), at ESADE (Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and MBA) and at the Stockholm School of Economics (International Teachers Programme). He has spent time at various reference centres, such as Linkoping University (Sweden), Massey University (New Zealand), Université de Montpellier (France) and Diego Portales University (Chile).

Professor at UPF since 1992, he has always been interested in the four main dimensions of academic life: research, knowledge transfer, teaching and management.

His lines of research include the analysis of the success factors of organizations and the ethical aspects of finance. He has directed more than fifteen theses and is the author of scientific articles and more than forty books, including Informe anual de l’empresa catalana [Annual Report of the Catalan companies] (2020), L’Ampolla mig plena: Aprendre de les crisis i dels que ho fan millor [The half-full bottle: Learning from crises and from those who made it better] (2020), Detecting accounting fraud before it’s too late (2019), Renda Bàsica Universal: Anàlisi d’una proposta disruptiva [Universal Basic Income: Analysis of a disruptive proposal] (2019), Valoració i compravenda d’empreses [Valuation and sale of companies] (2018). Some of his books have been translated into several languages (French, English, Portuguese…). He also collaborates and is a member of the editorial board of several international scientific publications.

In the field of management, he has held various positions at UPF before leading the institution as rector. He has been dean of the UPF Barcelona School of Management (2018-2021), director of the Department of Economics and Business (2003-2005), vice-rector for Economics, Information Systems and Services (1997-2001) and, specifically in the teaching field, he was director of the Centre for Teaching Quality and Innovation (2006-2011).

From the beginning of his professional career, he has actively collaborated with social institutions. He has been dean of the College of Economists of Catalonia, a member of the advisory board of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and PIMEC; and member of the Catalonia 2022 working group, which designed the post-Covid strategy. He is also member of the Spanish Sustainable Finance Academic Forum. He has been the founder and president of the Catalan Accounting and Management Association (2014-2018), member of the Parliament of Catalonia (2015-2017), member of the Advisory Board for the Reactivation and Growth of Catalonia (2011-2015) and Director of the National Securities Market Commission (2011-2015), among others.