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Elsa V. Artadi

The Honourable
Elsa Artadi
Elsa Artadi retrat oficial 2018.jpg
Artadi in July 2018
Minister of the Presidency of the Government of Catalonia

2 June 2018
PresidentQuim Torra
Jordi Turull
(Direct rule from 27 October 2017)
Member of the Catalan Parliament
for the Province of Barcelona

17 January 2018
Personal details
BornElsa Vila Artadi
(1976-08-19) 19 August 1976 (age 42)
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Political partyIndependent
Other political
Junts per Catalunya
Alma materPompeu Fabra University
Harvard University
OccupationEconomist, academic

Elsa Artadi i Vila (born 19 August 1976) is a Spanish economist, academic and politician. Artadi is a member of the Parliament of Catalonia and is the current Minister of the Presidency and Government Spokesman of the Government of Catalonia.

Born in 1976 in Barcelona, Artadi studied economics at Pompeu Fabra University and Harvard University before becoming an academic. She taught economics at Bocconi University and was visiting professor at several other universities. Later she held various senior positions at the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Artadi was elected to the Parliament of Catalonia at the 2017 election as an independent candidate for the pro-independence Junts per Catalunya electoral alliance. In June 2018 she became Minister of the Presidency and Government Spokesman.

Early life

Artadi was born on 19 August 1976 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.[1] Her mother Esther Artadi manages a small estate agent.[2] Her parents separated when she was young and Elsa and her brother Patrick have chosen to use their mother's surname, Artadi, first rather than their father's surname, Vila.[2]

Artadi studied at an independent school in Barcelona.[3] After school Artadi joined the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in 1994, graduating in 1998 with a degree in economics.[1][3][4] She received a Master's degree from UPF in 2000.[1][3] She joined Harvard University in 2000 on a scholarship from Fundació "la Caixa", receiving a master's degree (2002) and a doctorate (2006) in economics from the university.[1][5]


Artadi taught economics at the Bocconi University in Milan between 2006 and 2010.[5].[6] During this period she was also a visiting professor at Fudan University in Shanghai (2007), UPF (2009-10) and Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (2009-11).[5][7] She was also a member of the World Bank's scientific committee in Casablanca (2008), a consultant to the World Bank in Washington, D.C. (2009) and a member of the European Economic Association's scientific committee (2009-10).[3][5][6]

Artadi joined the Generalitat de Catalunya, Catalonia's regional government, in 2011 as an economic advisor to Andreu Mas-Colell, the Minister of Economy and Finance.[5][8] In 2013 she became managing director of the generalitat's Entitat Autònoma de Jocs i Apostes, serving until 2015. She was also Director General of Tax and Game during this time. She was promoted to Finance Secretary in 2015 and in early 2016 she became Director-General of Inter-departmental Coordination.[9][10][11]

Artadi became a member of the Catalan nationalist Catalan European Democratic Party (PDeCAT) in the summer of 2016.[5][6] She became a member of the PDeCAT's executive, taking responsibility for studies and programs, but later left the party due to differences.[6][12]

Artadi and other members of the Catalan government on 2 June 2018

Artadi contested the 2017 regional election as an independent Junts per Catalunya (JuntsxCat) electoral alliance candidate in the Province of Barcelona and was elected to the Parliament of Catalonia.[13][14] At the election Catalan secessionists retained a slim majority in the Catalan Parliament.[15][16] Artadi was spokesperson for the JuntsxCat parliamentary group.[17] On 19 May 2018 newly elected President Quim Torra nominated a new government in which Artadi was to be Minister of Enterprise and Knowledge and Government Spokesperson.[18][19][20] However, the Spanish government condemned the inclusion of jailed/exiled politicians in the government as provocative and refused to approve Torra's appointments or to revoke direct rule.[21][22][23] Faced with this opposition Torra announced a new government on 29 May 2018 without the jailed/exiled politicians.[24][25] Artadi was to be Minister of the Presidency and Government Spokesperson in the new government.[26][27][28] She was sworn in on 2 June 2018 at the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya.[29][30][31]

Personal life

Artadi was married to architect Alberto Arraut.[2][5] She is currently in a relationship with Heribert Padrol i Munté, a tax lawyer and former member of the Congress of Deputies.[5][32] She is a yoga enthusiast and enjoys running and water colour painting.[8][33]

Electoral history

Electoral history of Elsa Artadi
Election Constituency Party Alliance No. Result
2017 regional[13] Province of Barcelona Independent Junts per Catalunya 10 Elected


  1. ^ a b c d "Perfil i trajectòria professional dels alts càrrecs de l'Administració de la Generalitat de Catalunya" (PDF) (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain: Generalitat de Catalunya. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Landaluce, Emilia (12 February 2018). "Elsa Artadi, la candidata de la 'Upper Diagonal' que fue novia a la fuga". El Mundo (in Spanish). Madrid, Spain. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Ruiz Valdivia, Antonio (12 January 2018). "19 cosas que no sabías de Elsa Artadi". HuffPost (in Spanish). Madrid, Spain. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Regué, Júlia (9 February 2018). "El currículum de Elsa Artadi que desdeña Albiol". El Periódico de Catalunya (in Spanish). Barcelona, Spain. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Guerra, Andrés (8 February 2018). "Elsa Artadi, del campus de Harvard al Palau de la Generalitat". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona, Spain. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d Jiménez, David (2 December 2017). "Perfil: Elsa Artadi, de la Grossa a estratega de Puigdemont". Diari de Girona (in Catalan). Girona, Spain. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "El currículum d'Elsa Artadi, la millor resposta al menyspreu d'Albiol". VilaWeb (in Catalan). 9 February 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ a b Hinojosa, Silvia (15 April 2017). "La gurú económica de Presidència". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona, Spain. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "El Govern nomena Elsa Artadi i Vila nova secretària d'Hisenda del Departament d'Economia i Coneixement". VilaWeb (in Catalan). 3 November 2015. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ Sallés, Quico (15 December 2015). "Refuerzos negociadores, misiles y 'Oh happy day' en el Parlament". El Nacional (in Spanish). Barcelona, Spain. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ Lasalas, Marta (22 January 2016). "Nuevo president, nuevo 'pinyol'". El Nacional (in Spanish). Barcelona, Spain. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ Tomás, Nicolas (24 July 2016). "Qui és qui a la primera direcció del Partit Demòcrata Català". El Temps (in Catalan). Valencia, Spain. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Eleccions al Parlament de Catalunya 2017: Composició del Parlament" (in Catalan). Generalitat de Catalunya. Archived from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "Los 135 diputados del Parlament de Catalunya tras el 21-D". La Vanguardia (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ Jackson, Russell (22 December 2017). "Catalan independence supporters win majority in election". The Scotsman. Edinburgh, U.K. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ Parra, Aritz; Giles, Ciaran (21 December 2017). "Catalan secessionist parties win slim majority in regional parliament". Toronto Star. Toronto, Canada. Associated Press. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ "New cabinet most egalitarian ever". Catalan News Agency. Barcelona, Spain. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ "Torra nominates new government including jailed and exiled officials". Catalan News Agency. Barcelona, Spain. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  19. ^ "Torra nombra en su Govern a Aragonès, Artadi, Turull, Rull, Comín, Puig y Maragall". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona, Spain. 19 May 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ Puente, Arturo (19 May 2018). "Torra nombra a los encarcelados Turull y Rull consellers de su nuevo Govern". eldiario.es (in Spanish). Madrid, Spain. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ Stothard, Michael (20 May 2018). "Rajoy wins opposition support to keep direct rule over Catalonia". Financial Times. London, U.K. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ "Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy urges Catalonia to form 'viable' government". The New Indian Express. Chennai, India. Press Trust of India. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ Day, Paul (20 May 2018). "Spain to maintain control of Catalonia - El Pais". Reuters. London, U.K. Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ "Torra proposes new nominations to overcome Spain's block on forming government". Catalan News Agency. Barcelona, Spain. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ "Torra unblocks new Catalan government, replacing ministers in exile and prison with new names". El Nacional. Barcelona, Spain. EFE. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ "El nou executiu tindrà 13 departaments" (in Catalan). Barcelona, Spain: Generalitat de Catalunya. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  27. ^ "Torra sustituye a los cuatro consellers vetados para desbloquear el Govern". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona, Spain. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  28. ^ "Torra nomena nou govern per superar el bloqueig". El Punt (in Catalan). Girona, Spain. 29 May 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  29. ^ "Catalan government takes office in emotional event, lifting direct rule". Catalan News Agency. Barcelona, Spain. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  30. ^ Villalonga, Carles (2 June 2018). "El nuevo Govern de Torra toma posesión en un acto reivindicativo y escenifica el fin del 155". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Barcelona, Spain. Retrieved 2018.
  31. ^ "Los consellers toman posesión y prometen "lealtad" a Quim Torra". eldiario.es (in Spanish). Europa Press. 2 June 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  32. ^ Sàlmon, Álex (21 January 2018). "El fenómeno Elsa Artadi en la corte de Puigdemont". El Mundo (in Spanish). Madrid, Spain. Retrieved 2018.
  33. ^ "Elsa Artadi, candidata alternativa de l'independentisme, de Harvard a ser la mà dreta de Puigdemont". Catalunya Diari (in Catalan). 12 February 2018. Retrieved 2018.

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