Mr. José Manuel Entrecanales

Private Sector

Jose Manuel Entrecanales is Chairman and CEO of ACCIONA since 2004.

Mr Entrecanales is actively engaged in some of the leading public-private initiatives supporting sustainable development and the fight against climate change, including the World Business Councilfor Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the World Economic Forum's CEO Climate Leadership Group, and the Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change of the University of Cambridge. Within the United Nations’ framework, he is member of the advisory board to Ban Ki Moon for the “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative, co-chairing the renewable energy group, as well as a member of the UN Global Compact and Caring for Climate initiatives.

He was Chairman of the Fundación Consejo España EE.UU. from 2015 to 2018 and he is member of the Board of the Instituto de la Empresa Familiar (Spain’s leading organization for family-owned businesses, of which he was Chairman from 2012 to 2014.

He is a founding member of the Pro CNIC Foundation, the main public-private initiative for cardiovascular research in Spain, led by Dr Valentín Fuster. He is also a patron of the Princess of Asturias Foundation and the Prado Museum.

Mr Entrecanales is Chairman of the José Manuel Entrecanales Foundation for Innovation in Sustainability and Chairman of the ACCIONA Microenergy Foundation.

In 1994 he participated in the launch of Airtel, a mobile telecommunications company that later became Vodafone Spain, of which he was President between 2001 and 2007. From 2007 to 2009 he served as Executive Chairman of Endesa.