Andreu Mas-Colell is a Professor of Economics (Catedrático) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. Formerly he was Professor of Economics at Harvard University (1981-1996) and Professor of Economics and Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley (1972-1980). His research contributions go from abstract general equilibrium theory and the structure of financial markets to pricing policy for public firms or the economics of higher education. He has been a Sloan Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the universities of Alacant, Toulouse and HEC (Paris). He has received the Rey Juan Carlos I Prize in Economics and the Pascual Madoz (National Research Prize).
He has served as main Editor of the Journal of Mathematical Economics (1985-1988), and of Econometrica (1988-1992). He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and was its President in 1993. In 1997 he was elected Foreign Associate to the US National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association. In the year 2006 he served as President of the European Economic Association. From 2000 to 2003 he was Minister for Universities and Research of the Government of Catalonia. He has been designated General Secretary of the European Research Council from 2009 to 2011.