The A4U is an independent legal entity with a transparent, flexible and participative organizational structure. It has a Board of Directors and a General Assembly, which hold ordinary meetings at least once a year.

The Board of Directors is appointed for a two-year term, and the presidency rotates between the four partner universities. The A4U’s Board of Directors consists of a president, a secretary and a treasurer, all from the university holding the presidency, and three vice-presidents, representing each of the three remaining universities.

The General Assembly includes the members of the Board of Directors as well as representatives of the other A4U partners. The Alliance’s various working groups report to the General Assembly on their work and the status of their projects.

In 2018, UAB assumed the presidency of the A4U. Currently, the members of the Board of Directors are as follows.

President
Amaya Mendikoetxea, rector of UAM

Amaya Mendikoetxea Pelayo was elected rector of the Autonomous University of Madrid in July 2021, thus raising to 17 the number of women who currently lead public or private universities in Spain

Professor of English Linguistics in the Department of English Philology of the UAM since 2019, Mendikoetxea graduated in this subject in 1986 at the University of Deusto (Bilbao). After completing a Master’s degree in Theoretical Linguistics at the University of York, she received her doctorate from that institution in 1992 with a thesis on Syntactic Theory.

In the 1991-1992 academic year, she joined the Autonomous University of Madrid as a teacher. In 1993-1994 she obtained a Fulbright Fellowship for a postdoctoral stay in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This experience was followed by other stays at UCLA (1997) and at Lancaster University (2006-2007) with a Salvador de Madariaga Scholarship.

Prof. Mendikoetxea has been Vice-Rector for International Relations of the UAM between 2013 and 2017; director of the Department of English Philology in 2003-2006; and Vice Dean of Undergraduate Studies of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters in 2009-2013.

Vice-president
Javier Lafuente, rector of UAB

Javier Lafuente is University Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He graduated in Chemical Sciences, specialising in Technical Chemistry, in 1982, and obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering with cum laude in 1988. He has carried out research stays at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of
California and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Dr Lafuente is director of the BIO-GLS Technology Centre for the Comprehensive Treatment of Gaseous Emissions, Liquid Effluents and Solid Waste, which forms part of the TECNIO network, and is head of the consolidated research group for the Biological Treatment of Liquid and Gaseous Effluents and the Elimination of Nutrients, Odours and Volatile Organic Compounds (GENOCOV).

Dr Lafuente has been director of the Department of Chemical Engineering (2004-2010) and Vice-Rector of Innovation and Strategic Projects (from 2016 to 2020). He has also been coordinator of the degree in Chemical Engineering and Rector’s Delegate at the Polytechnic University School of the Environment (EUPMA). He has also been a member of the Economy and Organisation and International Relations committees on the UAB Governing Council.

He is rector of UAB since the 13th of November 2020.

Vice-president
Juan Romo, rector of UC3M

Obtained his B.Sc. in Mathematics with Honors from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Texas A&M University. Postdoc in City University of New York. He has been Associate Professor, both in Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he is Professor of Statistics and Operations Research since 1996. He has been serving as Vice-President for Graduate Studies and Vice-President for Faculty and Departments in UC3M.

He is its current rector since March 2015.

Coauthor of four books, he has published articles in research journals on functional data analysis, resampling techniques and time series. His current research includes applications in genetics (microarrays), financial data, big data and image analysis.

Vice-president
Oriol Amat, rector of UPF

Oriol Amat is Full Professor of Financial Economics and Accounting at UPF and rector since 2021.

Professor at UPF since 1992, he studied at UAB (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).

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 40 books.

In the field of management, he has been dean of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, director of the Department of Economics and Business, vice-rector for Economics, Information Systems and Services and, specifically in the teaching field, he was director of the Centre for Teaching Quality and Innovation, among others.

From the beginning of his professional career, he has actively collaborated with social institutions. He is 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 designs the post-Covid strategy.

Secretary: Antonio Perdices, Secretary General of UAM

Treasurer: Teodoro Conde, Executive Administrator of UAM