Searcher
Alvaro Ortiz
Alvaro Ortiz
Head of Big Data Research
Madrid

Álvaro Ortiz is the Head of Big Data Research at BBVA Research. He manages the unit implementing the Big Data analysis for Economic, Social and Geopolitical Issues. He previously held several positions at BBVA Research including Chief Economist Turkey and Cross Emerging Market Chief Economist. He previously worked as Chief Economist Europe, Asia and Middle East at Cemex, Deputy Director of Economic Analysis at Repsol YPF and Head of Latin America at the Economic Research department of Banco Santander. He holds a PhD in Economics (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid) and Advanced Diploma in International Economics and Policy Research (The Kiel Institute for World Economics in Germany). He took several courses at CEMFI and hold Data Science Professional Certificates from HarvardX (R) and IBM (Python).

He has published in several academic journals as CEPR Discussion Papers, Cambridge Economics WP, Economia the Journal of Lacea, Bank of Spain Working Papers, Opec Energy Review, The Service Studies Journal and Moneda y Crédito. He has collaborated in some international Newspapers as The Economist, Financial Times and relevant local newspapers as El País, Expansion, El Economista…

He has presented his works or participated as panelists at the European Central Bank, Bank of England, Federal Reserve Board, Bank of Spain, NBER Summer Institute, OECD and IMF. Mr Ortiz has participated as Panelists or Speaker in events organized by different Think Tanks as The IIF, The Atlantic Forum, Bruegel, Wilton Park, Salzburg Global Seminar, ME Days; Istanbul Financial Summit, ECFR.

Latest publications

Consumption growth rates showed a rebound in August in most countries, especially in services and tourism related sectors. In most countries card spending has gained more pull against cash.
Consumption growth rates remained high in July, although most of the base effect on year over year terms has been corrected in most countries.
In the seminar of the Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo it is shown how the COVID crisis has triggered a rapid demand for “real time” economy, just as the asymmetric impact of the crisis and mobility have enhanced the “high-definition” component of Big Data.