José Ignacio Wert – Minister of Education and Culture
José Ignacio Wert Ortega is the current Minister of Education and Culture in the Spanish Government, a position he has held since December 2011.
Born in Madrid on 18th February 1950, Wert began his career working for Radio Televisión España and the Centre for Sociological Research (Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas – CIS), rising up the ranks of both organisations throughout the 1970s.
At the same time he began to be politically active, campaigning originally for the Unión de Centro Democrático (UDC), but after its collapse he joined the Partido Demócrata Popular (PDP).
In the municipal elections of 1983 Wert was elected as a Coalición Popular councillor for Madrid City Council, where he remained until being elected to the national Congress of Deputies in 1986.
After just one year in the national Parliament, Wert resigned his seat to focus his career in the private sector, in particular in companies specialising in opinion polling and market research.
Wert also worked between 2003 and 2005 for the bank BBVA. In December 2011 he was invited to join Mariano Rajoy’s first Cabinet as Minister of Education and Culture.