What is Orkestra?

Orkestra - Basque Institute of Competitiveness is…

An initiative of the University of Deusto, through the Deusto Foundation, for the study of competitiveness and regional development through different lines of research, with three goals:

  • Contribute to the improvement of the Basque Country's competitiveness
  • Promote the improvement of citizens' wellbeing
  • Create knowledge of regional competitiveness

Formed in 2006, the Orkestra team promotes transformative research. This type of research is defined by analysis, reflection, evaluation and the proposal of actions, in a permanent form, aimed at providing innovative answers for the resolution of the challenges considered, while research knowledge is acquired.

To this end Orkestra, who since its beginnings has been an example of success in public-private cooperation, works with a large number of networks, businesses, governments and institutions on numerous projects. In this way, aside from being an agent of change to drive competitiveness in the Basque Country, it has become today an international model in the analysis of regional competitiveness in a global environment.


Deusto Foundation




Orkestra has the support of public bodies and private benchmark companies concerning territorial competitiveness, which endow this transforming research project with stability. These institutions fulfil an active role in the organisational structure of the Institute and provide essential collaboration in the carrying out of the Institute's projects and activities.


Global partners

gobierno vasco
gipuzkoako foru aldundia3
diputacion foral bizkaia
Diputacion Foral Araba
Bilboko Udala
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Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Iván Martén Uliarte
Representative of Deusto Foundation

Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors

Emiliano López Atxurra
(Petronor Representative)

Members of the Board of Directors

Jesús Alberdi Areizaga
Representative of Deusto Foundation

Iñigo Ansola Kareaga
(EVE Representative)
General Director

Andrés Arizkorreta García
Representative of Deusto Foundation

Ainara Basurko Urkiri
(Provincial Council of Bizkaia Representative)
Deputy for Economic Promotion

Patxi Calleja Mediano
(Iberdrola Representative)
Regulation Manager at Iberdrola Spain

Álvaro de la Rica Aspiunza
Representative of Deusto Foundation

Mª Pilar García de Salazar Olano
(Provincial Council of Alava Representative)
Vice Deputy General of Alava and Deputy of Economic Development and Territorial Balance

Estibaliz Hernáez Laviña
(Basque Government Representative)
Deputy Minister for Technology, Innovation and Competitiveness

Jabier Larrañaga Garmendia
(Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa Representative)
Deputy of Economic Development, Tourism and the Rural Environment

Jon Larrinaga Apraiz
Representative of Deusto Foundation

Xabier Ochandiano Martínez
(Bilbao City Council Representative)
Councillor for Economic Development, Trade and Employment

Xabier Sagredo Ormaza
(BBK Foundation Representative)

Víctor Urcelay Yarza (Secretario)
Vice-Rector for Entrepreneurship and Continuing Education at the University of Deusto



Unai Alaña Díaz-de-Guereñu
(Iberdrola Substitute Representative)
Regulatory Analysis Manager


Iker Estensoro Sarasola
(Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa Substitute Representative)
Director of Economic Development

Alberto José Fernández González
(Basque Government Substitute Representative)
Technology and Strategy Director

Jon Goikoetxea Goiri
(BBK Foundation Substitute Representative)
Director of Research and Strategy

Javier Hernando García
(Provincial Council of Alava Substitute Representative)
Economic Development Manager

Cristina Múgica Vargas
(Provincial Council of Bizkaia Substitute Representative)
General Director of Territorial Competitiveness and Tourism

Pilar Urruticoechea Uriarte
(Petronor Substitute Representative)



Honorary Positions

Honorary Chairmen

Ignacio Mª Echeberria Monteberria
Chairman of Orkestra from 2011 to 2019

José Luis Larrea Jiménez de Vicuña
Chairman of Orkestra from 2006 to 2011

Michael E. Porter
Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (ISC), Universidad de Harvard


Honorary Members

Jon Azua Mendia
Chairman of EnovatingLab

José Luis Curbelo Ranero
Chairman and CEO of Cofides

José Ignacio Goirigolzarri Tellaeche
Chairman of CaixaBank

Guillermo Ulacia Arnaiz


Advisory Board


Christian Ketels (Presidente) 
Visiting Executive Harvard Business School. Senior Research Fellow Stockholm School of Economics

Ana Teresa T. Lehmann
Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Porto

Karen Maguire
Acting Head of Division: Local Employment, Skills and Social Innovation at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
Princesa de Asturias Chair and Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics