Marcelino Oreja Arburúa was born in Madrid in 1969. He is a Patent and Trademark Agent. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the School of Engineering (ICAI) at the Pontifical University of Comillas and completed the Global CEO Programme and the Advanced Management Programme, both at the IESE Business School.
Since 2012, Marcelino Oreja has been the CEO of Enagás, the leading natural gas transmission company in Spain and Technical Manager of the Gas System. At present, he is also a trustee of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation and of the Transforma Foundation Spain.
Between 1992 and 1997 Marcelino Oreja was the General Secretary of Spain’s National Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs, in close cooperation with the Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Organisations.
Marcelino Oreja has advised different companies on their international and strategic development, such as COMET or SERVICOM. He founded DEF-4 Patentes y Marcas, a patent and trademark agency that was sold to Garrigues Andersen in 1997, after which he took on the role of CEO.
Throughout his professional career, Marcelino Oreja has held senior positions in a number of different companies. Among others, he was International Director of Aldeasa, CEO of EMTE and, after its merger with COMSA, CEO of COMSA EMTE, the second largest unlisted Spanish group in the infrastructure and technology sector. He was also Executive Chairman of the Spanish railway operator FEVE.
In the field of politics, Marcelino Oreja served as a Member of the European Parliament between 2002 and 2004. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Basque Energy Board (EVE).
Marcelino Oreja has also written two books: Viaje interior por África (Inner Journey through Africa), published in 2000, and Cultura emprendedora y la Unión Europea (Entrepreneurial Culture and the European Union), published in 2003.