The Institut Ramon Llull
Directora: Iolanda Batallé
Born in Barcelona in 1971, Iolanda Batallé holds degrees in English Language and Literature both from the University of Barcelona and the University of Southampton, as well as an MBA degree from ESADE Business School and the University of California, Berkeley. She has also done several stays at academic institutions abroad, among them the University of Nice and the University of Minho, Braga.
Since 1990 she has collaborated with various media outlets including El Observador, Diari de Girona, COM Ràdio and RAC 1 and, up until 2009, worked as Editor and Head of Press Relations at Random House Mondadori.
As of 2009 she has been the editorial director for the Galera and Bridge imprints within the Enciclopèdia Group, and in 2016, also became founder and publiser of Rata and Catedral imprints, within the same publishing group.
In addition, since 2008 Iolanda Batallé has served as a professor within the Universitat Pompeu Fabra Master in Publishing program and, as of 2016, for the Master in Literary Creation program offered by the same university. In previous years she also taught Spanish and Latin American literature in California.
In 2009 she published her novel La memòria de les formigues and, in 2011, the story collection titled El límit exacte dels nostres cossos. In 2013 she was awarded the Prudenci Bertrana Prize for her novel Faré tot el que tu vulguis.
General Manager: Josep Marcé
Postgraduate degree in Economics and Autonomous and Local Treasury Management from the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Barcelona. Degree in Law from the University of Barcelona..
2002 to present: Manager of the Ramon Llull Institute (IRL).
2001-2002: Chief of improvement programmes for the Administration of Justice of the Ministry of Justice, Government of Catalonia.
1999-2001: Administrator of the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC).
1997-1999: Head of the Department of Economic Resources of the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC).
1993-1997: Head of the Contracts Service of the Ministry of Culture, Government of Catalonia.
1989-1993: Head of the Department of Reports and Contracts Service Management of the Ministry of Culture, Government of Catalonia.
Director of the Creation Department: Marta Oliveres i Tortosa
Marta Oliveres i Tortosa (Barcelona, 1960) is an entrepeneur of the unconventional performing arts who has collaborated with Comediants, Fura dels Baus, Carles Santos, Marcel•lí Antúnez, Xavi Bobés and Sonia Gómez, among other artists.
Founder and Artistic Director of MOM / El Vivero, an international management platform for artists from different disciplines and languages. Editor of ARTRIBUTOS manager (2011/2014) dedicated to the promotion of non-conventional performing arts. Member of the network Informal European Theater Meeting (IETM) since 1992 and member of the first plenary session of the Catalan National Council for Culture and the Arts.(2009-2011).
Director of the Literature and the Humanities Department:Izaskun Arretxe
Izaskun Arretxe Irigoien (Barcelona, 1969) holds a Degree in Catalan Philology from the University of Barcelona, and a Master’s Degree from La Trobe University, Melbourne with the dissertation “The Theory of Love in the Poetry of Ausiàs March”. She was a Catalan teacher at this university between 1993 and 1995.
She headed the editorial and production department at the publishing house Quaderns Crema (1997), and was part of the editorial and production team at Editorial Anagrama (1998-2003). She then became the general manager of Critèria (2003-2007), and finally editorial director of Ara Llibres (2008-2016). Between 2012 and 2014 she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Catalan Publishers Association, and its Vice-President from 2014 to 2016.
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