Juan Mari Aburto

Juan Mari Aburto

Maire de Bilbao

Since June, Juan Mari Aburto has been Mayor of Bilbao, a city that has over the last few years undergone one of the most innovative socio-economic, cultural and urban transformations, and boasts the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao as one of its most recognisable icons.

A lawyer by profession, specialising in Economic Law and Public Policy Assessment, he has a long trajectory in the world of politics and in public management at the most important Institutions of the Basque Administration. Among the positions he has undertaken, he has been the Minister for Employment and Social Affairs of the Basque Government, MP for Social Action and Deputy President of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, as well as posts of responsibility on the Security Council during the tumultuous period of terrorist violence in Euskadi.
 
Well known for his deep social commitment and vocation for public service, his priority objective has always been to work by and for the people. Amongst the challenges as the new Mayor of Bilbao are the creation of employment and economic activity, and positioning the city as attractive and welcoming at an international level.