Cabildo de Tenerife

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Carlos Alonso Rodríguez was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, reaching the post of President of the Cabildo at the age of 43. His academic career, after graduating in Economics and Business Studies from the University of La Laguna specialising in General Economics, is marked by excellence with the Prize for High Achievement and Second National Prize for Study Termination. In addition, he possesses a Master in European Studies by the College of Bruges. He has been associate professor of the Applied Economy Department at the University of La Laguna. The special knowledge he has about Canary Island economics has led him to direct several talks and seminaries on the integration regime of the Canary Islands in the European Union and he has published various works about this same subject.

Alonso has held several positions in autonomous and Tenerife administrative bodies, including General Director of Economic Affairs with the European Union in the autonomous Government, General Director of Farming and Vice-Counsellor of Agriculture in the Canary Islands Government. He entered the Cabildo of Tenerife in 2001 as the Presidency's Project manager, working alongside the President Ricardo Melchior in important initiatives such as the Farming Plan or the Metropolitan Area Tram.

In 2003 he transferred to Brussels to occupy the position of administrator of the Unit of Outermost Regions in the General Directorate of Regional Politics of the European Commission.

Carlos Alonso was counsellor of the Cabildo from 2007 in charge of the Economy and Competitiveness Area, where he promoted projects which were vital for the Island such as the Metropolitan Area Tram, the Northern and Southern line trains or the Alix project, which will place Tenerife on the map as a strategic communication point worldwide. As Economics Counsellor he also worked in important activities to promote the Island economically, in close collaboration with other bodies such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC), Free Trade Zone and Port Authority through a pioneering joint promotion initiative under the name ''Why Tenerife?''.

In 2011 he took over, in addition, the chair of vice-president of the Cabildo and the areas of Mobility and Tourism, and here he has concentrated his effort on increasing the competitiveness of the destination renewing the touristic strategy and in particular, improving air connectivity.