Mikel Arana Echezarreta

Director General for the Regulation of Gambling


The Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling is the body responsible for exercising the regulation, authorisation, supervision, coordination, control and, where necessary, sanction functions of national level gambling activities.

Academic background

Master's Degree in Human Rights, Democracy and Globalization from the UOC (Open University of Catalonia).

MBA from the Carlos III University of Madrid.

Law Degree from the University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea.

Professional experience

He has experience in the public sector holding positions such as Director of Services or Entrepreneurship Facilitator in the Basque Government and, in 2009, he was elected as Regional Parliamentarian for Gipuzkoa.

Prior to his appointment as Director General for the Regulation of Gambling, he was the Controller of the Economic Control Office of the Department of Finance and Economy of the Basque Government, an activity compatible with that of Associate Lecturer at the University of the Basque Country.

He has been a member of:

  • Board of Directors of ITZARRI (Voluntary Social Welfare Entity for employment).
  • Board of Directors of EJIE-Public IT Company of the Basque Government.
  • Board of Directors of EITB (Basque Public Television and Radio).
  • Advisory Council on Drug Addiction as representative of the Basque Parliament.


Born in Ordizia in 1973