11 April 2024 - 14 April 2024
Aspen España Seminar “Leadership & Values”
Real Maestranza de Ronda

Aspen España Seminar “Leadership & Values”


Aspen Institute España will hold the fifth edition of the Aspen España Seminar on “Leadership and Values” on April 11-14th. The Seminar will be moderated by expert moderators trained in the Aspen method of debate and will bring together a group of 20 – 25 participants from different sectors of civil society. The Seminar will be moderated by Gaspar Atienza Becerril, lawyer, PhD. in Law and Aspen España Fellow and by Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui, professor of  Philology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Aspen España Fellow.

The seminar “Leadership and Values” brings the spirit and method of the Aspen Seminar to Spanish-speaking audiences with moderators trained in the classic Aspen Institute (USA) debate model. The Seminar is based on the reading of classic texts from Western philosophy, politics and literature to debate the fundamental values of an open society and the tensions inherent in defining what constitutes such a society.

This seminar brings together a group of participants from different sectors of civil society and government, providing a balanced and plural forum for reflection and debate on the current state and future of our societies, analyzed in terms of timeless human values. The format of the program takes place over three working days, with a careful selection of readings distributed among the participants to prepare the debates. These are guided by two Aspen moderators, who ask questions about the readings and generate a Socratic dialogue to address the main issues raised by the seminar. The Seminar will be held under the Chatman House Rule and the principles of dialogue that govern the activities of the Aspen Institute worldwide.


Gaspar Atienza

He is a partner in the commercial department of Garrigues and an Aspen España Fellow. He holds a PhD in Public International Law and International Relations from the Universidad Complutense, a Master’s degree in International Relations from Columbia University and was a Visiting Doctoral Researcher at NYU. In his work at Garrigues, he advises on structured financing and financing of energy and infrastructure projects, as well as on other matters which, without losing his specialisation in the financial sector, allows him to have a broad vision of commercial transactions. In terms of teaching activities, he was an associate professor at IE University for a number of years and often participates in modules dedicated to financing in the master’s degree programme at the San Pablo CEU University and the Garrigues Study Centre. Gaspar has been included and highlighted in several publications and international legal rankings in various areas of his specialisation. In 2002-2003 he worked at Hunton & Williams, Washington, D.C. (USA) and in 2011 he was seconded to Garrigues’ Sao Paulo office. He has several publications in newspapers and magazines, mostly on foreign policy and international relations, and is a member of the Madrid Bar Association.


Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui

He is professor of Greek Philology at the Complutense University of Madrid and Aspen España Fellow. He holds a degree in Law and Classics, a Ph.D. in Classical Philology and History of Religions, and trained as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute, Harvard, Oxford (Christ Church), Zurich and Bologna (Royal College of Spain). He is the author of several studies on the philosophy, literature, politics, and religion of ancient Greece, and on the reception of classical culture in early Christianity and modernity. His latest books are El pensamiento narrativo (Sílex, 2023, with Fernando Ariza) and Catábasis: el viaje infernal en la Antigüedad (Alianza, 2023). He has been a technical advisor at the Consejería de Educación de la Comunidad de Madrid (2012-2014). He is an Aspen España Fellow, in whose seminars he collaborates as a participant and moderator.


Aspen Institute España

The Aspen Institute España Foundation was established in 2010 to promote leadership inspired by civic values and to address critical issues for the future of society. Every year it organizes more than seventy debates, seminars and conferences on leadership and values, the digital future, sustainability, democracy, geopolitics and the economy.

The President of Aspen España is Javier Solana and its Secretary General is José M. de Areilza. The project is supported by fifteen Spanish companies and a large network of alumni. It is part of the international network of Aspen Institutes, present in more than twelve countries, and collaborates in a special way with The Aspen Institute in the United States. This philanthropic institution was founded in 1950, among others by José Ortega y Gasset, to train leaders in all sectors of society with a humanistic vision and a connection to civic and democratic values. Today it is recognised as one of the most influential think tanks in the world, with more than fifty ongoing programmes in the fields of public policy and leadership.


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  • Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui
  • Gaspar Atienza
Real Maestranza de Ronda
  • Seminar