05 September 2019 - 08 September 2019
Aspen Seminar for Young European Leaders 2019
Annecy, France

From the 5th to the 8th of September, 2019, Institut Aspen France, Aspen Institute Germany and Aspen Initiative for Europe co-organized and celebrated a new edition of the Aspen Seminar for Young European Leaders at the Fondation Mérieux in Annecy, France.  This edition brought together 26 emerging leaders under 35 years old from 17 different nationalities around Europe to debate how the new generation of leaders can affront the challenges facing Europe today under the title “Europe: The Next Generation, Shared Values, and Future Prosperity“.

The seminar was moderated by Leigh Hafrey, Senior Lecturer in Behavioural and Policy Sciences at the MIT Sloan School of Management,  and Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui, Associate Professor in Classics at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid.

The Aspen Seminar for Young European Leaders is moderated through the Socratic method used in other Aspen Institute programs and aims to improve the quality of questions and debate rather than reaching definitive conclusions on the current challenges and timeless issues revolving around human values.




Leigh Hafrey is a Senior Lecturer in Behavioral and Policy Sciences at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  Since 1995, he has offered courses in communication, ethics, leadership, and sustainability in the MBA and other graduate programs in the U.S. and abroad.  He has also taught at Harvard Business School; served as co-Master of Mather House, one of the undergraduate residences in Harvard College; and moderated numerous seminars over the past 20 years for the Aspen Institute, an international educational and policy studies organization focused on values-driven leadership.  He serves on the board of the Green Rural Opportunities Fund, a spin-off of the Butajira, Ethiopia-based GreenPath Food, and the board of ClassACT HR73, an alumni initiative of the Harvard Class of 1973.  A former staff editor at The New York Times Book Review, Hafrey has published translations from French and German and columns, feature articles, essays, reviews, and interviews in The New York Times and other periodicals, as well as blog posts and business case studies for MIT Sloan.  He is the author of two books on values and leadership, The Story of Success:  Five Steps to Mastering Ethics in Business (2005) and War Stories:  Fighting, Competing, Imagining, Leading (2016).


Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui (Madrid, 1978) is an Associate Professor of Classics at the University Complutense of Madrid. As a classicist and historian of religion, he deals mainly with ancient Greek culture and its Christian reception. He has worked as a researcher in the Max Planck Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte and in the universities of Harvard, Oxford, Zürich, and Bologna, and has lectured as invited professor in various academic institutions in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish. He is the author, among other works, of the book Orphism and Christianity in Late Antiquity (Editorial Trotta, 2010) and of the commented edition of the 16th cent. Latin version of Aristotle’s Politics by Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda was used to justify the Spanish conquest of America (Pozoblanco, 2013). Besides his academic activity, Miguel has collaborated as a seminar moderator with Aspen Institute Spain, and has worked as a technical advisor for the Madrid Regional Government in the fields of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

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