09 June 2016 - 11 June 2016
La Granja, Segovia


How political, economic and social consensus are created in countries


La Granja, June, 9th-11th, 2016

Inspired by the model of the Public Policy programs developed by Aspen Institute España, the Cervantes Program aims to reflect and discuss the challenges posed by leadership in the 21st century for the Ibero-American community. To do this, it brings together 25 recognized and emerging Ibero-American leaders between 28 and 45 years old, from various sectors of our societies. This seminar aims to promote debate through contemporary texts and will be moderated by experts on Ibero-American issues.

The first edition of the Cervantes Program was entitled “How political, economic and social consensus is created in countries” and was moderated by Michael Reid, Editor-in-Chief of The Economist and author of the column “Bello”, and Enrique Mora, General Director of Foreign Policy and Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain.



Michael Reid is Editor of the Americas section of The Economist and author of the column “Bello”. Michael Reid joined The Economist in 1990 as a correspondent for Mexico and Central America, and in 1994 went on to cover the consumer industry. In 1996 he was appointed Director of the Sao Paulo Office and in 1999 he returned to London as Editor of the Americas section. Previously, Michael lived in Lima, where he wrote for The Economist, The Guardian and the BBC. His book The Forgotten Continent: The Struggle for the Soul of Latin America was published by Yale University Press in November 2007 and in Spanish by Ediciones Belacqua. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 “PM” and CNN, among others. He is the author of ten Special Reports for The Economist, including one on Spain (2008), Latin America (2010) and Cuba (2012). His most recent book is Brazil: The Troubled Rise of a Global Power published in 2014 by Yale University Press.

Enrique Mora is Director General of Foreign and Security Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Enrique entered the Diplomatic Career in 1987 and worked in the Human Rights Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until 1989. He was the Director of the Department for the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) from 1989 to 1993, the year he became the Second Headquarters at the Embassy of Spain in Beirut (Lebanon). From 1995 to 1996 he was assistant to the European Union Mediator for the Western Balkans, Carl Bildt; until 1996, when he was appointed Deputy Director General for Central and Southern Europe of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between 2000 and 2002 he held the position of Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of Spain in Nicosia (Cyprus). In 2003 he became Deputy Director General for Common Foreign and Security Policy (European Correspondent) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2006, he was Head of the Cabinet of the High Representative of the European Union in Brussels, a position he held until 2009. From 2010 to 2014 he was Director of the Analysis and Forecast Office. Enrique is a Doctor in Theoretical Physics.

This Seminar was organized in collaboration with CAF – banco de desarrollo de América Latina and The Aspen Institute México.


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