22 March 2022
4:00 pm
Debate “Europe at a time of flux”
Aspen Institute España

Debate «Europe at a time of flux»


Aspen Institute España, in collaboration with Fundación Consejo de España – Estados Unidos, held last March, 22 from 4 to 6 pm a debate session on  “Europe at a time of flux”. The session was moderated by José M. de Areilza, Secretary General of Aspen Institute España and Professor Jean Monnet Chair at ESADE Business School, and Rocío Martínez-Sampere, Director of Fundación Felipe González and Aspen España Fellow.

This session brought together a group of Alumni from Aspen Institute Spain and 10 participants from the Young American Leaders programme of the Fundación Consejo de España – Estados Unidos with an outstanding professional career, interest in Spain and the potential to update their image of Spain, with a view to transferring it to their spheres of influence.  Following the Aspen method, the conversation was based on a selection of texts and guided by expert moderators who involved and encourage the exchange of perspectives among the participants.


José M. de Areilza Carvajal

He is the Secretary General of Aspen Institute España. He is also Professor and Jean Monnet Chair at ESADE Business School, Barcelona. His two areas of teaching and research are Law and Politics in the European Union and Power and Influence in Organizations. He is a Visiting Professor at INSEAD Business School, France, and William and Mary School of Law, Virginia. He has worked as Advisor on European and North American affairs in the Spanish Prime Minister’s Office. He writes a weekly column on international affairs in ABC, a national newspaper. He is a Member of the European Council  on Foreign Relations, Senior Research Fellow of Elcano Royal Institute, Academy Adjunct Faculty at the Royal Institute of International Affairs -Chatham House, London and Trustee of the Spanish Naval Museum. José holds an LL.B. degree, Special Graduation Prize from Complutense University of Madrid, a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) and a Doctorate (S.J.D.) from Harvard University and Master in International Relations (M.A.) from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In 1990 he was admitted to the New York Bar.



Rocío Martinez-Sampere

She is the Director of Fundación Felipe González. Rocío holds an Economics degree from the University Pompeu Fabra (1992-1996), a Master in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1997-1998) and a Master in Government and Public Policy fromthe LSE (1998-1999). She also holds an Academic proficiency in Economics from the University of Barcelona with a Thesis on micro-simulation tax. Rocío also has experience in the private sector (City of London), in the third sector (Fabian Society, CIDOB Foundation) and she has worked as Chief of Staff with Narcis Serra, Economic Adviser to President Maragall. She has been a member of the Spanish Parliament and Spokespersonon Economic Affairsin the VIII, IX, X legislatures. Rocío has been Secretary of Economy at the leadership of the PSC (Catalan Socialist Party) until her resignation in 2014. She is also Aspen España Fellow.


Collaboration Aspen Institute España and Fundación Consejo de España – Estados Unidos

Over the last few years, Aspen Institute España and Fundación Consejo de España – Estados Unidos have jointly organised several discussion sessions and conferences on current issues around the transatlantic relationship and its future, focusing on economics, politics, sustainability, culture, education, energy or technology, among others. These sessions bring together young leaders from both sides of the Atlantic from various sectors of civil society, including business entrepreneurs, people from the public sector, academics and journalists.

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  • José M. de Areilza
  • Rocío Martínez-Sampere
Aspen Institute España
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