18 March 2022 - 19 March 2022
Global Politics Seminar: “Europe, Leadership and Values”
La Granja, Segovia

Global Politics Seminar: “Europe, Leadership and Values”


Aspen Institute España  will host the seventh edition of the Aspen Global Politics Seminar on “Europe, Leadership and Values” . After two brief introductory online sessions las January 21-22, the second part of the Seminar will take place in-person next March 18-21, 2022 at Parador de La Granja (Segovia).

This seminar brings together a group of 30 young political leaders from different parties for two days to discuss the political and social dilemmas that arise in the global scenario in which we live. The debate is structured around texts by classic and contemporary authors and facilitates, in accordance with the Aspen method, the open and frank exchange of ideas and reflections for action and commitment to different ideas for the common good. The dialogue is held under the Chatham House Rule.

It aims to provide a forum for discussion among politically-minded individuals dedicated to public service who have demonstrated leadership potential. The Program is structured around a seminar and four sessions throughout the year under the Aspen Dialogue method.

The seminar will be moderated by Juan Moscoso del Prado, former PSOE deputy and head of the Department of International Relations and External Action of the Economic and Social Council, and Crista Ruiz de Arana, PhD in Psychology and clinical psychologist; both Aspen España Fellows.


Juan Moscoso del Prado

Juan Moscoso del Prado is head of the International Relations and External Action Department of the Economic and Social Council of Spain. Born on July 5, 1966 in Pamplona. Member of Parliament between 2004 and 2016 in the VIII, IX and X legislatures for Navarra (PSOE) in which he was spokesperson for the PSOE in the Economy and Competitiveness Commission and in the Joint Commission for the European Union. He was part of the Regional Executive Committee (CER) of the PSN-PSOE all that time and of the Federal Executive Committee (CEF) of the PSOE, between 2011 and 2014. In 2011 he was the PSN-PSOE candidate for mayor of Pamplona. Doctor (Ph.D) in Economics and Business Administration from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Master in Economics from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium). Diploma in Economics from the University of Kent (United Kingdom, Erasmus Program). He has worked at the Economic and Social Council of Spain (CES) (1994-2004) and currently -economist in the Area of Studies and Analysis, Director of Cabinet, Head of International Relations and Deputy Secretary General of the International Association of CES and Similar Institutions (AICESIS)-. He also currently directs the Entrepreneurship and Public Policy program at Deusto Business School. Previously he was Associate Professor of Economics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Department of Economics (1996-2004). Economist at Analistas Financieros Internacionales (AFI) (1993-1994) and before that at Banco Español de Crédito (Banesto) as an intern. He has also worked as an expert for the European Commission and the International Labor Organization (ILO). Fellow of the Aspen Institute Spain. Fellow of the German-Marshall Fund of the United States (2001). Trustee of the Spain-United States Council Foundation (2004-2016), of the Assembly of the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid (CEAR) (2004-2012) and of the European Foundation for Progressive Studies (FEPS) until 2017, as well as of the Board of the Spanish Atlantic Association. He has published numerous articles on economics, international relations and politics and participated as a speaker at conferences in numerous countries. In 2008 he published the book “Emprendedores y función empresarial en España” and, in 2014 “Ser hoy de izquierdas”. He studied high school in Pamplona and in the United States. He speaks English and French.


Crista Ruiz de Arana

Crista Ruiz de Arana has a PhD in Psychology and is a psychologist specializing in Clinical Psychology. She has been working in psychotherapy with young people and adults in private practice since 1993. She also works as a supervisor of other psychotherapists. She has training in different orientations, mainly in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy, Systemic Therapy (Family Constellations applied to individual consultation), and Brain Integration Techniques (BIT). She is an associate professor at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas, within the Master in General Health Psychology. Previously, she has been responsible for four years of the Psychological Care Unit of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of the same university. She has also taught courses and workshops, on topics of personal growth, communication, self-esteem and helping relationship. In 2016 she was named Aspen Spain Fellow by the Aspen Institute España.


Global Politics Seminar

This seminar is part of the Global Policy Program that Aspen Institute España organizes in its commitment to democratic values and its vocation to create spaces for debate, offering a pluralistic environment where each of the participants who are part of this scenario can explore, for a year, various topics such as geopolitics, ethics and leadership or international economics. A space that also facilitates the building of personal relationships among participants that go beyond political affiliations and are crucial to the search for common ground and innovative solutions to the problems of our country.

Throughout these years, some of the main leaders of our political parties have been part of this Program. Also, more than 40 speakers have participated in our sessions; among them Javier Solana, President of Aspen Institute Spain; Hugo Dixon, Journalist, entrepreneur, president of InFacts and founding member of the People’s Vote campaign; Robin Wright, journalist and international policy analyst; Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary General of SEGIB; Pablo García-Berdoy, former Spanish Ambassador to Germany and current Permanent Representative of Spain to the European Institutions; Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House; Óscar Fanjul, Vice President of Omega Capital and member of the Board of Trustees of Aspen Institute España.


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