Aspen España Fellows

Our Fellows share their experiences in Aspen.
What is Aspen Institute España for you?
Aspen España Fellows Program

Aspen Institute España selects each year from its network of Alumni those who have excelled during their participation at the seminars to become candidates for the Aspen España Fellows Program.


The Aspen Institute Alumni Network is an engaged community of people actively participating in our educational and policy studies events, providing important input for our activities, and helping sustain our mission to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.


The creation of the Aspen Institute España Fellows Program joins the network of committed Aspen alumni with the mission of Aspen in Spain and offers its members the opportunity to join the international Network of Aspen. Aspen Fellows may be trained to become moderators of Aspen seminars and have access to other programs and seminars of The Aspen Institute. Thus, their role as representatives and ambassadors of Aspen España is encouraged.

Miguel Aguilar
literary director of Debate, Taurus and Literatura Random House
Aspen España Fellow - January, 2021
Aspen España is a space for reflection and discussion where you can look at new ideas or review old ideas, question some certainties and reaffirm others, and discover that there are many stimulating people to think and discuss with.
Marian Ahumada
Professor of Constitutional Law at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Aspen España Fellow - October, 2019
Íñigo Alfonso
Presenter “Las Mañanas de RNE con Íñigo Alfonso”
Aspen España Fellow - October, 2017
Carlos Álvarez-Romero
Aspen España Fellow - October, 2017
Aspen Institute España is to me the maximum reference of dialogue, tolerance, culture and freedom I have had the privilege of knowing. A crossroad where the wisdom of the classics converges with current issues. A permanent source of intellectual enrichment, an ever-evolving community of thought, an exciting forum for discussion and, above all, a brilliant group of friends.
Noelia Amoedo
CEO MEDIASMART (Affle Company)
Aspen España Fellow - October, 2017
Working in the world of technology, where everything changes every day and one feels permanently "ultra-busy", I greatly appreciate the Aspen España forum, which forces me to stop and think, in a space where debate is provoked (in many cases also debate with oneself) and respect. One thing I have learned at the Aspen España seminars is that good ideas can come from where you least expect them, and that bringing different perspectives to the table adds tremendous value. This is something that I have tried to keep in mind in my daily life, both personally and professionally.
Gaspar Atienza
Partner J&A Garrigues and PhD in Public International Law and International Relations
Aspen España Fellow - January, 2017
Aspen España is a forum for discussion and almost meditation that allows us to understand today's concerns based on classic and current readings. It is a forum that allows you to grow personally and professionally, in which every participant offers different perspectives from which you always learn, by both speaking and listening. It is also a personal and meditative shelter in such a fast and changing world. Aspen España is, ultimately, a moral refuge that teaches and prepares you to work for and to the society of which we are part.

David Blázquez
Head of Cabinet, Consejería de Economía, Empleo y Competitividad, Community of Madrid
Aspen España Fellow - September, 2018
Teresa Cavero
Independent consultant on international development cooperation concerns
Aspen España Fellow - April, 2019
Aspen España is an fundamental space for reflection, dialogue, and construction of mutual understanding. An excellent choice of topics, readings, participants, moderators and speakers, makes constant learning and individual and collective growth possible. My professional work is linked to the analysis of the situation of poverty and inequality in which the poorest communities in the world live, its causes and the design of policies to reverse these situations. Aspen España dialogues are a source of permanent inspiration: the contrast of diverse opinions encourages the questioning of my own, and all this helps me to better understand my commitment to social justice.
Salome Cisnal De Ugarte
Partner, King & Spalding LLP
Aspen España Fellow - January, 2021
Marta Colomina
Director General, Fundación PwC
Aspen España Fellow - January, 2021
In a world where the urgent, the short term, the objectives and the results set the agendas, it becomes necessary to stop, talk, listen, learn, prosper, reflect. This is what Aspen España is for me. An oasis where to receive, from the classic and contemporary texts and from the other participants, new visions and approaches. Aspen España is already a necessity to find myself again, search in the essence and enrich myself to be able to contribute in the search for a more just, equitable and exciting society.
Pablo Echenique Conde
Lawyer and Partner of Cases & Lacambra
Aspen España Fellow - January, 2017
Aspen España is the "shining city on a hill". The place where different people meet to discuss issues that have occupied humanity from 2,000 years ago to the present day, around carefully selected humanistic texts. The institution is heir to the best tradition of the salons of enlightened Europe. In this increasingly complex and turbulent world, faced with a worrisome crisis of liberal democracies and open societies, Aspen España aims to be a critical but calm forum that helps leaders, personalities and prominent professionals to “improve the questions” in order to contribute to improve the quality of public debate in Spain and strengthen our system of freedoms and our institutions.
José Luis Escario
Research Associate, Area of ​​Studies and Analysis of Fundación Carolina
Aspen España Fellow - March, 2016
What I consider the most remarkable issue about Aspen España is how, from the reading and reflection of the selected readings, one is involved in dialogues about existential and social concerns from a different perspective. Aspen España has allowed me to assertively share my vision (even intimate) on these matters, independent of my professional activity. At the same time, all these years in Aspen España have taught me to communicate to others with respect: in the first place, by listening quietly (internally and externally) and aiming at understanding their position, even if I do not share it. By leaving labels and judgments aside, progressively I have been able to establish a more complete relationship with others and enrich myself with their contributions.

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