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. 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 Fellows Program.

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 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 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 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 offer 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 is, ultimately, a moral refuge that teaches and prepares you to work for and to the society of which we are part.

Teresa Cavero
Independent consultant on international development cooperation concerns
Aspen España Fellow - April, 2019
Aspen 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.
Pablo Echenique Conde
Lawyer and Partner of Cases & Lacambra
Aspen España Fellow - January, 2017
Aspen Institute 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
Professor, International Taxation, UNIR and Expert on tax issues at the EESC
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 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 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.

Beatriz Escriña
Head of Global Communications at City Cancer Challenge Foundation
Aspen España Fellow - October, 2017
Three Wise Men Day. The room full of balloons, packages and a magic that would not be easy to describe with words. You're happy just being there. You take a box. You move it, you shake it. You don't really know what it is, but it makes you smile. By your side someone with eyes wide open feeling the same as you. You both listen. And thousands of questions go through your heads. Some with an answer and others… with more questions.

This is Aspen Institute España to me: a gift.
Pablo Esteves
Managing Partner, Emzingo
Aspen España Fellow - June, 2018
Román Gil Alburquerque
Partner, Sagardoy Abogados, Professor, University of Navarre & IE Law School
Aspen España Fellow - January, 2017
Aspen for me is the possibility of dialogue, dialogue itself and the fruit of dialogue. It is the conversation with friends, with history and with myself. It is humanism and joy of life. It is reflection and enthusiasm, texts and humor, benevolence and passion. It is a duty the possibility of being as it must be and a real being.
Joaquín Güell Ampuero
Senior Advisor of Investindustrial and President of the Joan Boscà Foundation
Aspen España Fellow - July, 2020
Aspen Institute España is the place where I don't always change my mind, but where I almost always change the subject and the arguments: sometimes, because my interlocutors are from another generation, discipline, orientation or nationality; sometimes, because the focus and method of the debates force me to revise concepts and prejudices. A place of freedom and trust, without hierarchies, where intellectual complicity is fostered - undoubtedly even more important than consensus.
Miguel Herrero de Jaúregui
Professor, Greek Philology of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Aspen España Fellow - January, 2017
Conversing is necessary because the first thing that an Aspen moderator says is that it is much more important to listen than to be thinking about what you are going to say. Conversation in Aspen is also horizontal. Everyone participanting in the seminar contributes diverse perspectives and different interests, with the same texts serving as the common thread. It is also diachronic; it also feeds back into the people who wrote those texts and what they were thinking at the time. So it is a conversation with many different dimensdions that is never the same. Like a jazz orchestra that will never play the same song twice.
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