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.

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
To me, Aspen España is a space, an experience, and a forum. It is a space for reflection, to explore different points of view, to develop, test, and question ideas -both new and old. It is an experience that invites dialogue, to listen to others and to oneself. In an Aspen experience one learns and teaches, laughs and cries, debates, listens and shares in a safe and welcoming space. And it is a forum where the intellect grows, is nurtured and inspired, and, without a doubt, is exercised and renewed.
Román Gil Alburquerque
Partner, Sagardoy Abogados, Professor, University of Navarre & IE Law School
Aspen España Fellow - January, 2017
Aspen España 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.
Manuel Giménez Rasero
Counsellor of Economy, Employment and Competitiveness of the Community of Madrid
Aspen España Fellow - June, 2018
Since 2012, when I was lucky enough to attend my first Aspen España Seminar in Ronda, I have been part of a community of citizens -now friends- concerned with understanding the complex world in which we live and with transferring reflections and experiences into our professional lives shared in Aspen España. This analysis, dispassionate, although not neutral, informed, although not elitist and abstract, although not useless, has helped me go through some years of great difficulty, but also growth, personal and professional. This community I speak of are the Aspen España Fellows, for which I am deeply grateful to Aspen España and to José, its promoter.
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 España 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 España 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. It is a conversation with many different dimensions that is never the same. Like a jazz orchestra that will never play the same song twice.
José Ramón Iturriaga
Partner at Abante Asesores
Aspen España Fellow - October, 2019
How can it be that the shared review of more or less classic but current readings can provide so much enjoyment?
That is Aspen España to me. Huge enjoyment.

Come away with more questions than answers. A gift in the shape of time for oneself from which if not wiser, you do come out more open-minded.
And this, in these times, is tremendously valuable.
Isabelle Le Galo Flores
Deputy Director for Spain, Fundación Daniel & Nina Carasso
Aspen España Fellow - January, 2021
For me, Aspen España is a place to imagine together and think without borders. There are few places with these characteristics and there has not been such an urgent moment to have them and take care of them. Through dialogue between our very diverse ways of understanding and feeling, we build together another vision of the world, richer and more common. It is a profound experience that transcends the cognitive biases of our individualities and that gives life to a germ of real cooperation between different people, entities and ideologies. And those are for me two masterpieces for solving the social and environmental challenges that our world faces today.

Rocío Martínez-Sampere
Director of the Fundación Felipe González
Aspen España Fellow - January, 2017
Aspen España is a gift. A place where I learn to reflect and to dialogue. I leave the Aspen España seminars with more doubts and more contradictions than I came with. With friends who would not have been in any other circumstance. Aspen España means to me, the ‘opposite of wasting time’. It is, as I have said, a gift that has changed my way of facing the collective challenges we confront as a society.
Santiago Martínez-Lage Sobredo
Corporate General Director, DIA and State Attorney (leave of absence)
Aspen España Fellow - July, 2020
Yolanda Mayordomo
Manager International Relations, Iberdrola
Aspen España Fellow - June, 2018
Being part of Aspen Institute España is a challenge, the challenge of understanding, listening, giving an opinion and above all a challenge of reflection. Aspen España is to me a multidisciplinary intellectual space in which to debate with serenity about controversial concerns, which lend themselves to sometimes contradictory interpretations, defended with solid arguments by people with an enormous capacity for analysis. The Seminar at Ronda was my first Aspen challenge. I recommend it whenever I can, especially in the corporate arena where I work, because transatlantic values should also guide business decisions.
Áurea Moltó
Director Política Exterior
Aspen España Fellow - July, 2020
Pause, listening and motivation are my findings in Aspen España. They are in the readings, the dialogues and the people who participate in the meetings designed to break prejudice to discover what is common: our doubts. Aspen España provides a calm and trusting environment to ask yourself questions and seek answers. In short, to accept the complexity of the human, our imperfection and the need for personal bond.