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.

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 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.
Rocío Martínez-Sampere
Director of the Fundación Felipe González
Aspen España Fellow - January, 2017
Aspen is a gift. A place where I learn to reflect and to dialogue. I leave the Aspen seminars with more doubts and more contradictions than I came with. With friends who would not have been in any other circumstance. Aspen 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 at 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 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.
Juan Moscoso del Prado
Director, International Relations department, CES, Director of PLPE, Deusto Business School
Aspen España Fellow - January, 2017
While the enlightened institutions that took us centuries to build tumble, to me, Aspen Institute has become the main space not only for humanistic and rational dialogue, but even for civic and democratic proselytism. A space that has also the vocation of channel and today, once again essential, of bridge. In Aspen we reflect together; people who will never vote the same exchange texts and ideas, recommend books, learn, introduce ourselves by telling what animal we would like to be, a kingfisher, for example, and we also love each other. Everyone does it in their own way, we share a philosophy and goals, to improve our world from knowledge, science, technology, culture, and we do it in the style of the old Socratics of ancient Greece or Rome to whom everything we owe.
Ignacio Ojanguren
President of Fundación Balia
Aspen España Fellow - September, 2018
Laura Padrón
PhD in Biology and Senior Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline
Aspen España Fellow - April, 2019
Being an Aspen España Fellows is a gift for life. Aspen Institute España provides a fundamental space for listening and reflection. An enriching learning space, with ideas from very diverse experiences. Joint reflection can be compared to a play that, played by musicians who listen to each other, take the score far beyond what the composer imagined when writing it.
Pablo Pardo
US Chief Correspondent for El Mundo
Aspen España Fellow - April, 2019
What Aspen is to me: Aspen is the perfect organization to learn. The variety of ideas and points of views that are risen in every interaction (I am not only refering to the seminars or courses, but, simply, to the conversation that arise among Fellows or other Aspen members) is astonishing. Aspen has been fundamental to broaden my intelectual but also human horizons. Obviously, reflection on the great concerns of our time is central, but Aspen’s approach goes far beyond the mere analysis of today.
Daniel Romero-Abreu
Aspen España Fellow - October, 2017
Participating in the seminars of Aspen Institute España was for me a formidable and transformative experience. Aspen offers a meeting point for people from different professions and national origins. And all of them are there to discuss and reflect without sectarianism, with an unusual deep understanding about the issues of the world we live in.
Crista Ruiz de Arana
Doctor in Psychology and Clinical Psychologist
Aspen España Fellow - March, 2016
Aspen means to me a meeting place and an opportunity to reflect. It helps me deepen on essential issues of the human being, enrich myself in dialogue with others, meet valuable authors and new viewpoints. Aspen's different activities contribute to improve my personal and professional life; it helps me keep my curiosity alive, develop an “inner self” which allows me to review my priorities, it stimulates me in my clinical practice and in the way I teach. Whenever I can, I attend to Aspen’s activities, because I return renewed and recharged with enthusiasm to contribute to the common good and be a better person. I really value the friendships I have made there and the training as a moderator.
Iñaki Sandoval
Pianist and composer
Aspen España Fellow - October, 2019
We have an individual and collective obligation to contribute to improving our environment, and to work for a better future for the new generations. Dialogue and debate, discuss ideas and positions contrasted from respect, with a constructive attitude, and a common desire for improvement and sustainable progress; that's how I understand Aspen. Working to adapt to a constant change, but also being an active part and leader in this process, defending humanistic values such as solidarity, diversity and sustainable progress. My personal mission is to make the arts, culture and education play a leading role in this process of change, essential to build a better, fairer, and more beautiful society.
Salomé Santos
Agriculture Director of Azucarera
Aspen España Fellow - July, 2020
In all the occasions I could enjoy any of the Aspen Seminars there has always been a common denominator: Aspen always gives you an experience of personal growth. It may be a weekend seminar in Segovia, a week in Ronda, a breakfast meeting or a virtual session. There is always a before and an after to the experience. Aspen is to me a way of being in the world: a constant call to dialogue, reflection and action, which is forged through reading, access to the experience of others and the exploration of my own experience.