Aspen España Fellows

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

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.

Juan Moscoso del Prado
Director, International Relations department, CES, Director of PLPE, Deusto Business School
While the enlightened institutions that took us centuries to build tumble, to me, Aspen España 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 España 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.
Arminio Muñoz Bravo
director of Public Policy to España and Portugal de Mastercard
Aspen was a real discovery for me, or rather, a rediscovery. It allowed me to recover classic authors with a new perspective and also to enjoy the calm debate, the deep conversation, in an environment as favourable as the Real Maestranza de Ronda. The Aspen seminars have been an opportunity for me to unlearn habits and customs acquired in a world where the culture of immediacy prevails and also enabled me to listen and recognize the virtues of other’s views. The experience was totally gratifying and meant a change in my way of dealing with relationships, both personal and professional, apart from an excellent opportunity to meet interesting people who have become a reference model.
Ignacio Ojanguren
Partner at Clifford Chance España
Laura Padrón
PhD in Biology and Senior Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline
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.
Alex Pallete
Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Picnic
Aspen España is a unique experience of pause, perspective, humility, enrichment and self-knowledge. It is pause, because it allows you to stop. An intellectual oasis in the middle of such a hectic and intense pace of life. It is perspective, because it inspires you with new looks from new angles that you have never considered before. It is humility, because you always discover people with reflections far superior to yours, but with enormous generosity. It is enrichment, because you always come out with better questions, with more clarity about the options that life offers. It is self-knowledge, because by listening to others you learn to question yourself better. That is Aspen España. A gift for the mind and soul.
Pedro Parada
Professor of the Strategy and General Management Department at ESADE
Aspen Institute España is the ideal forum to give rise to future leaders by learning from their predecessors in an environment of conversation, debate and humanistic reflection. An institution that gives shelter and protects values-based leadership. Aspen España contributes to the creation of the common good from a rational, informed and constructive perspective. I am constantly growing and learning from the Aspen España Fellows network. It is a pleasure and a privilege being part of it.
Pablo Pardo
US Chief Correspondent for El Mundo
What Aspen España is to me: Aspen España 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 España members) is astonishing. Aspen España has been fundamental to broaden my intelectual but also human horizons. Obviously, reflection on the great concerns of our time is central, but Aspen España's approach goes far beyond the mere analysis of today.
Carmen Pérez-Llorca
Lawyer, Professor at Miami University
The Aspen Institute España experience is profoundly transformative. Aspen seminars offer a unique opportunity to step away from daily problems and tasks and immerse oneself in deep thought about ideas, both old and new, which allow a renewed perspective when returning to those same problems and tasks. It is a privilege, moreover, to be able to do so in the company of individuals from diverse backgrounds and ideas, and under the guidance of an organization committed to dialogue and diversity of opinions.
Irene del Pino
director, Pine Consulting & Investments
Coming into contact with Aspen España was an unexpected gift for me. Receiving an invitation to participate in one of their programs made me start to know them, and over the past two years, I have integrated Aspen as a fundamental factor of advice and guidance in business ethics, of contact with a community of exceptional people. I am very grateful and honored to be part of the Aspen Institute España Fellows Community.
Carlos Pitillas
Professor of psychology and researcher at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid)
Aspen España is for me an impulse to reconnect with my own curiosity when it is diluted between tasks and urgencies. In a world that requires us to give quick answers, and where dogmatism seems to be the only way to face the feeling of risk and navigate complexity, Aspen España offers forums where you can explore questions that do not have an easy solution and live (creatively) with uncertainty. For me, Aspen España meetings are always an opportunity to connect reflection with its ultimate and most important goal: an action that is meaningful and that aspires to generate some kind of good.
Marta Plana
Cofounder of Pagantis y president of Foro Fintech
Nika Prislan
Advisor, Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Aspen Institute España is a place where one develops greater confidence and desire to have a positive impact on society and thus contribute to the construction of the common good. Its activities, which allow listening, talking and learning about leadership based on values, offer the opportunity to develop and obtain the necessary tools to face, both professionally and personally, the challenges and tensions of an open society. Aspen España, where I have had the privilege of working, has offered me a unique opportunity to enrich myself intellectually, decipher the changes that occur in my environment and the world, and learn to raise better questions.