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.

Iñaki Sandoval
Pianist and composer
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 España. 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
On all the occasions I could enjoy any of the Aspen España Seminars there has always been a common denominator: Aspen España 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 España 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.
María Santoyo
CEO, Curiosa, Director, EFTI Master of Photography; exhibitions curator
Aspen España has provided me with a privileged environment for dialogue with people as similar as disparate, a framework that gives us the opportunity to exchange thoughts, question them, expand them, from respect, time and listening. From these forums, I can say that a good question is worth more than a thousand answers. I usually write down everything that interests me in messy notebooks that I can barely decipher over time, but from which projects, articles, conferences, exhibitions, dynamics have arisen over the years to stimulate the creativity and critical thinking of my students, unrealized initiatives, multiple utopias. In them, there are several, references and hunted ideas taken from the Aspen España seminars.
José M. Sanz Magallón
I have known Aspen Institute for many years and had the opportunity to collaborate with some of its programs in the United States. In Spain, I have had the good fortune to attend their seminars, conferences, and working sessions, always of the highest level. One of the aspects I value most about the Aspen Institute is its multidisciplinary approach: it brings together people from different areas, such as business, philosophy, history, politics, public policy, etc., which allows a very enriching and constructive exchange of ideas. It is an honor to have been appointed as Aspen España Fellow and as such, I hope to continue contributing to its programs.
María Sicilia Salvadores
Aspen España is a unique forum for collective exploration and discovery to better understand the challenges faced by our increasingly complex world. From my participation in the Aspen España Seminar I took many questions about the real impact of my professional and life experience on my environment and on society, and the conviction that dialogue always enriches us.
Christoph Steck
Director Public Policy Spain & Portugal at Amazon
I am convinced that innovation happens and the common good is enhanced when people engage and share diverse views. Today, when digitalization and climate change are disrupting our societies, we need more than ever new ideas that lead us to a better, more sustainable and value-based future. For me, Aspen España is a true gem, a refreshing oasis that shuts out the daily noise and gives me a chance to listen, reflect and grow.
Manuel Torres
Executive Partner at Gartner
Aspen España is a space for free and serene dialogue in which the issues that concern us, the human beings, the most are addressed. Aspen España is also a place for friendship, literature, and music. It is, in short, a stronghold of the public sphere that, hopefully, would reach everyone.
Gonzalo Verdera
Alternatives' AM and Senior Advisor
Aspen Institute Spain manages to create spaces in which it is possible to share freely, without egos and with humility, our ideas, to debate about great questions and values, with the unexpected goal of finding that the doubts that arise unite us, that they are universal and shared. To enter an Aspen seminar is to enter a bubble, in which the how is more important than the what, in which active listening is to participate, in which the conversation with the texts, with others and with our inner self is what allows us to find and build the common good. A place that is a flash in the eye, about our social responsibility.

Luis Villa del Campo
Independent Consultant Stratrgy and Design and Lecturer at IE University
In the era of the algorithm, Aspen España is a shared space of inquiry, discovery, and wonder. Inquiry about the unanswered questions we, as Humans, have made ourselves through millennia. Discovery, when through dialogue, we unveil new personal meanings from written reflections from people who faced similar challenges during their times. Wonder when we realize we are part of a continuum that weaves people, time and space keeping the questions alive. Aspen España is a space to explore what does not change and no algorithm is able to codify: diversity, open dialogue, and friendship.
Juan Viña
President, Fundación Cañada Blanch
The spirit of ASPEN Institute represents the defense of the Western democracies: dialogue, freedom, knowledge, solidarity, personal and collective intellectual growth, tolerance between different positions and collaboration. In an open society, institutions like ASPEN help us to live with the uncertainty of life, with the new behavior patterns of contemporary society and with questions that are difficult to answer but are present in our lives.
Tamyko Ysa Figueras
Full Professor of Strategy and Public Management, ESADE
Aspen España allows, from the authenticity, to share quality conversations, among an ecosystem of professionals from different origins. What gives the institution its high quality is the type of dialogue and the conversations on real problems and challenges that are generated. Aspen España also contributes to a holistic integral development, which includes meaning and purpose in life. It helps to connect people in their intimate spaces, from which the meaning of the things we do is generated. Aspen España accompanies a growth in consciousness, for a better insight into the core aspects of human life through spaces of constant thinking.
Lorenzo Zavala
Partner Director, NGS-Global for Mexico, Brazil and Spain; Associate Professor, ESADE
Aspen España has helped me ask myself relevant questions and, thanks to them, grow both personally and professionally; Aspen España has also helped me to reflect on my convictions, responsibilities and desires, seeking and valuing the harmony between all this. In Aspen España, deep and rigorous opinions and doubts are exchanged in a frank and direct way. Through its seminars I have met interesting people whom I respect a lot today. I would say that there is an “Aspen” way of analyzing the professional, personal and social landscape that is tremendously useful and enriching for me that I try to incorporate and make my own. I am very grateful to Aspen España for that.
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