Moderators and Speakers
Santiago Barrenechea
Presidente Fundación PwC
Graduated in Law from the University of Deusto and has a degree in EEC studies from the same University as well as Master in Tax Advisory Management from the Instituto de Empresa, Madrid. In the field of teaching and publications, Santiago has made contributions to the International Tax Review, is professor of the Spanish Business Institute and the Centro de Estudios Financieros in Spain teaching International Taxation seminars on real estate issues and Tax Strategy. Likewise, he is a regular lecturer at tax seminars and symposiums. Santiago began his career as Auditor of Price Waterhouse in 1985. He has been a partner of the Tax and Legal Division since January 1999.
Crista Ruiz de Arana
PhD in Psychology, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist
She is a member of the European Federation of Psychologists Associations (EFPA), Psychoanalysis Forum Society, Laureano Cuesta Association, and International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis (IARPP). She is currently an Associate Professor supervising Master´s practical experience, at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid). For four years, in the past, she was in charge of the Psychological Support Department at the same University where, as a professor, she gave classes on various courses. Crista has participated in various workshops giving talks and training on communication, personal growth, self-esteem, and relationship building.
Noelia Amoedo
CEO, Mediasmart
Noelia Amoedo is founder and CEO of Mediasmart Mobile. Mediasmart Mobile is a technology company in the field of mobile advertising. She is an expert in managing businesses based on mobile technologies, having worked in the industry since 2000 in more than a dozen international markets. Noelia has taken several executive roles in the past few years, including VP of marketing and business development for webOS in EMEA at Palm - HP's subsidiary, VP of Mobile at the social network hi5, back when social networks were starting to succeed, and multiple senior positions with the mobile value added service provider Buongiorno, the last one of which was Managing Director of Buongiorno USA. Noelia is Aspen España Fellow since 2018.
Sherry Turkle
Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor, Social Studies of Science and Technology, MIT
Social scientist and licensed clinical psychologist. She has been studying people’s relationships with technology since the early personal computer movement in the late 1970s. She is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT and the founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Turkle is the author of five books and three edited collections, including four landmark studies on our relationship with digital culture: The Second Self, Life on the Screen, Alone Together, and most recently, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.
Victoria Nash
Deputy Director and Senior Policy Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute
In the OII, she is responsible for leading the department’s engagement in digital policy matters. Her research interests draw on her background as a political theorist, focusing on normative questions of Internet governance and regulation, with a particular focus on policies relating to children and young people.  Her most recent research project examined the concept of the ‘algorithmic child’ and the data risks posed to children by connected toys and the Internet of Things.  She holds several digital policy advisory roles, including membership of the UK Government’s multi-stakeholder UKCCIS Evidence Group, OfCom’s Making Sense of Media Advisory Panel, and the Advisory Board of COADEC.
José Manuel González-Páramo
José M. González-Páramo holds a Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. in Economics from Columbia University, New York, and a Ph.D. from the Complutense University of Madrid. In 1988 he joined the Complutense University of Madrid as a professor of Economics. In 2012 he joined the IESE Business School as a professor. Previously he was an economic advisor to various public and private institutions, including the Bank of Spain, the European Commission, the IMF and the World Bank. He was a member of the Executive Board and the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB), and of the Bank of Spain. In June 2013, he was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of BBVA, the Bank's Head of Global Economics & Public Affairs, and Chair of its International Advisory Board.
Martin Wolf
Martin Wolf is chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, London. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. Martin started his career as a Young Professional at the World Bank in 1971, subsequently becoming Senior Economist in the India Division in 1974 and working on the core team of the first World Development Report in 1977-1978, before leaving the Bank in 1981. He joined the Financial Times in 1987. He was made a Doctor of Science (Econ), honoris causa, by the London School of Economics in December 2006. He was a member of the UK government’s Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011.
Victor Lapuente
Víctor Lapuente holds a PhD in Political Science from Oxford University. He is currently a Professor at the University of Gothenburg and a visiting professor at ESADE. He is a columnist for El País and collaborates with Cadena SER. His most recent book is "Organizing the Leviathan. Politicians, Bureaucrats, and the Making of Good Government".
José Ignacio Conde-Ruiz
José Ignacio Conde-Ruiz is Ph.D. in Economics from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (with Honors), Professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and Deputy Director of Fundación de Estudios de Economía Aplicada (FEDEA). He has worked in the Prime Minister´s Economic Bureau as a General Director for Economic Policy (2008-2010). He has also worked as External Consultant at the World Bank. He has also published scientific articles in academic journals of international standing such us Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic European Association, Journal of Public Economics, Economic Theory, The Economic Journal and Review of Economic Dynamics. He is co-editor and author of a blog of the Spanish Economy (
Jaime Caruana
Jaime Caruana holds a M.Sc. in telecommunications engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Currently, he is an independent director at the BBVA board. He was the General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements. Previously, he was Financial Counsellor to the Managing Director and Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the International Monetary Fund. Mr Caruana also was the Governor of the Bank of Spain, Spain’s central bank, and in that capacity, served on the Governing Council of the European Central Bank. He was also the Chairman of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and has been a member of the Financial Stability Forum since 2003. Prior to joining the Bank of Spain, he worked in the private financial sector for nearly 10 years.
María Sicilia
Director of International Strategy, ENAGAS
Director of International Strategy at ENAGAS S.A., with responsibility for the company´s strategic plan as well as business intelligence and market analysis, including assessment and monitoring of global investment opportunities. Prior to this current assignment, she was Deputy Director-General for Energy Planning at the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism and a member of the Board of IDAE. As such, she was responsible for Spain´s long-term energy policy and prospective, including development of energy networks, energy efficiency and climate-related energy policies. Before joining the Spanish Government in 2012, she was Head of Prospective at Iberdrola Renovables, and a member of the steering committees of the main renewable industry associations (EWEA, GWEC, AEE, REN-21).
Miguel Ángel Fernández Ordóñez
Governor of the Bank of Spain (2006-2012)
He is an economist and civil servant. He was governor of the Bank of Spain between 2006 and 2012. He has a degree in Law and Economic Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is a career civil servant, belonging to the Corps of State Commercial Technicians and Economists. He was secretary of State for the Economy, secretary of State for Commerce, and Executive director of the International Monetary Fund. In 1992 he was appointed president of the Court of Defense of the Competition. Between 1995 and 1999 he was president of the Commission of the National Electric System. Between 2004 and March 2006 he was secretary of state for Internal Revenue. On 10 March he was appointed Counsellor of the Bank of Spain and a member of its Executive Commission.
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