Moderators and Speakers
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.
Richard Wike
Director, Global Attitudes Research
He conducts research and writes about international public opinion on a variety of topics, such as America’s global image, the rise of China, democracy, and globalization. He is an author of numerous Pew Research Center reports, including U.S. Image Suffers as Publics Around World Question Trump’s Leadership; Post-Brexit, Europeans More Favorable Toward EU; Globally, Broad Support for Representative and Direct Democracy; Chinese Public Sees More Powerful Role in World, Names U.S. as Top Threat; and Global Support for Principle of Free Expression, but Opposition to Some Forms of Speech. In addition, he has written pieces for The Atlantic, Financial Times, the Guardian, Politico, Foreign Policy, CNN, BBC, CNBC, and other online and print publications.
Jared Diamond
Professor of Geography at the University of California
He is a geographer, historian, anthropologist, ornithologist, and writer. Some of his best-known books are: The Third Chimpanzee (1991); Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997, awarded a Pulitzer Prize); Collapse (2005), The World Until Yesterday (2012), and Upheaval (2019). Originally trained in biochemistry and physiology, Diamond is known for drawing from a variety of fields, including anthropology, ecology, geography, and evolutionary biology. He is a professor of geography at UCLA. He attended the Roxbury Latin School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College in 1958 and a Ph.D. on the physiology and biophysics of membranes in the gall bladder from Trinity College, University of Cambridge in 1961.
Justin Gest
Associate Professor of Policy and Government at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government
Associate Professor of Policy and Government at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. His teaching and research interests include comparative politics, immigration, and demographic change. He is the author of four books: Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2010); The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality (Oxford University Press, 2016); The White Working Class: What Everyone Needs To Know (Oxford University Press 2018); and Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change (Cambridge University Press, 2018), co-authored with Anna Boucher.
David Wallace Wells
Journalist and writer
He is a New York journalist with a degree in history from Brown University. He is Deputy Editor of New York Magazine and has held this same position at The Paris Review, where he has worked with authors of the caliber of Ann Beattie and Jonathan Franzen. In turn, Wallace-Wells has collaborated with Wired, Harper's, and The Guardian. In his articles, he writes about science and culture and, especially, about climate change in the context of our most imminent future, for which he remains both cautious and hopeful. Author of "The uninhabitable planet: Life after warming" (Debate, 2019).
Santiago Liniers
Program Manager, Aspen Institute España
Santiago joined Aspen Institute España in May 2014. Santiago holds a Masters in International Relations at the University Institute for European Studies from the CEU San Pablo University and a Degree in Journalism from the CEU San Pablo University. Previously, he studied Political Science and the Palestinian and Arabic Studies Program at Bir Zeit University, in Palestine. He has worked at the press department of the Elcano Royal Institute, at the graphic department of the Agencia EFE, and has done voluntary work at the Palestinian Agricultural Union in Hebron, the West Bank. He speaks Spanish, English, and has a basic knowledge of Arabic.
Juan Lobato Gandarias
Mayor, Soto del Real
Mayor of Soto del Real and Deputy in the Madrid Assembly. Born in Madrid in 1984. Juan has been a State Finance Technician since 2010 and graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Law and Business Administration and Management. In 2003, he was elected councilor, being the youngest councilor in Spain at 18 years of age. At the age of 22, he was the youngest candidate for Mayor in the Community of Madrid.
Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui
Associate Professor, Classics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
As a classicist and historian of religion, he deals mainly with ancient Greek culture and its Christian reception. He has worked as a researcher in the Max Planck Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte and in the universities of Harvard, Oxford, Zürich, and Bologna, and has lectured as invited professor in various academic institutions in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish. He is the author, among other works, of the book Orphism and Christianity in Late Antiquity (2010) and of the commented edition of the 16th cent. Latin version of Aristotle’s Politics by Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda was used to justify the Spanish conquest of America (2013). Besides his academic activity, Miguel has worked as a technical advisor for the Madrid Regional Government (Higher Education).
Susana Mañueco
Manager Social Innovation and International Relations, Fundación Cotec
After working in communication for a while, she decided to focus her enthusiasm and therefore her professional career on projects aimed at achieving a specific mission that somehow caused a positive change for people's lives. In Washington, D. C., she worked on international education projects at UNED. After that, she worked for six years at the Organization of American States, which allowed her to learn about the design, development and evaluation of social policies from the governmental and civil society spheres, the functioning of international organizations, and above all, opened the doors to the wonderful Latin American region. In Spain, she worked at the Club of Madrid, working on projects aimed at strengthening a more effective democracy worldwide.
Marta Peirano
Journalist and writer
She was the founder of, attached to the management at, and regularly collaborates as a technology expert in magazines, radio, and television. She was a co-founder of Copyfight, Hack Hackers, and Cryptoparty in Berlin, where she has written essays on automata, notation systems, and a treatise on cryptography entitled The Net Activist's Little Red Book, prefaced by Edward Snowden. His latest book is an essay on network infrastructures, surveillance systems, and mass manipulation entitled The Enemy Knows the System. It will be published in June by the editorial Debate. His talk on surveillance, Why they watch me if I am nobody, is the most-watched TED in Europe.
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