Germán López Madrid is currently the President of Volvo Car Spain and a Senior Adviser to Volvo Car Corporation. He is also Vice President of the Madrid Confederation of Employers (CEIM) and President of the CEIM Foundation, which focuses on exceptional students in the Madrid region. Mr López Madrid is a member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Associations (CEOE) and a member of the Governing Body of the Official Madrid Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is a trustee of FESVIAL (Foundation for Road Safety), a member of the Council of Automotive Sector Experts at IE business school, a trustee of the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset and President of said institution’s Board of Patrons. Mr López Madrid leads the Foundation for the Promotion of Equestrian Sports and ANIACAM (Spanish Association of Car, Truck, Bus and Motorbike Importers). He also teaches seminars at Insead Fontainbleau on the CEDEP executive programme and contributes as a lecturer to executive programmes at IE business school. Mr López Madrid has a degree in Economics and Law from ICADE and has undertaken postgraduate courses at Insead Fontainbleau and City of London Polytechnic. He has had an extensive career at Volvo group, working in Trucks, Buses, Industrial and Marine Engines and Cars, with responsibilities shared between the group and country-specific operations. Germán López Madrid became President of Volvo Car Spain in 1997 and has also been President of the Hispano-Swedish Chamber of Commerce.
Valeriano Gómez Sánchez was Labour Minister in Spain from 21 October 2010 to 22 December 2011. He has a degree in Economics and Business and specialises in the Economy of Work at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. A member of the UGT trade union and the Spanish socialist party, PSOE, Mr Gómez Sánchez worked as an economist at the UGT Executive Confederal Commission’s Technical Office. He was an executive adviser at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security from 1988 to 1994 and the General Secretary for Employment from 2004 to 2006. Mr Gómez Sánchez sat on Spain’s Economic and Social Council and he is a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III.
Jesús Sánchez Lambás was awarded a degree from the Department of Law in Valladolid, Spain in 1978, and remained at the university as a lecturer in Civil Law and as a Professor at Vigo University School of Business Studies until 1992. Mr Sánchez Lambás is the founding secretary of the Santiago Alba Association and has been a member of the Valladolid Royal Academy of Legislation and Jurisprudence since 1986, as a member of the Civil and Commercial Law Committee. He has been a practicing lawyer since 1980 and is a member of the Bar Associations of Valladolid, Madrid, Alcalá de Henares, Álava and Santander. He has also been a member of the Spanish Association of Corporate Counsel (AAE) from when it was first founded in Spain. Mr Sánchez Lambás continued his teaching career at the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset (IUIOG), which is attached to Universidad Complutense de Madrid, undertaking teaching, research and publication in the field of legal sciences. Mr Sánchez Lambás also leads a Master’s programme in Insolvency Law and corporate crises. He was the Director and General Secretary of Fundación José Ortega y Gasset, which included the IUIOG and international relations centre CERI, created under the patronage of the Spanish Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence.
Mr Sánchez Lambás is also a legal adviser in charge of the Group of Companies belonging to the General Directorate for State Assets, which reports to the Ministry of the Economy. Mr Sánchez Lambás has been a member of the Executive Committee of Transparency International since it was founded. He is also General Secretary of the Board of Directors of Volvo Car Spain, President of the Valencia Regional Government’s foundation representing Alicante’s role as start port for the Volvo Ocean Race, CEO of digital newspaper El Imparcial, a trustee of the historic Santa Cruz university college in Valladolid, and a trustee and second vice president of the Fundación Ortega-Marañón and the IUIOG.
Andreu Cruañas Acosta is currently President of ASEMPLEO, which is the association of private employment agencies representing private employment management companies that are part of the European EUROCIETT network and the global CIETT network. He is also a member of the Executive Committee and the national Board of Directors of the Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Associations, the CEOE. Mr Cruañas is a member of the Board of Directors of CEPYME (confederation of small and medium-sized business associations), a member of the National Employment System’s Central National Council (which reports to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security), a member of the Central Executive Committee for the state employment service SEPE and a member of the Advisory Board at Cuatrecasas Institute for Legal Strategy on Human Resources. Mr Cruañas is a founding partner and former director of CRUAÑAS & ASOCIADOS, CONSEJEROS, S.L., which is a consultancy firm providing sector-based positioning, strategy, guidance and institutional communication services focusing on sustainability, human capital, employment policies and corporate social responsibility, with offices in Barcelona and Madrid and representation in Brussels. He is also Vice President of IPS (Institute for Sustainable Production). Mr Cruañas was previously a partner and director at ALARIS ESTRATEGIA DE LAS ORGANIZACIONES, S.L., which is a company focusing on corporate social responsibility and designing employment policies, with a special emphasis on labour integration. He was Secretary of Labour and Employment Affairs and Director General of Labour for the Catalan Regional Government, while also working as Director General of the public employment service SOC. Andreu Cruañas has a Law degree from UB in Barcelona, he is a graduate in Business Management from IESE Business School and completed the Managerial Functions in Public and Private Organisations programme at ESADE Business School.
Enrique Bacigalupo is a Professor of Criminal Law and a former Judge of the Spanish Supreme Court. He leads the Criminal Law seminar at the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset (IUIOG). Professor Bacigalupo has a degree and a PhD in Law and Social Sciences from Universidad de Buenos Aires, a PhD from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and an honorary doctorate from various Latin American universities. He is currently a Full Professor of Criminal Law in the Law Department at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Professor Bacigalupo has been awarded the Constitutional Court Medal “for significant endeavours at the service of the Constitutional Court”. He has also been awarded medals by the Supreme Courts of Argentina and Bolivia, has been an honorary member of the Hispano- German Jurists’ Association since 1983 and was also awarded an Extraordinary Academic Distinction “for being an eminent figure in the field of criminal law” by the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina) in 1993. Professor Bacigalupo has been awarded the title of Grand Official of the Order of Democracy Simón Bolívar (Colombia), a Grand Cross from the Colombian Law Academy and the Grand Cross 1st Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Ismael Crespo Martínez was awarded a PhD in Political Science and Sociology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Professor of Political Science at Universidad de Murcia and Director of the university’s Department of Political Sciences and Administration, he is also the Editor of Más Poder Local, a digital magazine about political communication and electoral behaviour focusing on Spain and Latin America. Since 2012, he has been the President of ALICE (Latin American Association of Researchers in Electoral Campaigns). Between 1997 and 1999, Professor Crespo Martínez was Director of Research at the Centre for Sociological Research, which is Spain’s leading polling institute, leading around 200 social and political studies during his time at the centre. Since 1999, he has been leading Spain’s most important electoral campaign research team (GICE), which was responsible for the first panel study involving almost 30,000 interviewees, 20 discussion groups and 6,000 studies of press and TV content. Since 2010, he has been leading the “Leadership and electoral campaigns” and “Ideology and election campaigns” projects. In 2000, Professor Crespo Martínez was appointed Director General of Universities by the Spanish Government and in 2002 he created and led the Spanish Agency for Quality Assessment and University Accreditation (ANECA) until his departure in 2004. In terms of other education-related endeavours, Professor Crespo Martínez coordinated the work of the Spanish Presidency of the European Union (2001-2002) and the Committee of the Common Space of Higher Education of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean (2000-2004). He has worked as a consultant for universities, institutions and regional and national governments in Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, leading the institutional campaign in 2006 for vote promotion in presidential and legislative elections in Peru. Professor Crespo Martínez is currently Co-director of the Murcia region’s public opinion centre, CEMPOMURCIA. He has worked as a member of the teaching staff at FLACSO in Mexico and at public universities in Spain (Navarre and Salamanca), having taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in more than 65 universities and research centres in Europe and Latin America. He has taken part in almost 30 national and international congresses and has given more than 90 papers in 20 countries. He is the author of more than 100 publications, including books, chapters and articles, and his latest publications include: ¿Compiten las Ideas? La Presencia de la Ideología en las Campañas Electorales Modernas (Valencia: Tirant, 2017), ¿Estamos Preparados? La Gestión de la Comunicación de Crisis en la Administración Pública Española (Madrid: INAP, 2017), Manual de Herramientas para la Investigación de la Opinión Pública (Valencia: Tirant, 2016), Diccionario Enciclopédico de Comunicación Política (Madrid: CEPC, 2016), La Comunicación Interna en la Administración Pública Española (Madrid: INAP, 2015), Partidos, Medios y Electores en Procesos de Cambio (Valencia: Tirant, 2013), Manual de Comunicación Política y Estrategias de Campaña. Candidatos, Medios y Electores en una Nueva Era (Buenos Aires: Biblos, 2011), Metodología de la Ciencia Política (Madrid: CIS, 2009), La Conquista del Poder. Elecciones y Campañas Presidenciales en América Latina (Buenos Aires: La Crujía, 2008) and Elecciones y Sistemas Electorales Presidenciales en América Latina (Mexico: Porrúa, 2008). Professor Crespo Martínez has received different distinctions during his career, including that of Commander with Star of the Civil Order of Alfonso X, the Wise from the Spanish Government, and the degree of Commander of the Order of the Southern Cross, granted by the then President of Brazil, Fernando H. Cardoso. He has also received high-level academic acknowledgements from Lima and César Vallejo universities in Peru, and the Universidad Católica de Córdoba and UNLaR in Argentina. In 2017, Professor Crespo Martínez received the award for “Transferring Knowledge to Society” from the Murcia Regional Government and Universidad de Murcia.
Josefa García Grande has a PhD in Economics and Business and is a Professor in Applied Economics at the Universidad de Alcalá, as well as being the Deputy Director of the Economics Department. Professor García Grande taught Economics at Universidad de Valladolid and International Economy and Foreign Trade at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. She has also led programmes and research at Universidad Kennedy in Buenos Aires. From 2000 to 2005, Professor García taught Spanish Economics on courses for foreign students at UIMP. She is currently Deputy Director of the Instituto Ortega y Gasset, and previously led the doctoral programme in European Economic and Monetary Integration and the Master's programme in Globalisation and Economic Development.
Josefa García Grande has been the principal researcher (and coordinator) on the following projects: "The Spanish agri-food sector in the context of the European Single Market" funded by CICYT (the Spanish Interministerial Science and Technology Commission); and "Changes in industrial location in an enlarged European Union: the role of technological development policy", funded by IEF.
Professor García Grande has published a range of books and articles on agrarian, European and industrial economics.
She is a member of the Committee looking at the Current Situation and Outlook for the Public Administration, appointed by the Spanish Ministry of Public Administrations; the Chair of the National Examining Board for Inspector/Treasury-level Civil Servants; and a Member of the Examining Board for the Higher Corps of Civil State Administrators.
Alejandro Menéndez Moreno has a degree and a PhD in Law from the Universidad de Valladolid and received the Extraordinary Doctoral Award for the two-year period from 1980-81. Professor of Financial and Tax Law at the Universidad de Valladolid, he was Dean of the same institution's Law School from 1995 to 1998. He has also been a member of the Economic and Social Council of Castilla y León, Spain; Co-Editor of the Quincena Fiscal magazine; and an advisor to a range of Spanish and international magazines and journals. Professor Menéndez has represented his alma mater at SEAST in Bologna and is Vice Chair of the Royal Academy for Legislation and Jurisprudence of Valladolid.
Professor Menéndez has published a range of treatise on Spanish Finance and Tax Law and budgetary regulation. He leads research programmes into "The concept and categories of public revenues"; "Tax as a tool for environmental protection"; "Funding Spain's Autonomous Regions"; "The elements that make up the tax structure"; "Tax on image rights"; "Describing sources of income in Personal Income Tax"; and "The impact of EU legislation and jurisprudence on the structure of Spanish tax law".
Carlos Díaz Güell has a PhD in Media and Information Sciences from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and is the editor of Tendencias del Dinero, innovaspain.com and the Innovation in Spain Yearbook.
A member of the founding team at El País, Dr Díaz Güell has considerable experience in the field of journalism, he has carried out several roles in Spain's Public Administration and has extensive experience in consultancy work.
His experience also includes teaching classes in Corporate Concentration at the Media and Information Sciences Faculty at UCM, working as Director of Communication at the Spanish Central Bank, and taking on the roles of Dean at Universidad SEK, Editor of Economia16 newspaper (part of Grupo16) and Director of Institutional Relations at Iberia LAE.
Juan José Abó de Juan has been the only Spanish member of the Académie du vin de France since 1992 and Secretary of the International Academy of Wine since 1973.
Dr Abó de Juan has combined his work as a lawyer with major initiatives in the wine world, where he is considered one of the leading international experts, acting as a wine adviser to Paul Getty, Julio Iglesias and others. He was a founding partner and driving force behind the plan to create the Abadía Retuerta winery in D.O. Ribera del Duero and has achieved considerable prestige as an importer and disseminator of some of the world’s leading wineries in the Spanish market.
Juan José Abó de Juan has a Law degree from UB in Barcelona and PhDs in International Law from the University of Strasbourg and Economics from UCLouvain. He spent some of his career practising Law at the helm of a major Barcelona firm and also worked as Executive Director of the Dexeus and Quiron clinics for more than 10 years. Dr Abó de Juan has also been a member of different Boards at Novartis.
Has been a judge and public prosecutor. He specialises in urban planning and the real estate market and is both a businessman and a lawyer.
Fernando Jauregui studied Journalism and Law at Universidad de Madrid. He began his extensive career in journalism at the Europa Press agency and has also worked for a range of newspapers in Spain, such as Informaciones, Diario 16, El País, El Periódico and Ya. Mr Jauregui was a correspondent for Agencia EFE at the UN in Geneva and for Pyresa in Lisbon. He has worked with a range of radio and TV broadcasters, including the COPE and RNE radio stations, and is a regular pundit on different talk shows. Mr Jauregui is Editor of the magazine Más-Más and online news portal Diariocrítico.com. He worked as Deputy News Editor for TV channel Telecinco and has also appeared as a contributor on TVE, Canal 9, Telemadrid and other regional channels. Fernando Jauregui is considered one of Spain's leading specialists in political journalism.
Luis Benavente Gianella has a degree in Media and Information Sciences and a Master's degree in Administration from the University of Lima, as well as having been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by UNHEVAL (Peru).
Mr Benavente currently works as Executive Director of Vox Populi Consultoría and is a political analyst for media outlets both in Peru and abroad.
At the University of Lima, he has worked as both Director of the Public Opinion Group (1997-2010) and Director of Institutional Image (1994-2002). He has taught on the Master's course in Governance and Electoral Processes at the National Jury of Elections' Electoral School (2009-2018); on the Master's programme in Political and Institutional Communication at Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset in Madrid (2007-2014); at the School of Communication at PUCP (2014-2015); and the School of Communication at the University of Lima (1980-2012). He has also been Chair of the Peruvian association of social communication schools APFACOM and a member of the Executive Committee of Latin American political science association ALACIP.
Vivian Robert Bullemore Gallardo has a degree in Legal and Social Sciences from the University of Chile. He has been a Chilean Supreme Court Judge and Director of the Criminal Sciences Department at the University of Chile's Law School.
Mr Bullermore Gallardo has taught undergraduate and post-graduate courses in Criminal Law at the University of Chile's Law School and led the institution's Criminal Sciences Department. He has been Academic Director of the Master's programme in Criminal Law and Criminal Law in Business and Companies at the same institution. He was a member of the Chilean Justice Ministry's Commission for Studying and Reforming the Criminal Code and has also worked as a lawyer, in the position of partner at Estudio Jurídico Bullemore, Sande & Vidaurre.
Mr Bullermore Gallardo is the author of a range of publications on Criminal Law.
Adriano Di Pietro has a PhD in Law and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Universidad de Valladolid. He is a member of the Società Italiana degli Economisti, he is chair of the Law School and Professor of Tax Law at Università di Bologna. Professor Di Pietro has taught at the university's School of Economics, based in Rimini, and has also taught Tax Law at the University of Ferrara Law School.
Professor Di Pietro has led Master's programmes in Tax Law at universities in Milan, Naples, Bologna and Burgundy, as well as being a visiting professor at UAB in Barcelona and at the Universidad de Valladolid. He has also led the PhD programmes in Tax Law in Bologna and at SEAST (European School of Advanced Fiscal Studies).
Adriano Di Pietro is a member of the editorial boards of prestigious international Tax Law publications, which include European Tax Studies, Ressegna Tributaria, Revue Finances Publiques and Nueva Fiscalidad.
Vasco Antonio Branco Guimarães has a degree in Law from ULisboa, a PhD in Financial and Tax Law and a Diploma in Advanced PhD Studies, both from UCLM (Spain). He has a Master's degree in Law from the Faculty of Law at ULisboa, and worked as a Jurist-Researcher at Portugal's Centro de Estudos Fiscais.
Dr Branco Guimarães has taught on PhD programmes at IDEFF (Portugal); he has been a Guest Lecturer on the Master's course in European Tax Law at Università di Bologna and at ESSF in Brussels. He has coordinated postgraduate studies in Economic Integration and International Tax Law at the Tax Administration School at UnB (Brazil) and worked as an Associate Professor at ISCAL in Lisbon.
Dr Branco Guimarães has been a fiscal and taxation consultant to the European Union and the World Bank and has represented Portugal on taxation at the OECD, as well as being an Arbiter at the Lisbon Chamber of Commerce's Court of Arbitration.
He is the author of numerous publications on Tax Law, Tax Harmonisation and Tax Administration.
Philippe Marchesou has a PhD in Law from the University of Strasbourg (France). He is the director of the European Tax Law programmes at the College of Europe (Bruges) and for several years has been in charge of the Public Law Department at the University of Strasbourg. He is a member of the Scientific Committee for the PhD programme on European Tax Law at Università di Bologna.
During his career, Dr Marchesou has been a guest professor on several occasions and has given papers at universities in Europe, Canada and Latin America. He has also published several books and articles on Tax Law, with a special emphasis on International and European Tax Law.
Jacques Malherbe has a Law and Economics degree from UCLouvain in Belgium and a Master's degree in Law from Harvard University. He previously worked as a Professor of Commercial and Tax Law at UCLouvain and in Paris, and is currently a Visiting Professor at Hamburg and Bologna universities and at EDHEC Business School in France. Professor Malherbe is a corresponding member of Madrid's Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation and received an Honorary Doctorate from UNMSM in Lima, Peru.
Jacques Malherbe has worked in leading international firms such as Sonnenschein in Chicago and Simont Gutt Simont, Coppens Horsmans Malherbe, Stibbe, Liedekerke and Simont Braun in Brussels, where he currently continues to practise law.
Professor Malherbe's experience in international taxation has led to him being an active participant in the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and he was Vice-Chair of the association's Permanent Scientific Committee for many years. He is frequently appointed as arbiter in international cases by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He has been a member of the Brussels Bar for 40 years and is a member of the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the board of the Belgian Association of Tax Lawyers (BATL).
Professor Malherbe has written a range of publications on European Corporate Law and International Taxation.
Andrés E. Rodríguez has a Law degree from UCAB in Caracas, Venezuela; a degree in Corporate Strategies and Business Administration from Harvard University Extension School; and a Master's degree in Corporate Communication and Public Relations from Boston University College of Communications. He is a prominent expert in multicultural issues in the Hispanic market in the US, as well as in the Latin American and Spanish markets. Mr Rodríguez has extensive experience in negotiating strategic partnerships with regional and multinational corporations with business interests in the United States, Spain and Latin America.
During his career, Mr Rodríguez has undertaken management roles in Communications on behalf of major corporations such as the Cisneros Group of Companies, where he was Director of Corporate Affairs. He has also worked at Zemi Communications, where he was Vice President; at Asprey & Garrard, in the role of Marketing Adviser; and in executive consultant roles in Communications at Antiquorum Auctioneers and Philips Auction House.
Andrés E. Rodríguez has provided institutional counselling on numerous occasions to several organisations, including the Andean American Association, Venezuelan American Endowment for the Arts, Hispanic Federation, Aid for Aids, The Queen Sofia Institute, The Hispanic Society of America, The Paley Center (former Museum of Television & Radio), Museo del Barrio (currently El Museo), Urban Think Tank, Casita Maria in the United States, The Americas Society/Council of The Americas & Council Foreign Relations, located in New York City, and SEGIB in Spain.