Spanish Confidence Summit
Dialogue on Legal Security and Growth
Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría
Vice President of the Government
Vice President and Minister of the Presidency and the Territorial Administration of the Government since November 2016. In December of 2011 she held the post of the Vice President, and took responsibility for the Ministry of the Presidency and Spokesperson to the Government in the previous term.
In 2000, as State lawyer, Soraya was the legal adviser of Mariano Rajoy during his years as Cabinet Minister.
She was Deputy for Madrid from 2004 to 2008 and in the following term she served as spokeswoman for the Grupo Popular in the Congreso de los Diputados.
Wielding extensive experience as State Lawyer and Attorney, she is a specialist in territorial policy. She has been the Professor of Administrative Law at the Carlos III University of Madrid and holds a degree in Law, obtaining the highest grade in her set from the University of Valladolid.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Alfonso María Dastis has been the Minister for Foreign Affairs since 2016.
He is a specialist in International Law and EU Law. In this field, he worked on a temporary basis at the Court of Justice of the European Communities.
He served as a Legal Advisor and Diplomat for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the Office of the President of the Government. He was an advisor at Spain’s Permanent Representation to the United Nations in New York and Secretary General for Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation between 2002 and 2004.
He was the Spanish Ambassador to the Netherlands (2004-2007) and the Spanish Ambassador to the European Union in Brussels (2011-2016).
He holds a Law degree and joined the Diplomatic Corps in 1983.
Minister for Justice
Rafael Catalá has been Minister for Justice since September 2014. He has held various positions in the General State Administration, the latest one as the Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing since January 2012.
He has also been Secretary of State for Justice (2002-2004), Managing Director of the Hospital Ramón y Cajal (2004-2005) and Secretary General of CODERE’s Board of Directors (2005-2012). He belongs to the Higher Corps of State Civil Administrators since 1985.
A graduate in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid, he directed the Master of Public Administration in Madrid´s campus of the ESADE Business School between 2005 and 2012. He was also the associate professor of Political Science and Administration at Carlos III University.
Luis de Guindos
Minister of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness
Luis de Guindos has been the Minister of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness since November 2016.
Previously, he was the Minister of Economy and Competitiveness of Spain (2011-2016) and he took responsibility for matters of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism (2016).
He holds a degree in Economics and Business from CUNEF and belongs to the Superior Body of Economists and Commercial Technicians of the State.
Since 1996 he has taken on diverse political roles and has worked for various financial services companies such as PwC.
Francisco González Rodríguez
Chairman of BBVA
Francisco González has been the Chairman of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. (BBVA) since the year 2000 and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of International Finance (IIF).
He is a Member of the European Financial Services Round Table (EFR), the Institut International d’Études Bancaires (IIEB), the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the International Business Council (IBC) of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Global Advisory Council of The Conference Board (TCB) and also Vice Chairman of its Board of Trustees, among other international fora. Francisco González represents BBVA in the International Monetary Conference (IMC). Furthermore, he is also Chairman of the BBVA Foundation.
A graduate in Economic and Business Sciences from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, he began his professional career in 1964 at an IT company. His clear commitment to transform 21st-century banking with the support of new technologies dates back to this time.
Chairman of IAG
He is Chairman of International Airlines Group (IAG), owner of the airlines British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling. He is also member of the Advisory Board of the Franklin Institute of the Alcalá de Henares University, and of the Cooperation Board of the Loyola University of Andalucia, as well as trustee of the Nantik Lum Foundation, devoted to the granting of microloans in marginal areas.
BSc in Economics by the University of Malaga (Spain), he has been Chairman of Iberia and of Altadis Group, positions which he assumed after developing his carrier in consultancy (Arthur Andersen) and in the consumer goods sector (Osborne and Domecq).
Vice President and CEO of Abertis
Francisco Reynés holds the position of Chief Executive Officer at the Abertis Group since 2010.
He is an Industrial Engineer, and specialized in mechanical engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He holds an MBA from the IESE Business School and has attended top management programs in the USA and Germany.
Since 2015, he is the President of Cellnex Telecom.
Josu Jon Imaz
Chief Executive Officer of Repsol
Josu Jon Imaz San Miguel has been Repsol’s Chief Executive Officer since 2014, Patron of Repsol Foundation and the Vice President of Gas Natural SDG, S.A.
He joined Respsol in 2008, as President of its subsidiary Petronor and later became the President of New Energies and Executive Managing Director of the Industrial Area and New Energies.
In terms of political responsibilities, he was Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the Basque Government (1999) and President of the EAJ-PNV Executive.
He is a Doctor of Chemical Sciences from the University of the Basque Country and has also been a visiting scholar at Harvard Kennedy School in the United States.
José María Álvarez-Pallete
Chairman of Telefónica S.A.
José María Álvarez-Pallete has been Executive Chairman of Telefónica since April 2016 and has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2006.
He joined the Telefónica Group in February 1999. Previously, he held senior positions at the Compañía Valenciana de Cementos Portland (CEMEX).
He graduated in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid and also holds an International Management Program (IMP) degree from IPADE Business School.
He has been recognized with numerous awards, such as Forbes magazine’s Best CEO in Spain in 2016.
Spokesman of the General Council of the Judiciary
Vicente Guilarte has been a spokesman of the General Council of the Judiciary since 2013.
He is currently Lawyer of the College of Property and Mercantile Registers of Spain and Legal Adviser at the University of Valladolid.
With close links to the business world, he has been a Counselor and Legal Adviser, since its listing on the stock exchange, of “Papeles y Cartones de Europa” (EUROPAC), a group that is well-established in several European countries.
Mr. Guilarte is a Doctor of Law, a practicing lawyer since 1979 and a Professor of Civil Law at the University of Valladolid.
Francisco Marín Castán
President of the Civil Chamber of the Supreme Court,
Francisco Marín Castán has been magistrate of the Supreme Court since January 2000 and President of the First Chamber since February 7th, 2014.
He entered the judicial profession in 1977 topping his class and was Judge of First Instance and Instruction in La Roda (Albacete) and San Roque (Cadiz), the magistrate-judge of Instruction in San Sebastián, the magistrate of the Provincial Courts of Huelva and Madrid and finally, magistrate of the Technical Cabinet of the Supreme Court before becoming magistrate of the High Court.
Author of numerous publications of Civil and Procedural Law, he is an academic at the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation.
Lawyer and Partner of Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo
Javier Cremades is a lawyer and the founding President of the firm Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo.
He also holds the position as the General Secretariat of the Spanish Association of Minority Shareholders of Listed Companies and is Secretary General of the Madrid Vivo Foundation. In 1996 he launched the first Masters Degree in Business and Telecommunications, Internet and Audiovisual Law which currently leads the rankings within the sector. He has recently been appointed the Academic Correspondent of the Law Section of the Royal Academy of Doctors of Spain.
He is Doctor Honoris Causa at the International University of Valencia and Doctor of Law at the University of Regensburg. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and a professor at the Carlos III University in Madrid.
President of the General Council of Economists
Valentín Pich has been the president of the Council of Economists since January 2008. He is also member of the Editorial Board of the Economic Journal of Catalunya and other publications and magazines, as well as the Managing Partner of BNFIX Pich Lawyers-Economists and BNFIX Pich auditors.
Previously he has been President of the Registry of Economists Tax Advisers from 2000 to 2006 and Spokesman of the General Council of Economists’ Colleges in Spain from December 2001 to February 2005, after having held the position of dean of the Catalan Economists’ Association from 1995 to 2001.
He holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.
José María Fernández Seijo
Head of Commercial Court No. 3 in Barcelona
José María Fernández Seijo is Magistrate at the Commercial Court No. 3 in Barcelona.
He embarked on a judicial career in 1991 and since 2004 he has been a specialist in commercial jurisdiction in Barcelona. He belongs to the judicial association of Judges for Democracy.
Previously he was part of a special section of the General Commission of Codification for the reform of the Bankruptcy Law. He has also been involved in the preparation of reports on the situation of democracy and justice in Spain and in Catalonia, both for the Alternatives Foundation and the Pi i Sunyer Foundation.
He graduated from the Universidad Complutense and is a Judge since October 1990. He has published several papers and opinion articles on the judiciary, judicial power, community justice and the mechanisms for the modernisation of the justice administration.
Correspondent for the Financial Times
Michael Stothard is a British journalist that works since August 2017 as a correspondent for the Financial Times in Madrid, where he covers politics and business.
In the past, he worked for the FT as a correspondent in Paris and Stockholm, and as a financial markets reporter in London and New York, the city in which he kick-started his professional career.
In 2010 he graduated with a Masters from the University of Cambridge, the year in which he began his career with the Financial Times as a journalist.
Correspondent for Bloomberg
Charles Penty is the Madrid Bureau Chief for Bloomberg since 2014.
He holds a degree in Arts from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). He has worked for Bloomberg as a reporter since 1997 in Bogota, São Paulo and Madrid, where he specialized in banking. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Bureau Chief in São Paulo.
Lord Daniel Brennan QC
Member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on National Security Strategy
Lord Daniel Brennan is a lawyer and member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on National Security Strategy.
Within Parliament, he is also, since July 2017, Co-Chair of the British-Spanish All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), a union of MP’s promoting good relations between the UK and Spain.
He is an associate of the law firm Matrix Chambers (London) and of the Council of the International Bar Association, as well as Deputy High Court Judge.
Previously, he has served as the Chair of the Bar Council of England and Wales and as a member of the Constitutional Affairs Committee in the Upper House of the UK Parliament, the House of Lords. Since 1984, he has held the position of Queen’s Counsel (QC), legal adviser to the British Crown.
He holds a Degree from Manchester University, where he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in 2000, the same year that he was named Barrister of the Year by Lawyer Magazine.
José Juan Ruiz
Chief Economist and Manager of the Research Department of IDB
José Juan Ruiz is the Chief Economist and Manager of the Research Department of Inter-American Development Bank (IBD).
Previously, he was part of the Santander Bank, where he served as Director of Strategy and Chief Economist in the Latin America Division.
He has also held various governmental positions in the Ministries of the Economy, Finance and Commerce. He was Chairman of the Economic Policy Committee of the European Union from 1991 to 1993 and the Chief Economist for Argentaria from 1993 to 1996.
Mr. Ruiz holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and is a member of the State Corps of Commercial Technicians and Economists.
International Editor of the Corriere della Sera
Sara Gandolfi is an Italian journalist at Corriere della Sera – Italy’s oldest and most influential daily newspaper published in Milan.
As an expert in International politics, with a Master in Journalism, she closely follows European and American socio-political and environmental issues.
Since the end of the 1980s, she has been a special envoy fto various international events, including the Fall of Berlin Wall, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, UN summits and missions, as well as the great immigration crisis.
Recently, she has written from several Latin American countries, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Turkey and Morocco. She also collaborates with magazine “7”, in particular on topics related with the environment.
Ana Isabel Pereda
Director of Expansión
Ana Isabel Pereda is director of Expansión, the financial newspaper of the Spanish publishing group Unidad Editorial, since September 2010. She was part of the newspaper’s founding team.
She holds a degree in Information Sciences from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and an IESE General Management Program (PDG) title.
She has a long and successful career in journalism and media management that spans more than 30 years. As a professional journalist, she has worked at the Financial Times and other news corporations, mainly writing about economic affairs.
She has previously held the positions of Chief Editor at Expansión, Director of the newspapers Actualidad Económica and Qué!, and Deputy Director of ABC.