Juan Lladó

Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU.

Chairman of Técnicas Reunidas.

From 1988 to 1997, Juan Lladó was Treasurer and Director of Financial Markets of CITIBANK .
He then goes to Argentaria as General Treasurer of the Group, and in April 1998 he becomes Director General of Técnicas Reunidas, S.A. Later, he became Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Lladó has a degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Austin, Texas.

Mr. Lladó is the Chairman of the Fundación Consejo España - EE.UU. since December 2018.

Joaquín Castro

United States - Spain Council

Honorary Chairman of the United States – Spain Council.

A second generation Mexican American, Joaquin has worked hard to seize the opportunities created by the sacrifices of his grandmother and prior generations. After finishing highschool a year early, Joaquin left San Antonio to graduate with honors from Stanford University in 1996. He then went on to attend Harvard Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 2000.

Upon his return to San Antonio at 28 years old, Joaquin joined a private law practice and was elected to the Texas Legislature. He served five terms as state representative for District 125. In 2012, Joaquin was elected to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives as representative of Texas’ 20th Congressional District, which covers a large portion of San Antonio and Bexar County.

Now in his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Joaquin serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee. He was the 2013 Co President for the House freshman Democrats and currently serves as Chair of the Texas Democratic Caucus. Having experienced America’s promise firsthand, Joaquin wants to help build out what he calls the Infrastructure of Opportunity so that future generations will have the same chance to pursue their American Dream. As Congressman, Joaquin continues to be a tireless advocate for those who call San Antonio home. From supporting military families to investing in education, Joaquin remains committed to helping mold an Infrastructure of Opportunity for San Antonians and Americans around the country.

José Manuel Albares

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation

José Manuel Albares Bueno was named Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain on 10 July 2021.

Mr. Albares was born in 1972 and is a career diplomat. He holds a Degree in Law from Deusto University, specializing in Economics and Law, with a Diploma in Business Science. He also holds a Diploma in N ational Defence Studies from Spain’s Centre for National Defence Studies (CESEDEN), and a Diploma in Cultural Management Abroad from Carlos III University, in collaboration with Spain’s Diplomatic School. He founded and coordinated the Spanish think tank Círculo de Reflexión Internacional.

Before his appointment as Minister, he served as the Ambassador of Spain to the French Republic and the Principality of Monaco.

He has been Secretary-General for International, European Union, G20 and Global Security Affairs at the Office of the President of the Government. In this capacity, he was the President of the Government’s Sherpa for both the European Union and the G20.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Albares has been Spanish Consul in Colombia, Counsellor for Culture at the Spanish Embassy in Paris, and held a post at the Spanish Permanent Representation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). During his posting at the OECD he was elected Vice-Chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC). At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, he has held different management positions, both in Foreign Affairs and at the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

In Spain, he was named a Commander of the Order of Isabella the Catholic, and in Peru, he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service.

Mr. Albares has four children.

Santiago Cabanas

Embassy of Spain to the United States

Ambassador Cabanas was born in Madrid in 1954. He holds a Law Degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and joined the Spanish Foreign Service in 1981.

The Ambassador was most recently Ambassador to Algeria, where he started his mission in 2017. Prior, he held top-ranking positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain, including Director of the Minister’s Cabinet and Director General for Foreign Policy. Ambassador Cabanas has also been Director General for Consular Affairs and Director General for Cultural and Scientific Relations.

In addition to his Ambassadorship to Algeria, he has been the Ambassador of Spain to the Czech Republic and to Jordan. He previously served as a political counselor at the Embassy in Washington, D.C. and as Consul General in Miami, Florida.

Julissa Reynoso

Embassy of the United States to Spain

Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon was born in the Dominican Republic and emigrated to the United States in 1982, where she grew up in New York City.  Before being nominated and confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, she served as an Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden, and as the Co-Chair of the Gender Policy Council at the White House.  During the Administration of President Barack Obama, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and then as U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay from 2012 to 2014.

Prior to joining the Biden Administration, Ambassador Reynoso was a partner at the international law firm of Winston and Strawn in New York.  She has served on the faculty of Columbia University School of Law and the School of International and Public Affairs, and she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute, and the Inter-American Dialogue.  She is widely published in English and Spanish on an array of issues including comparative law, regulatory reform, community organizing, immigration policy, and Latin American politics for both popular press and academic journals.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard University, a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and her law degree from Columbia University School of Law.

Ambassador Reynoso is joined in Madrid by her son Lucas and two dogs named Celeste and Kika.  She is a music aficionado, especially fond of jazz, soul, classical music, boleros, rancheras, salsa, and merengue. She is an avid follower of theater and the visual arts.

Ángeles Moreno

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation

Ángeles Moreno Bau was appointed to the position of State Secretary for Foreign and Global Affairs at the Council of Ministers meeting held on 20 July 2021.

Born in Madrid in 1968, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and has been a member of the Diplomatic Corps since 1994. She has held posts in Russia, Panama, Egypt, Sierra Leona, Mexico and the United Kingdom and was Assistant Under-Secretary-General for Cooperation and External Cultural Promotion, and Ambassador on Special Mission for Energy Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Assistant Director-General for International Relations and Immigration, and Director-General for International Relations at the Ministry of Home Affairs; Chief of Staff of the State Secretary for Defence; and Chief of Staff of the Secretary-General for Presidency of the Government. She has held the post of Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation since July 2018.

Gina Ortiz Jones

Department of the Air Force

Ms. Gina Ortiz Jones is the Under Secretary of the Air Force. She is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, comprised of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force, to include organizing, training, and equipping Air and Space Forces and for the welfare of approximately 700,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen and Guardians and their families serving around the world. As the Under Secretary, she oversees the Department’s annual budget of more than $173 billion and directs strategy and policy development, risk management, weapons acquisition, technology investments and human resource management across a global enterprise.

Ms. Jones has spent her career working to protect U.S. economic and national security. Commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Boston University, Ms. Jones served as an Air Force intelligence officer and deployed to Iraq with the 18th Air Support Operations Group supporting close air support operations.

Upon separation from the Air Force, she advised on military operations in Central and South America with the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade and U.S. Army South. She joined the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as an inaugural member of U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, and served in the Libya Crisis Intelligence Cell.

Following an assignment as Special Advisor to the DIA Deputy Director, Ms. Jones was detailed to the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center to serve as the Intelligence Community's Senior Advisor for trade enforcement. She later joined the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as a Director for Investment, leading the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) portfolio.

Eduardo Serra

NTT DATA EMEAL

Lawyer and member of the State Corps of Lawyers since 1974. He has dedicated half of his professional life to the Public Sector, holding several offices: Head of the Cabinet of the Ministry of Industry and Energy, General Secretary of INI, Undersecretary of Defense, Secretary of State of Defense and Minister of Defense.

In the Private Sector he has held various positions: Chairman of Cubiertas MZOV, Chairman of Peugeot-Talbot España, Chairman and Founder of Airtel Movil.
In the Third Sector he was former Chairman of FAD, former Chairman of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum and Founding Chairman of the Royal Institute Elcano.

At present he is President of NTT DATA EMEAL, President of Fundación Transforma España, President of Fundación España Constitucional, President of digitalES Association, member of the Board of Directors and the Advisory board of different national and international companies

Antony Cook

Microsoft

Antony leads a multi-disciplinary team of approximately 360 legal, government affairs, and digital crimes professionals that counsel Microsoft’s sales and marketing organization, providing front-line support for Microsoft’s Customer and Solutions team covering more than 100 countries.

Antony has supported Microsoft’s sales and marketing teams around the world in a number of roles over his nearly 20 years tenure at Microsoft, including leading teams in Australia and New Zealand, Middle East and Africa, and Asia (including India and China).

In addition to his work at Microsoft, Antony is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the National Center for APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) and on the Advisory Board for the Singapore Management University School of Law.

Eva Longoria Bastón

Producer, philanthropist, activist

Having worked consistently in Hollywood for over 20 years, Eva Longoria has cemented herself as an industry staple known for her work both in front of and behind the camera. An award-winning actress, Emmy-nominated director, producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist, Longoria has been leading the charge of diverse and female representation since her starring role in the hit ABC series Desperate Housewives.

Through her production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, Longoria has become one the most significant trailblazers and recently renewed her overall deal with Twentieth Television. Founded in 2005, the company actively chooses purposeful projects that accurately represent the stories of the Latinx and other underrepresented communities. The company has also partnered with ViacomCBS’ Entertainment & Youth Group for their First Time Directors program highlighting BIPOC and women filmmakers to produce 50 films across the group’s portfolio of networks and streaming services.

Longoria has directed countless hours of television and recently wrapped production on her feature directorial debut, the biopic Flamin’ Hot for Searchlight. Named by Variety Magazine as one of the directors to watch in 2021, she is also preparing to direct two other feature films – the workplace comedy 24/7 for Universal Pictures in which she will executive produce and star opposite Kerry Washington, and female action comedy Spa Day for Sony Pictures. Additionally, Longoria directed the documentary La Guerra Civil, produced by her Emmy-nominated UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, which tells the story of boxers Oscar de la Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez, delving into the historic bouts between the two Latino giants. La Guerra Civil premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews.
Most recently, Longoria wrapped production on CNN’s new travel series, Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico. This docuseries will follow Eva throughout Mexico as she documents the culture and food of the country. It is the companion show to Stanley Tucci’s popular Searching for Italy series.

In September 2021, Longoria launched Casa Del Sol tequila, a luxury sipping Tequila, inspired by the magic of golden hour and the legend of the Aztec goddess of agave, Mayahuel. As a Mexican-American, she is proud to be a co-founder of a brand with authentic Mexican roots with a strong female influence. Recently named by People Magazine as one of the “Women Changing the World”, Longoria is a dedicated philanthropist and activist who has consistently lent her voice to the issues she is passionate about, ranging from immigration to STEM education.

Committed to empowering Latinas everywhere, Longoria established the Eva Longoria Foundation (ELF) in 2012 to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through educational programs, scholarships, mentorship and entrepreneurship. She is a co-founder of Latino Victory Fund, Momento Latino and Poderistas. Longoria has also been the face of L’Oréal Paris for over 15 years.

A native of Texas, Longoria currently resides in Los Angeles with her family.

Hugo Morán

Ministry for Ecological Transition

Hugo Morán (born 1963 in Lena, Asturias) began his public career as councilor of the Lena City Council, where he was mayor from 1995 until 2007. Closely linked to rural development, he chaired the Asturian Federation of Councils (2001-2007) and the Social Federation of the Principality of Asturias (2001-2007). He was director of the Office of Relations in the Government of Asturias with the General Junta of the Principality of Asturias (2007-2008).

In the 9th Legislature, he was elected deputy of Asturias, where he served as Spokesman for the Environment in the Socialist Parliamentary Group.
After a period of several years in the private sector, in June 2018 he was appointed Secretary of State for the Environment of the Ministry For Ecological Transition, a position that he currently holds.

Within the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), he has been federal secretary for Environment and Rural Development in the CEF-PSOE (37th Congress) and federal secretary for Spatial Planning and Sustainability in the CEF-PSOE (38th Congress).

José W. Fernández

Department of State

Jose W. Fernandez was confirmed by the Senate as Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment on August 6, 2021.  He leads the State Department’s bureaus and offices that stand at the center of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts on climate change, clean energy, health, supply chain security, and other economic priorities. Under Secretary Fernandez is also the United States Alternate Governor to the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Inter-American Development Bank.  From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs, one of the bureaus he now oversees.

Prior to his most recent appointment at the Department of State, Under Secretary Fernandez was a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York. His practice focused on mergers, acquisitions, and finance in Europe and emerging markets, advising U.S. and foreign clients in the telecommunications, energy, water, banking, and consumer industries. He was named one of the “World’s Leading Lawyers” by Chambers Global for his M&A and corporate work, a “Highly Regarded” practitioner by the International Financial Law Review, and one of the “World’s Leading Privatization Lawyers” by Euromoney Publications.  He has been chair of the Inter-American law committees of both the American Bar Association and The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, as well as of the Cross-Border M&A and Joint Venture Committee of the New York State Bar Association.  Most recently, Fernandez was an adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School, where he taught the course on international business transactions.

A life-long supporter of the arts and education, Under Secretary Fernandez has served as a trustee of  Dartmouth College and NPR-station WBGO-FM, and on the Board of Directors of Acción International, the Council of the Americas, Ballet Hispanico of New York, the Middle East Institute, and the Partnership for Inner City Education.

The Under Secretary graduated from Dartmouth College and received an honorary degree from the College. He earned a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, where he was awarded the Charles Evans Hughes Prize and a Parker School Certificate of International Law with honors.

José Ignacio Goirigolzarri

CaixaBank

Born in Bilbao (Spain) in 1954. Married, with two children. Bachelor Degree in Economics and Business Science (Deusto University), Finance and Strategic Planning (University of Leeds, UK). Professor at Deusto Commercial University in Strategic Planning Area (1977-1979).

Professional career: Joined Banco de Bilbao in 1977 in the Area of Strategic Planning. In 1992 he was appointed General Manager of BBV and in 1994 became part of its Management Committee, responsible for retail banking in Spain and Latin American operations. In April 2001 he was appointed General Director of BBVA Group, Head of Retail Banking at Global level. In December of that same year, he was appointed CEO of BBVA Group, a position he held until October 2009.

In his long career he has been Vice president of Telefónica and Repsol, Chairman of US-Spain Council Foundation, Member of the Board of BBVA Bancomer in Mexico and Citic Bank in China and Chairman of Bankia and BFA.

He is currently Chairman of CaixaBank, President of Deusto Business School and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Franklin Institute.

Enrique Lores

HP

Enrique Lores is the President and CEO of HP Inc., a technology company that believes one thoughtful idea has the power to change the world. A Fortune 100 company with operations in more than 180 countries, its product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers, and 3D printing solutions helps bring these ideas to life.

Enrique is an accomplished, multi-faceted leader. He became CEO in November 2019 and is driving a bold strategy to advance HP’s leadership in Personal Systems and Printing, disrupt industrial sectors through innovative HP solutions, and transform the way the company operates to better serve its customers.

During his more than 30-year career at HP, Enrique has held senior leadership positions spanning HP’s Personal Systems, Print, Industrial, and Services businesses across country, region, and worldwide roles.

As President of the company’s$20 billion Imaging, Printing, &Solutions business, he consistently outperformed the company’s peer set with a focus on differentiated innovation, business model evolution, and strategic M&A –including the company’s acquisition of Samsung’s printer business in 2017.

He was a key architect of the separation of Hewlett-Packard Company in 2015, one of the largest and most complex corporate separations in business history, and he successfully led the Separation Management Office. He was instrumental in transforming HP’s cost structure while simplifying the organization and creating the capacity to invest in innovation to drive profitable top and bottom-line growth.

Other previous leadership roles include GM of HP’s commercial PC business, SVP of worldwide customer support and services, and SVP of worldwide sales and solutions, among others.

Enrique is deeply rooted in HP values and committed to building a world where innovation drives extraordinary contributions to humanity. He is a fierce advocate of the company’s Sustainable Impact strategy, aligning business and societal needs to positively impact people, the planet, and communities around the world.

Enrique began his career as an HP intern, earning his degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and his MBA from ESADE Business School. He is a passionate, purpose-driven leader who believes in building strong teams and empowering people. Enrique serves on the Board of Directors for PayPal and on the International Advisory Boards of the Atlantic Council, Esade Business School, San Telmo Business School, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He is also member of the Business Roundtable, the Technology CEO Council, the Welcome.US CEO Council, and the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council and Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders.

Enrique is based in Palo Alto, California.

Juan Mari Aburto

Bilbao City Council

Juan Mari Aburto is the Mayor of Bilbao.

Born in Bilbao in 1961. Married, with 2 children.

Graduated in Law from the University of Deusto (1979-1984). Diploma in the Economic Legal Specialty from the University of Deusto (1979-1984). Diploma in Public Policy Evaluation. Languages: Basque and English.

In the Basque Government: Counselor of Employment and Social Affairs (2012-2015); Director of Services of the Department of the Interior (1991-1994). In Provincial Council of Bizkaia: Provincial Deputy of the Presidency, Deputy General Liutenant and Spokesperson (2011 - 2012); Provincial Deputy for Social Action (2003-2007 and 2007-2011). Spokesperson since 2010; Director General of the Legal System and Public Function (1994-2003); Representative at general board (juntas generales) of Bizkaia by EAJ-PNV (2011-2012).

Andy Brown

Travis County

Andy serves as the Travis County Judge. The County Judge presides over the Travis County Commissioners Court which oversees the county’s $1.4 billion annual budget, acts as the County’s chief administrator, and is the Director of Emergency Management for the County.

Since taking office, Judge Brown has significantly increased resources to historically underserved communities, including starting a mass COVID-19 vaccination effort prioritizing communities of color. During winter storm Uri, Judge Brown directed additional food, water, and utility support to the hardest hit areas in Travis County. Judge Brown focuses on investing in mental and behavioral health to help people receive care outside of the jail system, improving access to affordable housing, and increasing transparency and community participation in County business. Under Judge Brown’s leadership, the Commissioners Court voted to fund $110 million for housing for people experiencing homelessness which is anticipated to create as many as 3,000 additional housing units in Austin and Travis County through models like the Community First Village.

Before taking office, Judge Brown helped create the Sobering Center-Austin to serve as an alternative to jail for intoxicated people, started a successful law firm, and served on local boards and commissions. He grew up in Austin and graduated from The University of Texas School of Law. Andy served as a legislative aide to former Texas Speaker of the House Pete Laney, a campaign manager for Congressman Lloyd Doggett, a law clerk for the US District Court in McAllen, finance director and senior advisor to Beto O’Rourke, and Travis County Democratic Party Chair.

Judge Brown lives in Austin with his wife, two kids, one dog, two cats, and three chickens.
El juez Brown vive en Austin con su esposa, dos hijos, un perro, dos gatos y tres gallinas.

Roberto San Salvador

University of Deusto

Roberto San Salvador del VAlle holds a BA in History, a PhD in Philosophy and Educational Sciences and a MA in Leisure Studies.

He is currently Professor at the University of Deusto, where he teaches at the Bilbao and Donostia-San Sebastián campus. He is Director of the Deusto Cities Lab Katedra, a trans-disciplinary ecosystem pursued through research projects, learning programs and actions open innovation, transforming cities through 360 city governance.

He has been Director of the Institute of Leisure Studies (2000-2007) and Vice-Rector for Communication, Multilingualism and Social Innovation (2007-2015). He teaches BA courses on Tourism and MA courses on Leisure Management, MA courses on Congress, Event and Trade Fair Management Specifically, he teaches the following subjects: Leisure and Tourism Policies (BA), Tourism Law (BA), Leisure Policies (MALM), Leisure, City and Event Policies (MACETM) and Leisure Theory (PHD).
His publications mainly focus on leisure phenomenon, cities and policies. During the past few years he has carried out research on governance and social innovation. He is part of the Leisure and Human Development research team. It is an official recognized research team by Basque Government. Other research interests include social trends, city and development, time and space evolution.

Jim Perschbach

Port San Antonio

Perschbach is the the President and CEO of Port San Antonio. He joined the Port in 2014—leading a team that provides strategic support to grow advanced industries on the 1,900-acre technology innovation campus, including aerospace, cybersecurity, defense, manufacturing and global trade.

The Port is one of South Texas’ fastest-growing economic engines— home to over 80 tenant customers and their more than 15,000 employees, which generate a regional economic impact of over $5.6 billion annually. Previously, he worked as an attorney in private practice with one of the nation’s largest law firms, where he counseled clients in sectors that include aerospace and advanced manufacturing.

In addition to his work at the Port, Perschbach serves his community in other leadership roles. He is a past chair of both the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Aerospace Committee and Alamo Colleges’ Scobee Education Center / Challenger Learning Center. Currently, he serves on the boards of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County and Our Lady of the Lake University. In 2018 he was appointed Honorary Commander of the 502nd Airbase Wing / Joint Base San Antonio. He has also been named by the Business Journals as one of the country’s top 100 executives to watch in 2019.

Perschbach holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from The George Washington University and earned his law degree from The University of Houston Law Center.

José Ignacio Torreblanca

Moderator

José Ignacio Torreblanca is the Director of the Madrid Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and Professor of Political Science at the UNED. He is also a weekly columnist in EL MUNDO as author of the blog “Café Steiner” and a contributor on RNE. Previously, he was Editorial Director of EL PAIS (2016-2018) where he also authored a weekly column in the International Section and a blog. Prior to this, Torreblanca was the first Director of the ECFR Madrid Office (2007-2016) following the launch of ECFR across Europe.

In 2015, he was awarded the Salvador de Madariaga Prize for journalism. He has published three books: "Asaltar los cielos: Podemos o la política after the crisis" (Debate, 2015), "Who governs in Europe?" (Catarata, 2014) and "The fragmentation of European power" (Icaria 2011). He was a researcher at the Elcano Royal Institute, at the European University Institute in Florence and a Fulbright Scholar and Professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. Torreblanca holds a PhD in Political Science from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Margit Sperling

EMCEE

Margit Sperling is the founder and director of Walk and Eat Spain, a company that offers authentic, as well as innovative, gastronomic experiences in Madrid. Originally from Seattle, where she graduated in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Washington, she has lived in Spain since 2007. She is passionate about culture, history and, above all, Spanish gastronomy. Her mission is to connect visitors to Spain with the iconic people, products and sites that make the experience of eating in Spain truly unforgettable.