University Advisory Council

JOHN DE ZULUETA

Graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Contemporary History from Stanford University in California and an MBA with honors from New York's Columbia University, John de Zulueta is Chairman of the Governing Council of Universidad Europea and of the Healthcare Committee of the Circle of Business Owners, where he is a member of the Board. He is currently a Managing Partner of Point Lobos and a Senior Advisor at Candesic, both of which are consultancy companies.

Zulueta was CEO of the Sanitas Group from 2005 to 2009 and Chairman of USP Hospitals from 2010 to 2012. He was a director of Bankinter from 2001 to 2015 and since 2015, has been a director of the insurance company Línea Directa. He has also been a member of the Advisory Board of 3i. A member of the Board of the Institute of Directors (IC-A) since 2005, Zulueta holds the position of Deputy Chairman of the Bankinter Foundation and President of the Exit Foundation.

Of particular note from his long professional career, are the years he spent working as a consultant to The Boston Consulting Group in San Francisco, California and his 14-year work as Managing Director of the Sanitas Group as well as his role at the APD (Association for Management Progress). He has also been a member of the Special Committee for the Study of Development of the Information Society in Spain for the Ministry of Science and Technology.

His career and contribution to society has been recognized by the King with the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit.

JUAN ANTONIO VÁZQUEZ

Juan Antonio Vázquez holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Business from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and has a PhD in Economics and Business, achieving an Extraordinary Award, from Universidad de Oviedo. He is a Full Professor of Applied Economics at this same university.

He held the post of Rector of Universidad de Oviedo until 2008 and was President of the Conference of Spanish University Rectors (CRUE) between 2003 and 2007. He also held the post of Dean of the School of Economics and Business at Universidad de Oviedo between 1986 and 1994, and was Vice Rector of the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP) between 1995 and 2000.

Vázquez is founder and director of the Asturias Economics magazine and is a member of the Editorial Committee for the magazines Revista de Economía and the Revista de Economía Aplicada. He also works as a referee for a range of specialized scientific journals.

Author of various books and more than 200 publications and works of an academic nature, he has written dissemination articles in newspapers including El País, El Mundo and Expansión. He has taken part in an extensive number of national and international scientific conferences and meetings as well as having taught and given lectures at most of Spain's universities and at a host of overseas universities and institutions. In 1995 he worked as a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

He combines his dedication to academics with the study of and participation in areas concerning the regional economy, sectors undergoing restructuring and reindustrialization policies. In the business world, he has been chairman of the collective bargaining process of Ensidesa and member of the advisory councils of various foundations and trusts (the National Quality Assessment Agency; the Hidrocantábrico Foundation; the Telefónica Scientific Advisory Council; the Banco Herrero Foundation, etc.).

He has been a member of the Board and Chair of the Advisory Council of ANECA, the Spanish National Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation as well as sitting on the Board of the Prince of Asturias Awards. His many distinctions include Honorary PhDs conferred by Universidad de Celaya (Mexico) and by Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima (Peru).

FRANCISCO ROMÁN RIECHMANN

CEO of Vodafone Spain and President of the Vodafone Spain Foundation.

  • He also belongs to the Professional Advisory Board of the APD, a nonprofit association devoted to the development of business executives, and is a member of the Spanish entrepreneurs’ association Círculo de Empresarios and of various associations in the telecommunications and information society sector.
  • In the social and corporate responsibility sphere, he is also on the Board of Trustees of the Spanish Red Cross, President of the Tecsos Foundation, First Deputy President of the Seres Foundation, Trustee of the Caser Foundation, and a member of the Club de Excelencia en la Sostenibilidad, a business association committed to sustainable growth.
  • He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and completed graduate studies at the IESE Business School.

ROSA GARCÍA

CEO, Siemens España.

  • She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematical Sciences and more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Information Technology. A large part of her career was spent at Microsoft, where she rose to the position of President and CEO of the Spanish subsidiary and, in 2008, was appointed Vice President of the Consumer & Online Division of Microsoft Western Europe.
  • Among other posts, she forms part of the Board of Directors at both Banesto and Bolsas y Mercados Españoles, the operator of Spain’s stock markets and financial systems, and is a member of the Top Management Forum.

CARMEN POSADAS

Born in Montevideo in 1953, the writer has lived in Madrid since 1965, although she has spent long periods away in Moscow, Buenos Aires and London, the city where her father worked in the diplomatic service.

She started her professional career as a writer of children's literature and in 1984, received the Ministry of Culture's Spanish National Literature Prize. She is also the author of essays, screenplays for film and television, stories and various novels including the well-known Pequeñas Infamias [Little indiscretions], a work that received excellent reviews in both The New York Times and The Washington Post, and was recognized in 1998 with the Planeta Prize.

Other prominent awards include the Apeles Mestres Prize for children's literature and in 2008, the Culture Award presented by the Autonomous Community of Madrid.

Her books have been translated into twenty-three languages and are published in more than forty countries. The international reception from both readers and the specialist press has been unparalleled. In 2002, Newsweek magazine commented that Carmen Posadas was “one of the most prominent Latin American authors of her generation”.

In 1996 Cinco Moscas Azules [Five Blue Flies] was published and in 1997 Nada es lo que parece [Nothing is as it seems], works that established her as a successful author for readers and critics alike. Other key works include La Bella Otero [The Beautiful Otero], A la Sombra de Lilith [To the Shadow of Lilith] and Juego de Niños [Child's Play].

Posadas was invested with an Honorary PhD by the Universidad de Perú in 2010 and Universidad Europea offers the Carmen Posadas Research Chair for Creative Writing.

ANTONIO SAN JOSÉ

General Manager in Spain of the Movistar TV channel, Non Stop People.

  • Recognized as one of the leading references in Spanish journalism, he has held the posts of News Director at Canal+, CNN+ and RNE; Assistant News Director at Antena 3; he was the founder of Los Desayunos at TVE and the Director of the interviews program Cara a Cara (CNN+).
  • In addition he was Communications Director for Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, the Spanish State Lottery and was Director of Communication and Institutional Relations for Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (AENA), a position he held for three years until last March.
  • Among other recognitions, San José has received three Ondas Awards, three Golden Antennas and the Salvador de Madariaga Prize. A founding academic of the Spanish Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences, he is a member of the Spanish Association of Communication Directors and a founding member of the Association of European Journalists.

MIGUEL CARMELO

President, Universidad Europea; CEO, Laureate International Universities Europe.

  • He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a PhD from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
  • From 1982 to 2000 he worked for Unilever Spain, where he held various management positions: in 1990 he was appointed VP of Marketing, in 1993 he became president of a European division in the UK, responsible for 17 countries, and in 1997 he was made President and General Manager of Lever Spain.
  • For more than 15 years he has collaborated with several universities in Madrid and with Kingston University in London.

NELSON SANTOS BRITO

CEO, Universidad Europea and Laureate International Universities Spain and Portugal.

  • He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics (ISMAG, Higher Institute of Mathematics and Management), two graduate degrees in Corporate Finance and Business Management, respectively (ISCTE, Higher Institute of Business and Labour Sciences), and a specialization in Marketing (Universidade Católica Portuguesa), a discipline in which he completed further training at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
  • He joined the Laureate network in 2010 as CEO for Portugal, following a highly successful career as Finance Manager and Managing Director of Kraft Foods Portugal.
  • In June 2014 he was appointed CEO of Universidad Europea and Laureate International Universities Spain and Portugal.
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ISABEL FERNÁNDEZ

Rector, Universidad Europea.

  • She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and PhD in Computer Engineering from Universidad de Oviedo, where she also began her career as a Junior Professor. Subsequently, at Universidad San Pablo-CEU in Madrid, she earned the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification offered by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).
  • In addition to periods spent conducting research and teaching at business schools such as ICEMD-ESIC, her career has included extensive experience as a private business consultant in various sectors such as banking, insurance, aviation, and telecommunications. Before joining Universidad Europea she specialized in the mass market goods industry, working for leading brands such as Carrefour, Mercadona, El Corte Inglés, Consum and AMEX (in the Customer Intelligence unit).
  • In 2012 she joined Universidad Europea as Dean of the School of Engineering, and in 2014 she became General Manager and Rector of Universidad Europea de Canarias.
  • At the end of 2014, she was appointed Vice Rector of Planning and Development.
  • In July 2015 she took over as Rector of Universidad Europea.

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