University Advisory Council


Conrado Briceño

Master's in Business Administration from the A.B. Freeman School of Business of the Universidad de Tulane (USO) and Master's in Administration from the Universidad de Chile. Conrado Briceño also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance from the University of Chile, and a degree in Industrial Civil Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile).

He joined Laureate International Universities in 2001 as CFO for Chile and Ecuador. Throughout his career at Laureate he has held various relevant executive roles including CFO, COO and Pro-Rector of the Universidad de Las Américas in Chile, and COO for Laureate Andean Region in Latin America. In 2014 he was appointed CFO Laureate Europe; from this position he headed up various transformations in the field of finance and growth initiatives, until he was appointed CEO Laureate España in 2016.

Miguel Carmelo

Miguel Carmelo holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Business Administration from Universidad Complutense Madrid, and a PhD from Universidad Autónoma Madrid. Currently, he is the President of the Board of Directors of Universidad Europea as well as of Universidad Europea Foundation. From 2015 Mr Carmelo has been the President of the American Business Council in Spain.

He was President of the Universidad Europea from 2000 to 2017, and CEO of Laureate International Universities Europe from 2005 to 2007, responsible for eight countries. During that time, Mr Carmelo was also member of the Laureate worldwide Executive Committee.

From 1982 to 2000, he worked for Unilever, where he held various managerial positions. In 1990 Mr Carmelo was appointed Vicepresident of Marketing Spain and member of the Board. In 1993 he was made Director of a European Division based in London, with responsibilities in over 17 countries. In 1997 he became CEO of Lever Spain.

Miguel Carmelo is co-author of the book “Branding Universitario., Marcando la Diferencia”, published by Delta Publicaciones. He has his own blog where reflects on the role of education and universities in a changing society as a key factor for progress.

Rosa García

Graduated in Mathematics from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, she is President and CEO of Siemens Spain. Rosa García has more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Information Technology. Today is also a member of the governing council of the Association for the Progress of Management (APD), for the European University of Madrid and vicechairwoman for the Social Board of the Carlos III University of Madrid. In addition, since June 2016, Rosa Garcia is president of the German Chamber of Commerce for Spain.

She has worked in multinational companies such as NEC and WordPerfec and between 1991 and 2010 she worked at Microsoft, where she held various positions at national and international level. In U.S.A. she was named Strategy Manager and in 2002 returned to Spain to assume the presidency of Microsoft Ibérica; after, in July 2008 she was named Vice President of Microsoft Western Europe for Goods & Online. She has also been member of the Boards of Directors of Acerinox and Bankinter.

She has received several prestigious awards such as: Executive of the Year (AED), Expansión & Empleo Award for Best CEO in Human Resources and Women Directive Award (FEDEPE) and (ASEME).

Cristina Garmendia Mendizábal

Cristina Garmendia Mendizábal holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology, specializing in genetics, and studied a PhD in molecular biology under the guidance of Dr. Margarita Salas at the Severo Ochoa Centre for Molecular Biology. She completed her academic training with an MBA at IESE Business School at the University of Navarre. Cristina Garmendia Mendizábal was Minister of Science and Innovation for the Government of Spain during the entire 9th term.

Before being named Minister, she was President of the biotechnological group Genetrix, which she founded in 2000, as well as founding member of the venture capital firm Ysios, specialized in human health. She has served as President of the Spanish Bioindustry Association (ASEBIO) and as a member of the Management Board of the Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Organizations (CEOE). After leaving the Government, she returned to her responsibilities at Ysios and Genetrix, and lead the Spanish-German biotechnology firm Sygnis to be listed. She founded the microsatellite firm Satlantis as well as the consulting firm Science & Innovation Link Office (SILO).

She is President of Fundación Cotec and is a member of several advisory councils such as Women for Africa Foundation (MXA), a member of Governing Councils of Universities such as the University of Seville and the Universidad Europea, as well as Boards of Directors of companies such as Gas Natural Fenosa and Mediaset, and is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Colombian Government’s Productive Transformation Program.

Her work and entrepreneurial vision have been lead her to receive prizes on several occasions for research and business innovation.

Pilar Mateo

Pilar Mateo

President of the University Council at Universidad Europea de Valencia and Doctor of Chemical Sciences from the Universidad de Valencia, Pilar Mateo is also member of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). She is the president of Inesfly Corporation and founder of the social enterprise Mujer a Mujer by Pilar Mateo; co-founder of the audiovisual company Filámtropo and president of MOMIM (Movement of Indigenous Women of the World) and the Pilar Mateo Foundation.

Pilar has focused her professional activity on the development and application of new technologies to eradicate deadly diseases that spread due to poverty. Today she is an internationally recognized scientist in the field of chemistry, ranked in the top 10 most prestigious scientific women in Spain, as well as among the hundred most prestigious women scientists in the world.

Throughout her professional and research career, as well as the developed solidarity projects, she has received more than 60 awards and recognitions granted by different institutions.

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Juan Morote Sarrión

PhD in Law from the Universitat de València and MBA Executive from INEDE Business School, Juan Morote is the Rector of Universidad Europea de Madrid sice September 2017. Previously, he was Rector of Universidad Europea de Valencia.

He has vast experience in the education sector in the Autonomous Community of Valencia. He has held various managing positions and was Vice Rector for Strategic Planning and Quality at the Universidad Católica de Valencia, as well as managing the Institute for Strategic International Studies, among other management roles at that institution. He was also Vice Dean of the School of Social, Legal and Communication Sciences at the Universidad Cardenal Herrera CEU in Valencia; an Chief Executive Office of Advanced Business Management.

Carmen Posadas

Born in Montevideo in 1953, she is “one of the most prominent Latin American authors of her generation” according to Newsweek magazine (2002). Her books have been translated into twenty-three languages and are published in more than forty countries. She started her professional career as a writer of children's literature and in 1984, but 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 1984 with the Planeta Prize.

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].

She received the Ministry of Culture's Spanish National Literature Prize in 1998. 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.

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.

Francisco Román Riechmann

Francisco Román Riechmann holds a Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and postgraduate studies from IESE Business School. He is President of Vodafone España and of his Foundation, as well as of Fundación Seres, and non-executive chairman of March JLT. Member of the Professional Council of ESADE and of the Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección, and President of the Fundación SERES.

Francisco Román is also a member of the Círculo de Empresarios, of the advisory council of the venture capital firm Bullnet and other several associations in the telecommunications sector and the information society He is a member of the Spanish Red Cross Board of Trustees, a sponsor for Fundación Caser and Fundación Cotec and a member of the Club de Excelencia en Sostenibilidad, Furthermore, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Vodafone Group Foundation, present in 40 countries.

Throughout his career, he has been CEO for Microsoft Ibérica, Sales Director at Hewlett Packard and Director for Spain at Pacific Telesis (AirTouch International, one of the founding companies of Airtel Móvil S.A.). At Airtel he held the position Chief Operating and Technical Officer since its creation in 1995, until leaving to Microsoft mid-year in 1998. More recently, he was advisor for NH Hoteles and, in the educational sphere, he teaches Strategic Management at IESE Business School.

Antonio San José

Graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Antonio San José is recognized as one of the leading references in Spanish journalism, he has held the posts of Director of “Non Stop People” –a channel of Movistar TV–, 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 March of 2015.

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.
Among other recognitions, San José has received three Ondas Awards, three Golden Antennas and the Salvador de Madariaga Prize.

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 Javier Zamorano Sáenz

Francisco Javier Zamorano holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the American College of Switzerland. He is President of the Advisory Council of the Universidad Europea in the Canary Islands. He also holds further studies from the University of San Diego, as well as an MBA in Marketing/ Management.

Francisco Zamorano is President and CEO of CIO (Compañía de las Islas Occidentales), a business group which brings together companies from the tourist industry, industrial and service companies, in the market of the Canary Islands for over 100 years.

Additionally, he is the founder of EXCELTUR and EFCA (Empresa Familiar Canaria) and a member of the Instituto de la Empresa Familiar and Director of the Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección in the Canary Islands and is a member of the Advisory Council for Endesa. He has also been the Chair of ASHOTEL as well as of the Executive Committee and of the Management Board at CEOE.

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