Government bodies

Government bodies

“We believe that when our students succeed,  
countries prosper and societies benefit.” 
Doug Becker 
Founder Laureate International Universities

In Universidad Europea we work with the firm conviction that we must be attentive to the current needs of society and taking responsibility for the common progress. We are convinced that our mission as educators is to train young people for being able to add value to the world, to adapt to the needs of a global world, and to lead these challenges not only from academic and professional, but also personal principles.

And this is just the engine that drives us every day. A team of people serving people. Learn more about our governance bodies.

Universidad Europea de Madrid

Governing Bodies

Board of Directors

Francisco Peña 
Chairman - Independent member 
Former partner at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo (from 1989 to 2017) he is currently counsel to Gómez-Acebo & Pombo and President of the Fernando Pombo Foundation, which is dedicated to pro bono legal work.

Miguel Carmelo
Dependent member 
President of Universidad Europea de Madrid from 2000 to 2017, Mr. Carmelo was also CEO of Laureate International Universities Europe, with responsibility over seven countries.

Pedro del Corro
Dependent member 
CEO and Board member of Torreal, he has also served as member of the Governing Board of Laureate Education Inc. and Universidad Europea de Madrid since 1990.

Maria Luisa de Landecho
Independent member 
CFO in Pérez Llorca since 2016, in charge of national operations and overseas expansion of the law firm, she has previously served various roles with Laureate International Universities Europe, since 1999.

Francisco Román
Independent member 
President of Vodafone Spain, Vodafone Spain Foundation, March JLT insurance brokers and Seres Foundation, he is also member of several professional councils and organizations in the social, academic and cultural spheres.

Elvira Sanz
Independent member 
Doctor in Pharmacy and International MBA, she has 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, currently serving in the Board of Onxeo, a biotech listed company.

Jorge Selume
Dependent member 
Board member of UNAB and UDLA-Chile, and recently of Universidad Europea de Madrid he has collaborated with Laureate since 2003, having been President of the Andean Region from 2007 to 2015.

Javier Valenzuela
Dependent member 
Laureate International Universities Regional Counsel for Europe as well as Compliance Officer for Spain.

Juan Antonio Vázquez
Independent member 
PhD in Economic Science and Business Studies and Full Professor of Applied Economics at Universidad de Oviedo. Member of several Boards and Associations.

Jesús Villate
Dependent member 
Laureate International Universities CEO for the Andean Region since 2016 and for both, the Andean and Iberian Regions since 2017, he has been with the company since 2004.

John de Zulueta
Independent member 
Chairman of the Círculo de Empresarios and Director since 2015. Managing Director of his own consulting company, Point Lobos.

Elena de la Fuente
Secretary, non member
Secretary-General and Head of Legal of Universidad Europea de Madrid

Executive Committee

Conrado Briceño

Conrado Briceño

CEO Universidad Europea and CEO Laureate España

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.

Juan Morote Sarrión

Juan Morote Sarrión

Rector of Universidad Europea de Madrid

PhD in Law from the Universitat de València and MBA Executive, Juan Morote was Chief Executive Office of Advanced Business Management and also 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.

Elena de la Fuente

Elena de la Fuente

General Secretary

Elena de la Fuente holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a Doctor’s Degree in Law by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and a Graduate Degree in University Management by the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña. She is a member of the Madrid-ICAM association of attorneys and has worked as a Competition Law and Commercial Law attorney, as well as an associate university professor. She also specializes in University Regulation Law, a subject she has published various books and articles on.

Romina Arenas

Romina Arenas

Director of Digital Education

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Sciences and a Master's in Marketing and Commercial Management, with over 15 years’ experience in managing and promoting Business to Consumer (B2C) and Business to Business (B2B) digital projects for the advertising, industrial and telecommunications sectors. Before joining our institution, she worked as a Product Manager for mobile business development at Telefónica, where she developed a solid career background holding management positions including Manager of Digital Personalization and Web Analytics, of Digital Business Development for businesses and online channels, etc. She is an academic specialist in Disruptive Marketing, Digital Strategy and Consumer Trends, and teaches Innovation in Digital Business Models.

Antonio Duarte

Antonio Duarte

​Vice President of Human Resources

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master's in Human Resources and Executive Coaching, Antonio Duarte has developed his career holding different management positions in this field at companies such as Hertz, Calvin Klein and Tyco. Antonio Duarte joined Laureate in late 2015 as Director of Organizational and Talent Development for Europe.

José Ramón González

José Ramón González

CFO

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economic and Business Sciences from the Colegio Universitatio de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF) and a Master's in Business Administration from IESE, joining Laureate International Universities in 2014 as FP&A Director for Europe. In 2015 he also assumed the role of CFO for Morocco, and in 2016 was appointed CFO for Spain and Portugal. Before joining Laureate, José Ramón González held various financial management positions at multinationals such as McDonald’s, Prosegur and USG People Group.

José María Palomares

José María Palomares

Director of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

José María Palomares holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and History from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and has taken various postgraduate programs at ESADE, INSEAD and IE. Before joining the University, he was the Vice President of Communications for Spain and Portugal at ING Bank, and formerly the Communications and Relationship Marketing Manager at Telefónica Empresas. Furthermore, José María Palomares has ample teaching experience, both at universities and at business schools.

Miguel Zarzuelo

Miguel Zarzuelo

Vice President of Marketing

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a PDG from IESE, Miguel Zarzuelo has vast professional experience in management positions at leading companies. He was Marketing and Customer Director at SegurCaixa Adeslas, where he was responsible for the positioning of the two commercial brands and all policies for product development, advertising, sponsorship, promotion, incentives and customer experience. Prior to this, he was Marketing and Offers Director at Pelayo Mutua de Seguros, where he drove the brand’s strategic positioning definition, and the drafting and implementation of its marketing plan.

Max Franco

Max Franco

Vice President of Admissions

Max Franco has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Engineering, a Master's in Finance, in Public Administration and an MBA in Economics and Business. He worked for the Government of Chile and at major companies including Sony, Nokia and Telefónica before joining Laureate. He jointed Laureate in 2014, first as Chief Marketing Officer and then as Chief Operating Officer at Universidad Viña del Mar. He was also recently a member of the executive commercial team at the Andean Region office.

As Vice-president of admissions for Spain he coordinates the entire admissions teams, working directly with the Villaviciosa and Alcobendas Campus, and is responsible for the functional and operational supervision of Admissions officers at the Real Madrid – Universidad Europea Graduate School, Universidad Europea de Valencia, Universidad Europea de Canarias and online.

Sol de Lorenzo

Sol de Lorenzo

Student Experience Director

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Zaragoza, a Master’s in Marketing and Commercial Management from ESIC and an MBA from Esade, Sol de Lorenzo joined the team at Laureate International Universities in 2011 as Senior Marketing Executive, and subsequently took on the role of Student Experience Director at Universidad Europea in April 2017. She had previously worked in companies such as Spanair and Legálitas, where she worked as Marketing Director.

Pedro Morcillo

Pedro Morcillo

Information Technology Director

Telecommunications Engineer, Postgraduate studies in Military Telecommunication Systems, Master’s in Management and Online Security Telecommunication Systems, among others; Pedro Morcillo has more than 15 years’ experience in Digital Transformation, Innovation, Security and Technology. He joined Laureate International Universities in 2015 as CIO for Spain and Portugal with the aim of streamlining the company and its business units through flexible, agile, secure, innovative and informed Digital Transformation processes. He previously worked in companies such as Yoigo and in the public sector for the Ministries of Defense and Interior.

Academic council

Dr. Juan Morote Sarrión 
Rector of Universidad Europea de Madrid

Dra. Elena de la Fuente 
General Secretary 

Dr. Sergio Calvo 
Vice Rector of Research

Dra. Elena Gazapo 
Dean of the School of Biomedical Sciences and Health

Dr. Francisco López Varas 
Dean of the School of Sports Science

Dra. Marta Muñiz Ferrer 
Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Communication

Dr. Alberto Sols 
Director of the School of Architecture, Engineering and Design

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

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.

Juan Morote Sarrió

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 Posada

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 Sáen

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.

Communication Advisory Council

Antonio San José

Antonio San José
President of Communication Advisory Council

Graduated 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 various job roles such as 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+) y en su última etapa Director de Comunicación del Banco Popular and in his last stage Communication Director of Banco Popular.

In addition, he was the Communications Director for Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, the Spanish State Lottery and was designated 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.

 

Alfredo Menéndez

Alfredo Menéndez
Journalist and RNE presenter

Graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, he currently hosts the program Las Mañanas de RNE, the RNE's flagship national radio program.

From 1996 to 1999 he developed his professional career as director for the News Services at Radio Voz. In 2002 he joined Onda Zero where he remained up until 2013. Initially he was deputy director of the morning program Protagonistas with Luis del Olmo and later was responsible for the local news programs for Onda Zero in Madrid. From 2007 to 2013 he directed the program Gente de Madrid.

 

Anabel Diez Navarrete

Anabel Diez Navarrete
Political correspondent for the El País newspaper

She graduated from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid with a Bachelor's Degree in Information Sciences, specializing in Journalism and undertook studies in Political Sciences at the School of Political Sciences and Sociology of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. In 1983 she joined Radio El País and a year later, became a member of the editorial team at El País where she continued her professional career in the field of politics and parliamentary activity. She is a regular collaborator on Spanish National Television and Onda Zero and since 2014 she has been president of the Association of Parliamentary Journalists (she also held this post ten years previously).

She received the Luis Carandell award for Parliamentary Columnist of the Year 2011, conferred by the Senate following the votes of parliamentary journalists and the members of the Assembly of the Upper Chamber, presented by the then Princes of Asturias.

 

Ignacio Camacho

Ignacio Camacho
Columnist and collaborator at ABC newspaper

Graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Philology from Universidad de Sevilla, Ignacio Camacho is a columnist and contributor at ABC. His professional career started at the newspapers Nueva Andalucía and El Correo de Andalucía between 1980 and 1982. After this, he joined the founding team of the Andalusian edition of Diario 16. He held the positions of deputy editor and columnist for the Madrid and Seville editions of El Mundo newspaper. From 2000 he worked as assistant to the editor of ABC in Seville, to be appointed in 2004 as editor of the newspaper, taking over from José Antonio Zarzalejos.

In addition to working as a columnist and lead writer, Camacho is a regular participant on talk shows and was professor of Cultural Journalism at the Universidad de Sevilla from 1992 to 1996. He was recently presented with the XIX Miguel Delibes National Journalism Award for his work "Almendras Amargas" [Bitter almonds] published in ABC and has also received the González-Ruano and Mariano de Cavia journalism awards.

 

Jorge Rivera

Jorge Rivera
Director of Communication at Grupo Prisa

Graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, he works as Deputy News Editor at El País since March 2016.

He was part of the founding team of La Gaceta de los Negocios and after a period working at El Solnewspaper, joined El País as editor for the Economics section of the paper, where he worked from February 1991 to November 2000. In that year he joined Cinco Días and was appointed deputy editor of the financial publication in 2003. In June 2005 he took over as editor of the newspaper. Rivera took over the position from Javier Moreno, who joined El País as deputy editor of the Sunday edition.

 

José Antonio Navas

José Antonio Navas
Communications Director of Tragsa

José Antonio Navas joined Tragsa in 2017 as a Communications Director. He arrived Tragsa from El Confidencial online media, where he had worked as Assistant to Editor.

Previously, he was designated deputy editor at ABC and he has worked for the leading media specialized in economics including Cinco Días and Expansión. In addition he has appeared on talk shows on Telemadrid,COPE and Canal 13 TV. He also formed part of the editorial teams of other general information media, always related to economic and financial information, including, El País, La Razón  and the now defunct Diario 16, as well as the abovementioned, ABC newspaper.

 

Lourdes Garzón

Lourdes Garzón
Columnist at El Español

She started her career at El Mundo newspaper after having studied Journalism and Political Sciences at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and taking the El País Master's Degree. In 2003 she arrived at the magazine Marie Claire where she worked as deputy editor until 2008, the year in which became editor of the Spanish edition of Vanity Fair, owned by Condé Nast Publications.  She was Editor of Vanity Fair Spain and Mexico until 2017.

She has taken part in numerous talk shows on RNE, Cuatro, CNN+, Antena 3 and La Sexta, as well as in round table media discussions at the IE Business School and at the Universidad Menéndez Pelayo in Santander. She coordinated the edition of the book: “Vanity Fair: the secret of the best exclusives” published by Planeta in 2014. The Vanity Fair Mexico magazine was launched in April 2015 and is also edited by Lourdes Garzón.

 

Pepa Bueno

Pepa Bueno
Director of Hoy por Hoy on Cadena Ser

Graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, she hosts the program Hoy por Hoy on Cadena Ser. She launched her career at the news services of Spanish National Radio in Extremadura, Aragón and Madrid. In 1991 she joined Televisión Española and in 1996 became deputy director of the current affairs program Gente. From 2004 to 2009 she worked on Los Desayunos de TVE.

Having held various positions of responsibility at this public entity, in 2012 she became the face of the flagship Spanish radio program Hoy por Hoy on Cadena SER. In 2014 she joined the team of Un tiempo nuevo on Telecinco as a collaborator until January 2015. In February 2015 she took over from Risto Mejide to present Viajando con Chester on the Cuatro TV station.

 

Pilar Cernuda

Pilar Cernuda
Journalist

She embarked on her professional career at the Colpisa agency, reporting on political information during the Transition, as well as foreign politics and the activities of the Royal Household. She currently writes a daily political column for some thirty provincial newspapers, a weekly column for La Estrella Digital and is a collaborator at Onda Zero and on the program Espejo Público (Antena 3).

She has collaborated with different written and audiovisual media including ABC, RNE, COPE, TVE and regional television stations. She directed the Fax Press news agency until its closure in 2009. Among the twenty books she has written, of particular note are “El presidente, una biografía de Felipe González” [The president, a biography of Felipe González] and “30 días de Noviembre” [30 days of November]. Her latest book, Genio y figura, that analyses the role of King Juan Carlos, was published in June 2015.