Andrea Brentan is non-executive Chairman of FTI Consulting Spain (part of FTI Consulting, the global business advisory firm quoted on the NYSE), and Senior Advisor to Bain Capital Private Equity and to Bain Capital Credit. Between 2009 and 2014, he served as CEO of Endesa, the leading electrical utility in Spain and Latin America, part of the Enel group. Mr. Brentan had previously led Enel’s international expansion in Eastern Europe, Russia, Spain and Latin America as well as in other countries. He is a renowned expert in the management of large international companies in several fields, including energy and utilities, and engineering and contracting. He has a BA (with honors) in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan and an MSc in Applied Science from New York University. He served in numerous boards of directors including the Supervisory Board of Slovenske Electrarne (Chairman), Viesgo (Chairman), Enel North America (Chairman), Enel Latin America (Chairman), Enersis (Deputy Chairman), Enel Green Power and EUFER. He was appointed “Grand’Ufficiale dell’ordine della Stella della Solidarietà” by then Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. He served as Chairman of ANIDA, the Italian association of environment protection companies, and as Deputy Chairman of the Club Español de la Energia.
André Azoulay is advisor to King Mohammed VI of Morocco. He previously advised Mohammed’s father, King Hassan II. Mr. Azoulay is also President of the Foundation for the Three Cultures and the Three Religions (Seville) and of the Pierre Mendes France Institute (Paris). He is member of the Committee of Wise Men for the Alliance of Civilizations at the United Nations, member of the Royal Academy of Morocco and of the Spanish Royal Academy of Economy and Finance. Mr. Azoulay is a distinguished figure of the Islam-Judaism dialogue and the Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue in Europe, as well as in the Maghreb and the Middle East.
Honored by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People for his nonprofit achievements in founding EFE, Mr. Bruder began as a serial entrepreneur and launched businesses in real estate, travel, pharmaceuticals and energy. In 1977, he created the real estate firm Brookhill Group, which enables the commercial redevelopment of distressed real estate. At the World Economic Forum in Tianjin in 2012, Mr. Bruder was named a Schwab Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur for his work in founding EFE. He is frequently invited to share EFE's best practices at major international conferences and fora, and has addressed audiences at the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum and the United Nations, among others.
Hassan Damluji is Head of Middle East Relations at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he is responsible for strategy and engagement across the 22 countries of the Arab League, as well as Turkey. He is also lead Middle East adviser to Bill and Melinda Gates. Previously, Hassan worked for the consultancy firm McKinsey & Company, where he led large-scale transformations for governments and philanthropy in the Middle East. He co-founded and sits on the Board of the Lives & Livelihoods Fund (LLF), a $2.5 billion fund based in the Islamic Development Bank. He is a lead expert on education, and is actively involved in many educational initiatives in the UK such as the New Schools Network, Free Schools in England, Achievement for All, and One Degree Academy. Hassan holds a double-first class BA from Oxford University and an MA from Harvard University, where he was awarded the Von Clemm Fellowship. He has been named by Arabian Business as one of the 100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40.
Mr. Elfverson has devoted most of his career to the United Nations system, serving in a number of senior positions including that of Director in the Iraq Programme. In cooperation with the World Health Organization he established and managed the MENTOR Foundation, a private initiative working in the field of substance abuse prevention among young people in many countries of the world. He has also served in the Swedish Foreign Service and has held executive positions with the Axel Johnson Group in Sweden, Mexico and Australia, and the Nordic American Banking Corporation in New York. He has been Senior Diplomatic Advisor to the Club of Madrid, DARA, FRIDE and EFE.
Mrs. Jiménez García-Herrera served as Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (2010-2011), Minister of Health and Social Policy and Equality (2009-2010) and State Secretary for Latin America (2006-2009). From 1996 to 2000, she was in charge of political relations with America at the International Relations Secretariat of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) and in 2000 she joined the party’s Federal Executive Committee as International Relations secretary, position to which she was re-elected in 2004.
Mr. Hidalgo is co-founder of the leading Spanish daily newspaper El País and for 30 years he served as a member of the Board. He is President of FRIDE and of DARA Evaluation. He is also President and founder of the Foundation Los Santos de Maimona, and founder of the Club of Madrid and of the Toledo International Center for Peace. He is advisor of the United Nations Commission on “Legal Empowerment of the Poor”, founding member and senior fellow of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America (GFNA), and fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He recently founded the European Council for Foreign Relations with George Soros. Mr. Hidalgo has an LLB from the University Complutense of Madrid and an MBA from Harvard University. In 2008 he received the Raymond Goris Prize for Best European Philanthropist and in 2011 the Commitment to Development Award from the Center for Global Development.
Mr. Diez-Hochleitner is Honorary President of the Club of Rome and Executive Committee member, as well as Honorary President of its Spanish Chapter. He also serves as advisor to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance and is member of the boards of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace, the Bertelsmann Foundation Spain and the Foundation for the Future, as well as member of the Advisory Committee of FRIDE. He has been a university professor in Salamanca and Bogota, inspector general for Industrial Professional Education in Spain, general coordinator of the Ministry of Education in Colombia and principal education advisor for the OAS. He also served as director of the Department of Investments in Education at the World Bank and director of the Department of Educational Policies and Reforms at UNESCO. Mr. Diez-Hochleitner has been technical secretary-general, and later under-secretary of state for Education and Science in Spain, Vice-President of the Fundación Santillana and of the holding Timón, as well as board member of PRISA.
Cristina Manzano is editor-in-chief of “esglobal”, the former Spanish edition of Foreign Policy magazine, the leading digital publication on global affairs in Spanish. She is also a regular contributor to other Spanish and international media, such as El Periódico de Cataluña, or Open Democracy. Ms. Manzano writes a blog for The Huffington Post and participates as speaker or lecturer in events and seminars on different topics related to international affairs, with a special focus on Spanish and EU foreign policy, communications, and philanthropy.
Cynthia Muller has 30 years of experience in financial markets, having worked at JP Morgan as vice-president from 1982 to 1997 and Morgan Stanley as managing director of wealth management from 1997 until 2013. She is a London-based investment advisor to foundations, family offices and pension funds based primarily in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Greece and the Middle East. Since April 2014, she is a partner at Cheyne Capital, London. Since 2015, she is treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees of the Tennis Foundation, the UK’s leading tennis charity, and which focuses on supporting disadvantaged children and young people, some with disabilities. She is also member of the Julius Baer Iberia Advisory Board; member of The Investment Committee of The Christian Science Church Endowment, USA; and member of The Investment Committee of a Middle East Family Office. She has a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management.
Mrs. Shawwa inherited a security firm in Jordan and assumed executive responsibility in 1996. In 2004, she was key in the merger of the firm with the multinational G4S. Today, G4S Jordan has over 1,500 employees. Mrs. Shawwa is now a partner and director on the board of G4S Jordan. She is also a board member of the International Women’s Forum in Spain and of the Arab Ladies Diplomatic Association in Madrid. She has been active in several fundraisers for charity and has also volunteered as a teacher at a UNRWA school in Amman Jordan. In 2012, Mrs. Shawwa earned an executive degree from the Owners and Entrepreneurs Management Program from Instituto Empresa business school in Madrid, Spain.
A German diplomat, and former Ambassador to Spain (1995-1999), Ambassador Wegener is Honorary President of Cremades & Calvo–Sotelo Abogados Advisory Board. He has been director general of the Spanish Association for Investor Protection (AEMEC) (2008-2016), long-time member of the Board of Directors of Euroshareholders (now Better Finance), and founding Chairman of the Permanent Observatory for Cybersecurity of the World Federation of Scientists (2001-2016). He is currently member of the Executive Committee of the World Federation of Investors and member of the Club of Rome. Since 2015, he is Chairman of the Board of the Stichting Volkswagen Investors Claim. A lawyer by profession and Doctor of Law, Ambassador Wegener holds distinctions from various countries, among others the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic. He is author of numerous publications in the field of foreign and security policy, currently with an emphasis on cybersecurity.
Mr. Olcese is member of the Royal Academy of Economics and Chairman of Fincorp Mediacion (Merchant Bankers). He is also board member of AC Hotels; independent director of Attijariwafa Bank Maroc; and senior advisor of N+1 Investment Bankers, McGraw Hill, world leader financial and industrial restructuring firm Alvarez & Marsal, and leading Spanish satellite and Wi-Fi communications company Eurona. He is also Chairman of Fundación Independiente, the oldest institution in Spain advocating for an open, participative and solidary Spanish civil society. He was awarded the Civil Merit Highest Cross by HRM the King of Spain for his contribution to good corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, having published over ten books on these subjects. He has received the Grande Ufficiale dell’Ordine del Mèrito by the Republic of Italy, the Commander of the Order of Wissam Al-Alaoui by the Royal Throne of Morocco, and the Commander of the Order of Civil Merit by the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. He received his doctorate, with honours, in Economics and Business from the Autonomous University of Madrid. Mr. Olcese sits on the EFE-Global Board of Directors.