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Board of Trustees of The Foundation  

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The Foundation Board of Trustees is the body that governs and represents the institution. It is responsible for establishing the activities to be carried out, approving the annual budgets and accounts and establishing the criteria for action.

Honorary President

H.R.H. Leonor de Borbón, Princess of Asturias

Honorary Vice-president

Javier Fernández Fernández, President of the Principality of Asturias

President of the Regional Government of the Principality of Asturias since 23rd May 2012, he holds a degree in Mining Engineer from the Oviedo School of Mining, a diploma in Environmental Quality and belongs to the Special Corps of Mining Engineers belonging to the Ministry of Industry, a tenured position he obtained in 1984.

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In 1987, he requested a transfer to the Directorate General of Mines of the Principality of Asturias (which by then had assumed devolved responsibilities in this matter), where he served as a mine inspector until 1991. That same year he was appointed Director General of Mining and Energy, a position he was to hold until 1995.

As a member of Spain’s lower House of Parliament from 1996 to 1999, he was spokesman for energy issues and rapporteur of the Socialist parliamentary group in laws such as those related to the electricity sector and the hydrocarbon sector. He gave up his seat in parliament when he was appointed Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism in the Regional Government of Asturias.

He was elected Secretary General of the FSA-PSOE (Asturian Socialist Federation) in November 2000, as a result of which he left his position as regional minister to return to his post as a civil servant in the Directorate General of Mines. Up until 2003, when he was appointed Senator representing the Autonomous Community of Asturias, he combined political action with his work heading the Inspection Section at the Directorate General of Mines. He remained in the Spanish Senate throughout the 7th and 8th legislatures.

In the 2012 regional elections, Javier Fernández headed the Asturian Socialists ticket running for Regional Parliament. After 23rd May, the date of the plenary investiture session, he became the eighth President of the Principality of Asturias.

President

Matías Rodríguez Inciarte

President of the Princess of Asturias Foundation since 2008, he is a member of the board and vice-president of Banco Santander.

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He graduated in Economics from the Complutense University, Madrid, where he earned outstanding honours and a national award for his final thesis, and studied business at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1972, he passed the entrance exam to become a career public servant in the State Corps of Commercial Specialists and Economists. He subsequently held posts related to international trade in trade negotiations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and was subsequently appointed commercial advisor to the Spanish Embassy in Chile. In July 1977, he was appointed technical secretary general to the Ministry of Economy and Revenue and, in February 1978, secretary general to the Ministry of Relations with the European Community, where he actively participated, alongside Minister Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, in negotiations for Spain’s entry into the EC. In 1980, he became to secretary general to the Economic Vice-Presidency of the Spanish Government and, in 1981, was appointed deputy secretary of state to the President. In September 1981, he was appointed Minister of the Presidency. He joined Banco Santander in February 1984, where he has been a member of the board since 1988 and vice-president since 1994. He is also a member of the Group Executive Committee as well as sitting on the board of other companies. He has been vice-president of the Círculo de Empresarios employers association and has been named chairman of the board of the Carlos III University, Madrid. He holds several national and international distinctions, outstanding among which are the Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III of Spain and the Medal of the Order of Constitutional Merit. He became a trustee of the Princess of Asturias Foundation in 1995 and sits on both its Delegate Committee and Assets Committee.

Members

Ana Isabel Fernández Álvarez

Lecturer in Financial Economics and Coordinator of the Finance Area at CUNEF, she holds a Chair in Financial Economics at the University of Oviedo, a PhD in Business Economics (1985) and a Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the same university (1981).

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She has been advisor to the Spanish Stock Exchange Commission (2010-2014) and (alternating) member of the Council of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) (2012-2013) and the Financial Innovation Standing Committee (2012-2014). At the University of Oviedo, she has held the positions of Secretary of the University Board (1986-1991), Dean of the Faculty of Economics (1994-1998), Vice Rector for Postgraduate Studies and Certificate Courses (2000-2004) and Vice Rector for Research (2004 -2005). She has supervised 12 PhD theses and has been editor of the Spanish journal Cuadernos de Economía y Dirección de la Empresa (CEDE). Between 1994 and 2000, she worked jointly with management at the Banco Herrero Treasury and Capital Markets Department. She has been director of the Banco Herrero Foundation (1997-2010) and currently sits on the Board of the Banco Sabadell Foundation. She has published books and articles in prestigious journals in the field of corporate finance, corporate governance and banking and financial regulation. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Princess of Asturias Foundation.

Arcelor Mittal España, Gonzalo Urquijo Fernández de Araoz

Chairman of Arcelor-Mittal Spain and member of the Arcelor-Mittal Group Management Board, Gonzalo Urquijo Fernández de Araoz graduated in Economics and Political Science from Yale University and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid.

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Currently, he chairs UNESID (Union of Steel Companies) and the Hesperia Foundation and sits on the boards of Gonvarri, Gestamp and Fertiberia. In 1997, he assumed the duties of chief financial officer of the Aceralia Group and, since 2004, has been a member of the Arcelor Group Management Board as head of the functional directorates for purchasing and distribution. In 2006, following the takeover by Mittal Steel, he became a member of the Arcelor-Mittal Management Board, being responsible for the areas of Long Products, Stainless Steel, Pipes, China, Corporate Responsibility and the Arcelor-Mittal Foundation. In 2011, he assumed responsibility for the areas of Asia, Africa and AACIS, excluding China and India, Arcelor-Mittal Distribution Solutions (AMDS), Tubular Products and Corporate Responsibility as well as chairing the Investment Allocation Committee. He holds the distinctions of Commander by Number of the Spanish Order of Civil Merit and of Commander of the Order of Civil Merit of Luxembourg. He has been a trustee of the Princess of Asturias Foundation since 2006 and sits on its Delegate Committee.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, José Antonio Fernández Rivero

Member of the board of BBVA and chairman of the Risk Committee, José Antonio Fernández Rivero holds a degree in Economics from the University of Santiago de Compostela and an MBA from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium).

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He joined Arthur Andersen in 1976 and subsequently took charge of management and control of the International Division at Banco de Vizcaya. In 1986, he became chair of the steering committee of Banque de Gestion Financière S.A. (Belgium). After a period in the sub-directorate general for Planning and Control at Banca Comercial and in territorial management of Retail Banking at BBV, he joined the Banco Exterior de España as comptroller general, a position he also held at Corporación Bancaria de España (Argentaria) from 1991 to 1995, following which he was appointed general manager of Internal Control and Oversight at the same bank. Two years later, he assumed the duties of general manager for Organization, Systems, Operations, Human Resources, Procurement and Real Estate. After Argentaria merged with BBV, he was appointed general manager of Systems and Operations at BBVA. On behalf of this financial institution, he has sat on the boards of Telefónica, Iberdrola and Banco de Crédito Local and has chaired Adquira. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Princess of Asturias Foundation.

Banco Sabadell, José Oliu i Creus

Chairman of Banco Sabadell since 1999, where he previously held the positions of technical secretary general (1986-1990), managing director of the subsidiary bank Sabadell Banca Privada (1989-1990) and chief executive director (1991-1999), he holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota (USA).

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He was Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Oviedo (1982-1984) and director of planning at Spain’s National Institute for Industry-INI (1984-1986). He is currently chairman of BanSabadell Holding, member of the board of Banco Comercial Portugues, member of the Spanish Banking Association General Council, member of the Inter-University Council of the Generalitat of Catalonia, vice-president of the Spanish Committee of the European League for Economic Cooperation, member of the Spanish Council of INSEAD and president of the Banco Herrero Foundation. He sits on both the Audit Committee and Assets Committee of the Princess of Asturias Foundation Board of Trustees.

Caja de Ahorros de Asturias, Felipe Fernández Fernández

Member of the Liberbank Management Board, Felipe Fernández Fernández holds a degree in Economics and Business Studies from the University of Bilbao.

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He began his career as a lecturer at the University of Oviedo. He later joined the Government of the Principality of Asturias as Regional Director of Economy and Planning. In the Asturian Government, he has held the posts of Executive Director for Territorial Planning, Urbanism and Housing (1990-91) and Regional Minister for Rural Affairs and Fisheries (1991-93). He subsequently held various management positions in Spanish utility Hidrocantábrico and was chairman of Gas de Asturias. Former director of Caja de Ahorros de Asturias, he sits on the boards of Indra, Infocaja, Ahorro Corporación, Afianza, Hidrocantábrico Energía and Effibank. He was named “2009 Member of Honour” by the Association of Economists of Asturias. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Princess of Asturias Foundation and sits on both its Delegate Committee and Assets Committee.

Caja Rural de Asturias, José María Quirós Rodríguez

Chairman of Caja Rural de Asturias savings bank, he is senior vice-president of UNACC and sits on the boards of the RGA insurance company and Banco Cooperativo Español.

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He began working in banking in 1956 at Banco de Siero S.A., a financial institution of which he was deputy manager at the head office in Pola de Siero. In 1967, he joined the incipient Caja Rural de Asturias savings bank, occupying the position of financial comptroller and subsequently that of deputy manager. He was managing director of the institution between 1989 and 2008 until being appointed deputy chairman, a position he held until September 2011, when he was elected chairman of Caja Rural de Asturias. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Princess of Asturias Foundation.

Corporación Masaveu, Fernando Masaveu Herrero

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation, he graduated in Law from the University of Navarra.

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Since joining the Masaveu Group in 1993, he has held various positions within the business and financial sphere and has assumed various responsibilities through foundations linked to the Masaveu family. Among other duties, he is currently: chairman of the Masaveu Group, the Tudela Veguín company, the Masaveu Corporation, Beluga Holding Limited, the María Cristina Masaveu Foundation and the San Ignacio de Loyola Foundation. He sits on the board of Spanish utility Hidrocantábrico, where he chairs the Audit Committee. He also sits on the board of Bankinter, where he is a member of the Executive and Audit Committees, and on the boards of Medicina Asturiana, EGEO, SGPS and Olmea. Trustee of the International Society of Bioethics (SIBI) and international trustee of the Friends of the Prado Museum Foundation, he holds the Medal of Honour of the Queen Sofía Advanced School of Music. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Princess of Asturias Foundation and sits on both its Delegate Committee and Assets Committee.

Francisco Goicoerrotea Sarri, Marquis of Valdeterrazo

He graduated in Economics, specializing in Business Economics, from Madrid’s Complutense University (1970) and holds an MBA (1977) and a diploma in Industrial Project Management (1978) from the Madrid School of Industrial Organization. He also graduated in Business Economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Paris.

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Between 1980 and 1998, he ran family businesses in the agricultural and real estate sectors. He currently heads several family businesses in the real estate sector and is an asset consultant at Goicoerrotea & Associates. He is also a member of the boards of Inmobuilding 2000 S.L. and Constructots Calpense S.A. He worked for J. Beaumond (a holding of the HUARTE Group) between 1971 and 1973 as an economist in project study and assessment. In 1975, he joined the Department of Management Control at Sociedad S.P.I. (Supplies, Projects and Facilities), a subsidiary of SPIE-BATIGNOLLES belonging to the Schneider Group, and was later appointed to its board of directors. He has served on the boards of Prat Cartón, La Papelera Española, AGF–Unión FénixBin and Spanish utilities Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico and Gas de Asturias. He is a member of the boards of trustees of the Spanish Nobility Cultural Foundation, the Catholic Education Foundation, the San Feliz Foundation, the García Morente Foundation and the Dowager Duchess of Montpensier Foundation. He sits on both the Delegate Committee and Assets Committee of the Princess of Asturias Foundation Board of Trustees.

Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico, Manuel Menéndez Menéndez

Chairman of the Caja de Ahorros de Asturias savings bank since February 1995, he sits on the boards of several companies in which the institution has shares in addition to being chairman and managing director of the new banking institution that arose from the merger of Cajastur, Caja Cantabria and Caja Extremadura. He has also been chairman of Spanish utility Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico since 2001 and Naturcorp.

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He holds a Chair in the Department of Business Administration and Accounting at the University of Oviedo, a PhD in Economics from the same university and a degree in Economics and Business Administration and is a former chairman of Asturgar, S.G.R. He is a member of the boards of CECA, ENAGAS, EDP RENOVAVEIS and UNESA. He has supervised several PhD theses, carrying out research and participating in numerous courses and seminars as a speaker, his main lines of research being efficiency in credit institutions, management control in decentralized enterprises and enterprises belonging to regulated economic sectors. In addition, he has authored several books and technical articles in these fields. He has headed various academic research studies as well as studies and projects for companies belonging to different industry sectors. He sits on the Board of Trustees of the Princess of Asturias Foundation on behalf of Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico and on the Princess of Asturias Board of Trustees on behalf of Cajastur.

Jacobo Cosmen Menéndez-Castañedo

Chairman of the boards of directors of Automobiles Luarca S.A. (ALSA), Jovellanos XXI and CMC XXI S.C.R., Jacobo Cosmen Menéndez-Castañedo has a degree in Economics and Business Administration (London, 1992), is a Technical Engineer specializing in Transportation Systems and holds an MBA.

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On completing his secondary studies in Oviedo, he moved to the UK where he worked as assistant director in a consulting company linked to the world of transport, a sector which he joined following the family tradition. He returned to Spain to become head of purchasing and logistics at the TUA company workshops. He later took over coordination of the ALSA GROUP Maintenance Division, following which he became manager of the same division. Son of José Cosmen Adelaida, the main promoter of road passenger transport in Spain, Jacobo Cosmen represents –along with his brothers– the perpetuation of a family business saga of international scope. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Princess of Asturias Foundation.

Javier Navia-Osorio García-Braga

Commercial Registrar in Madrid, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Princess of Asturias Foundation.

José Antonio Caicoya Cores

Holder of a degree in Law from the University of Oviedo, he is a practising notary public and has been dean of the Oviedo Association of Notary Publics.

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Member of the Asturian Royal Academy of Jurisprudence, he is the author of numerous legal studies. He is active in various artistic, commercial and charitable organizations and institutions. He chaired the 2008 National Examination Boards for registered notary publics in Spain.

Luis Fernández-Vega Sanz

Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Oviedo Faculty of Medicine since 1982, he is vice-president of the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology.

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He graduated in Medicine from the Autonomous University of Madrid and earned a PhD in Medicine and Surgery, with outstanding honours, from the Complutense University. In 1980, he won a post as assistant lecturer in Ophthalmology at the Complutense University Faculty of Medicine in Madrid and in 1982 was appointed Head of Ophthalmology at the Central Hospital of Asturias. He has authored over 200 publications, as well as a substantial number of chapters and books in the field. He has participated in numerous national and international conferences and has lectured at almost every Spanish university. He holds numerous awards in his speciality and is a member of the world’s leading ophthalmological societies. He was formerly president of the Spanish Society of Refractive Lens Replacement Surgery (SECOIR), of which is currently honorary president. He is also a member of the Princess of Asturias Board of Trustees.

María Neira González

Director of the Department of Public Health and Environment at the World Health Organization (WHO), María Neira studied Medicine at the University of Oviedo and specialized in Endocrinology in France.

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She practiced medicine with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Central America. She later moved to Mozambique and Ruanda with the UNO. She joined WHO as Director of the Department of Control, Prevention and Eradication of Infectious Diseases. Subsequently, in 2004, she was appointed President of the Spanish Food Safety Agency, moving to Madrid.] She returned to Geneva a few years later to continue her work at WHO, though now as Director of the Department of Public Health and Environment. In 2006, she was decorated by the French government with the National Order of Merit. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Princess of Asturias Foundation.

Mauro Guillén Rodríguez

Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute –a research-and-teaching program on management and international relations– at the University of Pennsylvania, he is also Professor of Sociology at the same university where he holds a Professorship in International Management at the Wharton School.

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Holder of a PhD in Sociology from Yale University and another in Economics from the University of Oviedo, he has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation and member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He has also held the Rafael del Pino Chair. He is a member of the Global Council on Emerging Multinationals in the World Economic Forum and elected member of the Sociological Research Association. He has received research awards from the Academy of Management and the American Sociological Association, as well as the Faculty Pioneer Award from the Aspen Institute. In 2005, he was awarded the 4th Banco Herrero Foundation Award for Best Spanish Social Sciences Researcher under 40 years of age. He is the author of 10 books, including Global Turning Points and The New Multinationals, and 50 scientific articles. He has been a member of the Jury for the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences for the last four years. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Princess of Asturias Foundation.

Santander Totta, Antonio Basagoiti García-Tuñón

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Santander Totta and Santander Totta, president of its Remunerations Committee and Risk Committee and trustee of the Santander Foundation, Antonio Basagoiti has a degree in Law from the Complutense University in Madrid. Holder of an honorary degree in Business Administration and Management from the ESERP University Foundation, he is a practicing lawyer and member of the Madrid Bar Association.

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He has been chairman of Union Fenosa, deputy chairman of FAES FARMA and chairman of Banesto and its Foundations. He is member of the Risk Executive Committee, the Technology, Productivity and Quality Committee and the International Committee of the Santander Group and member of the board of the Círculo de Empresarios employers association.

He is currently honorary chairman of Union Fenosa and chairman of the Eugenio Rodríguez Pascual Foundation, and member of the External Advisory Board of A.T. Kearney, of the Fujitsu Advisory Board, honorary member of the Albéniz Foundation, trustee of the Silos Foundation, the Colegio Libre de Emeritos former lecturers foundation and the Estudios Financieros Foundation, economic vice-president of Calpe Royal Sailing Club, trustee of the Princess of Asturias Foundation and Jury member for the Princess of Asturias Award for Concord.

Santiago Rubio Sañudo

Entrepreneur linked to a variety of industrial and cultural activities, Santiago Rubio Sañudo studied Chemistry at the University of Oviedo and devoted his efforts to diverse sectors such as the mining of mercury, lead and zinc in Asturias and in El Bierzo, León.

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He played a prominent role in cultural initiatives such as the Ediciones Naranco publishing house, Asturias Semanal magazine and Asturias Diario Regional newspaper. He entered the film world via the production, distribution and screening companies Boccaccio and Filmscontacto, with cinemas in Madrid and Bilbao. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Princess of Asturias Foundation since its inception.

Sigla, Plácido Arango Arias

President of the Prince of Asturias Foundation between 1987 and 1995, he currently sits on its Board of Trustees. He founded the Vips Group, one of Spain’s leading catering companies.

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Born in Mexico, the son of Asturian emigrants, he has lived in Spain since 1966. A businessman, he holds a PhD in Economics from the Autonomous Institute of Technology, Mexico. He owns an important collection of art and has been president of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum since July 2007.

Corresponding member of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts, he is a trustee of the Queen Sofía National Art Centre, founder and member of the executive committee of the Foundation for Help Against Drug Addiction and trustee emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum in New York and Tufts University in Boston.

He holds the following distinctions: Grand Cross of Isabella the Catholic, Grand Cross of Civil Merit, Gold Medal for Fine Arts, Gold Medal of the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute in New York and the Juan Lladó Award for Cultural Patronage and Research. Holder of the titles of “Adopted Son” of Salas –the borough where his father was born– and of the Principality of Asturias, he has also received the Golden Apple award from the Asturian Centre of Madrid, the Natural Limpet award from Salinas (Asturias) and the Golden Clog award from the Asturian Centre of Seville. He sits on the Assets Committee of the Princess of Asturias Foundation Board of Trustees.

University of Oviedo, Santiago García Granda

Rector of the University of Oviedo, he holds a Chair in Physical Chemistry. He received his Licenciatura degree (BSc+MSc) in 1980 and a PhD in Chemistry in 1984 from the University of Oviedo Faculty of Chemistry. He was a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Paul T. Beurskens at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands (1985-1987). Specialized in structural determination, crystallography and molecular calculations, he heads the X-Ray Group at the Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, a listed Principality of Asturias Research Excellence Group since 2001, and has been President of the European Crystallographic Association (ECA) since 2009.

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He has been Vice Rector for Research at the University of Oviedo, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry (1998-2008) and executive secretary of the Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry (1990-1994). He has collaborated in the coordination of pre-university studies since 1991. He has been spokesperson for the area of Physical Chemistry on the Chemistry Curricula Committee, coordinator of the Internal Assessment Committee for the Licenciatura degree in Chemistry, chair of the Monitoring Committee of the Improvement Plan for degrees in Chemistry and member of the committee that drew up the new BSc in Chemistry in 2008.

He founded the Technical Scientific Service for the Determination of Crystal Structures by X-Ray Diffraction, which he has headed for over twenty years, coordinates the DEC/Vax-Axp Computer Network and the management of the communications network of the Scientific Calculation Centre and is the person responsible for the Computer Room at the University of Oviedo Faculty of Chemistry. He is the author of around five hundred articles, several book chapters and numerous communications and papers presented at conferences on physical-chemical studies of molecular structures, crystallography, diffraction and calculation methods and has supervised thirteen doctoral theses. He has an h-index of 38. He is co-author of the DirDif crystallographic software, cited more than three thousand times. He participates or has participated in more than thirty research projects, in most of them as the principal investigator. Coordinator of the FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IRSES project: SOLGELSENS, he has research contracts with companies and works in collaboration with various universities. He is responsible for the installation of infrastructure on the Spanish Line at the ESRF Synchrotron. He is a member of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry Specialized Group in Crystallography and Crystal Growth (outgoing president) and of the British Crystallographic Association.

General Secretary

Adolfo Menéndez Menéndez

General secretary of the Princess of Asturias Foundation since May 2011, he graduated in Law from the Autonomous University, Madrid, and entered the Corps of State Lawyers in 1984. He is currently a partner of the law firm of Uría Menéndez and sits on the board of Indra. He also lectures in Public and Economic Law and Regulated Industries at the IE Law School, as well as holding the José María Cervelló Chair, which fosters research and teaching in Lawyering and Legal Ethics.

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He commenced his professional career as a state lawyer for the Tax Authority and before the Higher Court and Courts of Justice of Toledo (1984). He then became a legal advisor to the Ministry of the Presidency (1986) and, finally, chief state lawyer of the legal advisory body of the then Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs (1987). In 1998, he joined the law firm of Ernst & Whinney, which, after its merger with Arthur Young, gave rise to Ernst & Young, where he was a partner of the legal and tax department until 1996. He has been sub-secretary of state for Defence (1996-2000) and Promotion (2000-2004), assistant lecturer in Administrative Law at the Law Faculty of the Complutense University, Madrid, and associate lecturer of the same subject at the Ramón Carrande Centre for Social and Legal Studies at King Juan Carlos I University. Since 1986, he has been a member of the faculty of the Instituto de Empresa, where he participated in the creation of masters’ programmes in Law at this business school, in addition to lecturing in the area of Economic Public Law, a subject matter he pioneered in Spain. He has authored numerous articles on his speciality and has headed different group research studies. He sits on the editorial committee of the journal Actualidad Jurídica Uría Menéndez and on the editorial board of the Revista de Derecho del Transporte (Terrestre, Marítimo, Aéreo y Multimodal). Member of the Bar Association of Madrid and of the Association of State Lawyers, on whose board he sits, he is also vice-president of the Spanish Air and Space Law Association, member of the Spanish Aeronautical Society and general secretary of the Spanish Foundations Association. He was a founding partner of the Civil and Mercantile Court of Arbitration and has been a member of the Court of Arbitration for Football and vice-president of the Spanish Public and Regulated Procurement Law Association. He is one of the most renowned experts in Spanish public law and is an Honorary Pilot of the Spanish Nautical Pilots Association. He holds the Grand Cross of Isabella the Catholic and the Grand Cross of Maritime Merit of the Spanish Naval League, among other honours. He sits on the Delegate, Audit and Assets Committees of the Princess of Asturias Foundation Board of Trustees.

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