She has dedicated a large part of her career to implementing digital transformation in the financial sector and the development of Accenture in different countries in Latin America and Europe as well as the United States. After joining the company, she has held many different roles and always takes on new challenges “with a positive attitude”.
She has been a member of the Accenture Spain, Portugal and Israel Financial Services Practices Executive Committee since 2014. In addition, she leads all activities related to diversity management which is a successful part of the company’s strategy.
Head of Office for UN Women in Tunisia and Libya
Lawyer specializing in Community Law, Civil Law and Private International Law. She is an international expert in electoral issues and political participation. She has participated as an International Observer in the elections of Lebanon, Venezuela, Palestine, Peru, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Bosnia-Herzegovina, among other countries.
At UN Women HQ, Lasagabaster headed the Division of Strategic Leadership and Governance, a section that covers thematic areas like: Human Rights; leadership and political participation; women’s access to justice and the rule of law; governance and national planning; gender equality and HIV / AIDS, as well as the issues of indigenous women and LGBTI. She has also served as interim head of the Policy Division between 2014 and 2015. Before coming to Tunisia, she was the Head of Office for UN Women in Lebanon.
Three-time world boxing champion
She is one of the few women in Spain who makes a living boxing; a sport she came across unintentionally and in which she made her professional début in 2016. Her sporting success includes three World Championships and two European Championships in the mini fly weight category (she is the first woman in history to win the European title in said category).
She has 15 wins and only one loss under her belt.
In 2018 she received the Queen Letizia Prize, which the Spanish Sports council grants to the year’s most distinguished female athlete.
María Ruiz de Andújar
Member of the Steering Committee in Santander España
She holds a degree in Business Management and Administration and in Actuarial Science by the ICADE and has completed her training with executive programmes at the IE and the IESE. She joined this bank in 2004 and has held some responsibilities in the Product Development, CRM and Business Intelligence departments. She formerly worked in the consulting area at The Boston Consulting Group.
She is currently the Manager of the Business Development department and a member of the Steering Committee in Santander España, being in charge of the Customer Strategy, Marketing and Products departments.
Managing Director of Financial Services at Accenture in Spain, Portugal and Israel
She has dedicated a large part of her career to implementing digital transformation in the financial sector and the development of Accenture in different countries in Latin America and Europe as well as the United States. After joining the company, she has held many different roles and always takes on new challenges “with a positive attitude”.
Co-founder and president of European Women Alliance
Pro-european and feminist activist trusting in EU’s integration and women empowerment. She works at the European Parliament and is cofounder and president of European Women Alliance, initiative of a group of European women based in Brussels who firmly believe in the empowerment of women and European values.
Centioni has ten years of experience in European affairs in the field of internal market, trade and foreign policy. She is graduated in Political Sciences at university of Rome La Sapienza and holds a M.A in European studies at the ULB of Brussels.
L’Oréal Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer and Executive Vice-President of the L’Oréal Foundation
Holder of a Law degree and specialised in Human Rights, Alexandra Palt began her career as a lawyer, collaborating with Amnesty International.
In 2003, she joined the RSC sector in “MS-Entreprendre pour la Cité”, advising companies on the management of diversity and projects with communities.
She was Head of Equality Promotion of HALDE (French Commission for Equal Opportunities and Fight against Discrimination) and later she founded her own consulting company, to advise companies in the area of social innovation, change management and sustainability.
She joined L’Oréal in 2012, as Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, position she holds to this day. She is also the Executive Vice-President of the L’Oréal Foundation.
Managing Director of DigitalES
Alicia Richart is an executive with 20 years’ experience in the fields of technology, regulation and business consulting.She is the managing director of DigitalES, a technological management company which aims to lead digitalisation in Spain.
She was José Manuel Soria’s adviser in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism. During this period she was elected to lead the digital strategy on a European level in Brussels and the Ministry’s Industry 4.0 Programme.
She is a member of CEOE’s executive committee and management board.
Co-founder and co-director of The Guernica Group
An internationally recognised lawyer who has successfully litigated many civil cases around the world, she has vast experience in the fields of transitional justice, international criminal law and human rights. Among many other proceedings, she led the criminal strategy against Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang for money laundering and human rights abuses, and she led the prosecution in the case of the genocide committed against the Mayan community in Guatemala, which included the mass raping of women.
Thanks to her contributions to international justice, Bernabéu has received several acknowledgements and awards, including being included in Time magazine’s top 200 most influential people and receiving the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award.
Human Quality Trainer
Certified coach and business mentor. Expert in communication and personal and professional human development in consultancy tasks in order to boost the quality of people and organisations that are firmly committed to their growth.
She is specialised in leadership skills and the management of people, communication and business protocol, which can be attested by her nearly thirty year-long national and international professional career.
She is a member of the Mentores Madri+d network of mentors.
Amparo de San José
CEO at IESE’s Business Angels Network
Amparo de San José is CEO at IESE’s Business Angels Network. Deeply involved in fostering the role of women as investors in startups and the Europe – Latam connection of entrepreneurship ecosystems. Occasional researcher: AEBAN report on angel market in Spain (4th edition) and case writer. Currently Board Member at the European Business Angel Network.
Medical colonel. Director of the Hospital General de la Defensa in Zaragoza.
Recently named as director of the Hospital General de la Defensa in Zaragoza, she is the first women to hold this post in the centre’s 200 year history. She was also the first woman in charge of an operative unit in the Spanish Air Force to be posted, in 2016, as head of the UMAAD Madrid (Deployment Support Air Medical Unit).
Ever since joining the First Class of the Common Corps of the Spanish Armed Forces in 1990, her professional career has always been linked to the Army, first at the General Military Academy and later at the Military Health School in Madrid (AASAN). Her first post was in the GL XII Brigada Infantería Acorazada brigade, in charge of the health unit. Between 1999 and 2015 she was deployed on different missions in countries such as Italy, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzs
Creator of the Fundación Ana Bella
Domestic abuse survivor. Her female empowerment school, Ana Bella para el Empoderamiento de la Mujer, is an international leader in co-creation programmes. It incorporates social solutions to business needs that cause systemic changes and provide an economic and social value to companies by empowering women and social welfare. Offering testimonies of overcoming in the media, Ana Bella has achieved giving visibility to the 80% of women that do not report domestic abuse, and by means of the Network of Women, with 20,000 volunteers in 90 countries, women are guided so that they take back their lives as empowered changemakers.
She received the General Council of the Judiciary Observatory Prize against Violence in 2012, the Vision Award for Social Innovation in 2014, the Golden Medal of the Spanish Red Cross in 2017, and the Caixa Award for Social Innovation in 2018.
President of FEDEPE
President of the Spanish Federation of Female Directors, Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs (FEDEPE), Bujaldón is a staunch defender of female leadership. A marketing and advertising business woman with more than 25 years’ experience, she has vast experience in corporate image and the organisation of events, congresses and campaigns. She is a founding partner and CEO of Azul Comunicación, as well as other companies. She is a mother of two and passionate about sport and the values it transmits. She goes running and often participates in charitable races.
HR Manager of Santander España
She holds a University Degree in Economics and an MBA, and is an ontological coach. She has been working more than 20 years in the group. First years in business and 18 in HR. The HR experience is divided into responsibilities within the field of people management and diversity management. Since 2017, she has been the HR Manager of Santander España.
Co-founder and CAO at Leads Origins
Leads Origins, the company co-founded by Ana Jiménez, is focused on the advanced analytics of marketing data, a field that she knows well as she has been working in the world of artificial intelligence for over 12 years. Prior to this she worked as a data scientist, a product engineer and a product owner at various technological start-ups. She has dedicated years to biomedical research and often collaborates with different mentoring programmes in order to encourage women to pursue technical vocations (Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain and Adalab).
She has a Master of Research in Artificial Intelligence from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, where she also completed a degree in computer engineering and certificate in project management.
Founder and president of WomenCEO
A woman committed to equality in the world of work, she has been fighting for women to hold corresponding positions within the managerial sphere and administrative boards. She is the founder and president of WomenCEO, a non-profit organisation made up of business women and managers that collaborate among themselves to share experiences, exchange knowledge and boost networking.
An entrepreneurial woman, 20 years ago she founded her own advertising company: Fiverooms, an agency specialised in the field of neuromarketing and above all, focused on communication for women.
She was chair and co-founder of La Plataforma de Expertas, created to bring women closer to media and give them a greater visibility.
Winner of Spanish National Prize for Sociology and Political Science
She was recently awarded the 2018 Spanish National Prize for Sociology and Political Science. She is the first woman to receive the prize, just as she was the first woman in Spain to hold a Chair in Sociology and the first sociologist to receive the prestigious Pascual Madoz National Research Prize for the Social Sciences (2002). She holds a Doctorate in Political Science and a Degree in Political Science and Economics (Politics Section) and is an expert in the analysis of unpaid work and how it relates to the social and economic structure.
She is the founder of the University Institute of Women Studies (IUEM) at the UAM, has presided over the Spanish Sociology Federation and is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association.
She is the author of more than 200 works on women, inequality, unpaid work, use of time, health and urban planning.
Ana Muñoz de Dios
General Director of Fundación Integra
With a degree in Economic and Business Sciences, she has undertaken the IESE’s Strategic Management and Business Leadership programme and the Women and Leadership programme at Aliter. She has held different roles at banking entities. Afterwards, she joined the Regional Government of Madrid as a technical analyst of cooperation for development projects. She stayed there until the year 2001, when she took charge of the management of Fundación Integra. This institution, which helps people that have experienced situations of exclusion when joining the work market, has achieved the integration of more than 12,500 under Muñoz de Dios’ management.
Antonio Garrigues Walker
Chairman of the Fundación Garrigues
Renowned lawyer in the international field, he is chairman of the Fundación Garrigues and honorary chairman of the Garrigues law firm, founded by his father and uncle. Likewise, he presides over the Garrigues Chair in Global Law at the Universidad de Navarra and is Doctor Honoris Causa from the Universidad Ramón Llull, the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, and the Universidad Europea de Madrid. He serves as Honorary Spanish President of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He is also the founder of the Spanish Chapter of Transparency International (TI), an organization fighting against corruption. He has been named World Lawyer by the World Peace through Law Centre and is an honorary member of the American Bar Association. Garrigues is chairman and adviser of many companies. Throughout his career he has received numerous awards and accolades.
An MEP representing the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE), she is Vice-President of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and a member of the Development, Petitions and Women’s Rights and Gender Equality committees. Most of her work is dedicated to human rights, equality for women, third world development and access to medications. She is particularly involved in the destinations for refugees arriving in Europe and the fight against the radicalisation that leads to terrorism.
Before entering politics, she had a career in marketing and communications.
Founder and President of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation
Bianca Jagger was born in Managua, Nicaragua. She grew up under the Somoza regime and witnessed the terrors the National Guard inflicted upon the civilian population.
For approximately 30 years, Bianca Jagger has been a voice for the most vulnerable members of society, campaigning for human rights, civil liberties, peace, social justice and environmental protection throughout the world. She has given speeches and written articles in support of the rights of children, women, prisoners on death row, and indigenous and tribal people. She campaigned against oppressive governments throughout Latin America.
In 2006, she founded the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation (BJHRF).
Business woman, speaker and philanthropist
She is the founder and CEO of BBES, a New York based business development agency which represents, promotes and markets brands internationally.
With strong links to the female business world, Bokoko is the former Executive Director of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce in New York, she is a United Nations ambassador and member of the advisory board of its female programme, EMPRETEC, which promotes the entrepreneurial skills of women in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.
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Singer and composer
One of the most internationally recognised Hispanic music artists. With a career spanning over 20 years, a thousand concerts behind him and more than 1 million albums sold, Carlos Baute is at one of the peaks in his career. Ando Buscando, Quién Es Ese, Vamos a la Calle and Colgando en tus Manos are some of his most well-known hits. He has just released a new album, De Amor y Dolor, which will take him on a tour of Spain and Latin America in the coming months.
Deputy President of the Government of Spain, Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Cortes and Equality
She has a degree in Public Law from the Universidad de Sevilla and a PhD in Constitutional Law from the Universidad de Córdoba. Until being named as deputy president, she was a lecturer in Constitutional Law at the School of Law at the Universidad de Córdoba. She held the position of Minister of Culture from 2004 to 2007, First Vice President of the Congress of Deputies from 2007 to 2008 and Minister of Culture of the Regional Government of Andalusia (1996-2004).
She has been deputy dean of the School of Law at the Universidad de Córdoba; Minister of the Economic and Social Council of Cordoba and secretary of the Andalusian Inter-university Institute of Criminology.
President of AFAMMER
Founder and national president of the Association of Families and Women in Rural Communities (AFAMMER), a pioneering NGO which promotes and defends the rights of rural women, Quintanillas has developed her career as a civil servant in the higher technical section of autonomous bodies in the civil administration of the State.
Since the year 2000 she has been a Member of Parliament for the Partido Popular party, participating in various committees linked to equality and non-discrimination and the fight against gender violence.
The fight for equality for disabled people, particularly women, has been another of her mainstays throughout her parliamentary career.
Founder of CIDS (Innovation Center for Sustainable Development)
Managing Director at ARPA Equipos Móviles de Campaña, her particular concern for sustainability led her to set up and chair the CIDS Innovation Center for Sustainable Development. This organisation, which works directly on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, brings together innovative ideas generated in companies and society to encourage sustainability.
Due to this, Clara Arpa was named by Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, as a member of the UN Global Compact Board.
A businesswoman and notable social entrepreneur, she has over 20 years’ experience in management positions in national and international companies.
Innovation, leadership and diversity consultant and public speaking coach for leaders and activists. She has been a TEDX Barcelona organiser for the past five years and also serves at the helm of TEDxBarcelonaWomen, a platform that inspires, connects and raises awareness about female talent. She has managed international projects promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and private investment with a special focus on gender equality, including SWAN Women Angels Network and Hack D Gap Global Challenge (GSMA).
Georgetown University (USA) granted her a scholarship in 2018 to represent Spain in the school’s programme for global leaders. She has been nominated for the TOP 100 Women Leaders in Spain (Mujeres&Cía, 2018).
Robotics Researcher. Universidad Carlos III
A scientist committed to the equality of women in science and technology, university teaching and scientific dissemination. She undertakes her research at the RoboticsLab group at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, where she is also a lecturer. For more than a decade she has been working on the humanoid robot TEO; an assistance robot which improves people’s quality of life. This project has been acknowledged with various awards, including the Fundación Orange’s Women and Technology Award (2018) and the Award for Best Contemporary Scientist- Spanish Science (2017) granted by the scientific dissemination journal QUO in collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
Member of the Asociación Española de Ejecutiv@s y Consejer@s (EJE&CON) (Spanish Association of Executives and Advisers)
As an adviser at EJE&CON, Cristina Sancho works to contribute to promote the presence of women in senior management positions and administrative boards.
She is director of Corporate Communication, Brand and CSR in Spain and Portugal at Wolters Kluwer, a member of the Executive Board at Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory and she chairs the Equality Commission in Spain. Sancho has a degree in Law, a master’s degree in Corporate Communication, and she completed the Promoting Leadership for Women in Senior Management programme.
She is a member of the administrative board at the association Women in a Legal World. Specialised in good governance and CSR, Sancho is committed to building a fairer, more charitable and balanced society. She is co-author of the book “37 Almas” (37 Souls) and the “Código de buenas prácticas para la gestión del talento y la mejora de la competitividad de las empresas” (Code of good practice for the management of talent and improving the competitiveness of companies).
Co-founder of The Neon Project
Cristina Santamarina is a a professional specialised in leadership of technological projects interested in communication, communities and social change. Before moving to Córdoba, Cristina worked in multinationals, start-ups and NGOs in Madrid, Prague, Berlin and Conakry. She is currently the co-founder of The Neon Project, an agency involved in the digital transformation of people, processes and products through technology; specialised in blockchain, conversational interfaces, data analysis and complex problems.
Singer and composer
Te Esperaré Toda la Vida is the first single by singer and composer Dani Fernández, who, after being in the band Auryn, is staring his solo career. The hit has been streamed over 8 million times on Spotify and 5 million times on YouTube. This is a preview of his debut album which will be released in spring 2019, with songs composed by artists such as Marwan, Funambulista and Andrés Suárez. He will soon tour Spain promoting the album.
Enrique Polo de Lara
Spain Country Leader & Area Vice President at Salesforce
He studied Electronic Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and holds an Executive MBA by the IESE. He has worked in companies such as Unisys and Oracle for more than 17 years, holding several high positions in the sales department. Enrique was received the Executive of the Year Award by the Muy Computer magazine in 2015 because of his performance in Iberia.
Eva Pérez Nanclares
Lawyer and Vice President @REDI
Dedicated to advising individuals and organisations to help them remove obstacles and legal problems that impede their personal, economic and/or social development, she founded her own law firm S&P® Legal in 2009. Specialising in international contract negotiation and intellectual property, she has expanded her portfolio of cases wherever her clients’ loyalty and trust have led her. She has practiced in in-court representation and handled pro bono matters, focusing for some years on the defense of women’s rights and the LGTBI collective. She considers communication the most powerful tool and negotiation the best way to settle any dispute.
Startup Advisor, Board Member and angel investor
Angel investor in breakthrough ventures. EU Startups nomination among the 50 most influential European women in Startup and VC. IBAN Business Angel of the Year 2015. EBAN LeanIN WBA Women Business Angel Award 2018.
Head of the Promociona Project, and Deputy Head for Training of CEOE
The Promociona project was specifically designed to strengthen and develop the professional and leadership skills and competencies of highly qualified women in their promotion towards senior management positions. She has achieved excellent results, not only as regards the number of participating companies, but also because of the level of awareness of the said companies.
Uriarte began her career in Human Resources for the company Axa Seguros, and she has devoted most of their professional life to corporations.
She studied in Pamplona and in the United States. She holds a degree in Law by the University of Navarra. She is an Equal Opportunities’ Agent by the UNED, and an Industrial Relations Counsel.
She was chosen Top100 Leader Women in Spain 2018.
Journalist and president of 5050GL
An activist for the rights of women and businesswomen, she created the 50&50 Gender Leadership consulting company, which offers guidance and implements equality and gender policies in companies and institutions.
Lomana is founder partner of Fundación Mujeres por África and member of its Advisory Council; she is also a partner of International Women’s Forum, an ambassador of Fundación Inspiring Girls and member of the board of Fundación Juanfe.
She has vast experience as a journalist, and is the author of several books, such as El Ciclón Socialista, Juegos de Poder and #ElFindelMiedo, a novel about the potential of women. She has received many awards: the Máster de Oro Estatutario; Premio Convivencia y Tolerancia; Premio a la Comunicación de FEDEPPE or First Amendment Award and Gran Cruz del Merito Civil.
Serial entrepreneur, investor, mentor and adviser
Helena Torras is convinced that the future of innovation lies in the collaboration between traditional companies and technological start-ups. She believes that combining the experience and know-how of these two will result in a unique experience, increasing the value of all the agents involved and society. Torras is the co-founder of various start-ups and has been leading innovative projects for over a decade. She has invested in more than 9 start-ups and has been a member of the board of directors/adviser in some of these. She is an independent adviser at Mastertech Capital* SCR. She is on the Management Board of many organisations and associations.
Past President of the American Bar Association (ABA)
Hilarie is the former President of the ABA, the largest professional organisation in the world, with more than 400,000 members. Until recently she also presided over the law firm Greenberg Traurig, which she founded. She is one of the most recognised lawyers in the United States with a professional career of more than 30 years that has been recognised with numerous awards. In 2016 she was named litigation lawyer of the year by The Best Lawyers. Promoting gender equality around the world is a priority for her.
Managing Director of REALE Seguros Generales
His commitment to equality has been reflected in the policies put in place in the company in recent years, which has led to it gaining badges such as ‘Great Place to Work’ for the past 5 years, and that of ‘Equality in the Company’ bestowed by the Spanish Ministry of the Presidency, Relations with the Cortes and Equality. He was recently been awarded with the prize for “Male Commitment” given by the magazine MujerHoy.
Mariscal has been Managing Director of Reale Seguros Generales since 2014. At the helm of the insurance company, in 2017 he achieved the best results of the Reale Group in Spain in history.
Partner in RED Capital Partners
Iren is a Partner in RED Capital Partners, the first VC firm investing in companies co-led or led by female entrepreneurs in Europe and in Israel.
Iren is specialised in deep tech startups, serving previously as Principal in YL Ventures, a Silicon Valley top-tier venture capital firm focused on Israeli technology investments. Prior to this, Iren worked at the Israeli Ministry of Finance’s International Affairs Department, specialising in Foreign Direct Investments. She was a Fellow at the China-Israel Task Force, developing economic initiatives between China and Israel.
Iren was listed as an influential figure by Forbes Israel 30 under 30.
European Member of Parliament for S&D
Socialist Member of European Parliament since 2004, she is a member of the S&D group (socialist group) in the European Parliament, she is Head of the Spanish Socialist Delegation at said institution and spokeswomen for this same party in the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, which she presided between 2014 and 2017.
She is a full member of the European Committee of the Regions; a substitute member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee and a member of the intergroups: Peace for the Sahrawi People, Disability and Youth Issues.
Psychoanalyst, writer and contributing editor in Mujerhoy
She holds a university degree in Philosophy and Arts and in Psychology by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, was a founding member of the “Psychotherapy group” of Madrid. In addition to her long career as a psychoanalyst, she has also been psychotherapist in the event supported by the Spanish Institute of Women “Encounter Groups of Women in Neighbourhoods” and teacher in several courses. She was awarded the Journalism Prize from the Professional Association of Psychologists in 1987 and is the author of several books: Relatos clínicos, Alimentación emocional, Dejemos hablar al amor, El equilibrio emocional and La construcción del amor.
Since its foundation in 1999, she collaborates weekly with the Mujerhoy magazine, addressing issues related to feelings, couples, children or current affairs from a psychological point of view. For seven years, she was in charge of the psychological advice column of the magazine, answering more than 2,500 letters, mostly from women.
Isabel Pardo de Vera
Chairwomen of ADIF
Born in Lugo in 1975, she has a degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de A Coruña. After working in the private sector in engineering and consultancy of railway and road infrastructure projects, she joined Adif (a Spanish state-owned railway infrastructure manager) in 2007 by means of a Public Job Posting.
Until 2015 she undertook successive positions of Site Management, Head of Infrastructure and Area Manager. At the end of that year she became Manager of Mobility and Infrastructure at the County Council of Pontevedra.
In June 2016 she joined the railway entity once again as General Manager of Adif Operation and Construction and General Manager of Adif High Speed, roles which she held until being named as chairwomen of both entities in June
Founder & Creative Director of the IOU Project
This Indian-born designer wants to restore human values in the world of fashion and make individuals recover their identity as creators. It was with this aim that she created the IOU Project, a platform which makes use of new technology and social media to connect buyers with those that make the garments, at all times and from anywhere in the world.
The IOU Project has been mentioned over 200,000 times on the internet and has been a deserving winner of the UNSCC Leadership Award, the Luxury Briefing Award for innovation and the SOURCE Award by Ethical Fashion Forum London, among others.
CEO and founder of Porous City Network
From her company, Porous City Network, this Thai landscape architect works on the construction of public green spaces in order to stand up to climate change, especially in her birth city, Bangkok.
She is a consultant for the Redevelopment Bangkok 250 project and was the co-founder of Koungkuey Design Initiative (KDI), an international association that works with communities to design and rebuild public spaces by means of a participative process. She has worked in stand-out projects such as the 2015 Thailand Pavilion in Milan, the creation of an urban ecological park in the heart of Bangkok and on a series of innovative public landscape designs in her city. In all of her work she shows her passion for solving urban ecological problems through architectural landscape design.
She has published short stories, novels, essays and an autobiography, and has been an editor, a literature critic, translator and guest lecturer in several universities in the United States.
In 1996, she coordinated and wrote a prologue of the Madres e hijas anthology and, in 2000, she wrote the essay Literatura y mujeres, analysing the role of women throughout history in literature.
She has written other books, such as Los otros son másfelices, the essay collection El silencio de lasmadres y otrasreflexionessobrelasmujeres en la cultura and two volumes of her diary: Unavidasubterránea. Diario. In June 2019, she is going to publish her autobiography with a gender mainstreaming called A mí no me iba a pasar.
She is member of the European Cultural Parliament and honorary chairman of the Clásicas y Modernas association, which works for equality and gender in culture.
Senior advisor PRM Market Intelligence
As an economist, she has devoted more than 30 years to market intelligence, both professionally in the PRM company and in the teaching sector, as well as in many master’s programmes taught by different schools.
She joined the PRM team as an intern, and from 2008 to 2013 she held the position of partner-CEO. When she left the management of PRM, she took a sabbatical and decided to carry out a pioneering research project: “Women today: how they are, what they believe and how they feel”, a study she funded and that she could undertake thanks to a pro bono collaboration from the PRM team.
Leslie Morgan Steiner
Writer, consultant and thought leader
Leslie Morgan Steiner specializes in the areas of female leadership, work-life balance, overcoming adversity and surviving violence against women. The author of Crazy Love, an autobiographical work that deals with love and violence, she has just published her fourth non-fiction book in which she explores ageing and women’s sexuality after maternity and divorce.
Her professional career has seen her spend time at companies like Johnson & Johnson and Leo Burnett and in the world of publishing with The Washington Post and Seventeen magazine.
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Leticia Espinosa de los Monteros
Founder and chairwoman of Círculo de Orellana
A trained historian with more than 30 years’ experience in cultural management and foundations, she is focused on seeking female talent. Thus the Círculo de Orellana came about, this non-profit organisation, of which she is the chairwoman and founder, brings professional women together from different fields with the aim of helping them achieve their professional goals.
Espinosa de los Monteros has held different posts throughout her career: Culture Director at the UCM summer courses in El Escorial; Managing Director of the foundations Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Astroc and Francisco Umbral; member of the Executive Board at UNICEF Madrid, Trustee of the Fundación Quiero Trabajo and member of the Advisory Committee at Fundación Exit.
Equity Asset Manager at Santander Asset Management
She started her career at Barclays in 1988, and a year later she joined Santander, where she has worked as a financial analyst, a private banking manager and an investment funds manager. She currently manages and leads the Small Caps variable income funds team and she is in charge of the variable income range of the Santander Sostenible funds.
She has received numerous awards, such as the Citywire Award for best Spanish variable income manager in 2017 and 2018. Likewise the Santander Small Caps España fund, which Solana has managed since it was created, has also been awarded on numerous occasions as the best Spanish variable income fund. She has a law degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and studied economy at Berkeley (San Francisco). Her hobbies include writing and astronomy.
Founder and CEO of Change Dyslexia and Systems Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University
Having suffered from dyslexia as a child, Luz Rello took an interest in linguistics and IT and developed a technology that enables its early detection. She founded Change Dyslexia; a social project that uses digital tools to deal with the social challenge of dyslexia and put an end to the school drop-outs that it leads to.
Her work has been internationally recognised and she has received significant acknowledgements, such as the European Young Researchers’ Award 2013 (she was the first Spanish woman to receive this); the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 Award (Spain); the New Researcher Award granted by the International Dyslexia Association and the Princesa de Girona Social Award granted by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain. Moreover, in 2017 Forbes magazine included her in the 30 Under 30 list.
She has a degree in linguistics, a master’s degree in natural language processing and a PhD in ICT.
Scriptwriter, producer and director of social cinema
She has focused her work on denouncing trafficking and labor exploitation of women through film. She began her career as a documentalist in 2006, writing and directing Voces contra la trata de mujeres, where she denounced the sale of women and girls for sexual purposes. She was awarded as Woman of the Year Award 2019 (magazine MujerHoy)
He has made many, spots and documentaries: Las Sabias de la Tribu; Madre; Las mujeres que triunfan; Chicas nuevas 24 horas y El proxeneta, paso corto mala leche.
Lozano’s work has received many international and national awards and recognitions.
Co-founder of PiperLab
A professional with more than 15 years’ experience as a business consultant and implementing management solutions in logistical, commercial and marketing sectors as well as the implementation of IT solutions and the support in launching new business models.
She has an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa. She has a degree in Business Sciences from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a diploma in Economic Sciences from the UNED.
Two years ago she co-founded PiperLab- of which she is a partner-; a start-up dedicated to big data and data analysis.
Editor of the Spanish National Television Channel 24H
A journalist committed to the equal rights between men and women, Eizaguirre has focused on gender equality, technological development and innovation. Thus, in 2013 she participated in the presentation of the II Action Plan for the Equality between Women and Men in the Society of Information developed by the Spanish Government’s Institute of Women, which highlighted the opportunities and risks for women in ICT. She also participated in the event “Equality in public radio and television: from commitment to practice” and in the RTVE’s (Spanish Radio and Television Corporation) meeting The Equality Formula during the week of International Women’s Day in 2018. She has undertaken a great deal of her professional career at RTVE, where she is currently the editor of the 24 hours news channel.
She has been awarded with an Antena de Oro audiovisual industry award and with the Fedepe Award in the field of communication dedicated to women. Eizaguirre is a board member at Ellevate Network.
Journalist and communicator
In 2017 she made the Forbes (Spain) 30 Under 30 list; a recognition of all those young people that have the potential to become leaders of a generation in different fields (technology, communication, politics, art, finance, etc.)
She has worked on radio and television. In summer 2018, she made up part of the team of Mediaset journalists that covered the Football World Cup in Russia, where she brought to light the chauvinist behaviour that many journalists faced. Since December 2018 she has presented the programme Ese Programa del Que Usted Me Habla on La 2 (public Spanish TV).
Gómez has a degree in Advertising and International Relations from the Universidad Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and one in Journalism from the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. She also has a degree in Strategic Planning and Advertising Creativity.
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Chef. National Gastronomy Award Winner
Winner of Spain’s National Gastronomy Award (2013), he is head chef of the two Michelin starred restaurant, Coque. He discovered his love of the kitchen in his family’s restaurant aged 10 years old, and he is the third generation of cooks in the family.
In addition to his work as a chef, Sandoval undertakes intense business activities, coordinating comprehensive catering services and strategic consultancy. He is chair of FACYRE (the Spanish Cultural Federation of Associations of Chefs and Pastry Chefs), a speaker at the main gastronomic congresses and researcher of new gastronomic registers, techniques and technology.
Head of the Melanoma Group at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO)
Soengas is an international expert in basic and applied research in melanoma, whose works have been published in well-regarded scientific journals, such as Nature, Cell, Cancer Cell, Science, or Nature Cell Biology, among others.
Research of the CNIO Melanoma Group provided the basis for founding a spin-off: Bioncotech Therapeutics, whose leading-edge product is a compound that attacks tumour cells causing their death.
Soengas has been awarded several prizes, such as the Women in Science Research Team Science Award of L’Oreal-Melanoma Research Alliance or the Elsa Medrano Memorial Award of the Society for Melanoma Research due to her contribution to professional development of women in science.
In 2018, she was listed in the Top 100 Female Leaders in Spain (Mujeres & Cía).
Marta Pérez Dorao
President at Fundación Inspiring Girl
As president of Inspiring Girl, Pérez Dorao aims to increase the self-esteem and professional ambitions of school girls, as well as their job expectations, without the fact that they are women implying any limitation for them.
She is the founder of the legal firm Women in Business, a training consultant in managerial skills for women and a mentor at the Instituto de Empresa (IE).
A company lawyer, for more than 30 years she has worked in the software sector; she has been General Counsel and a member of various Boards of Administration. She is General Manager of FECE (Spanish Federation of Electrical Appliances Merchants).
For the past 25 years, her professional career has been in radio and television. She was part of Carlos Llamas’ team in Hora 25, a programme broadcast by Cadena SER and also of the foundational teams of Canal+, CNN+ and Cuatro. In Mediaset she led the midday and weekend editions of the Noticias Cuatro news bulleting. She currently presents, together with Roberto Arce, the programme Cuatro al día Fin de semana. She works as a trainer of spokespersons for large companies and public institutions. Her work on TV has been recognised with an Antena de Oro award and two Antena de Plata awards.
She holds a degree in Advertising by the University of the Basque Country.
Mercedes de la Rosa
With a degree in journalism and international relations, Mercedes de la Rosa discovered yoga and meditation 20 years ago, and since then she has been dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits that these bring by means of writings, teachings and the creation of yoga studios and events related to the discipline. “If we want to change things, both on the outside and the inside, we first have to be aware and accept them. The connection with breathing brings you into the moment, it reduces your mind’s internal noise- future projections and memories and weight of the past- and then your fears, attachments and anguish disappear, to be replaced with health, love and appreciation”, she states.
She is co-founder of thefree yoga, or street yoga, movement, in which thousands of people have participated in the past ten years.
President and Co-Founder of the Humanized Internet
Global CTO of Cisco from 2012 y 2016, she is recognised as one of the most influential technological leaders in the world. She has been distinguished with important awards such as Top 100 CIOs 2016 (CIO.com), the Top Women in Cloud Innovations Award 2016 (CloudNow) and the Social Media Presence of the Year 2016 (AI Magazine), among others. A renowned orator, she currently holds a number of positions as a consultant in organisations very active in the blockchain community.
10+ years of mentoring startups and applying business model innovation 15+ years of experience online technology and communication 15+ years of team leadership 10+ created more than 10 ventures 15+ Investments Specialities: – Innovation – Motivator and problem solver – Marketing & Technology.
Founder of the #demachosaHOMBRES Institute
Activist, creator and defender of equality and human rights, Nicko Nogués founded the #demachosaHOMBRES Institute, a movement which aims to open the discussion among men to challenge chauvinistic stereotypes and promote equality and respect.
After leaving his career as a publicist, he launched the #demachosaHOMBRES Institute as well as isaMIRACLE.org (a consultancy focused on using creativity, strategies and communication), through which he guides and advices companies and organisations so that they know how to use their businesses, brand strategies and creativity, with the commitment to promote substantive equality, inclusion, diversity and environmental awareness. He has collaborated various times with UN Women.
Co-Founder of Guan She. Asia Program Director at Pears Program for Global Innovation
She manages the South and South East Asia affairs and programs besides the NGO’s communities and PR. Prior to Pears Ms. Muzzafi have worked in PwC Israel as the Head of Hi-Tech Business Development and Head of Startups Program, in Li & Fung Group in Shanghai as Acceleration and Innovation Consultant, and Israel-Asia Chamber of Commerce. She has spent 3 years Living and Working in East Asia as StartupEast Ventures COO & Accelerator Director, where she was part of the founding team of the accelerator programs for Israeli Startups in China, Singapore, Japan, Korea and the Philippines. Noa is committed to change the gender gap and inequality in the Israeli startup scene, she has founded and managed the Israeli branch of SheWorx Israel and today manages the communities of Women of Startup Nation and founded Guan She Initiative – the first Asian-Israeli female network.
Ms. Muzzafi holds a BA in Asian Studies, Chinese and Management from Tel-Aviv University and Ren-Min University in China.
President and Founder of Ellas Al Cuadrado
Ellas Al Cuadrado is an independent, non-profit organisation that aims to increase the number of women engaging in the field of digital economy under the paradigm of Slow Startup. Said Slow Startup is a natural evolution of Slow Movement and seeks to apply the principles of this global community to a new and evolving model of entrepreneurship and business where entrepreneurial women can find sources of economic sustainability that facilitate the sustainability of life itself. Her other projects include Atalaya School, elpuente and Learn&Discover.
Senior Legal Advisor at eyeWitness
A lawyer specialised in international crimes and the use of technology for the defence of human rights. She was one of the first members of the eyeWitness team, an organisation that gathers technological and legal knowledge to facilitate the process of documenting war crimes and human rights violations. Her work has been used in investigations and analysis by United Nations committees and national and international courts of justice and institutions. Vázquez has worked in conflict and post-conflict areas for different humanitarian and human rights organisations. Mentioned by Forbes magazine as one of the most influential people under the age of 30 due to her contributions to the fields of politics and law
Co-founder of Investpodden
Ronja Koepke is a Swedish angel investor, speaker, entrepreneur and writer. Co-founder of Onesock app and Investpodden podcast. She has invested in companies focusing on AI, IoT, GPS, Fintech and health. With a background in journalism and acting she found her mission in helping young entrepreneurs and first time investors to understand how it all works, and reach those who just as herself didn’t think it was in the cards to start a business or invest in other people’s brilliant ideas. She’s now based in Stockholm after have lived in Latvia, New York and Los Angeles.
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Rozalén is not just one of the biggest Spanish singer-songwriters around; she is also a prominent social activist who uses her music to defend the rights of minorities and the most disadvantaged, making her shows more inclusive at aimed at everyone. She has two Platinum Albums and two Gold Albums and was acknowledged with Apple Music’s Album of the Year in 2015. She has also been awarded the Professional Merit Plaque of Castilla-La Mancha. She has received two Latin Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Song of the Year.
Ceo and co-founder of Angel Academe
Sarah is a technologist, entrepreneur and angel investor. In 2014 she co-founded the fast-growing and award-winning angel network, Angel Academe in the UK. Angel Academe investors are mainly but not only women and they invest in women founded and co-founded technology startups with high growth potential.
Investments include: Provenance, which uses the blockchain to improve food supply chain transparency; Raremark which uses AI to help patients with rare diseases make informed choices about care; and Fiskl, a fintech for micro-businesses.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
The first Muslim women to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Shirin Ebadi is a lawyer and human rights and democracy activist. Born in the north of Iran and daughter of a law professor, ever since her childhood she has had a strong sense of justice.
With a law degree from the University of Tehran, she was named as a judge in 1969, being the first woman in Iran to hold this position. She has had an intense professional career and has worked on many cases of human rights violations, especially regarding women and children.
In addition to receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, in 1996 she was awarded with the Human Rights Watch and in 2001 she received the Norwegian Thorolf Rafto Prize for her defence in court of Iranian women in divorce and child custody cases.
Of Palestinian origin, Abdellah is one of few women dedicated professionally to the darbuka, an Arab instrument traditionally played by men. Self-taught, she began her musical career at the early age of 15. Right now she is working on the challenge she set herself of recording a rock, house and pop fusion album with musical rhythms from the Middle East. She has been questioned throughout her career because of the instrument she has chosen to play. She has never given up however: “You have to follow your dreams and stay positive – even if the going sometimes gets tough.”
A Spanish artist with two self-produced albums which have been streamed over six million times. Her first album, Seis Peniques, was released in February 2017 and Nota en do was released a year later. She has an intense dialogue with her more than 250,000 followers on social media, who wait anxiously for her new songs- which will surely leave an impression on everyone.
In 2018 Ellar announced that all of the proceeds from her single Humanidad en Paro would go to different organisations that support the homeless.
Founder of GirlsCanHack
Computer systems engineer in the Cyber Security Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, she is the founder of GirlsCanHack; a non-profit organisation which aims to integrate women into technology in general and, above all, cybersecurity. She is President of the Women Scientists & Engineers Council at Berkeley Lab and co-president of Network Security at SC19.
She was named on the Top 20 Most Influential Latinos in Technology list by CNET (2016).
Communication Advisor at the National Intelligence Centre (Centro Nacional de Inteligencia)
Journalist specialised in communication cabinets, she has always been very committed to the quality of information, convinced that a well-informed society is a freer society. In recent years she has been in charge of the communication of the Vice-Presidency of the Government, after spending several years dedicated to the environmental communication of various Administration bodies. She has covered so many, diverse fields, from the communication of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to the greater offer of public employment, the opening of the 15th National Park, or most recently, the EU Intelligence School… and after all of this she has always come to the same conclusion: the material to be shared is important, but the responsibility with which that is done is even more so.
Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría
Ex-Deputy President of the Government and Spokesperson of the Government of Spain
A Public Prosecutor, in 2011, in the 10th Parliamentary term , she was named as Deputy Prime Minister of Spain, Minister of the Presidency and Spokesperson. From 2016 until 2018, when she stood down, she became responsible for Territorial Administrations and stopped being spokesperson.
As a member of parliament for Madrid, in the 8th Parliamentary term she was also made assistant spokesperson of the Constitutional Committee of the Congress of Deputies. In the 9th Parliamentary term she was once again elected as a member of parliament for Madrid, and designated Popular Party spokesperson, assuming, among other tasks, the presentation of the Constitutional Reform in 2011.
She has a law degree from the Universidad de Valladolid, and was awarded the Extraordinary End of Studies Prize. She has been a lecturer in Administrative Law and Community Policies at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. At present she is a lawyer and adviser for the Spanish Council of State.
Passionate about technology, programming and entrepreneurship for girls.
She is only 10 years old and wants to be an example for lots of girls that want to learn technology. She has a YouTube channel with dozens of videos and tutorials on robotics, programming and entrepreneurship; she holds talks and presentations at technological events and schools; and she was involved in the development of an application so that girls in rural areas find resources to be able to learn how to program. Valeria Corrales believes: “we girls can be whatever we want to be. If I want to be a princess, I’ll be a princess and if I want to be an engineer, I’ll be an engineer”.
Vanessa de Velasco
Manager and founder of the Aviadoras movement and airline pilot
She is the manager of Aviadores, the first and only movement in Spain of female pilots and the promoter and member of the first international IFALPA group of female pilots. She is also a representative of ECA (the European Cockpit Association) in the Women for transport project, which is the first world European movement to foster women in transport, and is part of the governing body of the EVA association, which seeks to boost women in high offices within the aerospace career.
She holds a degree in Commercial Aviation and Aircraft Operations, and her end-of-degree project was about women, aviation, stereotypes and network creation.
President of the General Council of Spanish Lawyers
With a PhD in Law from the University of Valladolid and as a practicing lawyer since 1981, Ortega served asPresident of the Cantabria Bar Association from 2000 to 2008, the first woman to hold this position in the Association’s 164 years of existence. She is president of the Professional Union, Vice President of the European Council of the Liberal Professions and Vice President of the World Organization of the Liberal Professions. She is also adviser to the Council of State, member of the General Codification Commission and has been aProfessor of Procedural Law at the University of Cantabria since 1992.