The Aspen Institute España, set up in December 2010 and chaired by Javier Solana held its first meeting in March 2011. The goals of the Institute is to become a forum for reflection on social responsibility and the principles that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced environment for discussions on matters of general interest.
The meeting was attended by Cesar Alierta, Chairman of Telefónica; Francisco González, Chairman and CEO of BBVA; Ignacio Sanchez Galan, Chairman of Iberdrola; Juan Maria Nin, CEO of La Caixa and José Manuel Entrecanales, Chairman of Acciona, among others.
Aspen Institute España is an independent foundation that will adapt to Spain the most emblematic Aspen Institute US programs, whose model gives great importance to values such as leadership and social responsibility.
The Institute will organize various types of seminars, starting with a first international conference on 31st May, which will be attended, by Paul Volcker, former president of the Federal Reserve and other leading representatives of Spanish and international financial landscape.
In a country such as Spain, having experienced a profound transformation over a very short period of time, the development of a structured, cohesive public dialogue and the strengthening of civil society are objective necessities which may be addressed from different perspectives. To this end the model defined by The Aspen Institute in the United States incorporates features which complement those embraced by institutions active in Spain today:
Its independent, non‐partisan nature allows Aspen to bring different sectors of civil society and the public sector together to engage in an open dialogue addressing issues of general or sector‐specific interest.
The prestige of Aspen and its members gives the organization solid ethical, academic and professional credibility, ensuring its ability to successfully convene and engage multiple stakeholders in high‐level dialogue.
The importance given to values in leadership and to social responsibility responds to the ever growing demand of such values among business and community leaders.
Its strong presence in the United States and other countries such as Italy and India, provide an opportunity to globally take advantage of Aspen´s culture of dialogue and its academic and organizational paradigms.
Aspen Institute España defines itself as an independent foundation which takes on the values, features and goals of the Aspen model, adjusting them to the realities of the Spanish context; a context which naturally radiates to include its relations with other regions, whether in Europe,Latin America, or the Mediterranean.
Aspen Institute Romania congratulates this new Aspen International initiative and is positive of its succes in Spain and the region.
Aspen Institute España Board Meeting participants