José María de Areilza Carvajal is Professor of Law at ESADE law school. His research focuses on European institutions and EU competences. He has co-authored the books “Spain and the Transformations of the European Union”(1998) and “Internet, una profecía” (2002). He has been a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Natolin, Poland and at William & Mary School of Law, Virginia. As a member of the Total Law team, he has also taught at Central European University, Budapest, UCP Lisbon, Sciences Po Paris and at the National University of Singapore. In 2012 he became Secretary General of Aspen Institute España, affiliated with The Aspen Institute in the US. In a previous life he served as European Advisor in the Spanish Prime Minister’s Office (1996-2000) and as Dean of IE Law School and Jean Monnet Chair at IE University.
Pablo Díaz de Rábago is an Associate Professor of Economics at Instituto de Empresa. He holds bachelor degrees in Law and in Economics from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid, a LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a PhD. in Economics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has been a Partner at the law firm of Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, Madrid, advising some of the top European companies about financial issues and strategy in regulated sectors. He also was Director-General of Strategic Planning of the Spanish Public TV Holding. He is now the director of a successful private equity fund.
Marie-José Garot is Professor of European Union Law at IE Law School, and Director of the Center for European Studies of IE University. Apart from a Degree in Law from the University of Rennes ( France) and a Master Degree in Political Sciences from the University of Paris Panthéon-Assas (France), she holds a PhD Degree in Legal Studies from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Her field of research covers Chinese Law, European issues (European Citizenship, Common Market…) as well as eGoverment issues (eParticipation, eCitizenship…). She has published, among others, “La citoyenneté de l’Union Européenne” (Paris, L’Harmattan), and papers in national and international academic journals.
Fidel Sendagorta is the Spanish Ambassador to Egypt. He has been Director General for Middle East and Northern Africa and Ambassador for Mediterranean Affairs. He has also served at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the European Union and at the Embassies in Rabat, Havana and Tokyo. Between 1993 and 1996 he was Assistant Private Secretary to Ministers Javier Solana, Carlos Westendorp and Abel Matutes. In the last years he has been Head of Policy Planning of the Ministry. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a member of The Scientific Council of The Elcano Royal Institute for International and Strategic Studies. He is the author of the book “Europa entre dos luces” and has published articles in Spanish newspapers and in international relations journals such as Survival, Foreign Policy, Política Exterior and Claves de Razón Práctica. He lectures at the Diplomatic School in Madrid on Spanish Foreign Policy issues.
Tomás F. Serna holds a Degree in Law from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a postgraduate Degree in Telecommunications, Audiovisual, and Information Technologies Law from Instituto de Empresa Business School, and an LL.M (Master of Laws), Degree from Northwestern University. In 2000 he joined Obralia as head of its Legal Department. In 2003 he started his private legal practice. He is general counsel in Spain for a number of local and international corporations. He has been a Lecturer on IT Law at Instituto de Empresa, (2001-03).
José I. Torreblanca is Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science of UNED University and Director of the Madrid Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He has been a Senior Analyst for the European Union at the Elcano Royal Institute for International Affairs. He is also a member of the editorial board of the journal Foreign Policy en español and of the advisory committee of the Fundación Alternativas Foreign Policy Observatory (OPEX). A former Fulbright Scholar and a Fellow of the Juan March Institute in Madrid, his field of research covers Spain’s European Policy, EU decision-making, institutional reforms and Eastern enlargement. His publications include: 20 Años de España en la Unión Europea (co-autor, Real Instituto Elcano / Parlamento Europeo 2006); Construir Europa desde España: los nuevos desafíos de la política europea (co-autor, Informe Elcano 2/2005); Consecuencias de la ampliación al Este para España: aspectos políticos e institucionales (in Hay, FRIDE-Siddharta, 2003); The Reuniting of Europe: Promises, Negotiations and Compromises (Aldershot, Ashgate 2001); e Ideas, interests and institutions: explaining the Europeanization of Spanish Foreign Policy (ARENA working papers 01/26).
Christian Bulzomí has been a Research Fellow at Instituto de Empresa. After working as a lawyer at Clifford Chance and Uría y Menendez in Madrid he is now a civil servant at the European Commission in Brussels. He holds a joint degree in Law from the Universities of Padova, Italy and Innsbruck, Austria, a M.A. from the College of Europe, Natolin, Poland and is currently writing his PhD at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. During his years at university he worked as research assistant for Professor Gerhard Köbler. His research interests include the Law of the Internal Market, the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice and Competition Law. He is fluent in five languages.
Isabel Garcés Correa holds a Licenciado en Derecho degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid an LL.M. from Instituto de Empresa Business School. She also received a Diploma in Tax Law from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a Diploma in advanced Studies in Real State Law from Universidad del Pais Vasco and a Diploma in Business Administration from Centro de Estudios Financieros. She has worked as legal adviser to Dow Chemical Iberica S.A. At the present, she is Coordinator of the Center for European Studies of IE University.
Charlotte Leskinen is a Professor of Law at IE Law School, Instituto de Empresa. She holds a degree in Law from the University of Helsinki, Finland, a M.A. from the College of Europe, Natolin, Poland and is a PhD Student in EU Law at the Complutense University of Madrid. She is on leave from the Finnish Competition Authority where she has worked as a case-handler for four years. She has also worked as a trainee in the DG Competition of the European Commission and the Austrian Ministry of Environment. During her years at university she worked as an assisting inspector in the Trade Register of the National Board of Patents and Registration of Finland. Her research interests include Competition Law and the Law of the Internal Market. She is fluent in five languages and has a good knowledge of four other languages.
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