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Joaquín Almunia
Joaquín Almunia

Vice President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Competition.

Joaquín Almunia

Vice President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Competition.

Personal details

  • Spanish
  • Born June 17, 1948 in Bilbao, Spain
  • Married
  • Two children

Current duties

  • Since February 2010: Commissioner for competition Political career
  • Since April 2004: Member of the European Commission: (April 2004- February 2010: Commissioner for economic and monetary affairs)
  • 2000 elections: Socialist candidate for Prime Minister
  • 1997-2000, Leader of the PSOE
  • 1994-1997, Spokesperson of the Socialist Parliamentary Group
  • 1986- 1991, Minister of Public Administration
  • 1982-1986, Minister of Employment and Social Security
  • 1979-2004, Member of the Spanish Parliament
  • Member of the Federal Committee of the PSOE

Professional career

  • Founder (2002) and Director of the progressive think tank “Laboratorio de Alternativas”
  • Director of the research program on “Equality and redistribution of income” at the Fundación Argentaria (1991-1994)Education
  • Associate Lecturer at the University of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) on Employment and Social Security Law
  • “Senior managers in Government” program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Follow-up studies at L’École Pratique des Hautes Études de Paris
  • Graduated in Law and Economics at the University of Deusto (Bilbao) Languages
  • Spanish: mother tongue
  • English and French: thorough knowledge
  • Italian and Portuguese: basic knowledge
Bernardo Kliksberg
Bernardo Kliksberg

Expert in Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethical Management for Development and Public Administration.

Bernardo Kliksberg

Expert in Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethical Management for Development and Public Administration.

Bernardo Kliksberg is an international authority on corporate social responsibility and ethical management for development and public administration. He is also considered one of the foremost world experts on social management and the prioritization of the ethical and spiritual dimension of the person to achieve the level of human development required to fight poverty.

Kliksberg is the founder and director of the Initiative on Social Capital, Ethics and Development sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADP), and a recognized leader in the restructuring of thinking on government reform, public administration, civil service, and the training of top public officials.

He holds five university degrees, two of which are PhDs. He is a Doctor of Economics and Administrative Science, and holds Bachelor's Degrees in Sociology Administration and Public Accounting. Kliksberg serves as a special adviser to the UN, IADB, UNESCO, UNICEF, OAS, OPS and other international organizations. He has advised the administrations of over 30 countries, including a number of presidents and numerous public civil society and business organizations.

He has authored 43 books and hundreds of articles, and his writings have been translated into world languages that include English, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, Arab, Hebrew and French. He has written for key Latin American media groups, including La Nación, (Argentina), La República (Uruguay), and O Globo (Brazil).

Bernardo Kliksberg has brought his passion and insights to a range of leading international institutions, such as Harvard, New York University, South California University, Paris Institute of Political Science, Oslo University, and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and to platforms like the World Congress on Organizational Development, the Argentine National Congress, the Brazilian National Congress, and the Club of Rome.

He has received numerous international prizes, including the 2006 Educator Award from the Catholic Church of Argentina and the 2009 Order of Civil Merit from King Juan Carlos I of Spain. In 2008 he published his latest book, “The People First”, co-authored with Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics Amartya Sen. 

Luis Rojas Marcos
Luis Rojas Marcos

Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New York and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

Luis Rojas Marcos

Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New York and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

Luis R. Marcos was born in Seville, Spain (1943). He was a hyperactive child, but thanks to the insistence of his mother he applied his excess of energy to playing drums in a rock music quartet. Immediately after graduating from Seville University Medical School (1967), he immigrated to New York City where he completed his residency training in Psychiatry at New York University(NYU) and Bellevue Hospital Center (1972).

In 1972, he was granted by the United States’ National Institute of Health a three-year Fellowship Research Award for the study of communication of bilingual mentally ill persons, which resulted in several ground breaking publications.

In 1975 he became Chief of the NYU/Bellevue Psychiatric Research Unit, New York. From 1977 until 1981, Dr. Marcos was Director of Psychiatry at Gouverneur Hospital in New York.

Board certified in Psychiatry (1974), in 1977 he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Medical Science by the State University of New York, at Downstate Heath Sciences Center.

While serving in this position, Dr. Marcos was instrumental in the creation of Project HELP (Homeless Emergency Liaison Project), the first mobile medical/psychiatric unit with the mission of evaluating and hospitalizing seriously mentally ill homeless persons, living on the streets, who by reason of their mental illness were at risk of serious physical harm.

In 1992, Mayor David N. Dinkins named him Commissioner of the New York City Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services. During his tenure, the Department created the first five culturally competent mental health centers for the Hispanic, Asian, Caribbean and Russian inmigrant populations of the City.

Under his leadership, the Department also developed the successful youth violence prevention program Choose to de-fuse.

In 1995, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani selected Dr. Marcos for President and Chief Executive of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC).

The Corporation is responsible for delivering public health services and operating the eleven general hospitals, six long-term care facilities and multiple ambulatory care centers throughout the City.

Under his leadership, the Department also developed the successful youth violence prevention program Choose to de-fuse. In 1995, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani selected Dr. Marcos for President and Chief Executive of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). The Corporation is responsible for delivering public health services and operating the eleven general hospitals, six long-term care facilities and multiple ambulatory care centers throughout the City. It serves about two million patients annually, has a workforce of 43,000 individuals, and an annual budget of $5 billion.

From 1996 through 2000 HHC achieved financial stability and showed positive balances for the first time ever in its 27-year history. As a result, Wall Street investment companies improved HHC’s ratings, and several hospitals –Bellevue, Kings County, Queens, Jacobi and Coney Island- were rebuilt or extensively renovated.

Member of the City’s Emergency Management, Dr. Marcos was on the front line during the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

He has been the longest serving President of the Corporation (1995-2002).

From 2003 to 2007, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) and Chair of its Quality Committee. CHW is a 23 hospital system in California, Nevada and Arizona.

Dr. Marcos is currently a tenured Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Director for Hospitals Affiliations at New York University School of Medicine. He is also a member of the New York State Education Department Board of Medicine, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a Fellow of The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. In March 2008 he was appointed by the State legislant to the New York State Palliative Care Education and Training Council.

Dr. Marcos has published extensively in English and Spanish in the areas of public health and cultural psychiatry.

He has contributed extensively to the study of the language and cultural barriers of mentally ill immigrants, the special needs of the urban homeless population, and the development of public health policy.

In addition, Dr. Marcos regularly collaborates with Spanish institutions devoted to social and public health issues. He has published several bestseller books on current psychosocial subjects in the Spanish language (e.g., The Seeds of Violence, Our Happiness, Beyond September 11th, The Force of Optimism, Self-esteem, and Living Together).

He has co-authored with Dr. Valentin Fuster Heart and Mind.

Luis R. Marcos has four children. His hobbies include playing the piano, the guitar and drums; writing essays in Spanish; and running the New York City Marathon (he has run it 17 consecutive times).

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