Participating Members

Diego Hidalgo

President of the Board of Trustees,

Born in Madrid on November 5, 1942. He studied Law at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (1959-1964) and received a MBA from Harvard University (1966-1968). He completed his PhD in Political Science at the City University of New York (1996-2001). Mr. Hidalgo worked at the World Bank from 1968 to 1977, where he was promoted, in 1974, to Head of Division, assuming the responsibility for the Bank’s projects in the 45 sub-Saharan countries of Africa, becoming the Bank’s youngest Head of Division and the first Spaniard to hold this office.

Founder of FRIDA (Foundation for Research and Investment for the Development of Africa), and Chairman of DFC (Development Finance Corporation) since 1977. Co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the PRISA - El País publishing group since 1980, and of the Cadena SER radio station since 1984, he was Managing Director and Chairman of Alianza Editorial, Editorial Revista de Occidente and Editorial Labor until 1989. Chairman of the Board of the Universidad de Extremadura (1986-1999), he is member of the Board of Directors and member of the Executive Board of the Corporación Empresarial de Extremadura, and member of the Board of Directors of the Fundación Santillana and SOGECABLE.

In 1994, he entered the Fellows Programme of the Centre for International Affairs of Harvard University, where, between 1996 and 1999, he was Senior Associate of the Centre for European Studies.

President of FRIDE (Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior), founding member and Senior Fellow of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America (GFNA), of the Board of Directors of the Confederación Española de Fundaciones, as well as an active member of the Club of Rome and its Board of Governors. Member of the Executive Committee of the Club of Madrid and Trustee of the Toledo International Centre for Peace. Invested Doctor honoris causa by the Northeastern University, in Boston, in June 2001.

In March 2002, he was granted the Gran Cruz de la Orden del Merito Civil by the government of José Maria Aznar. As well as publishing numerous articles throughout his professional career, he has also written the following books: "Europa, Globalización y Unión Monetaria" (Siddharth Mehta, 1998), and "El futuro de España" (1996), which was on the list of the top ten selling books in Spain for 23 weeks.

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