Chairman: Gustavo Suárez Pertierra
Gustavo Suárez Pertierra was born in Cudillero, Asturias, in 1949.
He has a degree in law from the University of Oviedo. In 1973-74 he attended the University of Munich on a
West German government scholarship. In 1978 he became professor of canon law and state ecclesiastical law at
Madrid's Universidad Complutense, of which he was Secretary General in 1981-82.
In November 1982 he was appointed Director General of Religious Affairs at the Ministry of Justice and Chairman
of the Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom, a position he held until February 1984 when he became Under-secretary
at the Ministry of Defence. In 1990 he was appointed Secretary of State for Military Administration, also at the
Ministry of Defence. From July 1993 he was a member of the government as Minister of Education and, two years later,
as Minister of Defence, a post he held until May 1996.
He was a member of Parliament for Asturias from 1996 to 2000, being elected Chairman of Committee for Public
Administration at the Congress of Deputies.
He returned to academic life in May 2000 and the following December he became a professor at the Universidad
Nacional de Educación a Distancia. He is visiting professor at several universities in Spain and abroad,
as well as being a member of a number of academic societies, scientific committees and foundations. He is
the author of a large number of papers in his particular field of study. In 2005 he has published a study on
secularism in the Spanish constitution (La laicidad en la Constitución española) and another on education in
values and multiculturalism in Europe (Educación en valores y multiculturalismo en Europa).
From July 2001 to April 2005 he was director of the Instituto Universitario General Gutiérrez Mellado,
a research institute focused on peace, security and defence studies. He is the director of the Master's Programme
on Peace, Security and Defence and responsible for the research project on 'Defence Administration as a
Public Policy in Latin America' for the ADEFAL network. He is the author of numerous studies on defence matters
and on the constitutional position of the armed forces. His latest published works in this field are "Veinticinco
años de Constitución y Fuerzas Armadas" and "Paz, Seguridad y Defensa en Iberoamérica. Una reflexión en común".
He is married and has a son and a daughter.
Vice-chairman: Antonio de Oyarzábal
Ambassador of Spain. A Law graduate from the Complutense University (1957), he joined the Diplomatic Corps in 1961, holding different positions in Madrid and abroad throughout his career. In 1977 he was the Civil Governor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and subsequently, of Guipúzcoa.
He held the position of Director of the Diplomatic Information Office between 1979 and 1981 and he represented Spain as Ambassador in Quito (1981-1983); Tokyo (1990-1994); Copenhagen (1994-1996) and Washington (1996-2000).
At present he is the Chairman of Santa Bárbara Sistemas and of the M.D. Anderson Internacional.
Director: Gil Carlos Rodríguez Iglesias
Born in Gijón (Asturias) on 26 May 1946, Gil Carlos Rodríguez Iglesias has a degree (University of Oviedo, 1968)
and doctorate in Law (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 1975). He has been a lecturer at the following universities:
Oviedo, Freiburg, Autónoma de Madrid and Complutense de Madrid. In 1982 he was appointed Professor of Public International
Law at the University of Extremadura and he held the same Chair at the University of Granada from 1983 to 2003. He has been
both Judge (1986-2003) and President (1994-2003) of the Court of Justice of the European Communities. In December 2003 he was
appointed Professor of Public International Law at Madrid’s Universidad Complutense. He is Jean Monnet Chair of European
Community Law, Director of the Department of European Studies at the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset (2004-05),
Co-director of the Revista de Derecho Comunitario Europeo and member of the Editorial Boards of various law reviews.
He is also a member of the Curatorium of the Max Planck Institute for International Public Law and Comparative Law in
Heidelberg, Doctor honoris causa by the University of Turin, Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (Rumania), Sarre
University, Oviedo University and the University of Saint Clement of Ohrid in Sofia (Bulgaria). He is an Honorary Bencher
of Gray’s Inn (London) and King’s Inn (Dublin), Honorary Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies (London), Honorary
Member of the Academia Asturiana de Jurisprudencia, Diploma honoris causa of the Rumanian Academy and Walter-Hallstein Prize (2003).
He is the author of a number of publications, particularly on European Union Law, among which are to be highlighted those
on State monopolies and the public sector, the judicial application of EU Law, European constitutional affairs and the
protection of fundamental rights and liberties.
Deputy Director, Research and Analysis: Charles Powell
Born in 1960 to an English father and Spanish mother, Charles Powell has a doctorate in History from Oxford University, where he was the J.A. Pye Junior Research Fellow at University College, and a Research Fellow at St. Anthony's College. At St. Anthony's he coordinated the Contemporary Spanish Studies programme under the supervision of Sir Raymond Carr.
In recent years his work has centred on Spanish foreign policy in the latter half of 20th century and, specifically, on Spain's policies towards the European Union. Between 1997 and 2002 he was Deputy Director of the European Studies programme at the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset and subsequently Deputy Director of Centro Español de Relaciones Internacionales (CERI, part of the Fundación Ortega y Gasset). In 2002 he was appointed as Senior Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute and he is currently also Professor of Spanish History at the Universidad San Pablo-CEU. In May 2004 he became the Institute's Deputy Director fro Research and Analysis.
Deputy Director, Institutional Relations:
Graduated both in Law and in Information Sciences (Journalism) from the Complutense University of Madrid in June of 1977.
From June of 2000 to March of 2002 she was Director General of SECOT (Senior Spaniards for Technical
Cooperation). Prior to this, as well as coontributing to different digital newspapers,
between 1997 and 1999 she was Director of the Coordination Office of the National Commission
for the Centenary of Federico García Lorca, and between 1990 and 1993 she was Director of the New York
Office of Spain ‘92 Foundation, an American foundation created with the support of the National
Commission for the Quincentennial Commemoration for the development of its activities in the United States.
She has also worked in the Department of Marketing of the National Spanish Tourism Office in New York.
In 1982-83 she was involved in fund-raising activities at the UNICEF office in London and in 1976-77
she worked in the Press Office of the Spanish Embassy in the United Kingdom. She has been a member
of the Board of several foundations. She holds the position of Deputy Director for Institutional
Relations at the Institute since March, 2002.
Manager: Manuel Oteo
A trained expert in Commerce, he is a graduate of the Madrid School
of Commerce. Throughout his professional life he has attended annual seminars
on fiscal and budgetary matters of relevance to new developments in the
His professional career has developed in the private sector. From 1970
to 1975 he was administrative manager of the Iseco Group, with responsibility
for financial and real estate investments. Between 1975 and 1998, he worked
at the Incresa Group, where he was administrative manager in charge of
financial investments and the balance sheets of four companies. More recently,
between 1998 and 2001 he was manager of the Fortuny Clinic.
He holds the position of Manager at the Institute since February, 2002