Scientific Council

The Scientific Council is the Elcano Royal Institute’s consultative body, which advises its director and researchers with the aim of ensuring the effective fulfilment of its founding goals, especially those related to research, the dissemination of the work conducted and the institution’s external relationships. It comprises outstanding Spanish and foreign figures drawn from the academic, political, diplomatic, business and media worlds, who share a recognised knowledge of international relations.

The Council meets periodically, at least once a year, although its members meet regularly with the Institute’s researchers and collaborators in working groups organised by specific areas, to draw up the reports and studies they deem appropriate.

The Elcano Royal Institute remembers Xavier Batalla, Juan Antonio Carrillo Salcedo, Milagros Hernando, Ramón Armengod López de Roa, Francisco Pérez Muinelo and Francisco Rubio Llorente, with gratitude and affection. Through their generosity and expertise as members of the Scientific Council, they contributed decisively to strengthen our institution.

Scientific Council Members

Professor of Political Science
University of Salamanca
Professor of International Relations. Faculty of Political Science and Sociology
Complutense University of Madrid
Professor of Public International Law
University of Oviedo
Secretary General
Aspen Institute España
Director, Department of National Security
Presidency of the Government of Spain
Senior Research Associate, IBEI
Professor, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Deputy Director
El País
Deputy Director of the University Institute for European Studies
CEU San Pablo University
Director of the master’s degree in Forensic Criminal Dangerousness Profiles
University Rey Juan Carlos
Colonel of the Army, Diploma in General Staff
Director of the Division of Coordination and Studies of the General Secretariat for Defence Policy, Ministry of Defence of Spain
Manager Director
Fundación Alternativas
Director General
Toledo International Center for Peace (CITPax)
Research Professor
Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos (IPP) – CSIC
Professor of Public International Law
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)
Ambassador of Spain to Iraq
Trade Technical Expert and State Economist
Senior Research Fellow
Jacques Delors Institute
Full Professor in International Relations
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Instituto de Cuestiones Internacionales y Política Exterior (INCIPE)
Senior Researcher
Instituto Português de Relações Internacionais (IPRI)
Miguel Hernando de Larramendi
Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
University of Castilla La Mancha
Vice-Rector for Research and Transfer
DECSAI – University of Granada
Vice-Chancellor for research and professor of Economics (chair of comparative economics in Asia)
National Institute for Oriental Language and Civilization (INALCO) – University of Sorbonne Paris Cité
EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)
Senior Consultant
Flint Spain
Professor Emeritus of Contemporary History of Islam
Autonomous University of Madrid
Executive Vice President and Director
Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)
IE School of Global and Public Affairs
Special Advisor to Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni, and former Director-General of Department for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)
European Commission
Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC)
Chief Executive Officer
African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)
Ambassador of Spain
Director / Executive Editor of Política Exterior
Estudios de Política Exterior, S.A
CIDOB – Barcelona Centre for International Affairs
Senior Research Fellow (Bruselas)
Centre for European Reform (CER)
Distinguished Fellow
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Chatham House
General Consul of Spain in Houston
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Journalist and Deputy Director
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Founder and Chairperson
Director of the Latin American Centre (Oxford School of Global and Area Studies), Professor of the History and Politics of Latin America & William Golding Senior Fellow of Brasenose
University of Oxford
Economist, Non-executive Director
Santander, Aviva and Chair of the Board of Digital Future Society
Professor and Journalist
Professor of the Political Economy of Development Latin American Centre (Oxford School of Global and Area Studies)
University of Oxford
President of the Social Council
Consejo Social de la UCLM
Ambassador of Spain
Fundación Internacional e Iberoamericana de Administración y Políticas Públicas (FIIAPP)
Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)
Head of office and Senior Policy Fellow
ECFR Madrid
Professor of Political Sciences and Administration
Universidad Pablo de Olavide of Seville
Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE)
Director, Program on Extremism
George Washington University
Senior Associate. Democracy and Rule of Law Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Fundación FAES
Head of Project Geopolitics of Energy Transformation 2030 (GET 2030). Senior Associate. Global Issues Division
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP). German Institute for International and Security Affairs