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Wednesday, 29th MayPresent Dangers, Future Risks: Our security and survival from global warming to cyber and nuclear terrorism, via political and economic meltdown -or are we heading for a better world?IE Business School, Madrid

A top panel discussion in English on the key challenges facing the survival of our civilisation.


Panelists: David Reavley (Solar Water Plc), Simon Kuper (the Financial Times), Carlota García Encina (Elcano Royal Institute), Odile Rodríguez de La Fuente (ecologist) and Manuel Muñiz, Dean of the School of International Relations at IE University. Panel discussion presented by Jimmy Burns Marañón, chairman of the British Spanish Society followed by reception.


Date: May 29th.

Time: 19:00 hours, please be prompt as no access will be permitted once room is full.

Venue: Aula Magna at IE Business School, Calle de María de Molina, 11, 28006 Madrid

Tickets: Entrance Free, RSVP by May 24th by emailing development@britishspanishsociety.org


The risk to global civilisation is as high today as has ever been in the face of threats of nuclear weapons and climate change, a group of leading scientists announced recently. Other analysts point also to other dangers such as pandemics, cyber-attacks, and socio-economic and political disintegration. But is there room for optimism? Our panelists will address the clicking Doomsday Clock from different angles and perspectives. An unmissable evening!




DAVID REAVLEY, appointed a Director and CEO of Solar Water Plc in May 2019 to drive the Company’s strategy. David is an experienced executive who has held board positions in the UK and internationally in public companies within the telecoms industry. His responsibilities have included developing and implementing sales and marketing strategies, and  establishing global distribution networks. As CEO of a management consultancy, he devised and delivered staff development programmes internationally. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, a published author in The Institute of Telecommunications Professionals, and a visiting lecturer at University College London on their MSc course “Telecommunications and Business.


SIMON KUPER (born in Kampala, Uganda in 1969) was educated at Oxford University and Harvard. He has been working for the Financial Times since 1994, and now writes a general column for the newspaper.

He is British but lives with his wife and three children in Paris. He is the author of several books including Football Against the Enemy (winner of the William Hill prize for Sports Book of the Year 1994), Ajax, The Dutch, The War: Football in Europe During the Second World War (2003), and as co-author with Stefan Szymanski – Soccernomics (2009). He also writes for magazines in Japan, The Netherlands, Switzerland and other countries. He has won several awards for his journalism, ranging from the Manuel Vazquez Montalban prize for sportswriting in 2008 (sponsored by FC Barcelona) to the British Society of Magazine Editors’ prize for Columnist of the Year in 2016.


DR MANUEL MUÑIZ is the Dean of the School of International Relations at IE University and Rafael del Pino Professor of Practice of Global Leadership. He is also the Founding Director of IE’s Center for the Governance of Change, an institution dedicated to studying the challenges posed by accelerated societal and technological change to the public and private sectors and proposing solutions and frameworks to manage these challenges. Dr. Muñiz’s research interests fall within the fields of innovation and disruption, geopolitics, and regional and global governance. He has undertaken research on processes of cooperation and integration in Europe and the North Atlantic with a view to understanding how states tackle complexity and interdependence.

Dr. Muñiz is a Senior Associate at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as well as one of the promoters of its Transatlantic Relations Initiative. He is also an elected member of the Alumni Board of Directors of the Kennedy School of Government.

Throughout his career Dr. Muñiz has provided policy advice to governments and international organizations including the United Nations, the G20, the EU Commission and the Spanish National Security Council. He is also an advisor to the European group of the Trilateral Commission.

Dr. Muniz holds a JD (Law) from the Complutense University in Madrid, an MSc in Finance from the IEB, a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, and a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford. He is a recipient of a number of awards and recognitions including the Trilateral Commission’s David Rockefeller Fellowship and the Atlantic Council’s Millennium Fellowship. In 2016 he was appointed by Esglobal as one of the 25 intellectuals having the greatest impact on our thinking about Iberoamerica.


CARLOTA GARCÍA ENCINA is an Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute, the main Spanish think-tank for international and strategic studies that analyses world events and trends from a Spanish, European and global perspective. She is also a Lecturer in International Relations at Madrid’s Universidad Francisco de Vitoria.

She holds a Ph.D. in Contemporary History from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, graduated in Strategy and Defense Policy from the Center ForHemispheric Defense Studies (National Defense University Washington), an MA inSecurity and Defense from the Centro de Estudios de la Defensa Nacional (CESEDEN) and Madrid’s Complutense University, and is an expert on Rapid Assistance and Co-operation Teams for Conflict Prevention, Crisis Management and Post-Conflict Rehabilitation by the Helsinki–España Organization and the Institute of Human Rights (Law School, Complutense University of Madrid). Previously she has worked for the Spanish Defence Review and the Press Office at the Spanish Ministry of Defence. She is also a frequent contributor to the Spanish media.

Research areas: her policy analysis focuses on the United States, the transatlantic relationship and security and defence issues. Also, her recent research topics include studies of the US foreign and defence policy, the US-Spanish relationship and US domestic issues (mostly, elections processes). Her broader research interests also include defence and foreign policy in Latin America and the political and security aspects of Sub-Saharan Africa


ODILE RODRIGUEZ DE LA FUENTE holds a Master in Biological Sciences and Filming by the USC, Los Angeles. Founder and CEO of the Fundación Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente. She has managed very ambitious projects relating environmental awareness, among them exhibitions, quarterly magazine “Agenda Viva”, online platforms, TVE documentaries, books, apps, conferences and developed a quality brand for food. She worked in the National Geographic TV in Washington DC for over 4 years. Currently, she collaborates regularly with a radio programme about environmental matters with Juan Luís Cano, lectures in different conferences and writes discussion articles. She is involved in several advisory committees, environmental workgroups and is member of the Rewilding Europe governance team. She also was member of the management committee of WWF España for over 8 years.


JIMMY BURNS is an author & journalist and chairman of the BritishSpanishSociety. He was born in Madrid in 1953  and educated in the UK -Stonyhurst College, University College London, and the London School of Economics.  He worked for the Financial Times for over three decades (1979 – 2009), during which he was posted as a foreign correspondent in Lisbon, Madrid and Buenos Aires before working for the newspaper as a senior reporter in a number of fields including industrial relations, special investigations, politics, crime and security. He has also contributed to various other UK, Spanish and US print and media over the years. He  is the author of several books and is an independent consultant on Spain and Latin America.


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