Keynote Speakers


María Helena Jaén, Professor in the Management and Leadership Center at IESA, Venezuela

María Helena is a professor in the Center of Management and Leadership at IESA (Caracas, Venezuela). She was a Visiting Scholar at HBS, and Cisneros Visiting Scholar of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University (2012-2013). Her research and teaching focuses on management and leadership with emphasis on change management, business ethics and social responsibility, and management education and learning. Since February 2014, she is Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Business James W. McLamore, Executive Education Center. She is CLADEA Past-President (2013-2014), member of the Uniandes School of Management International Advisory Board since October 2013, and member of The Audencia Group International Advisory Board since March 2014. She is Director of BALAS (2012-2014), and member of the Social Enterprise Knowledge Network (SEKN) since 2003.


Roberto Solano, President of CLADEA

Roberto Solano holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering Administration from the Monterrey Institute of Technology. He also has a PhD in Marketing from Texas A&M University. Since 1985, Dr. Solano has worked at the University of the Americas Puebla, where he serves as Dean of the School of Business and Economics. He has delivered keynote addresses at conferences in Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador and Mexico. Dr. Solano is currently serving as the Chair of the Latin American Council of Management Schools (CLADEA) for the 2013-2014 period. He sits on the advisory board of the Center for International Business Studies at Texas A&M and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Puebla Community Foundation.


Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona (Ayuntamiento de Barcelona)

Xavier Trias has been the mayor of Barcelona since 2011. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery, with a specialisation in Paediatrics. Before going into politics, he worked as a doctor at the Vall d’Hebron Children’s Hospital. As the Catalan Minister of Health from 1988 to 1996, he was responsible for developing Catalonia’s healthcare model. He later served as the Catalan Minister of the Presidency (1996-2000) and as the President and Spokesman of the Catalan Parliamentary Group (CiU) in the Spanish Congress of Deputies (2000-2003).

Since being elected as mayor of Barcelona, Trias has focused on three priorities: serving people, especially the most vulnerable; making Barcelona work well by providing high-quality services; and reactivating the economy and creating jobs.


Eugenia Bieto, Director General of ESADE

Eugenia Bieto holds a PhD from ESADE-Ramon Llull University, a degree in Business and a Master in Business Administration from ESADE and the UPC Polytechnic of Catalonia. She has written and co-authored various articles, papers and book chapters on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Among other positions held at ESADE, she has been Corporate Deputy Director General (2005-2010) and Founder Director of the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute (1997-2008).

She has also occupied executive positions related to business innovation and development in the Spanish regional administrations of Catalonia and Valencia.


Alfons Sauquet, ESADE Dean

Alfons Sauquet Rovira serves has Dean of ESADE Business School since 2008. He is Professor of Learning and Management at ESADE, Universitat Ramon Llull.

He holds a Doctorate and a Master in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from ESADE and a Master in Social Psychology from Universitat de Barcelona.

He has researched and published extensively on Learning and Innovation. Most recently contribution was his edition of “Business School and Their Contribution to Society” (Sage, 2011.).

His interest in Innovation and Learning has driven him to serve in the Innovation Board and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) where he currently serves as elected member in the Governing Board.


Javier Solana, President ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics

Javier Solana is president of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Barcelona-Madrid). He is also distinguished fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution, Fisher Family Fellow at Harvard, chairman of the Aspen Institute España, honorary president of the Centre for Human Dialogue (Geneva), member of the board of the International Crisis Group, the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Human Rights Watch, as well as senior visiting professor at the London School of Economics, where he was awarded an Honorary Degree in December 2010.

From 1999 to 2009, Dr. Solana was Secretary General of the Council of the European Union (EU); and from 1995 to 1999, Secretary General of NATO. Dr. Solana is the former High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union. Prior to this, he has held several ministerial positions in the Spanish government, including Minister for Foreign Affairs.


Della Bradshaw, Business Education Editor, Financial Times

Della Bradshaw is the FT’s Business Education Editor and is responsible for all business education coverage online, in the newspaper and FT’s magazines. She established the business education section in 1995 and devised and launched the first FT business school rankings in 1999. Before this, she was the Technology Lead Writer for the FT. She has previously lived and taught in Italy, Turkey and Japan.


Michael Chu, Professor at Harvard Business School

Michael Chu was appointed a Senior Lecturer in the Social Enterprise Initiative of the General Management Group of the Harvard Business School in July 2003. He is also Managing Director of the IGNIA Fund, a venture capital firm dedicated to investing in commercial enterprises delivering high impact goods and services to low-income populations in Mexico, which he co-founded in 2007. He continues to serve as Senior Advisor of Grupo Pegasus, a private equity firm headquartered in Buenos Aires, which he co-founded in 2000.


Elsa del Castillo, CLADEA Elect President

Elsa Del Castillo holds a PhD in Economics and Business Management, University of Deusto and M.B.A. from Instituto de Empresa, Spain. Degree in Business Administration from Universidad del Pacífico, Peru. Principal Professor and full-time researcher since 1988, at Universidad del Pacífico.

Dean of the Graduate School of Universidad del Pacífico, Director of the Peruvian team of the Social Enterprise Knowledge Network (SEKN network) and General Coordinator of the same network.

Previous positions held at Universidad del Pacífico were General Manager, Director of the Centre for Management Development, Director of Academic Quality of the Graduate School and Head of the Academic Department of Management.

Consultant and author of several publications about strategic management of organizations, corporate social responsibility and inclusive businesses.


José Manuel González Guzmán, General Manager Bimbo Iberia

José Manuel González Guzmán has developed his career in Grupo Bimbo. He joined the Group in 1991 and held different positions in the Marketing Area in Argentina, Mexico and Central America. He was named Regional Commercial Director of the Bimbo Brand in Mexico in 2007. In 2010 he is appointed General Manager El Globo, a retail pastry business. Since 2011, after the acquisition of Bimbo in Spain and Portugal by Grupo Bimbo, he is in charge of the business in Iberia where most important brands are Bimbo, Silueta, Ortiz, Martínez and Eagle.

José Manuel González Guzmán was born in 1966. He has a degree in Administration and Finance by the Universidad Panamericana in Ciudad de México, and a General Management Program by IPADE Business School in Mexico. He has diplomas in Finance, Advertising and Marketing.


Jaime Guardiola, Consejero Delegado de Banco Sabadell

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies and MBA from ESADE and Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Barcelona. Mr. Guardiola has been the CEO of Banc Sabadell since 2007. He has had close ties to the Bilbao Vizcaya Group throughout his career, holding posts in Spain, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Mexico. He is currently a trustee of the ESADE Foundation, the chair of the Economic Policy Committee of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Economic Strategy Committee of FC Barcelona.


Javier Santiso Guimaras, Professor of the Department of Economics, ESADE

Javier Santiso is Vice President of ESADEgeo and President of the OECD Emerging Markets Network (EmNet). He is the founder of Start Up Spain, an initiative that consists of a series of events with entrepreneurs, venture capital funds and start-ups organised in conjunction with ESADE and the Rafael del Pino Foundation. He is also the founder of Club España 2020, which brings together Spanish “Argonauts” (executives at foreign multinationals for work abroad). He also created the ESADE Globalisation Lab, a series of forums on emerging markets. He is the editor of the Annual Report on Sovereign Wealth Funds, published jointly by ESADEgeo, KPMG and Invest in Spain (ICEX).

Among his recent publications are Latin America’s Political Economy of the Possible (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2006), The Visible Hand of China in Latin America (Paris: OECD, 2007), The Oxford Handbook on Latin American Political Economy (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), The Decade of the Multilatinas (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), and Banking on Democracy: Financial Markets and Elections in Emerging Countries (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2013).