International Congress "Building Peace in the 21st century» Barcelona | April 2012
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International Congress Building Peace in the 21st century Barcelona | April 2012
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Boutros Ghali
Dr. Boutros Ghali
Honorary Committee

Boutros Ghali (El Cairo, 1922) holds a PhD in International Law from the University of Paris. He was a Professor at Cairo University and the Sorbonne. He served as Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in Egypt before being appointed Secretary of the United Nations until 1996.

Federico Mayor Zaragoza
Dr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza
Honorary Committee

Federico Mayor Zaragoza ( Barcelona, 1934) has a Doctor in Pharmacy awarded by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the UNED, was Rector of the University of Granada and Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Amongst his political responsibilities he has been in charge of the Ministry of Education and Science and Deputy in the European Parliament. He was Deputy Director General of UNESCO from 1987-1999. He currently chairs the Foundation for the Culture of Peace, an institution that he created.

Joan Rigol
Dr. Joan Rigol
Honorary Committee

Joan Rigol (Torrelles de Llobregat, 1943) is a Doctor of Theology. He has held various politicial posts as Councillor, Deputy of the Spanish Congress and President of the Parliament of Catalonia (1999-2003). He is an active member of several socio-cultural institutions and collaborates in various publications.

Josep M.Ainaud de Lasarte
Dr. Josep M.Ainaud de Lasarte
Honorary Committee

Josep M.Ainaud de Lasarte (Barcelona, 1925) is a Law graduate from the University of Barcelona. He was Deputy of the Parliament of Catalonia and Barcelona City Alderman. He has received several awards including the Medal of Honor of the City of Barcelona.  His work reflects a deep interest in Catalan culture and history. He has worked for several media and cultural institutions for over 30 years.

Dídac Ramírez
Dr. Dídac Ramírez
Honorary Committee

Dídac Ramírez (Barcelona, 1946) is a Doctor of Philosophy and Education Sciences as well as Economics, Finance and Actuary. Since 2008 he has been Rector of the University of Barcelona.

Francesc Torralba Roselló
Dr. Francesc Torralba Roselló
Scientific Committee

Francesc Torralba holds a Doctorate in Philosophy and Theology at the University of Barcelona.  He is Director of the Universitas Albertiana Peace Institutes and collaborates with the Letter of Peace addressed to the UN Foundation. He directs the Postgraduate course in the Culture of Peace offered by the Foundation and the University of Barcelona. In addition he teaches at the Universidad Ramon Llull, is Vice President of the Sociedad Hispánica de Amigos de Søren Kierkegaard (Hispanic Society of Friends of Søren Kierkegaard) and Director of the Cátedra Ethos. He works with various entities.


Salvador Giner
Dr. Salvador Giner.
Scientific Committee

Salvador Gineris Professor of Sociology at the University of Barcelona. He is President of the Institute for Catalan Studies. Between1965 and 1989 he developed his academic and research career in places such as Cambridge University, Lancaster and Rome. In addition he is one of the founding members of the Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados del CSIC (Institute for Advanced Social Studies). Throughout his career he has published in a wide range of specialist international journals.

Carlos Martínez-Shaw
Dr. Carlos Martínez-Shaw
Scientific Committee

Carlos Martínez-Shawhas been Professor of Modern History since 1983 at the Universities of Santander, Barcelona and the UNED. He served as Vice-Rector at the University of Barcelona  (1982-1986).  He has been visiting professor at several international universities such as the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris (France), Università degli Studi di Cagliari (Italy) and the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (Argentina).

Vicent Martínez
Dr. Vicent Martínez Guzmán
Scientific Committee

Vicent Martínez Chair of Philosophy for Peace at the Universitat Jaume I de Castelló. He has worked as a researcher at the Universities of Frankfurt (Germany) and Berkeley (USA). He founded the Máster Universitario en Estudios Internacionales de Paz, Conflictos y Desarrollo (University Masters in International Studies for Peace, Conflict and Development) and  has been responsible for promoting Peace and Development Studies programs in different universities throughout the world.

Begoña Román
Dr. Begoña Roman
Scientific Committee

Begoña Románhas a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona. She lectures at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Barcelona and is a member of Ethics Ethos at Ramon Llull University. She lectures on professional ethics in various graduate programs. Her key research area is the application of Ethics to organizational and business environments.

Arcadi Oliveres
Dr. Arcadi Oliveres
Scientific Committee

Arcadi Oliveres (Barcelona, 1945) has a PhD in Economics and lectures at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (Autonomous University of Barcelona). His research specializations focus on North-South relations, international trade, debt and defense economics. He is involved in various social movements and Christian organizations, and has chaired the Association for Justice and Peace since 2001. He publishes frequently in a wide range of journals.

Beatriz Molina
Dr. Beatriz Molina
Scientific Committee

Beatriz Molina holds a PhD in Arabic Studies. She lectures in the Department of Semitic Studies at the University of Granada and is the director of the Institute of Peace and Conflict. Her research interests focus on cultures, religions and peace in the Mediterranean and especially in the Arab and Islamic world.

María Oianguren
Ms. Maria Oianguren
Scientific Committee

Maria Oiangurenhas a degree in Philosophy and Education Sciences from Universidad del País Vasco- EHU (University of the Basque Country). Since 1991 she has worked in the Gernika Gogoratuz Research Centre and became its Director in 2002.  She is a specialist in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies. In 2010 she received the René Bassin Award.

Itziar Ruíz Giménez
Dr. Itziar Ruíz-Giménez
Scientific Committee

Itziar Ruiz-Giménez is a Doctor of International Relations and works at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). She lectures on international relations and African studies. She is coordinator of the African Studies Group (GERI). Her research focuses on Conflict Resolution on themes including humanitarian interventions, violence in Africa and the role of women.

Xavier Marín
Dr. Xavier Marín
Scientific Committee

Xavier Marín is a Doctor of Philosophy. His key areas of research include Islamic Culture, Civilization and Religion. He lectures at the Universitat Ramon Llull (URL) and the Institutos Superiores de Ciencias Sociales (Institutes of Religious Sciences) in Barcelona and Vic. He is a researcher at the Foro Internacional del Mundo Árabe y Musulmán (International Forum of the Arab and Muslim World), a member of the Identidad y Diálogo Intercultural (Identity and Intercultural Dialogue Group) of the URL  and of the Teología y Religiones (Theology and Religion Seminar) of the Faculty of Theology of Catalonia.

Xavier López
Dr. Xavier López
Scientific Committee

Xavier López is Director of Foundation Solidaritat UB.

Jordi Cussó
Mr. Jordi Cussó Porredón
Scientific Committee

Jordi Cussó has a degree in Economics. He is currently the Director of the Universitas Albertiana (Barcelona) and is President of the Letter of Peace addressed to the UN Foundation addressed to the UN. He is part of the teaching staff for the postgraduate course “in the Culture of Peace and Coexistence offered by the Foundation in conjunction with the University of Barcelona.

Lelticia Soberón
Dr. Leticia Soberón
Scientific Committee

Leticia Soberón has a degree in Psychology from the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca and has a Doctorate in Social Sciences (Communications) from the Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana de Roma.  She is part of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications at the Vatican and General Coordinator of RIALL, the computer network of the church in Latin America. In addition, she is a specialist in the management of networking.

David Álvarez
Dr. David Álvarez
Scientific Committee

David Álvarez Martín holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is currently Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Humanities of the University Madre y Maestra in Mexico and writes for a variety of media publications and journals.

María Viñas
Ms. María Viñas
Organizing Committee

María Viñas has a degree in Social Work. She is Director of the Letter of Peace addressed to the UN Foundation.

Elena Caballé
Ms. Elena Caballé
Organizing Committee

Elena Caballé has a degree in Business Science from the University of Barcelona. She manages the Ámbito de Investigación y Difusión María Corral and is a member if the Letter of Peace addressed to the UN Foundation Board.

Alfredo Fernández
Mr. Alfredo Fernández
Organizing Committee

Alfredo Fernández is a journalist. He is responsible for the Communications department for the Letter of Peace addressed to the UN Foundation. He has also worked as a teacher and university researcher.

Ivon Ayala
Ms. Ivon Ayala
Organizing Committee

Ivon Ayala is a biologist. She is Manager of the Letter of Peace addressed to the UN Foundation. She has worked with various NGOs in Spain and Cameroon.

Ivon Ayala
Mr. Ivan Pera
Organizing Committee

Ivan Pera has a degree in Political Sciences and Sociology from the Universidad de Deusto. He is an Alderman of the City of Mataro, communications consultant, media producer and writes on the media. He was President of the Maresme Sports Council from 2008-2011.

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