Consultative Council of Diplocat

Advisory Council of Diplocat

The Advisory Council is the advisory body consisting of well-known people with international careers in the areas of economics, politics, international affairs and other areas of relevant to the functions of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia.

Institutional/diplomatic areas

Andreu Claret

Executive director of the Anna Lindh Foundation of the Union for the Mediterranean (2008-2015)

Francesc Claret

Senior Political Affairs Officer of the United Nations

Montserrat Feixas

Representative of UNHCR in central Europe

Stephan Koppelberg

Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Bonn (2010-2015)

Ambler Moss

United States ambassador to Panama (1978-1982); United States vice-consul in Barcelona (1964-1966)

Arturo Sarukhan

Mexican ambassador to the US (2007-2013)

Josep Manuel Suárez

Head of the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the United Kingdom (2011-2016)

Bodil Valero

Swedish MEP for the Green party in the European Parliament

Academic/research areas

Carles Boix

Robert Garrett Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University

Carme Colomina

Associate Researcher of CIDOB and visiting professor at the College of Europe

Xavier Estivill

Head of the Department of Genomics and Personalized Medicine at the Quirón Dexeus University Hospital in Barcelona

Esther Giménez-Salinas

Director of the Pere Tarrés-URL Chair of Social and Restorative Justice, rector at the Ramon Llull University, Barcelona (2002-2012)

Roderic Guigó Serra

Coordinator of the Programme of Bioinformatics and Genomics at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona

Tomàs Marquès-Bonet

ICREA Professor at the Pompeu Fabra University, and vice-director of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (UPF/CSIC)

Josep Ramoneda

Philosopher; director of the European School of Humanities; director of the Institut de recherche et d’innovation (2009-2014)

Xavier Sala i Martín

Grossman Professor of Development Economics at Columbia University, New York

Anna Veiga

Director of the Stem Cell Bank (Centre of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona)

Business/economics area

Albert Castellón

Founder of The Catalan Lobster and CEO of the Moritz brewery (2004-2016).

European Commission Senior Adviser (1989-1994); Spanish Minister for Industry and Energy (1985-1986)

Andreu Mas-Colell

Economy Minister of the Catalan government (2010-2016); secretary general of the European Research Council (2009-2010)

Carme Ruscalleda

Chef and businesswoman

Pere Vallès

CEO of e-voting company, Scytl

Cristina Ventura

Chief Catalyst Officer at The Lane Crawford Joyce Group in Hong Kong

Cultural/social areas

Lucía Caram

Nun and promoter of the Invulnerables programme

Josep Carreras

Tenor (opera singer)

Marta Casals

Founder and vice-president of the Pau Casals Foundation; president of the Manhattan School of Music, New York

Mary Ann Newman

Executive director of the Farragut Fund for Catalan Culture in the United States

Bel Olid

Writer; president of the Association of Catalan language writers (AELC); president of the European Council of Literary Translators (2013-2015)

Isona Passola

Cinema director; president of the Mediterranean Association of Independent Film Producers

Jordi Savall

Musician, composer and conductor; EU ambassador for intercultural dialogue; Artist for Peace of UNESCO

Colm Tóibín

Writer (Ireland)

Matthew Tree

Writer, in both English and Catalan (UK)


Natàlia Arroyo

Catalan women’s football team manager

Àlex Corretja

Tennis player and trainer

Xavi Hernández


Núria Picas

Mountain runner

Araceli Segarra

Mountain climber

Ivan Tibau

Roller-hockey player

Last updated: 26 January 2017