Felipe Gonzalez Biography
Felipe González, the longest-standing Spanish President, is a sought after keynote speaker and seminar director. As well as his advisory undertakings and frequent media collaborations, González is President of the Commission for Global Progress of the PSOE (Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party). This body encourages debate and creates a new launch pad for ideas and proposals for political activity with which to face the challenges and problems of a changing world.
“There can be markets without democracy, but it is impossible to have democracy without markets”
Extraordinary Ambassador for The Celebration of America's Independence bicentenary
In 2007, the Minister’s Council named him plenipotentiary Extraordinary Ambassador for the celebration of America’s Independence bicentenary, which began 2010. Also in 2007, the Heads of State and Government of the European Union, brought together in the European Council, designated Felipe González President of the Reflection Group on the future of Europe, known as the Committee of Wise Men.
Felipe González is also a member of the Orientation European Committee “Our Europe”, the International Council of the Simon Peres Centre for Peace, the Interaction Council, the Madrid Club and the Montevideo Circle. He has published books featuring conversations such as Un estilo ético (An ethic style) with Víctor Márquez in 1982, or El futuro no es lo que era (The future is not what it used to be) with Juan Luís Cebrián in 2001. He has also written the essays El Socialismo (1997) and Memorias del futuro (2003). His political labour has been recognised on numerous occasions. Among the many awards he has received are the prestigious Carlomagno Prize in 1993 for his contributions to European unity and the Great Golden Cross of Merit of the Republic of Austria. In addition to many other honours, he was also named Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universities of Toulouse and Leuven.
The Road To Presidency Of The State
After studying Law, Economics and Work Relations at university, he joined the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) in 1963, forced to act clandestinely under Franco’s regime. He was elected Secretary General in 1974, starting then to work on the definition and ideological and theoretical strengthening of the party.
Felipe González made an effort to participate in the political transition in Spain. The strong cohesion of his party in the 80s and his undoubted positive disposition facilitated his party’s triumph in the 1982 elections, obtaining an absolute majority.
Felipe González was President of Spain until 1996. His time in office was defined by very significant reforms such as universalisation of free public education until the age of 16, making a university education more accessible or the establishment of a wide-ranging Social Security system. He also carried out a major industrial refurbishment plan as well as an overhaul of the Army with the professionalisation of officials. With regards to foreign affairs, the cornerstone of his policy was the adhesion of Spain to the European Union in 1986.
Best Selling Author
Felipe Gonzalez's most well known book is called Memorias del Futuro (Memoirs of the Future) which was published in 2003.
Memoirs of the Future explores Felipe González’s reflections on the most severe problems of our time. The Spanish Former President analyses the occurrence of terrorism, the role of Europe in the world order, relations between Spain and Latin America and Morocco, or the situation created after the attack on the Twin Towers in New York. Furthermore, he expresses his opinion on the situation in Irak amongst other topics of great national and international relevance, always looking to the future.
- Economic Environment
- Directive Abilities
- Team Work
- Current Affairs
- Equality and Diversity
- Environmental Issues and Sustainability
For further information or to book Felipe Gonzalez, please call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email email@example.com
Felipe Gonzalez News
A selection of relevant news related to Felipe Gonzalez, Keynote Speakers, Finance & Economics, International Speakers, Leadership Speakers, Political Speakers and Sustainability Speakers stories. For more information on Felipe Gonzalez or details as to how to book Felipe Gonzalez for your corporate event, please contact one of the Speakers Corner booking agents on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
16th January 2013
Roger Martin is due to speak at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, along with Joseph Stiglitz and Tim Berners-Lee.
24th April 2012
Time magazine has announced its 100 most influential people in the word, in a list including entertainers, businesspeople, political leaders, sporting figures and controversial personalities.
3rd March 2011
Bill Gates, technology pioneer, businessman and philanthropist, is amongst the acclaimed hosts at this yearâ€™s TED Conference in California.
31st January 2011
In a statement jointly issued by David Cameron and Bill Gates, Britain has promised to double its funding to fight the crippling disease polio.
1st May 2009
Gordon Brown, Boris Johnson and Michael Eavis are among the most influential 100 figures in the world, according to Time Magazine's annual list. Gordon Brown manages to feature twice as all entrants have a profile written about them by a third party. Mr. Brown's honour was to write the profile for President Barack Obama
13th November 2008
The Group-of-20 leaders, representing the world's major industrialized nations and large developing countries, will meet in Washington this weekend to discuss measures to restore global financial stability.
4th April 2013
Keynote speaker and leading futurist, Noreena Hertz has finished her most recent book, which will be published in the US and the UK in September 2013.
24th December 2012
CBC News has released its list of the 12 most influential people of 2012, including politicians, activists and the South Korean singer who has recently taken the world by storm.
28th June 2012
California is once again the sunny location for TED, the most innovative and exciting conference on the planet, where speakers with â€˜ideas worth spreadingâ€™ gather to share their thoughts on technology, design, science, media, politics, the arts, and other insights on how to shape a better word.
27th June 2012
Valery Giscard dâ€™Estaing, keynote speaker and former President of France, visited Peking University to attend the opening ceremony for the Global Public Policy Executive Training Program, to discuss the Political Organization of Europe.
For further information or to book Felipe Gonzalez, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email email@example.com
Other speakers you might like
Co-founder of FreshMinds, one of the fastest growing companies in the UK, Caroline Plumb is an inspirational speaker on entrepreneurism
Business Leader, Sir Gerry Robinson fronted BBC's 'Can Gerry Robinson fix the NHS' and 'I'll show them whose boss'
John Simpson is as interesting and talented on a podium speaking as he is behind a camera reporting in war zones
Max Howard created and ran studios for Disney in London, Paris, Orlando and Los Angeles, working on some of Disneyâ€™s most memorable films. He is a charismatic and adept keynote and motivational speaker covering issues such as creativity in business, leadership and marketing.