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

    Diputada pel Partit Verd Swedish MEP for the Green party in the European Parliamental Parlament Europeu

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

Business/economics area

  • Albert Castellón

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

  • Joan Majó

    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: 31/10/2019