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Alfredo Aguilar

Alfredo Aguilar

Alfredo Aguilar holds a PhD in biochemistry and is former Head of the Units of Biotechnology and International Scientific Cooperation at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission in Brussels. He played a key role in the development of the European Bioeconomy Strategy, as well as in the creation of the Joint Undertakings «Innovative Medicines Initiative» and «Bio-based Industries». He is Professor of Microbiology at the Universities of León and Complutense of Madrid, and a senior international expert on bioeconomy, food security, sustainability, climate change and the science-society dialogue.

Laura Basu

Laura Basu

Laura Basu is a writer and independent scholar affiliated with the Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Utrecht University and Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the co-founder of the Amsterdam-based project Good Societies, which aims to develop ideas for new social structures. Since 2019, she has been Europe Editor for openDemocracy’s new economics section, ourEconomy.

Bob Black

Bob Black

Bob Black is an American social philosopher known for his work on anarchism. The author of various books and numerous political essays, he specializes in the sociology and ethnography of law. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Georgetown Law School. He is most widely known for his 1985 essay «The Abolition of Work,» which has been widely disseminated in at least 13 languages. His most recent publication, «Instead of Work,» includes a compendium of his writings and an update on his 1985 essay.

Author’s articles:
> Work after coronavirus

Colleen Boland

Colleen Boland

Colleen Boland is Research Manager at Common Action Forum. She holds an M.A. from SOAS, University of London and PhD in Sociology of Migration from Complutense University of Madrid. She has previously served as Managing Editor of the International Journal of Health Services. Research areas of interest include international migration, diversity management and religion.

Simone Buratti

Simone Buratti

Simone Buratti served as former Executive Director of The International Association for the Study of the Commons, and previously worked on sustainable lifestyles, migration and sustainable communities. He is a PhD candidate in Sustainability Science at UNAM, México and holds an MA from the University of Bologna in Contemporary History. He currently works on urban commons, public space and sustainable development.

Manuela Carmena

Manuela Carmena

A former employment lawyer and magistrate, Manuela Carmena recently governed as mayor of Madrid from 2015 to 2019.  She served as a judge for over 30 years, as well as spokesperson for Spain’s General Council of the Judiciary from 1996 to 2001. She co-founded the law firm targeted in an infamous far-right terrorist attack, known as the Atocha massacre. She retired in 2010 and founded an NGO to support underprivileged collectives through local trade. She has also served as Chair-Rapporteur of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, and has authored several books.

Fernando Carrión Mena

Fernando Carrión Mena

Fernando Carrión Mena is an architect with a doctorate in Urban Regional Development. He founded the Organization for Latin American and Caribbean Historical Centers (OLACCHI), is the President of the Research Center CIUDAD and General Coordinator of the Latin American Cities Network. He was recognized by ESGLOBAL one of the top 50 most influential intellectuals in Ibero-America. He is a researcher at FLACSO Ecuador, and teaches and consults at diverse institutions. He also served as representative of the Metropolitan District of Quito.

Herta Däubler-Gmelin

Herta Däubler-Gmelin

Herta Däubler-Gmelin served as Germany’s Minister of Justice (1998 – 2002) and as congresswoman in the Bundestag for over 30 years and SPD vice-president for ten years.  She chaired the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly. She has written several books, continues to practice law, integrates the board of many civil society organizations and is Honorary Professor of Political Sciences, International Law and Humanitarian Law at the Free University of Berlin.

Rebeca Grynspan

Rebeca Grynspan

Rebeca Grynspan has served as Ibero-American Secretary General since 2014. She is former Vice President of her country of origin, Costa Rica, where she held office from 1994 to 1998. In 2010, she was elected UN Under-Secretary-General. She is also a former Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she additionally served as regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean. She is a member of the G20 High Level Independent Panel on financing the global commons for pandemic preparedness and response, as well as many other entities. She holds a master’s degree in economics.

Jo Guldi

Jo Guldi

Joe Guldi is Associate Professor of History at Southern Methodist University, where she teaches text mining and the history of technology. An expert in the history of Britain and its empire, other areas of expertise include questions of state expansion, the contestation of property under capitalism, and the how state and property concepts are articulated in the landscape of the built environment.

Rafael Heiber

Rafael Heiber

Rafael Heiber is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Common Action Forum. Geographer, MSc. in Spatial planning and PhD in Sociology, his expertise includes mobilities, climatology, politics and the links between territory, technology and citizenship. He advises journalists, provides commentary and publishes in the international media.

Wadah Khanfar

Wadah Khanfar

Wadah Khanfar is the Chairman and Co-founder of Common Action Forum. He previously served as the Director General of Al Jazeera, transforming it from a single channel to a media network. He is also the President of the Al Sharq Forum and board member of several distinguished think-tanks such as the International Crisis Group. In 2011 Wadah was ranked first in Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers.

Steve Keen

Steve Keen

Steve Keen is an Australian economist and author, known for his work on a post-Keynesian economic approach that criticizes neoclassical economics. He formerly was associate professor of economics at University of Western Sydney, as well as was professor and Head of the School of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University in London. He continues his work on a monetary, complex systems approach to economics on his Patreon blog as at the Centre for Policy Development.

Author’s articles:
> A modern debt jubilee

Felipe Llamas

Felipe Llamas

Felipe Llamas Sánchez is Madrid City Councilman and Professor at the Social and Juridical Sciences Faculty of Carlos III University, Madrid. He has worked on the World Forums on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace I and II. A founding partner of PHARE Territorios Globales, he is an expert in participatory governance and international collaboration among local governments.

Leticia Merino

Leticia Merino

Leticia Merino holds a PhD in anthropology and is professor at the Institute of Social Research (IIS/UNAM), Mexico, where she also teaches the Postgraduate Program on Sustainability Sciences. She has served as member of the Committee for Development Policies of the United Nations since 2016 and collaborated for 15 years, in research and teaching projects with Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Price on Economics, 2009. She has authored and coauthored more than 80 articles and book chapters, as well as six books.

Emilio Muñoz Ruiz

Emilio Muñoz Ruiz

Emilio Muñoz Ruiz is honorary researcher at the Department of Science, Technology and Society (CTS) of the Institute of Philosophy (IFS) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He is a partner at the Spanish Association for the Advancement of Science (AEAC) and a member of its Advisory Board. He has served as Director General of Scientific Policy, Secretary General of the Spanish Committee on Scientific and Technical Research (CAICYT) and the Spanish National Research and Dissemination Program, as well as President of CSIC. He also forms part of the CSIC research project, «Scientific, philosophical and social analysis of COVID-19: Social impact, ethical implications and culture pandemic prevention.»

Jesús Rey Rocha

Jesús Rey Rocha

Jesús Rey Rocha is a Doctor of Science and researcher at the Department of Science, Technology and Society (CTS) of the Institute of Philosophy (IFS) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He is founding member of the Spanish Association for the Advancement of Science (AEAC) and a member of its Board of Directors. He also forms part of the CSIC research project, «Scientific, philosophical and social analysis of COVID-19: Social impact, ethical implications and culture pandemic prevention.»

Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and chaired its Committee on Global Thought from 2009 to 2015, now serving as a member. She is a recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award in the Social Sciences (2013). A renowned sociologist, she has conducted extensive work on topics including cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, examining inequality, gendering and digitization as variables.

Joost Smiers

Joost Smiers

Joost Smiers is a Dutch political scientist best known for his work critiquing intellectual property rights. He has served as Professor at Utrecht University of the Arts (Netherlands) and as Visiting Professor at the Department of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA, Los Angeles. He received his PhD from the University of Amsterdam.

Alfonso Zegbe

Alfonso Zegbe

Alfonso Zegbe currently heads the Strategy and Public Diplomacy Unit at the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. He is the former Ambassador of México in Iran, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and is an expert in environmental law and international relations. He has worked on energy and environmental diplomatic agendas for more than 20 years in Mexico City, Washington DC, Ottawa, Paris, Brussels and the OECD.