SPEAKERS

The Congress will include an in-depth discussion between alumni from different countries of the world, Jesuits who are leaders in different fields and young people in general as representatives of the future.

The list of speakers is being updated. So leave your details via the contact form and we will keep you informed of the various developments.

F. ARTURO SOSA, sj
Father General of the Society of Jesus
Ignatian framework, spirituality and how to put it into action.

F. Arturo Sosa is a Venezuelan Catholic priest. On 14 October 2016, he was elected Father General of the Society of Jesus. He has a long history of dedication to teaching and research. He has held various positions and functions in the university environment.

F. LAURENT BASANESE, sj

Official for Islam – Holy See
Professor of Theology of Religions at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
The potential of religions in reconciliation

Fr. Laurent Basanese is an Official of the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue at the Vatican, Professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome. He is specialized in Arab Christian Theology and Islamic Studies. He founded the Gregorian Centre for Interreligious Studies and ran the Series Interreligious and Intercultural Investigations until 2021. He is one of the referent expert in Rome for the University Platform for Research on Islam in Europe and Lebanon (PLURIEL). Among his latest publications: “Serving Together the Family and the Education of the Youth: Christian and Muslim Perspectives – Learning to Live in a United and Plural World”, Pro Dialogo (2019/3).

SABRINA BURGOS CAPERA

Director of New Frontiers and Public Action at Fe y Alegría Colombia
Another possible is possible

Colombian with one foot in Bogotá and a backpack in the rest of the country. She has been working in Fe y Alegría Colombia for 16 years. She has a degree in early childhood education, is a specialist in social management and a teacher in educational and social development. Her 25 years of professional experience have allowed her to direct, accompany, implement, develop and evaluate different processes with and in favour of vulnerable communities in Latin America. She believes in the power of education and social promotion as an ethical, political, pedagogical and epistemological commitment to transformation, especially for vulnerable and impoverished people and groups. Its research-action-participatory research focuses on social imaginaries, youth, citizenship and community development.

NÚRIA CALDUCH
Professor of Old Testament
Women-church-world, a challenging triad

Nuria Calduch-Benages (Barcelona, 1957) has a degree in Anglo-Germanic Philology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Bellaterra) and a PhD in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. She is currently Professor of Old Testament at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Director of the Department of Biblical Theology at the same university and visiting professor at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. She is also vice-president of the International Society for the Study of Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature (ISDCL) and consultant to the Cardinal Bea Centre for Jewish Studies (PUG, Rome). In 2008 Pope Benedict XVI appointed her as an expert at the XII General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Word, in 2014 Pope Francis appointed her as a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and in 2021 as its Secretary, as well as Consultant to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In the triennium 2016-2019 she was a member of the first commission for the study of the female diaconate.

ALBERT FLORENSA
Professor emeritus of the Universitat Ramon Llull. Philosopher and technical engineer.
Making sense of technology: the need for indifference

Philosopher and technical engineer, he has developed his teaching and research work at the Instituto Químico de Sarriá (IQS). He has devoted himself mainly to teaching applied ethics in the fields of scientific practice, engineering and bioengineering. Much of his research work has been directed towards the relationship between human beings and technology. Currently he continues to give courses and conferences in different universities and other institutions; he coordinates the formation in identity and mission of teachers, researchers and members of administration and service of the university centers and universities of UNIJES (Jesuit Universities of Spain); and he is president of the Christian Community of San Pere Claver in the neighborhood of Clot in Barcelona.

LISA HEHENBERGER

Dr. Lisa Hehenberger, Associate Professor, Esade Business School, Director Esade Center for Social Impact
Empowering people to use their business skills for Social Impact

As a researcher, teacher, activist and mother, Lisa believes in empowering people to use their competences to do good. Of Swedish-Austrian origin, Lisa has lived in Spain for the past 20 years. She is a professor at Esade Business School where she teaches social entrepreneurship and impact investing and has set up a Social Impact Lab to nurture the next generation of impact leaders through both “inner and outer development”. She also launched the Esade Center for Social Impact that develops research about and for social impact.

F. JEAN-PAUL HERNANDEZ, sj

Expert in art and theology
Antonio Gaudi and the Sagrada Familia

Jesuit, born in Switzerland, of Spanish family and for 30 years in Italy. He has been collaborating for 15 years with the international Ignatian network “Living Stones – PIetre VIve”. He teaches theology in Naples (PFTIM) and theology of art in Naples (Scuola di Alta Formazione in Arte e Teologia) and Rome (Gregoriana). In 2007 he published “Antoni Gaudì: la Parola nella pietra” (tr. esp. 2010).

CHRIS LOWNEY
Chair of the Board of CommonSpirit Health

After 50 years of “cannonball moments,” will the “sleeping giant” finally wake up?


Chris Lowney is a one-time Jesuit seminarian who graduated from two Jesuit schools and taught at another. He currently chairs the board of CommonSpirit Health, the United States’ largest non-profit health system, with 150,000 employees in more than 140 hospitals. Previously, Chris served as a Managing Director of JP Morgan & Co on three continents. He has authored six books, including the bestselling Heroic Leadership, which has been translated into eleven languages. More recently, his Make Today Matter won an Independent Press Award.

CRISTINA MANZANEDO
Lawyer and expert in migration and asylum.

Contemporary migration and social transformation

Member of the coordinating team of the ÖDOS programme, which helps South-Saharan women who cross the Mediterranean and arrive in Spain accompanied by young children. The programme works on mobility with a focus on gender and children. It also supports Afghan refugee families who worked for Spain in Afghanistan. For 10 years, she worked in migration with different Jesuit social works in Spain in different areas. His experience covers both the legal defence of specific cases as well as political and social advocacy, arrivals and subsequent integration processes. She has also collaborated in the development of aid programmes for refugee and displaced populations in Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. LL.M. in Law and International Relations from New York University.

F. JOSÉ ALBERTO MESA, sj
International Secretary of Education
The mission of education in a changing environment

International Secretary of Education of the Society of Jesus (secondary and pre-secondary), based in Rome, and responsible for the development and coordination of the global network of Jesuit schools. José Alberto is also a guest professor at Loyola University (Chicago), in the areas of Educational Philosophy and Ignatian Paedagogy.

MARY EVELYN TUCKER

Profesora Yale University
Ecological spirituality and Ecological justice for Our Time

Mary Evelyn Tucker has an MA from Fordham and a PhD from Columbia University. She teaches at Yale University at the School of the Environment and the Divinity School. She is co-director with John Grim of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. With Grim she organized 10 conferences on World Religions and Ecology at Harvard. They were series editors for the 10 resulting volumes from Harvard. She co-edited Confucianism and Ecology, Buddhism and Ecology, and Hinduism and Ecology.

She has authored with Grim, Ecology and Religion (Island Press, 2014). They co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology (2017) with Willis Jenkins. They are editors for the series on Ecology and Justice from Orbis Books. They have created six online courses in Religions and Ecology: Restoring the Earth Community.

Tucker and Grim also edited Thomas Berry’s books, including Selected Writings (Orbis 2014). They published Thomas Berry: A Biography (Columbia University Press, 2019) with Andrew Angyal.

With Brian Thomas Swimme, Tucker and Grim created a multi-media project Journey of the Universe that includes a book (Yale, 2011), an Emmy Award winning film, a series of podcast Conversations, and free online courses from Yale/Coursera. This project was inspired by the evolutionary ideas of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. She served as vice president of the American Teilhard Association from 1978-2020.

F. DANI VILLANUEVA, sj

VP in EntreculturasFe y Alegría Federation, VP in Xavier Network, VC in Georgetown University
Collaboration and Networking as catalyzers of the Jesuit Mission

Spanish Jesuit, Computer Science Engineer (University of Valladolid), Licentiate in Moral Social Theology (Boston College) and Global Executive MBA by Georgetown University and ESADE. He has post-graduate degrees in Humanitarian Aid (Fordham University) and Leadership, Innovation and NGO Management (ESADE). His main areas of specialization are networks, digital communications, international development and education. Since 2008 he has worked at Entreculturas – Fe y Alegría Spain. Since January 2018 he is Executive Vice President of Entreculturas and Alboan, and responsible for the International Development of the Society of Jesus in Spain.