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
Community: awareness, potential and challenges

Of Colombian nationality, she lives in Bogotá. She has been working at Fe y Alegría Colombia for 14 years. She has a degree in Education for Children with emphasis on Integration in Regular Environments. She believes in the power of education and social promotion as an ethical, political, paedagogical and epistemological commitment to the transformation, in particular, of people and groups whose rights are violated.

NÚRIA CALDUCH
Doctor of Sacred Scripture
The role of women in society and the Church

She has a degree in Philosophy and Arts from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (1979) and a doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. She is considered a world authority on the study of the Old Testament Books of Wisdom. Pope Benedict XVI appointed her as an expert for the 12th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Word of God (2008). And in 2014 Pope Francis appointed her to the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

ALBERT FLORENSA
Professor emeritus of the Universitat Ramon Llull. Philosopher and technical engineer.
Technology at the service of people

Dr. Albert Florensa Giménez is professor emeritus of the Universitat Ramon Llull. 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

Ph.D. in Management, professor at Esade Business School and Director of Esade Center for Social Impact
Social Innovation

Empowering people to use their business skills for Social Impact. 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. As a researcher, teacher, activist and mother, Lisa believes in empowering people to use their competences to do good.

F. JEAN-PAUL HERNANDEZ, sj

Expert in art and theology
Antonio Gaudi and the Sagrada Familia

Swiss from a Spanish family. He lives in Italy. Coordinator of the group “Pietre Vive” at the “Pontificia Facoltà Teologica d’Italia Meridionale”, professor at the “Scuola di Alta Formazione di Arte e Teologia” in Naples and at the Gregorian University in Rome. He is a world expert on the work of Antoni Gaudi and author of the book “The Word in stone, the symbols and the spirit of the Sagrada Familia”.

CHRIS LOWNEY
Vice-chair of the Board of CommonSpirit Health
Leadership and business ethics

Born in New York City, Lowney attended Regis High School, a Jesuit institution in Manhattan, and then entered a Jesuit seminary. He completed a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Philosophy at Fordham University. Worked at JP Morgan from 1983 to 2001. as an investment banker to Fortune 1000 companies and, later, a managing director in: Tokyo, Singapore and London. Author of six books and co-author two. Global expert in leadership, decision-making, and business ethics.

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
Care for our Common Home: The Growing Alliance of Religion and Ecology

Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity. She teaches in the joint MA program in religion and ecology and directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale with her husband, John Grim. Grim and Tucker have written a number of books, including Ecology and Religion.

F. DANI VILLANUEVA, sj

VP in Fe 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.