EE – 12 April 2021
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, in a file image. EFE / EPA / AMPE ROGERIO
Nadia Calviño, Antonio Garamendi, Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, Pepe Álvarez, Abril Martorell, Goirigolzarri and Álvarez-Pallete will also be on the first day.
Pedro Sánchez will kick off Wake Up, Spain! the great Spanish Economic Forum that starts this Monday at 09:30 in the morning. The President of the Government will be in charge of opening a symposium in which the best way to invest the money from the NextGeneration funds that will arrive from the European Union will be discussed.
The President’s intervention will come at a key moment, as it will occur scarcely 24 hours before the Interministerial Commission that monitors the evolution and delivery of the funds approves the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.
It will include the main reforms that the Government will propose to Brussels for the coming years, and with which it seeks to give confidence before the NextGeneration funds begin to be unblocked.
Once the document has been approved by the Commission, which will be on Tuesday, Pedro Sánchez will present it to the Congress of Deputies on Wednesday. Sánchez’s intervention in Wake Up, Spain! It will be, therefore, key to see if it gives some touches on the plans that the Government has for Tuesday.
The inauguration of Sánchez will precede the debates that will be held for four days in Wake Up, Spain! a meeting point for the exchange of ideas on how European funds should be invested.
Between this Monday and Thursday, the Spanish Economic Forum will bring together more than 170 speakers from the world of politics, business, social agents, science and technology. A forum that will be closed by Ángel Gurría and the vice president of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis.
The first day of Wake Up, Spain! will be dedicated to talking about digitization. Thus, after the intervention of Pedro Sánchez, it will be the turn to speak of the Next Generation Funds as a lever for reconstruction, a table where the president of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi; Pepe Álvarez, Secretary General of the UGT; the president of the Chambers, José Luis Bonet; Pilar López, president of Microsoft; Federico Linares, president of EY and Cristina Garmendia, president of the Cotec Foundation.
The world of digital and science will be present in the conversation that the president of Telefónica, José María Álvarez Pallete will have with María Blasco, director of the National Center for Oncological Research (CNIO).
The great digital actors will be represented with the presence of Fuencisla Clemares, general director of Google Spain; Tony Jin Yong, CEO of Huawei; Mariangela Marseglia, Managing Director of Amazon for Spain and Italy; Jaume Miquel, president and CEO of Tendam; Douglas Benítez, general director of Qualcomm Spain and Portugal; David Cierco, Managing Director of Red.es and Andreu Vilamitjana, Managing Director of Cisco Spain.
The health sector will also have its presence with Iñaki Peralta, CEO of Sanitas; Juan Abarca, president of the Idis Foundation; Mª Luz López-Carrasco, president of Fenin; María Vila, president of Medtronic; Artur Palet, Director of Access and Development at Roche Diagnostics; Dionisio Martínez de Velasco, Managing Director Iberia at Dräger; Luis Cortina, CEO of Siemens Healthineers and Alfredo González Gómez, Secretary General of Digital Health.
It will be the Second Vice President and Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, who will open the afternoon session at 4:00 p.m. The Chairman of CaixaBank, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, will continue to speak to him about the financial sector and the economic situation.
The 5G and the ‘telco’
Also on this day dedicated to digitization will be Domingo Mirón, president of Accenture for Spain, Portugal and Israel. Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, president of the Junta de Andalucía, will present the Digital Agency of Andalusia as an example of transformation of the Public Administration.
At 5.30 pm it will be one of the great events of the day. Colman Deegan, CEO of Vodafone Spain and Jean-François Fallacher, CEO of Orange, will talk about the challenges of the telecommunications sector.
Startups, the digitization of the Administration and cybersecurity will be other keys to the first day of Wake Up, Spain !. During the day they will be present Francisco Polo, High Commissioner for the Entrepreneurial Nation Spain; Sacha Michaud, co-founder of Glovo; Javier Jiménez Marco, general director of Lanzadera or Fernando Abril-Martorell, executive president of Indra Sistemas, among many others.
The public sector will be represented by Jesús Torres, Secretary General of Digital Administration; Juan Carlos Abascal, mayor of Ermua or Pedro del Cura, mayor of Rivas-Vaciamadrid.
The ‘Spanish Davos’
Posed as a ‘Spanish Davos’, Wake Up, Spain! will focus its debates around the axes of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan that the Government will approve next Tuesday in the Council of Ministers. A document that can also be explained personally by the third vice president and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, and the fourth vice president and Minister of Ecological Transition Teresa Ribera.
Along with them, and during the following days, will also be the main businessmen of this country. From Ana Botín, president of Banco Santander, through the president of Inditex, Pablo Isla. They will also be at Wake Up, Spain! the VP & General Manager of Coca-Cola Iberia, Juan Ignacio de Elizalde; José Manuel Entrecanales, Chairman of Acciona or Carlos Torres, Chairman of BBVA.
The full agenda can be consulted on the site enabled for this purpose on the EL ESPAÑOL website, where you can also follow all the presentations from Monday at 09:30 in the morning, as well as follow the complete coverage that will be carried out.
All those present will have the opportunity to contribute their ideas about the use that should be made of the 140,000 million that will come from Brussels in the framework of the NextGeneration EU funds. Hence, the Minister of Education, Isabel Celaá; the Minister of Public Works, José Luis Ábalos; the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero; the Minister of Finance, María Jesús Montero and the Minister of Industry; Reyes Maroto, come to explain the lines that your departments will follow in this matter.
All of them will also have the assistance of other exceptional speakers who will try to make their contributions to the debate. Ignacio Galán, president of Iberdrola; Antonio Huertas, President of Mapfre; Francisco Reynés, president of Naturgy; Josu Jon Imaz, CEO of Repsol; Javier Goñi, president of Fertiberia; José Bogas, CEO of Endesa or Antonio Llardén, President of Enagás.
The regional sector will also have its presence during these four days. The president of the Junta de Extremadura, Guillermo Fernández-Vara and the president of the Region of Murcia, Fernando López Miras will attend; Isabel Díaz Ayuso, president of the Community of Madrid; Emiliano García-Page, president of the Junta de Castilla-La Mancha; the Galician president, Alberto Núñez Feijóo; the leader of the Valencian Generalitat, Ximo Puig, and the president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco.
Mayors of some of the great Spanish cities will also pass through the Casa de América auditorium, such as José Luis Martínez-Almeida, mayor of Madrid; Francisco de la Torre, mayor of Malaga; Gema Igual, mayor of Santander; Juan Espadas, mayor of Seville or Jorge Azcón, mayor of Zaragoza.
During the four days that Wake Up, Spain! present Wayne Griffiths, president of Seat; Leopoldo Satrústegui, CEO of Hyundai Spain and Manuel Terroba, president of BMW Group Spain and Portugal.
The president of Indra will also attend; Luis Furnells, president of the Oesía Group; Philippe Boisseau, CEO of Cepsa. The list of figures from the public and private business sphere includes, among many other names, Beatriz Corredor, president of Red Eléctrica; Julián Núñez, president of SEOPAN; Juan Manuel Serrano, president of the Post Office; Ismael Clemente, president of Merlin Properties; Isabel Pardo de Vera, president of Adif; Luisa García, general director of LLYC or Nieves Segovia, president of the SEK Educational Institution.
The intention of Wake Up, Spain! it is also to bring together Spanish talent. To this end, from the academic and research world, María Blasco, director of the National Center for Oncological Research (CNIO), and Mariana Mazzucato, professor at the University College of London and author of the book Misión Economía: una carrera espacial para cambiar el capitalismo join the Economic Forum. The president of the Cotec Foundation, Cristina Garmendia, and the professor of Economics at the University of Vigo, Xavier Labandeira, will also participate.
Throughout the sessions, Spanish professors from large international universities specializing in subjects related to the technological avant-garde will take part. This is the case of Alba Cervera, quantum computing researcher at the University of Toronto; Soledad Antelada, cybersecurity engineer at NERSC, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the United States; Eva Nogales, professor in biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology at the University of California or Andrés Pedreño, founder of 1MillionBot and professor of Applied Economics.
A list that is also joined by Sonia Contera, professor of biological physics at the University of Oxford; David Gutiérrez, delegate of standardization of 5G in 3GPP; Lourdes Vega, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Khalifa University (Abu Dhabi); Antonio Tejero, computer vision researcher at the University of Tokyo; Javier García-Martínez, president of the International Union of International Chemistry and member of the World Economic Forum, as well as Marcos Martínez Romero, senior software engineer at the Center for Research in Biomedical Informatics at Stanford University.