The Board of Trustees

The principal governing body of the Foundation is responsible for representing, governing and administering the Foundation. One of its main functions is to represent the Foundation in events and contracts, and to draw up its program of events. It is comprised of members who are recognized for their achievements in different areas of study and research in bioethics:


Victòria Camps

Victòria Camps

Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona

Victòria Camps
Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona

Her professional career included a period as a member of the Audiovisual Council of Catalonia from 2002 to 2008, and she was chairperson of the Commission for Television Content from 1993 to 1996, a period during which she was an independent senator for the socialist party of Catalonia and Spain, the PSC-PSOE.

 

Victòria Camps has published numerous essays on ethics, political philosophy and bioethics. These include Virtudes públicas (Public virtues) (Espasa Prize for Non-fiction), Una vida de calidad [A quality life], La voluntad de vivir (The will to live) and Creure en l'educació (Believing in education). Her most recent books are: El gobierno de las emociones (Managing the emotions) (National Non-fiction Prize), Breve historia de la ética (A brief history of ethics), Elogio de la duda (In praise of doubt), La fragilidad de una ética liberal (The fragility of a liberal ethics) and La búsqueda de la felicidad (The search for happiness).

 

Victòria Camps' professional achievements have been recognized with the Josep Maria Lladó Prize for freedom of expression in 1999; the Prize for Achievements in Education, awarded by the Regional Government of Andalucía in 1999; and the Menéndez Pelayo International Prize in 2008. She holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Huelva and Salamanca. In 2018 she was appointed Permanent Advisor to the State.


Marc Antoni Broggi

Marc Antoni Broggi

Surgeon and President of the Catalan Bioethics Committee

Marc Antoni Broggi
Surgeon and President of the Catalan Comittee of Bioethics

Antoni Broggi is a doctor in Medicine and Surgery, and from 1991 to 2008 was Head of the General Surgery Service at Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, Badalona (Barcelona). He is a Permanent Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia.

 

Within the world of bioethics, he has been a member of the Professional Ethics Commission of the Medical Association of Barcelona, and is currently President of the Catalan Society for Bioethics.

 

He has written several articles and given various lectures on bioethics, specializing in the doctor–patient relationship, clinical information, informed consent and living wills.


Manuel Canivell

Manuel Canivell

Doctor and former Scientific Director of Grifols

Manuel Canivell
Doctor and former Scientific Director of Grifols

After graduating in medicine from the University of Barcelona, Manuel Canivell spent most of his career with the Grifols group, which specializes in the health-pharmaceuticals sector.

He was responsible for the plasma fractionation area of Laboratorios Grifols from 1974 to 1978, head of the plasma control laboratory (1978 to 1987), and held the position of Scientific Director from 1987 until his retirement in 2007.

Throughout his career he has taught on doctoral courses on industrial plasma fractionation at the University of Barcelona, and he has contributed to courses and seminars on the pharmaceuticals industry and the manufacture of plasma products.


Neal Ball

Neal Ball

Founder and Honorary President of the American Refugee Committee, and Member of the American Committee of UNICEF

Neal Ball
Founder and Honorary President of the American Refugee Committee, and Member of the American Committee of UNICEF

Neal Ball is a founder and honorary president of the American Refugee Committee, a body that provides medical aid, assistance and training to people who have become refugees as a result of war or displacement in Asia, Africa, eastern Europe and the Middle East.

He is also a member of the Board of Directors of National Medical Fellowships (New York) and is Chairman of the Honorary Committee of the International Visitors Center (Chicago). He is Vice-President of the Committee for Amerindian Art of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 


Montserrat Busquets

Montserrat Busquets

Nurse, member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the College of Nurses of Barcelona

Montserrat Busquets
Lecturer at the School of Nursing at the University of Barcelona

Montse Busquets is a nurse, with a Master in Bioethics and Law, a degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology, and a PhD in Sociology. She spent most of her professional career as a lecturer at the School of Nursing at the University of Barcelona, and retired in 2017. She worked as a care nurse at Ciudad Sanitaria Valle de Hebrón, and taught at the Príncipes de España University School of Nursing at the Catalan Health Institute, and with the UNED (Spain's National Distance Learning University).

 

She was co-director of postgraduate teaching in Palliative Care from 2006 to 2017. She has a longstanding interest in the professional ethics of nursing and in bioethics, both in work and in education. She has worked with numerous organizations active in the field of health ethics.

 

She is a member of the Professional Ethics Committee of the College of Nurses of Barcelona, of the Bioethics Committee of Catalonia, and of the Bioethics and Law Association of the Bioethics Observatory of the University of Barcelona.

 


Ignacio Calero

Ignacio Calero

Lawyer at Osborne Clarke

Ignacio Calero
Lawyer at Osborne Clarke

Ignacio Calero is a lawyer who specializes in company and contract consultancy. He is a member of the Board of Trustees, and acts as legal secretary to the governing bodies of several foundations within the health and life sciences sector.

He graduated in Law in 2000 from the Autonomous University of Madrid, and completed a Master's in Corporate Legal Consultancy at IE Business School in 2003. He is a member of the College of Lawyers of Barcelona.

 


Xavier Carné

Xavier Carné

Pharmacologist

Xavier Carné
Pharmacologist

Xavier Carné is a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a specialist in Clinical Pharmacology. Since 2003 he worked as Head of Clinical Pharmacology at the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona and he also was a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at the University of Barcelona since 2007. Currently he is retired.

 

He advises a number of organizations, and is active in research. He is a member of the Pharmacotherapy Committee for outpatient dispensing of hospital drugs at CatSalut, member of the Bioethics Committee of Catalonia, member of the National Committee on Clinical Pharmacology of the Spanish Ministry of Health, and President of the Capacity Building Working Group at ECRIN.

 

During his professional career, he has delivered more than 130 lectures at congresses, and he has published more than 80 original articles and reviews in indexed medical journals and more than 40 articles in books or chapters of books.

 


Tomàs Dagà

Tomàs Dagà

Lawyer at Osborne Clarke

Tomàs Dagà
Lawyer at Osborne Clarke

A graduate in Law from the University of Barcelona, with postgraduate qualifications from the School of Legal Practice of the College of Lawyers of Barcelona. He specializes in Company Law, Contracts, Industrial Property, and Mergers and Acquisitions.


Rafael Dal-Re

Rafael Dal-Re

Former Director of Clinical Research at the Campus for International Excellence, Autonomous University of Madrid

Rafael Dal-Re
Former Director of Clinical Research at the Campus for International Excellence, Autonomous University of Madrid

Rafael Dal-Ré holds a PhD in Medicine from the Complutense University, Madrid, and a Master in Public Health from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He has worked primarily in the pharmaceutical industry, and for more than 25 years was medical department director for various multinational companies.

 

From 2010 to 2013 he was first director and then scientific advisor to the Clinical Research Programme of the Pasqual Maragall Foundation in Barcelona. From 2014 to 2016 he was director of clinical research at the BUC programme (Biosciences UAM+CSIC), Centre for International Excellence, Autonomous University of Madrid. From 1998 to 2010 he was a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom. He was also a member of the National Pharmacovigilance Commission of Spain's Department of Health from 1993 to 1996.

 

He is the author of more than 200 articles published in both Spanish and international journals, over 40 of which relate to aspects of bioethics in clinical research, and scientific integrity.


Pere Ibern (about us)

Pere Ibern

Research fellow of the Center for Research on Health and Economics of UPF

Pere Ibern
Research fellow of the Center for Research on Health and Economics of UPF
Pere Ibern is an economist, a researcher at the Centre for Research in Economics and Health, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, and director of strategic development at DKV Seguros. He has also taught at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, where he gave courses on health economics, organizational economics, and business strategy.
 
 
He holds a PhD from Ramón Llull University, an MBA from ESADE, and has been certified by the Certified Board of Directors Program at Insead. He has also taught executive courses in health management at Yale University.
 
 
In the course of his career, he has been a visiting researcher at the Duke University Population Research Institute, and advisor to the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has also been chair of the Spanish Association of Health Economics, and a member of the board of the Spanish Public Health Association.
 

Josep Maria Lozano

Josep Maria Lozano

Lecturer at the ESADE Department of Social Sciences

Josep Maria Lozano
Lecturer at the ESADE Department of Social Sciences
Josep Maria Lozano holds a PhD in Philosophy and Education Sciences, and a degree in Theology, Philosophy and the Arts. Since 1986 he has been a lecturer at the Department of Social Sciences, ESADE.
 
He founded and directed the Person, Business and Society Institute (IPES), and works with a number of bodies and publications in the field of business ethics. 
 
He specializes in business ethics, social responsibility, and values and leadership, and has published widely in this field, including Persona, empresa y sociedad (Person, company and society), Guía práctica de Derechos Humanos para empresas (Practical guide to human rights for companies), La empresa ciudadana (The citizen company) and El poliedro del liderazgo (The leadership polyhedron).
 

Francesca Puigpelat

Francesca Puigpelat

Professor of Legal Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona

Francesca Puigpelat
Professor of Legal Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona

Francesca Puigpelat holds a doctorate in Legal Philosophy, specializing in legal philosophy, and her career has been divided between teaching and research. From 1991 to 2014 she was a professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where she was Dean of the Law Faculty from 2002 to 2008.

 

She works with a number of institutions and bodies in the field of bioethics. She is a member of the Consultative Committee on Bioethics of Catalonia, and is currently a member of both the Bioethics, Law and Society Group and the Bioethics Observatory at the University of Barcelona, and is also a member of the Antígona group at UAB.


Begoña Roman

Begoña Román

 Lecturer in the Department of Theoretical and Practical Philosophy

 

 

 

Begoña Román

Begoña Román Maestre holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona, and is currently a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Barcelona.

Between 1996 and 2007 she held the Chair in Ethics at the Ramon Llull University. She is a member of the well-established research group funded by the Government of Catalonia, "Aporia: Contemporary Philosophy, ethics and politics".

Her area of expertise is applied ethics, which she teaches in several masters and postgraduate programs.

She is the Chair of the Catalan Social Services Ethics Committee, and is a member of the Bioethics Committee of Catalonia and of the primary healthcare ethics committee of the Catalan Health Institute, and is a member of the clinical ethics committees at the Hospital Clinic (Barcelona) and at the Hospital San Rafael (Madrid).

Her most important recent publications include:

Román, B: Ética en los servicios sociales [Ethics in the social services], Barcelona, Herder, 2016.

Esteban, F; Román, B: ¿Quo vadis, Universidad? [Quo vadis, University?], Barcelona, UOC, 2016. 


Milagros Pérez Oliva (p)

Milagros Pérez Oliva

Journalist at El País newspaper

Milagros Pérez Oliva
Journalist at El País newspaper

She has been with Spain's leading daily newspaper, El País, since 1982, where she has been senior editor of the paper's Catalonia and Opinion sections, and was reader's editor from 2009 to 2012. She currently writes articles and editorial columns. She is also an interviewer on Terrícoles, produced by Barcelona TV channel Betevé, and appears as a political analyst on a number of programmes, including Hora 25 on Cadena Ser, els Matins on TV3, El Matí on Catalunya Radio, and Vespres on Spanish national broadcaster TVE2.

 

She was a member of the Bioethics Committee of Catalonia for eight years, and is currently on the Public Health Advisory Board, and is a member of the board of Pompeu Fabra University.

 

She has won a number of awards, including the Government of Catalonia's National Culture Prize for Journalism, the Grifols Prize for Bioethics, and Barcelona City Council's Social Well-being Award. She also received the Josep Trueta Medal for contributions to health, from the Government of Catalonia.

 


Maria Blasco

Maria Blasco

Director of National Centre for Cancer Research (CNIO) and Head of Telomeres and Telomerase Group

Maria Blasco
Director of National Centre for Cancer Research (CNIO) and Head of Telomeres and Telomerase Group

Maria Blasco has a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the "Severo Ochoa" Centre for Molecular Biology, and is a specialist in telomeres and telomerase. In 1993 she moved to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, where she joined the laboratory led by Carol W. Greider. She returned to Spain in 1997 to set up her own research group at the National Biotechnology Centre (CSIC; Madrid). In 2003 she moved to the National Centre for Cancer Research (CNIO, Madrid) as Director of the Molecular oncology Service and and Head of the Telomeres and Telomerase Group. In 2005 she was appointed Assistant Director of Basic Research at CNIO, and in June 2011 she was named Director of the CNIO.

 

For more than 20 years, Blasco's work has focused on demonstrating the importance of telomeres and telomerase in cancer and in diseases related to ageing. Blasco received the Award for Scientific Merit from the Regional Government of Valencia in In October 2017, and has been awarded three Honorary Doctorates: from Carlos III University, Madrid, from the University of Alicante and, most recently, from the University of Murcia.


Management Board


Nuria Terribas

Núria Terribas

Executive Director

Núria Terribas
Executive Director
Terribas, who has had a long career in the field of bioethics, was the head of the Borja Institute of Bioethics at Ramón Llull University from 1999 to 2014. She is a legal expert, specializing in the fields of bioethics and biolaw. She is a member of and a legal advisor to a number of ethics committees at health institutions across Spain, and is also vicepresident of the Bioethics Committee of Catalonia and member of the National Bioethics Committee of Andorra. Sincé 2018 she is member of the health advisory council of the Catalan government.
 
 
In addition, she has authored numerous articles and book chapters on bioethics and law, and has spoken at a number of bioethics events both in Spain and internationally since 1992.

Maria Ferrer

Maria Ferrer

Project coordinator

Maria Ferrer
Project coordinator

Maria holds a journalism degree, with a specialization in business communications. She has pursued a career in the pharmaceutical and health sectors, where her previous employers include Sandoz and the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu.

In 2008 she joined the communications department of Grifols, and started working with the Foundation on communication projects, events organization and publications. Since 2013 she has been the Foundation's project coordinator.

 


Silvia Perabá

Silvia Perabá

Secretarial and Administrative Services Manager

Silvia Perabá
Secretarial and Administrative Services Manager

Silvia has extensive experience of administrative management in the field of bioethics. For over 20 years she was Secretarial Manager at the Borja Institute of Bioethics (Ramon Llull University), where her duties included organizing training activities, workshops and conferences, supervising the publishing program, maintaining the accounts, and monitoring budgets. In June 2015 she joined the team of the Foundation as Secretarial and Administrative Manager. She is also responsible for coordinating training activities for health professionals, and for events logistics.