Fundacion Ideas

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Fundacion Ideas is a "think tank' associated with the Spanish Socialist Workers Party.

  • I, for Igualdad, (Equality) because the IDEAS Foundation is a force dedicated to ensuring that no person shall be in the shadow of another, made uop of decent people who shall not give way to discrimination.
  • D, for Derechos, (Rights) because the IDEAS Foundation strives guarantee rights to all citizens.
  • E, for Ecología; (Environmentalism) because mankind can not continue to impoverish the planet without jeopardizing its own survival.
  • A, for Acción, (Action) because the IDEAS Foundation is a catalyst for change and transformation “which dreams of the future while governing in the present”.
  • S, for Solidaridad, (Solidarity) because in times of plenty the IDEAS extends rights and in spite of Foundation difficulties “protects the most vulnerable”.

Background

The IDEAS Foundation for Progress was created during the 37th Federal Congress of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) in 2008 to establish a “think-tank with the capacity to bring novel progressive ideas to the arena of political and social debate in an ever changing world.” Its mission is to identify challenges and opportunities and offer innovative and imaginative solutions that are at the same time rigorous from a scientific point of view and politically deliverable.[1]

Scientific Committee

As of 2011;[2]

  • Professor Pedro L. Alonso is a doctor, Head of Service and Chair of Hospital Clínic, Barcelona. He is also the Director of the Centre for Research in International Health, in Barcelona, (CRESIB), and the President of the Administration Board of Fundaçao Manhiça in Mozambique.

His research has focused on the key challenges in global health, particularly in developing countries, in four areas: research, teaching, assistance and international cooperation.

He was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation in 2008.

  • Helen Caldicott is an Australian medical doctor and the founder of several antinuclear associations among which is the Nuclear Policy Research Institute (NPRI). She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.

She is a lecturer at several Australian and American universities and has devoted the last 38 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of nuclear energy and the necessary changes in human behavior to curb environmental destruction.

She has received 19 honorary doctoral degrees and has been named one of the most influential women of the 20th Century by The Smithsonian Institute.

  • Torben Iversen is Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy and Chair of the Political Economy and Government Program of Harvard University.

He is the author of “Capitalism, Democracy, and Welfare” (Cambridge University Press 2005), “Contested Economic Institutions” (CUP 1999), and co-editor of “Unions, Employers and Central Bankers” (CUP 2000).

He has written countless academic articles and won five American Political Science Association prizes.

  • George Lakoff is the co-founder and Senior Fellow of the Rockridge Institute, committed to the democratization of knowledge in politics. He is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.

He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

He is the author of several highly influential books in the field of political communication such as “Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservative Think” (2002), “Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values, Frame the Debate” (2004), “Whose Freedom?” (2006) and “Thinking Points” (2006).

  • Wolfgang Merkel is the director of the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), and professor of political science at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He has focused his research on political regimes, democracy, party systems, social justice and the reform of the welfare state.

Since 2004, he has been the Deputy Chairman of the Review Board for Social Sciences of the German Research Foundation and a member of the Advisory Council of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. He has been a policy advisor to Chancellor Schröeder and to the German Social Democratic Party.

She is a biochemist specialized in neuroscience and is a relevant member of the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Mollecular Biology and the International Society for Neurochemistry. She has directed 14 theses and authored more than 180 publications.

She is a pioneer in the study on receptors and transporters of nucleotides and amino acids in nervous cells and has carried out several researches in the field gaining international prestige.

  • Dominique Mollard is an international journalist and has won various prizes for his work all over the world. He worked for the Associated Press for 20 years covering news on all five continents. He later worked as a senior producer after directing his own photographic operation in North Africa.

He is a veteran correspondent of wars and has produced documentaries about terrorism in Algeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia. He gained tremendous popularity after shooting a documentary titled “Clandestinos” (clandestine) on irregular immigration for which he joined 37 Sub-Saharan irregular immigrants in their attempt to reach the Canary Islands from Mauritania.

  • Loretta Napoleoini is an Italian economist, journalist and political analyst. She was a Fulbright scholar at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC and a Rotary Scholar at the London School of Economics.

As an economist she has worked for several banks and international organizations including the Club de Madrid as an expert on terrorism financing. She has also worked for several newspapers and journals and is the author of the best-selling book “Terror Incorporated: Tracing the Dollars behind the Terror Networks”.

  • Guillermo O’Donnell is a John G. Winant Visiting Professor of American Government at the University of Oxford and Helen Kellogg Chair in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He is research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Stanford, and visiting professor of the of University of California, Berkeley and the University of Sao Paulo.

In the 1980’s he served as the Secretary of Culture in Argentina. He has collaborated as an advisor with several Latin American governments during their democratization processes and has published extensively on authoritarianism and democratic processes.

O'Donnell has been awarded several prizes and distinctions for his academic contributions to political science such as the Konex Award, the Kalman Silvert Award and the Prize for Lifetime Achievement by the International Political Science Association.

  • Emilio Ontiveros is Founder and President of International Financial Analysts. He is the author of various books and numerous articles and has collaborated with specialized magazines in economics and international finance.

He has been the director of the magazine Economistas (The Association of Economists, Madrid) and of the Yearbook of Economy and Finances from El País, since both were founded. He is a member of the Editorial Board of El País, founding member of the Spanish Association of International Finance and Economy, and member of the Advisory Board of the magazine Economía Aplicada and member of the advisory board of various other scientific and professional publications.

As of January 2006, he become a member of the Innovation Advisory Board of the Scientific Park of Madrid (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).

  • Philip Pettit is the Laurence S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University and an expert in political theory and philosophy. He has taught at several renowned universities in Ireland, USA and Australia.

Known to have developed the concept of "Civic Republicanism" which underlies "citizen society" promoted by the socialists since 2000, he has inspired the Zapatero Government’s policies of expansion of rights. Among his books are “The Common Mind” (1996), “A Theory of Freedom” (2001) and “Penser en Société” (2004). He is the co-author of “Economy of Esteem” (2004), together with Geoffrey Brennan. His last book is “Made with Words: Hobbes on Mind, Society and Politics” (Princeton University Press).

  • Jeremy Rifkin is a Fellow at the Wharton School’s Executive Program and the president of the Foundation on Economic Trends.

He has written several books on the impact of science and technology on the economy, society and environment. He is the advisor to heads of states and companies worldwide. Seventeen of his books on the impact on technology change on the economy, labor markets, society and environment have been translated into 30 languages.

He has been the advisor to Portuguese Prime Minister, José Sócrates, and informal advisor to the European Commission and European Parliament.

  • María Joao Rodrigues is a special advisor in the development of the Lisbon Agenda of the European Union. She is Professor of European Economic Policies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Instituto Universitario of Lisbon.

She is a member of the Governing Board of the Center for European Policy in Brussels and a member of the Board of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Lisbon.

  • Jeffrey Sachs is an American economist and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York. He is also professor at the School of International Affairs and Politics at Columbia University and the School of Public Health.

He is an advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and founder and co-president of Millennium Promise Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty and hunger.

Among his numerous publications, “The End of Poverty” and “Common Wealth”, both New York Times best-sellers, are particularly noteworthy.

  • Nicholas Stern holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Oxford University, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cambridge and is an economist specialized in issues related to climate change. He was Vice President for Economic Development and Chief Economist at the World Bank and Economic Advisor for the United Kingdom.

“The Stern Report” he wrote for the Prime Minister Tony Blair gained the attention of the media worldwide because of its findings on the need to face climate change as an external threat with high economic costs.

He is currently Professor of Economy and Government and the Director of the Observatory on India at the Center for Asian Research at the London School of Economics.

  • Andre Sapir is a Professor of Economics at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), a Senior Fellow with the think-tank Bruegel. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and is specialized in international economy and European integration as well as an analyst of the globalization phenomenon and the reform of European social models.

He is the founder and a member of the editorial board of the academic journal World Trade Review, and a member of the Economic Policy Analysis Group for European Commission President José Manuel Durao Barroso.

In 2004 he published “An Agenda for a Growing Europe”, a report commissioned by the President of the European Commission which became known as the Sapir Report.

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In 1982, she created the Foundation for Scientific, Technological and Ecological Research whose initiatives among others are to foster and disseminate ecological agriculture and the study and maintenance of biodiversity.

  • Joseph Stiglitz is an American economist and Professor of Economics at Columbia University, New York. He is also a member of the Committee on Global Thought and co-founder and Executive Director of the Initiative for Political Dialogue at Columbia.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2001 for his analysis of markets with asymmetric information. He was Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank.

He has written several successful books and his book “Globalization and its Discontents” has been translated into 35 languages and has sold more than one million copies worldwide.

  • Aminata Traore Writer, politician and activist from Mali, he was Minister of Culture and Tourism from 1997 to 2000. She was a member of the Executive Board of the Population Council and Coordinator of the UNDP project on Water and Sanitation.

She was also a member of the Independent Committee of the UNESCO on Population and Quality of Life and the ILO Committee on the Social Dimensions of Globalization and the high-profile Panel on Relations between Civil Society and the United Nations created by the General Secretariat of the UN.

  • Torsten Wiesel is a Swedish neurobiologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1981. He was the President of Rockefeller University, New York, from 1991 to 1998 and is currently the General Secretary of the Human Frontier Science Program.

He is an advisor to several countries and organizations, and has focused his work on creating opportunities for young scientists to carry out independent research. He serves on the Board of the Center on Climate Change and the Advisory Board of the European Institute for Brain Research.

In 2007, the Torsten Wiesel Research Institute was established in Chengdu, China by the World Eye Organization at West China Hospital, Sichuan University to engage in basic and clinical research, especially on eye diseases most prevalent in Asia.

  • Kemal Derviş is Vice President and Director of Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institute. Until February 2009 he led the United Nations Development Program and Development Group. Between 2001 and 2002, as Minister of Economic Affairs of Turkey he launched a successful economic recovery program.

He is a member of the Board of Overseers of University Sabanci in Istanbul. His work at the university is focused on issues related to the enlargement of the EU. He worked at the World Bank for 22 years and was a member of the Turkish Parliament (2002-2005).

  • Pippa Norris is the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

She recently served as Director of the Democratic Governance Group in the United Nations Development Program New York.

She has worked as an external consultant for many international bodies (United Nations, UNESCO, National Democratic Institute, the Council of Europe, International IDEA, the World Bank, National Endowment for Democracy and the UK Electoral Commission).

Her work compares elections and public opinion, democratic institutions and cultures, political communications, and gender politics in different countries.

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