Mr. Carlos Fernández-Lerga Garralda

Colonial Director Coordinator since 2008.

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Mr. Fernández‑Lerga holds a degree in law from the University of Navarra, a master’s in European studies from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and  and has taken post‑graduate courses specialising in commercial law at the Bank of Spain’s Training Center. He completed his studies in international law at The Hague Academy of International Law, in comparative law and international organisations in Strasbourg, and at the Collège Universitaire d’Études Fédéralistes, Nice, Val d’Aoste.

From 1978 to 1983, he was an advisory member of the Ministry and Secretary of State for Relations with the European Community participating in negotiations for Spain’s accession to the European Union. From 1984 to 1986, he held the position of general manager of the European Union Advisory Service within the Banco Hispano Americano Group.

Mr. Fernández-Lerga has also been Chairman of Iberdrola Ingeniería y Construcción, S.A., director at Abantia Corporación and Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica, S.A. (Lead Independent Director) as well as a General Board Member of La Caixa. He has also been a member of the International Secretariat of the World Federalist Youth movement (Amsterdam); Secretary of the Madrid branch of the European League for Economic Cooperation; Secretary of the Foundation for Progress and Democracy; a representative (treasurer) of the Governing Board of the Madrid Bar Association, a member of the Executive Committee of the Elcano Royal Institute and a trustee of the Spain/US Board and Spain/China Board Foundations. He has also lectured at the School of Political Science at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and at the Institute of European Studies at the University of Alcalá de Henares, and has written numerous publications.

He is currently director of el Economista/Ecoprensa and  continues to practise law at his firm, Carlos Fernández-Lerga Abogados / EurConsultores, mainly offering legal advice on civil and commercial law. He is currently a member of the board of directors of SFL.