Mrs. Silvia Mónica Alonso-Castrillo Allain

Colonial Director since 2019.

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Ms Alonso-Castrillo holds a degree in Political Sciences by the Sciences Po University (Paris) as well as a Master’s Degree and a PhD in Spanish and Latin American Studies by the Paris-Sorbonne University. By civil service examination, she became a professor of Spanish studies in France. She has been teaching and researching for 25 years (1984-2009) in various French academic institutions : the Toulouse University, Sciences Po and ESSEC Business School. She has published several books on Spanish contemporary history and politics.

Ms Alonso-Castrillo worked for the French Embassy in Singapore as counsellor for culture and science, before being appointed regional director for INSEAD. She has supervised the development of two campuses in Singapore : the French Lycée and INSEAD (1996-1999).

Upon her return to Europe in 2000, she worked for 15 years with ESSEC, managing international development and fundraising for the business school, which also opened a campus in Singapore.

In 2007, she founded in Madrid the consultancy firm Sociedad de Estudios Hispano Franceses S.L. (Society of Spanish-French Studies) and has been leading it until 2019. Since 2013, Ms Alonso-Castrillo runs the family estate in the Loire Valley (France).

She has sat on the Board of the College des Bernardins (Paris) as well as on the Executive Committee of the Fondation pour les Sciences Sociales (Paris). She sits since 2017 on the board of KOIKI HOME S.L. a social entrepreneurship company which operates in Spain.