Antonio Sánchez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Sciences and is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Administrative Manager. He has over six years’ experience in auditing and training auditors, in addition to twenty-one years of experience in the management of finance departments in large companies belonging to the energy, leisure, tourism, food and real estate sectors.
After working for three years as a consultant with Cariotipo, he spent a year in Melbourne, Australia to round out his experience managing social networks and promoting social participation in decision-making. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from the Complutense University, is a graduate of the Higher Programme “Lobby and Advocacy” at the IE Business School, and in 2014 took part in the RCC Executive Program at Harvard. He has over six years of experience in managing lobbying and communication campaigns for the health, defence, energy and alcoholic beverage sectors in Spain, both on a national and a regional level.
María Real Bela
María Real Bela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and has over twelve years of experience in the health sector. She has spent most of her career working in media linked to the pharmaceutical sector, in labour institutions linked to the health sector, as well as media and political consulting. Ms Real is also a qualified expert in the analysis and management of social networks.
Jorge Fernández-Rúa has close to six years of experience as a public affairs consultant for companies, international organisations and NGOs in Spain and other countries. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from ICADE and has attended several postgraduate courses in public affairs and lobbying. He completed his education in 2016 with a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Paris’s Institut d’Études Politiques (SciencesPo), specialising in transparency and the analysis of energy policies and climate change. As part of his coursework, Mr Fernández-Rúa completed an internship with the UN in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and cooperated on research projects with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as well as other institutions in Gauteng (South Africa).
Before continuing his studies abroad, Jorge Fernández-Rúa worked as a consultant at Cariotipo, where he helped to develop and implement strategic communications and lobbying plans for clients in the health and alcoholic beverages sectors. In the field of research, he worked with Transparency International in preparing the report called “An assessment of lobbying in Spain: analysis and proposals.”
Francisco José Gutiérrez
Mr Gutiérrez is a journalist with extensive experience in the areas of science and health in the media. He holds a Master’s Degree in Quality Journalism from ABC and is a graduate of the Advanced Course on Health Policy and Institutional Relations at the IE Business School. He is Associate Director at Cariotipo MH5, where he has led management and team coordination, as well as the design and implementation of strategic communication plans, lobbying and institutional relations in the field of the pharmaceutical industry and other regulated sectors.
José María Fernández-Rúa, Honorary President
Mr Fernández-Rúa’s professional career began as a fellow at the Spanish Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) when he was studying Journalism and Physical Science. He conducts political interviews on the “España a las 8” radio programme at Spanish National Radio (RNE) and is editor-in-chief at the Pyresa news agency. He combines these simultaneously with his position as Communications Director at the Spanish Nuclear Energy Board. Mr Fernández-Rúa also works as a parliamentary journalist for ABC and as Communications Director for Banco de Crédito Industrial and Banco de Crédito Agrícola.
In addition, he has worked as Economics Editor for the newspaper YA and as Advisor to the Undersecretary for Domestic Trade, as well as Executive Advisor to the Minister of the Presidency under the first government of Felipe González. Upon returning to ABC, he was appointed Head of the Department of Science and Head of the Scientific Section of the magazine El Cultural. He currently combines his activity at Cariotipo with the editorship of Biotech Magazine, and writes a column on biomedicine in the Spanish daily La Razón. As a result of the positions held in the Government as well as public and private companies, José María Fernández-Rúa has extensive knowledge of institutions, and administrative and legislative procedures.
Founding Partner and Chairwoman of Cariotipo MH5, Carmen Mateo is a communication and lobbying consultant with over 25 years of experience in regulated sectors, especially the health sector. With extensive experience in political and economic communication as well as in regulatory affairs and public policy, Ms Mateo has developed a great number of consulting, lobbying and communication projects for leading national and international firms.
As a journalist, she has specialised mainly in the fields of economic and parliamentary information coverage for news media networks such as OTR/Press, and weekly news magazines such as “Tiempo”, “El Nuevo Lunes” and “Tribuna de Actualidad”, as well as for the Antena 3 television network, amongst others. She has also appeared on the discussion panel of the radio programme “La Linterna” (COPE).
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid, and furthered her studies by specialising in Political Communications at the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP). She also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Strategy from the EIO and an Executive Master’s Degree in Health Institution Management from the Antonio de Nebrija University in Madrid. In addition, Ms Mateo is a graduate of the Executive Programme for Health Policy and Healthcare Organisation Management at the IE Business School.
In 2006, she joined the University of Alcalá in co-founding the Centre for Public Policy and Government Studies, where she serves as Director and Secretary of the Management Committee.
Ms Mateo is a member of the Board of Directors of the Business Owners’ Circle (Círculo de Empresarios) and of the National Association of Health Informers (ANIS, Asociación Nacional de Informadores de la Salud). She also belongs to the Association of Institutional Relations Professionals (APRI, Asociación de Profesionales de las Relaciones Institucionales) and the Madrid Association of Family Businesses (ADEFAM, Asociación Madrileña de Empresas Familiares).