Ana Botín, a Spanish banker at the helm of a global firm
For the past three years, Ana Botín has chaired Santander, the world’s leading retail bank and seventh banking group, and the leading bank in Spain and the Eurozone in terms of market value. She is the first woman to have become executive chairwoman of a banking group in Spain and also the first to manage a global firm of this kind.
Carlos Ciudad, a Madrid-born visual effects producer, experiencing the magic of Hollywood
The talent of Spanish professionals working in the film industry is known all over the world. Not only in front of the camera, but also behind it. That is the case of Carlos Ciudad, a Madrid resident who is almost 32 years of age and who has carved out a career in an ever-demanding Hollywood.
Uxía Martínez: “We have a good reserve of great Spanish musicians”
Uxía Martínez (Corunna, 1988) has been one of the most important Spanish musicians for years. Always accompanied by her inseparable double bass, this Galician musician appears to have decided to collect awards and special mentions.
Vicente Guallart: ‘Spain is playing the Champions League of global architecture’
With a restless approach and a career marked by innovation, Vicente Guallart (Valencia, 1963) has spent decades erecting buildings and developing cities. He believes that architecture should involve interaction between a humanistic attitude, new technology and the transformation of energy, and that the development of urban spaces should consider the natural environment and self-sufficiency.
A Spaniard named amongst the ten best scientists of 2016
Born to a family with a musical background, Lucas Vidal is the youngest composer to be part of a Hollywood blockbuster crew. He has played the music of his idol, John Williams. In school, he used to make songs with his mobile phone. Later, in Berklee College of Music, he traded pizzas for musicians’ favours or letters of recommendation.
Ana Gutiérrez, an example of solidarity in Cameroon
She is a doctor by profession and her heart belongs to others. Sister AnaGutiérrez (Santander, 1975) entered the Slaves of the Sacred Heart of Jesus congregation on finishing her degree, when she was just 24 years old. Since then, she takes the service to those who have nothing pinned to their habit, which gives true meaning to her life.
Javier Abella: transforming the negative into positive
Javier Abella is not a typical photographer. His shots are negatives, which gives his work an unusual look. Although he had already used this technique in the past, the project which is currently causing people to talk about his work is Other Realities, “a place where even the negative becomes something positive.”
Images in negatives. Where did the inspiration come from?
Raquel Andueza, the voice of the Spanish Baroque
For as long as any of us can remember, Pamplona-born Raquel Andueza has been singing. Today she is one of the most representative voices of Baroque music (17th and 18th Century), which is hugely popular all around the world. Known as the ‘soprano of emotions’, she claims to feel more at ease with intimate than virtuoso repertoires. Through her constant touring schedule, she takes the name of Spain all around the world, and when she is not looking for new songs or recording, she gives free reign to her humanitarian and charitable instincts.