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GATE Center: JUNTA DIRECTIVA. Daniel Romero-Abreu Kaup.

Daniel Romero-Abreu Kaup

Chairman of GATE Center

Daniel Romero-Abreu Kaup is president and founder and has +20 years of experience in reputation management, developing communication, public affairs, and influence strategies for companies, multilateral organizations, governments, and opinion leaders focused on achieving tangible objectives. Throughout his career, he has developed a broad international vision advising clients in more than 50 countries on how to align communication and public affairs with business strategy to impact the bottom line.
As a passionate entrepreneur, Romero-Abreu has supported companies and organizations in various stages of growth to develop their business from his experience and expertise. He is a lawyer and economist by ICADE. Holds a master’s degree from Harvard Business School (Owner and President Management Program). He is Spanish and German. Father of three children. President of the Eugenio Hermoso Foundation and director of Komvida Organic Kombucha.
GATE Center: JUNTA DIRECTIVA. Feng Yi Zhang.

Feng Yi Zhang

Co Chairman of GATE Center

Feng Yi Zhang is the Chairman of T Capital Group and Teng Shi Technology Group. In addition, he founded BG Capital, is affiliated with the France-Asia Foundation, and is a member of the Shanghai Young Leaders Organization. Feng Yi Zhang studied at Harvard Business School.

GATE Center: JUNTA DIRECTIVA. Eduardo Fernández González.

Eduardo Fernández González

Vice Chairman

Eduardo is the founder of ShuttleCloud, a holding company and incubator focused on software and Internet projects. Eduardo studied electrical and communications engineering in Madrid and Chicago.

GATE Center: JUNTA DIRECTIVA. Tomás Joaquín Ferradas Pérez.

Tomás Joaquín Ferradas Pérez


Tomás is the founder of the Exeira project, a virtual reality project with applications in biotechnology, training and communication. Tomás studied economics in Madrid.


Jin Cai

Chairwoman of GATE Center Asia

Jin Cai is the director of China Business Aviation Group, Co-Chairman of T Capital Group and Teng Shi Technology Group, and CEO of s.a.s. Paratos. She is also a scholar, private investor, advisor to companies in different countries, and a Shanghai Young Leaders Organization member. Jin Cai holds a Ph.D. in world economics from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, an MBA from the French Conservatory of National Arts, and a Master of Laws from Renmin University in China.


Xiaoyu Shao

Managing Director of Asia

Mr. Shao Xiaoyu, a graduate of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, is an experienced financial expert with more than 15 years of experience in investment and mergers and acquisitions. During his tenure at companies such as China Merchants Group and Guangxi Investment Group, his policy insights and execution abilities have been fully demonstrated in the mergers and acquisitions of numerous large companies and infrastructure projects, such as Hangzhou Expressway.
Mr. Shao is enthusiastic about sharing his profound understanding of the economy and his extensive industry experience with the public. He aims to provide investment advice and training on policy comprehension and financial market development, aiming to assist us in better navigating the complex economic environment and policy challenges. His broad vision and deep understanding will undoubtedly enhance and enrich the resources of our Think Tank.




Susanne Gratius

Academic Coordinator

Academic Coordinator of the Gate Center and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). She has worked as a researcher or associate at several think-tanks in Spain (CIDOB, FRIDE, IRELA) and Germany (GIGA, SWP) and was Associate Professor of International Relations at the Complutense University of Madrid. She is an expert on Latin America, the European Union and the Global South (BRICS/IBSA).

She teaches in Master’s and Bachelor’s degree courses on Foreign Policy Analysis, International Relations Theory and Latin America in the International System. Her research and publications focus on Latin America (Brazil, Cuba, Venezuela, regionalism, foreign policy and political regimes) and Europe (Foreign and Security Policy, relations with Latin America, democracy promotion).

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GATE Center: CONSEJO ACADÉMICO. Miguel Sebastián.

María Paula Ballesteros

Associate Collaborator of the Area of Institutional Geopolitics

María Paula Ballesteros is from Rosario, Argentina. She has a degree in Political Science, specialising in management and public planning from the National University of Rosario (UNR) and a master’s degree from the same university. She has an advanced diploma in education in virtual environments and teaches in various undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the UNR and the Universidad del Noroeste de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, for which she has also published several articles and papers.

With a solid background in governmental affairs and institutional relations, she has held several strategic management positions in the executive branch of local and provincial governmental areas and has advised business and political leaders. She has also been an advisor to political campaigns for president, governor, mayor and various legislative positions. Additionally, she has worked as a consultant in different projects for CONICET, IDB, IT companies, among others.


Matías Mongan


Matías Mongan holds a PhD in Law, Government and Public Policy from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, a Master’s degree in Human Rights, Interculturality and Development from the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.

At this university he is a guest lecturer in the subject “International Relations”, and has participated in R&D&I projects funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, as well as having authored and coordinated several books and articles.

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GATE Center: CONSEJO ASESOR. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero

Chairman of the Advisory Council

President of the Government of Spain (2004-2011), Deputy in the Congress of Deputies of Spain (1986-2011), Secretary General of the PSOE (2000-2012). He is currently president of the Socially Responsible Contracting Forum.
In addition, he is a member of:
Real Patronal sobre Discapacidad (Royal Board on Disability)
Patronato de CERMI Mujeres (Board of CERMI Women)
GATE Center: CONSEJO ASESOR. Rebeca Grynspan.

Rebeca Grynspan

Member of the Advisory Council

GATE Center: CONSEJO ASESOR. Özlem Kumrular.

Özlem Kumrular

Member of the Advisory Council

GATE Center: CONSEJO ASESOR. Jeffrey Sachs.

Jeffrey Sachs

Member of the Advisory Council


El Khalil Binebine

Member of the Advisory Council


Elena Pisonero

Member of the Advisory Council

She holds a degree in Economics, specializing in applied economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her training has been reinforced by a broad and extensive executive education at centers such as the Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford, the School of Industrial Organization and the Harvard Business School, among others. She has been Spain’s Secretary of State for Economy, Energy and Small and Medium Enterprises (1998-2000) and has worked as President of Hispasat, partner at KPMG and in various positions in the Spanish public sector.

She is the founder of Relathia, a knowledge platform designed to share ideas on the challenges of the 21st century and Taldig, a strategic transformation advisory firm aimed at leaders. Both platforms collaborate with ACENTO Public Affairs. She is currently a member of the advisory boards of UNICEF Spain and the Real Instituto Elcano and of the Editorial Board of Ethic. In addition, she is an Independent Director at Solaria, an IBEX 35 company, Chairman of the Sustainability Committee at Avio and at Bruegel.

GATE Center: CONSEJO ASESOR. Paulo Portas.

Paulo Portas

Member of the Advisory Council

GATE Center: CONSEJO ACADÉMICO. Érika Rodríguez Pinzón.

Érika Rodríguez Pinzón

Member of the Advisory Council

Sociologist and PhD in International Relations. She is currently Director of the Fundación Carolina. She is also Special Advisor to the High Representative of the European Union; Non Resident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council and Vice-President of the Board of Trustees of Alianza por la Solidaridad.
Expert in International Relations, Inequality, Development and Security, specialising in Latin America. She has been associate researcher at the Complutense Institute of International Studies and lecturer at the same university. She has also worked as a consultant for various international organisations, analyst for think tanks and lecturer at universities in several countries. She is the author of numerous articles and books, and writes a monthly opinion column in the newspaper El Español.
Between 2016 and 2019 she was a councillor in Madrid City Council as spokesperson for economy and finance, vice-president of the Social Affairs Committee and president of the Accounts Committee.
She has been recognised in 2019 by the Colombian Embassy with the “10 Colombians” award and in 2018 with the Medal of Merit of the City Council of Bogotá

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GATE Center: CONSEJO ACADÉMICO. Miguel Sebastián.

Thinking Heads


Thinking Heads is a consultant specializing in the creation of knowledge platforms. Founded in 2003 as a agency for speakers and representatives of worldwide figures, it has evolved to become a reputation and leadership management consultancy. It operates from Madrid, Miami and Seoul.

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