On 28 January 2015, the Rafael del Pino Foundation organised a dialogue on the occasion of the presentation of Manuel Conthe's latest book "Pensar con arte" (Thinking with art). Manuel Conthe, César Molinas and Mónica Carabias took part in the event.
Manuel Conthe holds a degree in Law from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and joined the Cuerpo de Técnicos Comerciales y Economistas del Estado in 1978. He is a columnist for the financial newspaper Expansión and Chairman of its Advisory Board. He is an international arbitrator at the Bird&Bird law firm. He was Chairman of the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV), Vice-President for the Financial Sector of the World Bank, Secretary of State for the Economy, Director General of the Treasury and Financial Policy and Director General of Foreign Transactions. He was also a partner in the consultancy firm Analistas Financieros Internacionales (AFI) and economic advisor to the Spanish Representation to the European Union.
César Molinas holds a degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona. He holds an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from The London School of Economics. He is a founding partner of the consultancy firm Multa Paucis. After devoting himself to research and university teaching for more than ten years, he worked for the Spanish Government, mainly on issues related to the European Union. During this period he was Director General of Planning and responsible for the management of Structural Funds. He has also been Director of Management at Merrill Lynch and Director of Economic Analysis and Institutional Relations at the CNMV, as well as director of numerous companies, including RENFE and Correos y Telégrafos. He has published several books on economics and mathematics, as well as numerous articles in specialised journals. He contributes to El País, La Vanguardia and Expansión.
Mónica Carabias Alvarado holds a PhD in Contemporary Art from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and is a Specialist in Conservation and Restoration of Architectural and Urban Heritage from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. During 2001-2003 she held the position of Curator of Photography at the Real Sociedad Fotográfica de Madrid, and since then she has been developing her professional activity in the field of curating and teaching. She has been technical coordinator of exhibitions at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Madrid (2007-2010) and of the museological-museographic project (2011). Since 2008 she has been a lecturer in the Department of Contemporary Art in the Faculty of Geography and History at the UCM.