Transoceanic Leadership; Spain beyond the horizon

María Dolores Higueras Rodríguez, Manuel Maqueda and Alex Pella

The Rafael del Pino Foundation and OpenSea are organising, on 23 April 2024 at 7 p.m., the dialogue ".Transoceanic Leadership. Spain beyond the horizon"in which the following will participate María Dolores Higueras Rodríguez, Manuel Maqueda y Alex Pella on the occasion of the commemoration of the first circumnavigation of the world, the Spanish expedition of Magellan-Elcano, which gave birth to globalisation and boosted the progress of mankind.

- María Dolores Higueras Rodríguez Madrid, 1945) is an American historian, pioneer of underwater archaeology and writer, who was technical director of the Spanish Naval Museum, among other relevant positions. She is a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of History and in 1988 received the Cross of Naval Merit. She has been a member of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Naval Museum of Madrid and Patron of the Alvargonzález Foundation, as well as an "Honorary Member" of the Spanish Geographical Society. As an Americanist, she has written more than 80 books and articles on the Spanish history of navigation from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Her studies and chronicles on the first circumnavigation of the world, Elcano and Magellan and her intense work on the Malaspina Scientific Expedition have been published by scientific institutions such as the Spanish Geographical Society, the Professional Association of Museologists of Spain, the Spanish Association of Friends of Archaeology, the Journal of Naval History and other scientific and professional institutions, which has made her a reference person in the field.

- Manuel Maqueda Sánchez(Madrid, 1969), former captain of the training ship Juan Sebastián Elcano, is currently a professor of applied circular economy and regenerative economics at Harvard University's Division of Continuing Education. He also created the online Circular Economy course at the University of California-Berkeley, and the UCLA Extension Circular Economy programme. He also teaches and lectures on circular and regenerative economics and innovation at other universities and international business schools. Recognised as an expert on plastic pollution, he is a co-founder of several organisations such as Plastic Pollution Coalition and SUPER (Single-Use Plastics Elimination or Reduction), a non-profit organisation that enables companies to eliminate single-use plastics through a tiered certification programme. He is a member of the Strategic Foresight Council of the Circular Economy Alliance.

Alex Pella Valette(Barcelona, 1972), is a professional ocean sailor and the first and only Spaniard to win a single-handed transoceanic race: the Route du Rhum. Since 26 January 2017, he has held the Absolute Round the World Sailing Record, known as the Jules Verne Trophy, which he achieved aboard the sophisticated Maxi-Trimaran IDEC Sport, circumnavigating the planet in forty days, twenty-three hours, thirty minutes and thirty seconds, a record that no other team has managed to beat in the six subsequent attempts. Alex Pella is now fully immersed in the preparation of the first challenge of the Elcano Ocean Trophy, with which he will try to beat the absolute record of the circumnavigation to the West, with a recycled oceanic multihull (without stopovers, without assistance, without CO2 emissions and without waste) following in the wake of JS Elcano. A major challenge with which he intends to highlight and project into the future the greatest maritime adventure of mankind, and which would make him the first navigator in history to achieve the absolute record of the circumnavigation on both east and west.

- It will be opened by María del Pino Calvo Sotelo President of the Foundation, and the moderation of the dialogue by Ignacio DelgadoDirector of OpenSea.

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