International Committee

The International Committee is the main representative body for the Rectors' Summit. Its functions include:

  • Defining the scope and goals of the summit.
  • Leading relations with governments and other organisations.
  • Representing the organisation to the media before, during and after the summit.


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Enrique Luis Graue
Rector of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Vice Chairman

Logo University of Buenos Aires
Ricardo Jorge Gelpi
Rector of Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)


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Arturo Cherbowski
Head of Santander Universidades and Universia Mexico


Logo Banco Santander
Ana Botín
Executive chair at Banco Santander and chair of Universia
Logo Catholic University of Portugal
Isabel Capeola Gil
Rector of Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal)
Logo Polytechnic University of Valencia
José E. Capilla Romá
Rector of Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)
Logo University of São Paulo
Carlos Gilberto Carlotti Júnior
Rector of Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
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Juan Manuel Cendoya
Vice chairman of Santander Spain and group head of Communications, Corporate Marketing and Research
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Enrique Cristofani
Non-executive chairman of the Board of Directors of Banco Santander Argentina
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Gina Díez
Non-executive director (independent) of Banco Santander
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Rafael Hernández
Head of Universia and group vice-president for Santander Universidades global digital platforms
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Anton Muscatelli
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Logo Higher Polytechnic School of Litoral
Cecilia Paredes Verduga
Rector of the Escuela Politécnica del Litoral (Ecuador)
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Matías Rodríguez Inciarte
Chairman of Santander Universidades and vice chairman of Universia
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Javier Roglá
Global Head of Santander Universities and of Universia and Santander Group Chief Talent Officer
Logo University Carlos III of Madrid
Juan Romo Urroz
President of CRUE Universidades Españolas
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Blanca Sagastume
Head of Santander Universidades, Open Innovation & Blockchain
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António Simões
Regional Head of Europe at Banco Santander
Logo Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
Ignacio Sánchez
Rector of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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Academic Committee

The Academic Committee is the leading academic body at the summit. Its activities include:

  • Establishing the programme for the summit.
  • Identifying and inviting people to coordinate themes and discussion panels for the summit.
  • Playing a leading role in drawing up the Statement of Conclusions which will be the main document produced for the summit.


Logo University of Valencia
Mª Vicenta Mestre Escrivá
Rector of Universitat de València (Spain)


Logo Santander Universities
Susana García Espinel
Head of Santander Universidades and Universia Spain


Logo University of Campinas
Antonio José de Almeida Meirelles
Rector of Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)
Logo University of Coimbra
Amílcar Falcão
Rector of Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal)
Logo University of Miami
Julio Frenk
President of University of Miami (United States)
Logo Colegio de México
Silvia Giorguli Saucedo
President of El Colegio de México (Mexico)
Logo National University of Litoral
Enrique Mammarella
Rector of Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina)
Logo Rector of the Autonomous University of Madrid
Amaya Mendikoetxea Pelayo
Rector of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
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Claudia Patricia Restrepo
Rector of Universidad Escuela de Administración, Finanzas e Instituto Tecnológico (Colombia)
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Matías Rodríguez Inciarte
Chairman of Santander Universidades and vice chairman of Universia

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