The Council is an advisory tasks body created in 2020 to mark FAS’s 20th anniversary. It comprises people from different backgrounds related to teaching and research at the UAB, public authorities, third-sector enterprises, the communications industry and the business world in general with experience in and awareness of the social themes covered by FAS.
Arcadi Oliveres (Honorary President)
With an economics degree from the University of Barcelona and a PhD in economic science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Arcadi Oliveres, now retired, was a professor at the UAB Department of Applied Economics for 36 years. He was also chair of the Justícia i Pau organisation from 2002 to 2014. Arcadi Oliveres is one of the leading advocates for peace and social justice in Catalonia. In addition to being a Foundation benchmark, he engaged in the Solidarity Autonomy Committee (the forerunner to FAS) and is currently the honorary chair of the FAS Advisory Council.
An agricultural technical engineering graduate from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia with a degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Lleida, Oriol Amorós holds a post-graduate qualification in agricultural economy and the European Union (University of Lleida) and in managerial function in public administrations from ESADE. He is currently secretary for Equality, Migrations and Citizenship and among other tasks promotes the Refugee Housing Committee and equality policies for migration. He is a former member of the Catalan parliament and secretary for Immigration at the Government of Catalonia. He is also an associator professor at the University of Barcelona’s Sociology Department.
With a bachelor in veterinary medicine and surgery from the UAB, Eduard Ballester has worked in international cooperation for 20 years as a cooperative officer and technical director of the Catalan Federation of Development NGOs. He is presently head of the Catalan Association of Integration and Human Development (acidH), an organisation that seeks to tap ethic and moral commitments to contribute to people with an intellectual disability and their families being able to develop their quality of life and to promote their inclusion as full citizens in a fairer and more supportive society.
A life sciences graduate of the University of Barcelona and high school mathematics professor, Lluís Baulenas holds a diploma in managerial function in public administrations from ESADE and has engaged in the Innovation and Leadership Strategies for Public Management programme at IESE. He is currently secretary-general of the Inter-University Council of Catalonia. He was previously secretary-general of the Department of Education and director-general of the area covering Public Centres and Territorial Services. He has also worked as a high school maths teacher.
A teaching graduate from the UAB with a master's in visual arts, Júlia Betrian has been linked to initiatives and people around intercultural education, feminism and film. She coordinates the Education Services section of the Filmoteca de Catalunya and is an advisor to the Jaume Bofill Foundation's Magnet project at the Pau Casal School in Rubí. She was a FAS volunteer in the 2008-09 academic year and subsequently formed part of the technical team, experiences she considers key to her personal and professional development.
A full professor of Labour and Social Security Law at the UAB, Ricardo Esteban is a member of the university’s Work Studies Institute (IET-UAB) and Centre for Studies and Research for an Inclusive Society (CERSIN-UAB). His research areas include work and disability, a field where he has spearheaded several research projects in addition to reports and expert opinions. He is currently the vice dean of academic organisation and a coordinator of the law degree at the UAB Faculty of Law.
A philosophy and education science graduate from the UB, Sonia Fuertes has a post-graduate qualification in political and administrative sciences from the Open University of Catalonia and a diploma in social education from the Ramon Llull University.
She has worked as a social educator in the field of drug dependency and criminal procedure.
She has been on the boards of the Third Sector Board, the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN Espanya) and Catalan Social Action Organizations (ECAS), of which she was president from 2017 to 2019. She is the Social Action Commissioner at Barcelona City Council.
BA in journalism and philosophy, UAB. He worked as a journalist for Ràdio Barcelona and Badia del Vallès Town Hall. Ignasi Giménez has been the mayor of Castellar del Vallès since the May 2007 elections, leading a town hall that partners with the UAB Refugee Housing programme. He has also been the head of Vallès Occidental Provincial Council since July 2015.
With a BA in political science and public management from the UAB in 2017, David González has been the technical secretary of the Platform for Fair Taxation and a business manager with CaixaBank. He has been teaching vocational training at Vitae since 2018, from where he is currently on leave. At present he is the city councillor for Education, Youth, Good Government and Democratic Quality, University and the Knowledge City at Cerdanyola City Council, where he has also been the spokesperson for the Socialist Party of Catalonia’s municipal group since June 2019.
Marta Lacambra has an undergraduate degree in economic science and a master's in economic theory and quantitative measures from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, as well as a master’s in economics and regional and local tax management from the University of Barcelona. She has been the general secretary of the Culture and Environment departments at the Government of Catalonia. She is currently the general director of the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation.
An economics graduate from the University of Barcelona, he has a master’s in Hospital Management from ESADE. A hospital industry company director, Gabriel Masfurroll is currently chair of the Clínica Mi Tres Torres board of directors. Within the world of nonprofits he is the founder of the Fundació Alex. He has also chaired the UAB Social Council since 2015.
Journalist and broadcaster. Currently working at Lafede.cat - Organitzacions per a la Justícia Global in the communication and migrations area. She previously worked at Diari Jornada, Ràdio Rubí and Betevé, and has contributed content to Crític, La Directa, Público, Catalunya Ràdio and Betevé Ràdio. Anna Palou has been working with the Stop Mare Mortum platform since 2015. She is part of the Clownia Festival Conscious Space coordination team.
BA in geography and history, specialising in social anthropology, from the UB. PhD courses in social anthropology at the UAB. Jordi Plana is currently the head of Education Services at Barcelona Provincial Council. He began his professional career in the IT field, working at the La Caixa and Barcelona City Council computer centres before switching to research and public management. He has also worked for Barcelona City Council and been a director of the Barcelona Observatory and the magazine Barcelona Societat.
Licenciado en Filosofía y Letras por la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona y en Historia por la UNED. Secretario general de UGT en Osona y miembro de la dirección de UGT en Cataluña. Desde 2016, director general de la Agencia Catalana de la Juventud. Vinculado a diversas manifestaciones del asociacionismo vallesano, entre otros el escultismo -fue responsable pedagógico de la Demarcación Vallès-Maresme y en los equipos generales de MEiGSJ- y los castillos -ha sido presidente de Minyons de Terrassa
An anthropologist who took her degree from the University of Florida in 2001, she is currently an ICREA research professor at the UAB’s Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB). Victoria Reyes studies indigenous and local knowledge and how it supplements science. She also co-manages the LASEG research group and a project on local perceptions around climate change impacts.
With a BA in English philology from the UAB and the University of Cologne (Germany), Judit Rifà has a PhD in education sociology from the UAB. She is currently head of education projects and a gender projects expert at the Directorate of Global Justice and International Cooperation at Barcelona City Council. She previously worked at the Barcelona Education Consortium and the Barcelona Municipal Institute of Education (IMEB).
With a BA in fine arts, Montse Rifà has a PhD in education sciences from the University of Barcelona, specialising in curriculum studies, diversity and visual arts education. She has been the Serra Húnter professor in Visual Arts Education at the Department of the Teaching of Musical, Visual and Corporal Expression at the University of Barcelona since 2014. Montse Rifà is a member of the Studies and Research Centre for Migration, where she engages in the EMIGRA Education, Migration and Childhood group. She was director of the UAB Observatory for Equality from 2013-2015.
PhD in economics from New York University, master's in economics and business from Pompeu Fabra University and economics degree from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Marc Siscart has worked as an economics professor at the Queen's School of Business (Canada) and held several teaching positions at New York University and Pompeu Fabra University. He is currently president and chief executive of Establiments Viena.
A psychology graduate from the UAB, Eulàlia Sot has spent more than 20 years in the field of health promotion and addiction prevention. She has developed projects in this area for city councils, associations and organisations, including the FAS Health programme. She is currently head of the drug prevention area at the Drug Dependency General Sub-Directorate of the Public Health Agency of Catalonia.
A psychology graduate with extensive consultancy experience in HR and Organisational Development, Albert Sòria is a professor of human resources and speaker on subjects concerning consulting, organisations, training, development, group dynamics and creativity. He partners on several HR master’s courses. Albert Sòria chaired the Friends of the UAB Association between 2014 and 2018. He is currently an HR Internal Consultancy director at La Caixa, and HR director and general sub-director of the La Caixa Foundation.
A graduate of economic and business science from the UAB, Gemma Xarles has a master’s in political science and a post-graduate qualification in armed conflict resolution from the University of Los Andes (Colombia). She has a post-graduate qualification in international cooperation from CIDOB-UAB. Gemma Xarles is currently director of Globalisation and Cooperation at the UOC and a member of the Government of Catalonia's Cooperation Council representing CIC (the Inter-university Council of Catalonia), as well as a member of the Municipal Council on Cooperation at Barcelona City Council. She has also worked at UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) in New York and Colombia.