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The King asks to cooperate and innovate in the face of the pandemic crisis


Felipe VI talks with Carlos Torres from BBVA.

Felipe VI talks with Carlos Torres from BBVA.
EFE

King Felipe VI stressed this Tuesday the importance of “cooperating” and “innovating” to overcome the crisis generated by the Covid-19 pandemic, during his speech at the meeting of the Board of the COTEC Foundation.

As reported by the Palacio de la Zarzuela, to the meeting, held in the Palace of El Pardo, The president of the Board of the COTEC Foundation, Cristina Garmendia; the vice president of the foundation and president of CaixaBank, Jordi Gual; and by the also vice president of COTEC and executive president of Telefónica, José María Álvarez Pallete. The foundation’s objective is to make innovation an engine of economic and social development,

At the meeting, in which some attendees have participated electronically, the King stressed that the foundation is “an example of cooperation between companies and institutions committed to innovation” and that “now it can and must share that experience.” “Because it is true that we can overcome this crisis if we cooperate and work together and, also, that to achieve this we must innovate”, has added.

They have been present, as patrons, the president of La Rioja, Concepción Andréu; the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida; the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre; the vice president of the Xunta de Galicia, Francisco Conde; the president of BBVA, Carlos Torres and the president of Ernst & Young Spain, Federico Linares.

Also the person in charge of Institutional Relations of Everis, Félix Bonmatí; the CEO of Abertis, Jose Aljaro; the executive vice president of the ACS Foundation, Antonio García Ferrer; the president of Deloitte Spain, Fernando Ruiz; the CEO of Iberdrola Spain, Maria Angeles Santamaria and the director of Business Relations of Mercadona, Paula Llop.

The list of those who have been present in person It is completed by the president of the Naturgy Foundation, Rafael Villaseca; the CEO of Plastic Energy, Carlos Prieto; the director of Repsol’s Sectorial Organizations, Pedro Miras; the CEO of SAS Iberia, Christian Gardiner; and the Director of Innovation of Suez Spain, Catalina Balseiro.

Telematically Representatives of the Junta de Andalucía, the Valencian Competitiveness Institute, the Ramón Areces Foundation, Indra and Seat participated.

Also by videoconference The new members of COTEC have participated Francisco Javier Guerra, general director of Tecnatom SA; Luis Abad, CEO of Altran Innovación SLU; Antonio Pulido, president of the Cajasol Foundation; Tony Jinyong, CEO of Huawei Technologies España SL; Óscar Puente, mayor of Valladolid; Diego Freire, Director of Business Development at Cupa Group (Cupire Padesa SL); Alejandro Costa, CEO of CyG It Sustainable Tech; and Irene Lozano, president of the Higher Sports Council.


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