Sergio Rodríguez (academician)

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Sergio Rodríguez y López-Ros
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Born (1970-11-21) November 21, 1970 (age 50)
Barcelona, Spain
NationalitySpanish
CitizenshipSpain
Alma materAutonomous University of Barcelona (Doctor of Philosophy)
Occupation
  • Academician
  • Diplomat
Children1

Sergio Rodríguez López-Ros (born 21 November 1970) is an academician and diplomat from Spain, currently Prorector of the Abat Oliba CEU University of Barcelona.

Rodríguez was born in Barcelona, in a family coming from Portugal but settled in Spain since the XVIII century. He is descendant of the baroque sculptor Roque López, the military Pablo Muñoz de la Morena, the surgeon Tomás Pellicer (physician of the Spanish Royal Household in 1867), the military José Rodríguez Calvo (Meritorious of the Fatherland in 1876) and the political activist José López Andreu (20th century). His grandfather Melchor received the Medal of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for helping another castaway in a shipwrecked at the Atlantic. He has one son.

Education

He was educated at the Salesians of Don Bosco, founded in 1882. Later he was graduated in Communication at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and he made a specialized course at the Menéndez Pelayo International University. Finally, after a doctoral course with Prof Román Gubern, he reached the PhD 'magna cum laude' at the Ramon Llull University, with a doctoral court chaired by Prof Artur Juncosa that proposed him to the Extraordinary Doctorate Award.

He did his military service in the Spanish Arapiles Regiment (twinned with the British Royal Lancers) and in the Major State of the IV Military Region, receiving the Distinguished Service Diploma, and an internship in the organizing committee for the 1992 Summer Olympics, celebrated in 1992.

Career

In the Spanish Foreign Service he has been under destination in the Spanish embassies to Italy, San Marino, Albania and Malta, as well as director of two centres of the Instituto Cervantes (temporary coordinator of another), and vice-consul of Spain in Milano. He has been also coordinator of the House for a City of Knowledge within the City Council of Barcelona.

Previously and later he has been consultant of the EU bodies Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, TAIEX – Sharing EU expertise and Research Executive Agency, as well as member of researches for the European Council and the European Parliament. He participated in one of the feasibility reports of the Fundamental Rights Agency and in the forums of the Holy See, the European Political Strategy Centre, the Aspen Institute, the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community, the Club of Rome and the OMAEC (World Organisation of Former Pupils of Catholic Education).

Rodríguez was the architect of the bilateral agreements on the Instituto Cervantes between the Kingdom of Spain and the Holy See[1], Italy [2], San Marino [3] and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta[4], as well as the opening of a Spanish centre in Albania. He collaborated in 2000 in the search of Roma people in Spain to be compensated by the Swiss Banking Council for been forcibly employed by companies during Nazism and also in the protection of Roma families from Kosovo who had taken refuge on the Greek border. He also contributed to the transfer from Spain to the Netherlands of the Command Baton of William the Silent[5].

Rodriguez is now also member of councils of the Fundação Rei Afonso I of Portugal of public cooperation Spain-Portugal and the Advisory Council on International of Foment Nacional del Treball (Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales), the Advisory Council of the Fundación Pere Closa[6] and the Scientific Committee of the public magazine Mediterráneo.

He has also participated in some researches, both in public and private universities around Europe, in particular dealing with intercultural and inter religious dialogue, among those in the GRIC (Groupe de Recherche Islamo-Chretien, settled in Paris)[7]. In this sense, he has been involved in the design of inclusion policies in the European Union and the involvement of minorities into European societies.

Rodriguez is considered an expert on cultural diplomacy, multilateral processes, Mediterranean issues, ethics and Artificial Intelligence, so as to ethic investments, traceability, governance, transparency, sustainability, equality and inclusion policies. He is considered one of the major experts in Roma people in Europe.

Author of several essay and history books (the last one entries for the dictionary "Vislumbres", 2021, edited by the Spanish Foreign Office), he is correspondent fellow of the Real Academia de la Historia[8] (Spain) and also of the Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Bologna (Italy). He has been distinguished with some public decorations, both national and international, among others the rarely conceded Order of the Social Solidarity[9] awarded by King Felipe VI of Spain.

He writes regularly articles on geopolitics and geoeconomics in La Vanguardia[10] newspaper, leader in digital press in Spain.

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