About Us

Ras de Terra

Multidisciplinary artist living in Madrid, although has lived for years in France and Italy. She has a degree in Fine Arts in Madrid and did her doctoral studies in Granada. She attended graduate school at Parson-Paris. She has her own exhibits in Spain, France and Switzerland, and participates in international art fairs. She collaborated with the International University of Rabat and with humanitarian organizations and was creative director of the Master Class of Miami Fashion Week in 2017. Monicasanchezrobles.com

Mónica Sánchez-Robles
Founding Partner - Director of Local Culture and Projects
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Financier who currently resides in Madrid, although he has lived for years in the USA and Switzerland. He has a Bachelor and Master's degree in Finance from the University of Boston College, USA. He has worked primarily at BBVA for 25 years in different countries and is currently a Financial Consultant for SMEs in Madrid.

Juan Urquiola Hidalgo
Founding Partner - Director of Sustainable Development and Agriculture
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Cultural manager and independent curator. For several years she worked as a cultural manager in different Spanish organizations such as the Fundación Residencia de Estudiantes, the Society of Artists or the Association of Cultural Magazines of Spain, and in museums such as the Reina Sofía or in groups such as the NoPhoto photographers.

Elvira Rilova
Advisor and Coordinator of Cultural Projects

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She is Project Officer & EUP Coordinator 4EU + European University Alliance at the Sorbonne University (Paris) since 2020. Lecturer at the International University of Rabat (Morocco) since 2011 in Family Law, Faculty of Law (IUR). She was Director of International Relations and Alliances and a member of the UIR council. She has a Law degree from the University of Rabat and a Master's (DEA) in European Law from the University of Grenoble II (France). She co-author of the collective book "The Inheritance of Women in Morocco". She considers that gender equality and Islam are not contradictory. She lectures on women's rights. She speaks French, Arabic, English and Spanish.

Hakima Fassi Fihri
Head of Institutional Relations and International Projects
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Currently resides in Munich since 2014. She has a degree in Business Administration from Babson College (Boston). Her career is focused on international projects and client management. She is currently the Ad Campaign Manager for American Express international magazines. She speaks three languages: English, German and Spanish, fitting to build the communication channels and social networks of “ras de terra”.

Paula Urquiola
Communication


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Owner and director of the Max Estrella gallery in Madrid, open since 1994. Max Estrella collaborates with artists coming from all over Europe and America. The gallery regularly partakes in art fairs in Europe and America, starting as well to enter the Asia market. Alberto de Juan has been part of committees such as Arco and Paris Photo. He collaborates with museums and curators from all over the world and in addition he is President of National Consortium of Contemporary Art Galleries, Founding Partner of Arte Madrid, Founding Partner of IAC Institute of Contemporary Art, and Patron of FIES Spanish Institutional Foundation.

Alberto de Juan
International Projects Selection Committee
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Belonging to the generation of the great Spanish gallerist women. Oliva Arauna opened her gallery in Madrid in 1985 to bring a contemporary vision to the Spanish art scene. She is a founding member of the Arte Madrid associations, the Consortium of Contemporary Art Galleries and the IAC, among others. After 30 years of work, she closed her gallery and today she continues as a collector and collaborates with various cultural institutions. True to her commitment to the most innovative aspects of art, she continues to seek new ways of approaching artistic practice with various projects, because “the world has changed and we must change with it”, as she affirms.

Oliva Arauna
Plastic Arts Projects Selection Committee
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Partner, co-founder and CEO of Patricia Urquiola S.p.A., Milan, Italy. Since 2001, the Studio has been working in the fields of industrial product design, architecture (hotels, retail spaces, residences, exhibitions and installations), art direction and strategy consulting. The company is collaborating internationally with Italian and international design companies, including Cassina, Haworth, Flos, Gan, Georg Jensen, Glas Italia, Kartell, Kettal, Agape, Alessi, Axor-Hansgrohe, B&B Italia, Baccarat, Boffi, Budri, De Padova, Driade, Coedition, as well as global brands like Louis Vuitton, BMW, Ferrari, Missoni, Panerai, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Four Seasons, Marriott, W Hotels, Edition Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, Design Hotels Group, Starbucks, Boeing.

Alberto Zontone
Design Projects Selection Committee

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Farmer specializing in permaculture and key design and regenerative agriculture. In addition to having worked as a farmer, he has been a gardener in London, a gardening, botanical and technical officer in Madrid, a forestry officer in Cáceres, advisor and maintainer of organic farming farms, an agricultural foreman in Valdepajares de Tajo (Vivencia Dehesa , Cáceres), as well as overseer of multiple courses and workshops on permaculture, family gardens and regenerative agriculture among others. Lecturer and advisor in the creation of edible forests and agroforestry systems in the Cáceres region.

Miguel Ángel Llorente Medina
Selection of Regenerative Soil Projects
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Specialist in gastronomy, food and sustainability. She has a degree in community legal law and international law. Her professional career has focused on consulting gastronomic projects, the world of wine and tourism, and she has also been the coordinator of international relations for Madridfusión.

Virginia García-Pando
Advisor and Coordinator of Culinary Projects

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Artist, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art. Phd. Granada University. Master in Environmental Management, EU. Institute of Research of Peace and Conflict. Honorary President of the Fine Art European Forum. Director Research Group HUM 654 Member IAC (Institute of Contemporary Art) EQ-Arts Expert for Quality Assurance and Enhancement.

Dr. Isidro López-Aparicio
Sustainable Projects Selection Committee

Composer and musician of electroacoustic media. His works have been presented in forums and festivals in America, Europe and Asia; and they have been recognized internationally in the fields of instrumental, electroacoustic and mixed music. He has been an artist in residence at various institutions in Mexico, France, the USA, Spain, Germany, Canada, Argentina, South Korea and Cyprus. He also actively performs as an electroacoustic media interpreter both in individual projects and as sideman for groups and soloists. noesbarco.wixsite.com/ivanferrer

Iván Ferrer Orozco
Music Projects Selection Committee

Jesús Timón studies at the University of Seville, working on his Architecture license. After working in various architecture studios and companies, in 2013 he opened his own studio, Arquicentia, in order to develop and protect the cultural landscape of the area. In his studio, he works mainly on projects in the fields of architecture and urban planning that take place on rustic land. The professional practice of the studio is distinguished by its sensitivity to the environment, the language of the landscape and functionality, paying mainly attention to the needs and expectations of the client. Developing an architectural language characterized by its environment.

Jesus Timón
Architect

Born in Bilbao. Degree in Biological Sciences, specialty Microbiology, University of the Basque Country. Bachelor and Doctor in Veterinary Medicine, specialty Health and Food Science, Complutense University of Madrid. Specialist in Animal Genetic Improvement and Veterinary Podiatry. Former President of Slow Food Spain and Former Delegate Councilor of the Health and Consumption Area of the Bilbao City Council. He has participated as a scientific consultant in Chile, Sahara, Amazonas, Japan ... More than 100 scientific articles, popularization, books and publications on the conservation of animal and food biodiversity.

Dr. Mariano Gómez Fernández
Nutrition and Gastronomy