The first observatory of the year celebrated the tenth anniversary of Proa Comunicación, presenting the Secretary-General of the Vox political party, Javier Ortega Smith, as keynote speaker.  The recent observatory has been remarkably well received by the public. Almost a hundred attendees gathered at the Club Financiero Génova in Madrid to listen to Ortega Smith, delivered a speech entitled «Defending Spain in the Courts» and in which he elaborated on some of the proposals his party has on various issues.

Javier Ortega is a lawyer by education, having graduated in Law from the University of Alcalá with complementary studies at ICADE´s Faculty of Law. He was the head of legal affairs of the Foundation for the Defense of the Spanish Nation (DENAES) and is also a former soldier, having served in the Special Operations Corps of the Spanish Army (COES).

Apart from being a mountaineer, he is also a diver, a swimmer and a karateka, the latter recently used to describe his position as “the kingmaker” in the Andalusian Parliament in efforts to expel Susana Díaz, due to the newly acquired leverage Vox gained from the last regional elections.

But undoubtedly Ortega now spends most of his time fulfilling his duties as the Secretary General of Vox, also leading the popular lawsuit against the coup leaders of Catalonia in the Spanish Supreme Court.

The Proa Observatories are discussion forums complemented by the participation of prominent executives, politicians and professionals.  They were enacted with the purpose of becoming a laboratory of ideas, where genuine dialogue is fostered to debate current business issues as well as discuss corporate reputation, branding and public relations as important elements for businesses to improve and succeed.

Among the distinguished guests who have participated in these forums are economist Manuel Conthe, President of Red Eléctrica Spain Jordi Sevilla, former Minister of Education, Culture and Sport José Ignacio Wert, writers Pablo D’Ors and Pilar Urbano, Director of External Communication at Deloitte Antonio Belmonte, Director of Communication and Institutional Relations at El Corte Inglés José Luis González-Besada, the High Comissioner for the Spanish Brand Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros, Director General of the OJD Manuel Sala and IESE Professor Yago de la Cierva.


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