The Spanish Business Council is a private non-profit organization whose aim is to establish a corporate platform to strengthen business and cultural ties between Spain and the United Arab Emirates, by linking Spanish companies to Emirati public and private entities.
It has been founded in 2005 and supported by the Spanish Embassy and the Spanish Commercial Office in the UAE.
The Spanish Business Council gathers Spanish companies/individuals or foreign companies/individuals, which want to establish business relations in the United Arab Emirates.
Decisions are made by a Board of Directors, led by a chairman and two vice-chairmen, and carried out by an office coordinator.
Vision and Mission
To improve commercial relations between Spain and UAE playing a leading role in the expansion of the bilateral relationship.
- To promote Spanish commercial and business interests in the UAE and encourage economic and commercial activities, investments and other initiatives between the UAE and Spain.
- To offer to the members of the SBC a platform to exchange information and experiences and to communicate and interact with Public and Private entities and persons in the UAE by means of meetings, gatherings, seminars, conferences and receptions.
- To strengthen commercial, economic and cultural ties and promote mutual awareness between the UAE and Spain.
To reinforce the image of Spain in the United Arab Emirates.
Chairman of the Spanish Business Council
Guillermo Cobelo, Country Manager TECNICAS REUNIDAS ( Middle East )
Vice Chairman of the Spanish Business Council, Dubai
Miriam Llano, Middle East Marketing Manager at Cosentino
Vice Chairman of the Spanish Business Council, Abu Dhabi
Ramón Merino, CEO and General Manager at Royal Arrow Management Services LLC
Members of the Board
Jaime Castañeda, Director General 99sushi bar
Agustín Rodriguez, Head of Corporate Affairs and Compliance, MENA, AMADEUS
Victor Argüello, Director BANCO SABADELL Middle East
Raquel Lopez, VP Sales & Marketing GCC at BARCELÓ HOTEL GROUP
José María Izquierdo, General Manager CEPSA Middle East
Albert Jové, Head of Spanish Desk Legal Consultant at SCHLÜTER GRAF & Partners Legal Consultants
José Luis López, IE BUSINESS SCHOOL
Jose Francisco Fernández Serna, CEO at Freshko DMCC
Andrés Salinero, Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Embassy of Spain
Luis Felipe Arango, Managing Partner at Whitehall & Company – Managing Consulting