About

The Forum is an important annual event that brings together the members of the United States – Spain Forum and the members of its counterpart, the Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU., with leaders both from the Administration and the private sector to discuss topics of common interest.

Since 1995, the Forum has proved to be a useful tool to boost bilateral relationships, in general, and to foster economic ties, in particular.

Participation in the Forum is limited to members of both organizations and  invited guests.

Program

(TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGES)

Friday, November 9

Dress code: Business

8.10 am: Departure of buses from the Barceló Montecastillo hotel to the naval station of Rota

9.00 – 12.30 pm:  Site visit to the naval station of Rota

12.45 pm: Departure of buses from the Barceló Montecastillo hotel to the Palacio Domecq (for participants not visiting the Rota naval station).

1.15 – 2.30 pm: Welcome cocktail lunch at the Palacio Domecq

– Walking transition –

3.00 – 3.30 pm: Forum registration at the González Byass Cellar

Room: La Constancia

3.30 – 4.00 pm: Opening Session of the XXIII Spain – United States Forum

Moderator: José Ignacio Torreblanca

Speakers:

José Manuel Entrecanales, Chairman, Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU.

Senator Tim Kaine, Honorary Chairman, United States – Spain Council

Santiago Cabanas, Ambassador of Spain to the U.S.A.

• Richard Duke Buchan III, Ambassador of the United States to Spain

4.00 – 5.30 pm: I Working Session: “Challenges and opportunities for cooperation between Spain and the US on Africa and the Mediterranean”

Speakers:

Cristina Gallach, High Commissioner of the Spanish Government for 2030 Agenda

Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Bernardino León, Director General of the Diplomatic Academy of Emirates; Former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, former European Union Special Representative for the South of the Mediterranean, and former United Nations Chief of Mission for Lybia.

Kathleen Newland, Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute

5.30 pm: End of I Working Session and departure of buses to Barceló Montecastillo Hotel.

Dress code: Cocktail

7.15 pm: Departure of buses to the Royal Andalusian School for Equestrian Art

7.50 pm:  Equestrian Show at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art

8.10 pm. End of show. Walking transition

8.15 pm: Reception at the Carriage Museum of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art

9.00 pm: Opening  Dinner of the XXIII Spain – United States Forum at the Carriage Museum of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art

Remarks by:

José Manuel Entrecanales, Chairman, Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU.

Senator Tim Kaine, Honorary Chairman, United States – Spain Council

Josep Borrell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation

10.30 pm: End of the Opening Dinner. Departure of buses to Barceló Montecastillo hotel.

Saturday, November 10

Dress code: Business

7.45 am: Departure of buses from the Barceló Montecastillo hotel to Gonzalez Byass cellars

8.15 am: Arrival of buses. Registration of participants (when needed)

Room: La Constancia

8.30 – 10.00 am – II Working Session: “Smart cities: Intelligent infrastructures and environmental sustainability”

Speakers:

Juan Espadas, Mayor of Seville

Rana Sen, Managing Director of Deloitte Consulting LLP, Transportation and Smart City Initiative Lead

Luis Castilla, CEO, Acciona Infrastructures

Michael Lake, President and CEO of Leading Cities

10.00 – 10.30 am: Coffee break

10.00 – 10.30 am: Press conference by the Co-Chairmen of the Spain – United States Council

Room: Los Reyes

10.30 – 1.30 pm: III Working Session: “The future of work, education and training in the age of artificial intelligence”

10.30 am: Part 1: “Artificial intelligence, labor market disruption and the future of jobs”

Dr. Ed Felten, Director, Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University

María Luz Rodríguez, Ex Secretaria de Estado de Empleo, Profesora de Derecho del Trabajo y de la Seguridad Social, Presidenta del Consejo Asesor de Sagardoy Abogados

Jim Wilson, Managing Director, Information Technology and Business Research, Accenture

Juan Urdiales, CEO, Job & Talent

12.00 pm: Short break

12.05 pm: Part 2: “Educating for the digital revolution

Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, President, University of Maine

Manuel Muñiz, Dean, School of International Relations, Instituto de Empresa

Gonzalo Manrique, Co-Founder, Ironhack

Tess Posner, CEO, AI4ALL1.30 pm: End of the III Working Session.

1.35 pm: End of the III Working Session. Closing remarks – Walking transition

2.00 – 3.30 pm: Working lunch at The Alcazar gardens

– Walking transition –

4.00 – 5.00 pm: Separate and simultaneous meetings of the members of the United States – Spain Council and the members of the Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU.

Fundación: Room Jardines de la Catedral

Council: Room Los Reyes

5.00 – 5.30 pm: Joint meeting of the members of both organizations

Room: Los Reyes

5.30 – 6.00 pm: Family photo and toast

6.00 pm: Departure of buses to Barceló Montecastillo hotel

Dress code: Cocktail

7.40 pm: Departure of buses to Hacienda La Peñuela form Barceló Montecastillo hotel

8.00 – 8.45 pm: Reception at Hacienda La Peñuela

8.45 – 11.00 pm: Closing Dinner of the XXIII Spain – United States Forum at Hacienda La Peñuela

Remarks by:

José Manuel Entrecanales, Chairman, Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU.

Senator Tim Kaine, Honorary Chairman, United States – Spain Council

A flamenco show will be offered.

From 11.00 pm, departure of buses to Barceló Montecastillo hotel

Companions

(TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGES)

Friday, November 9

Dress code: Business

1.15 – 2.30 h: Welcome cocktail lunch at the Palacio Domecq, along with the Forum participants.

Dress code: Cocktail

7.50 pm: Equestrian Show at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art

8.15 pm: Reception at the Carriage Museum of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art

9.00 pm: Opening Dinner of the XXIII Spain – United States Forum at the Carriage Museum of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art

 

Saturday, November 10

Dress Code: Smart casual

10.00 am: Departure of buses from Barceló Montecastillo hotel

10.30 am – 1.00 pm: Guided visit to the historic quarters of the city, including monuments such as the Cloisters of Santo Domingo, the Cathedral, the Alcazar and a tour to González-Byass Wine Cellar.

2.00 pm – 3.30 pm: Lunch at El Alcázar, along with the Forum participants.

3.30 pm: Visit to The Cartuja Monastery

5.00 pm: Return to Barceló Montecastillo hotel

Dress code: Cocktail

8.00 – 8.45 pm: Reception at Hacienda La Peñuela

8.45 – 11.00 pm: Closing Dinner of the XXIII Spain – United States Forum at Hacienda La Peñuela

GONZÁLEZ BYASS WINE CELLAR
C/Manuel María González, 12, 11403 Jerez de la Frontera

The González Byass Wine Cellar is a privileged spot in the heart of Jerez de la Frontera. Founded in 1835, the Wine Cellar is comprised of a monumental group of vine covered streets, old cellars, historic gardens and unique spaces. It is located by The Alcazar and other main attractions of the city center.

The facilities of the González Byass Wine Cellar will host the working sessions and meetings of the Forum on November 9 and 10.

PALACIO DOMECQ  
C/ Marqués de Casa-Domecq, 8, 11402 Jerez de la Frontera

Palacio Domecq is a stunning example of eighteenth century Baroque architecture in Jerez. Since 1885, it’s the heart and home of the Domecq family, whose winemaking tradition is one of the finest and most extensive in Spain.

As if it were a museum, paintings, tapestries, sculptures and fine materials brought in specifically for the palace, from Italy, Flanders and France, create a masterpiece of exceptional artistic value and charm.

The welcome cocktail will take place in Palacio Domecq on Friday, November 9.

THE CARRIAGE MUSEUM
C/ Pizarro, 17, 11403 Jerez de la Frontera

This Museum, belonging to the Royal Andalusian School for Equestrian Art, is a unique  source of  knowledge, understanding, maintenance and dissemination of  carriage and equestrian art.

This state of the art facility includes innovated museographic techniques such as,  interactive games, 3D projections, tactile devices,  and other varied resources to maximize the visitors’ experience.

This Museum will host the Forum opening cocktail and dinner on Friday November 9th.

THE ALCÁZAR
Calle Alameda Vieja, s/n, 11403 Jerez de la Frontera

The charming gardens of the Alcazar will  provide the lansdcape  for the working lunch  on Saturday, November 10.

The Alcazar is one of the most emblematic monuments in Jerez. Located in the southeastern angle of the walled citadel, it was built in the XII century as a defensive system for the city. It is one of the rare examples of almohade architecture still existing in Spain today.

Jerez became one of the most important cities in Andalusia at that time, which is shown by the monumentality of The Alcazar and the extension of its wall, which comprised a 46 hectares city with more than 16,000 inhabitants.

HACIENDA LA PEÑUELA
11400 Jerez de la Frontera

The closing reception and dinner will take place in this beautiful Andalusian estate, whose origin date back to XVI century.

Around its impressive paved patio, you can admire the antique family cellar, a bullring and an old chapel of the Cartujan Order , which is home to  a Zurbaran painting. The Hacienda also has charming gardens and a remarkable carriage collection with unique pieces belonging to the Bohorquez-Domecq family.

A very special venue to celebrate after two intense days of work and cooperation.

Hotel

The Barceló Montecastillo Hotel offers two different hotel areas, linked by a short walk, and a wide range of facilities for customers to enjoy.

We have booked a limited number of rooms in both hotels. Rooms will be assigned by rigorous chronological order of request.

We kindly ask you to make your room reservation within the registration process, by clicking the REGISTRATION button on this website.

HOTEL BARCELÓ MONTECASTILLO GOLF & SPORT RESORT 5*
Av. de Montecastillo, Km. 6, 11406 Jerez de la Frontera

The Barceló Montecastillo Golf & Sports Resort***** is a spectacular hotel, recently refurbished, surrounded by a fantastic natural environment and a 19th century castle in the outskirts of Jerez de la Frontera. This resort boasts a privileged location next to the famous motor racing circuit, half an hour away from the beach and just 10 minutes from the city airport.

The large rooms and villas feature a modern design preserving the classical and elegant style that defines the hotel and are equipped with all the comfort of a 5-star hotel.

The hotel’s superb sports facilities include an 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. It also features tennis courts and two regulation football pitches, as well as a multi-sport field and a jogging track.

     Price per night (breakfast and taxes included):

     Single / 1 Bedroom Villa: 138.00€
     Double / 1 Bedroom Villa: 154.00€

HOTEL BARCELÓ MONTECASTILLO CONVENTION CENTER 4*
Km 6, Carretera Jerez-Arcos, 11406 Jerez de la Frontera

Hotel Barceló Montecastillo Convention Center**** is part of the same resort and shares all the facilities with the Barceló Montecastillo Golf & Sports Resort*****.

Located 5 minutes’ walk from the main building, the hotel offers comfortable, bright, recently refurbished rooms in a beautiful natural environment.

    Price per night (breakfast and taxes included):

    Single room: 94.00€
    Double room: 110.00

Useful information

How to get there

BY PLANE
Jerez airport is located 8 km northeast of the town of Jerez and, in its facilities, you can find tourist information, car rental offices and ATMs. Airlines operating out of this airport include Iberia, Ryan Air and Vueling.

A taxi will take you from the airport to the Barceló Montecastillo hotel in 15 minutes for and approximate cost of 25  euros.

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How to get there

BY TRAIN
If you are planning to travel from Madrid or other Andalusian cities, the train can be an excellent option too.

The Jerez train station is located at the Plaza Estación Ferrocarril, s/n. 11.6 km from the hotel. The taxi journey to the hotel will take around 20 minutes and cost approximately 30 euros.

Weather

Jerez is located in a fertile area of countryside formed by the plains of the Guadalquivir and Guadalete Rivers, and a few minutes from the beaches of the Atlantic and the Cádiz mountains.

Its is an excellent geographical location making it possible to enjoy more than 3,200 hours of sunshine per year. The mild temperatures, with an average of 52 degrees in the winter of and 77 degrees in the summer, guarantees a pleasant time all year.

Contact

 Reyes Belinchón / Rocío Álvarez 
forojerez2018@atlantacongress.org
T. +34 954 581 101