On 3 April

Three Cultures participates in the CEC meetings: "Keys to understanding the economic impact of the Arab presence in the BRICS"

BRICS - PHOTO/Gianluigi Guercia/AFP
BRICS - PHOTO/Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

The Three Cultures Foundation, in collaboration with the Círculo de Empresarios de Cartuja, is organising a new CEC MEETING, in which we will be honoured to have the participation of Ana Isabel González Santamaría, who will give a conference on the expansion of the BRICS to the Middle East and North Africa, under the title "Keys to understanding the economic impact of the Arab presence in the BRICS". 

The CEC Meetings programme aims to promote mutual knowledge between PCT organisations, while addressing topics of great interest and current affairs. 

In this conference, Ana Isabel González Santamaría, professor at ESIC University and specialist in Arab economies and economic relations between Spain and Arab countries, will analyse the regional and international impact of the expansion of the so-called BRICS to the Middle East and North Africa.  

The beginning of the new year has brought with it the official incorporation of Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - in addition to Ethiopia - into the BRICS, the bloc of emerging economies that came into being three decades ago and which, with these accessions, has doubled in size. The entry of some of the world's largest energy producers into this club is expected to have a major effect on its scope and functioning and, possibly, on global geopolitics. 

Ana Isabel González Santamaría holds a PhD in Applied Economics. She was responsible for Casa Árabe's business programme from 2008 until June 2013. She has worked as a market analyst at the Spanish Trade Office in Amman (Jordan) for eight years and as a foreign trade promoter for several Spanish institutions in Paris, Brussels and Casablanca. She has been collaborating with the Spanish Ministry of Defence since 2014 as a researcher in the working group for the research project of the Euro-Maghreb Centre for Research and Strategic Studies (CEMRES) in the framework of the 5+5 Defence Initiative.  She teaches masters and postgraduate courses in several universities and institutions (UNIA, ICADE-Mas Consulting, Chamber of Madrid, University of Mondragón, Diplomatic School, etc.). She combines her academic activity with consultancy activity focused on research on Arab countries and cultural approach for companies and institutions. 

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