Forum Program 2018




Academic activities

11.00 – Attendees registration

11.15 - 13.15 – Beginning of competitions and academic activities:

  • Communications
  • Debate Competition
  • Univ Tube
  • Social Initiative Forum
  • Arts Univ



12.30 - 15.30  - Lunch



14.45 - 16.30
Communicating efficiently the faith in a postmodern environment (Spanish)
Jack Valero

Jack Valero is the spokesman and cofounder of Catholic Voices a communication initiative that trains lay Catholics to address polemic topics related to the Church on radio and TV.

The project counts with more than 120 volunteers in the UK, available to speak with media and to talk at schools and parishes. Catholic Voices has now chapters in 24 countries in all 5 continents. In 2010, Mr. Valero was the spokesman at the beatification of Cardinal Newman in Birmingham, which took place during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the UK.


15.15 - 16.15
The challenge of rethinking architecture (Spanish)
Ignacio Vicens y Hualde,

Ignacio Vicens, Ph. D, is an Architect and Chair of Projects at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He has been invited as guest lecturer and speaker at several universities, including: Harvard, Pennsylvania, London (AA, Architectural Association), Paris (UP 8), Rome (La Sapienza), Navarre, Montevideo (U. de la  República), Budapest (Politécnica), Mexico (Iberoamericana y de las Américas), Guatemala (del Istmo y Marroquín), Lima (Católica), Oporto and Palermo.

He has received multiple awards for his creations, featured in several books and journals, and presented in multiple exhibits.

In association with Jose Antonio Ramos Abenzoar since 1984, he established the architecture firm VICENS+RAMOS


A change in the rules of the game (English)
David Post

David Post is the Head of Business Development for the Global Thermal Generation business of the Enel Group, which includes Enel’s energy storage developments. As such he is also Board Member of EASE (European Association for Storage of Energy).

Before, he lead the business development activities in the US and Canada for Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA) and was board member of Tradewind and Geronimo Energy, as well as a board member of the Utah Infrastructure Board, an advisory role directly appointed by the Governor.

Prior to joining EGPNA, Mr. Post was the deputy director of business development and strategy for Endesa in Latin America and in Europe, and occupied several board positions. Mr. Post has an extensive experience in merger and acquisitions as well as in financial restructuring. Prior to joining Endesa, Mr. Post was a Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Post holds an MBA from Columbia Business School (with Sigma Bea Gamma award) and a Doctorandus degree from the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (with special honors)


Working towards interior freedom (English)
Kevin Majeres

Born and raised in Minnesota, Dr. Majeres completed his medical degree and psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. After this he completed a fellowship with the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia, and became a member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. 

For the past seven years Dr. Majeres has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, where he is responsible for training psychiatry residents in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and he maintains a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also a co-founder of the site


Philosophy, study of classics and the future of society (Italian)
Benedetto Ippolito

Writer, opinion maker, and contributor in various communication media, both printed and electronic (Rainws24, Skytg24, Tgcom, Il Foglio, Il Tempo, Formiche, Italia Oggi, Avvenire), Professor Ippolito teaches History of Philosophy in Roma Tre University, at the Holy Cross Pontifical University and at the Superior Institute for Religious Sciences, all located in Rome. He is considered a scholar of the Christian origins of modern philosophy and of contemporary political ideas. From 2008 to 2011, Prof. Ippolito was Administration Advisor and Director of the Scientific Committee of the Telecom Italia Foundation. Other leadership roles he has undertaken are: Advisor to the Institute for international relations between Italy and African countries, Latin America and East Asia (IPALMO), Executive Advisor of the Interdepartmental center for ethics studies in the military (CISEM) and of the Military center for aeronautical studies (CESMA). He has also worked as a consultant in collaboration with the prestigious communicator Prof. Joaquin Navarro-Valls for the Campus Bio-Medico University in Rome, on topics related to ethics, politics and social disciplines.


16.45 - 17.40 - Closing Keynote Address
From person to act: transforming policy and culture for the human person
(English, with simultaneous translation to Spanish and Italian)
Anna Halpine

Anna Halpine is the founder of the World Youth Alliance and is the CEO of FEMM. She has her Masters in Philosophy of Religion from Yale University (2009), and a Bachelor of Music from Mt. Allison University in Canada (1999). She has studied piano at the Taubman Institute and voice at the Juilliard School. As Founder and past-president of WYA (1999-2007), Anna has traveled and lectured extensively. She resides in New York City.




17.45 - 18.30 - Closing Ceremony

Awards and presentation of Univ Forum 2019.

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