• Ana de Andrés


When I look among the "usual suspects", I often find it difficult to find role-models.  Am I the only one who feels this way or is this a trend worth analyzing? Part of this feeling probably comes from the fact that many times, too many lately, the "microphone" seems to be in the hands of people who hardly deserve to be considered as a reference by anyone. On the other hand, these “messy” times force

us to find different ways to manage our organizations, our economies and our societies, but most of us are so busy being perplexed that we do not find the time to become a role-model to anyone. It is also true that in these times of "excesses", some who could have played that role have instead joined the ranks of the cynics -if not the scoundrels- and have decided to focus on "individual salvation", certainly because a priori it appears much more lucrative. 

Acting as a role-model in these daring circumstances seems awfully difficult... so maybe what we need to do to avoid being constantly disappointed is to stop looking in the wrong places.  Since 2010, I have been collaborating with the Marcelino Botín Foundation in a Program to strengthen institutions in Latin America. The objective of the Program is to promote the development of the Region through fostering a network of highly qualified future leaders truly committed to public service understood in a broad sense. Since it started, every year 30-40 young ladies and gentlemen “pass through my hands” -and especially through my heart- and in 2019 we are planning to celebrate our tenth anniversary.

This Program symbolizes more than any other of my projects my passion and commitment for the "cause" of Public Service and represents an almost perfect union of all the "Anas" that inhabit me and of the different pieces of my particular puzzle.  When I am with them, I feel totally “on a mission” and I believe that I have finally understood why:

• It is a Program whose objective is the development of both people and institutions and that pursues the economic, social, institutional and cultural development of the Region... something similar to what we were supposed to do at the Inter-American Development Bank, and that makes my macroeconomist happy:),

• It aims at identifying and developing HIPOs (high potential people), although for a continent instead of for an organization, which satisfies my Human Resources’ "reincarnation",