Ana de Andrés
Coming back from a weekend with my Fundación Marcelino Botín scholars. They are part of a Program which aims at promoting Latin America´s development through strengthening its institutions, and specifically through creating a network of future leaders and change-makers who are highly qualified and truly committed to public service understood in a broad sense. Since the Program began, every year about 30-40 young leaders “pass through my hands” -and especially through my heart-. This year we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary in Cartagena de Indias, and more than 200 alumni are coming from all over the Region. I will be opening the Program and sharing lineup with 3 Heads of State, amongst others. A dream come true. These young leaders are my annual beauty treatment, they help me renew hope and they keep me strong and "contemporary" instead of looking to the past for solutions for the future. They force me to continue questioning my purpose and they keep my questions alive ... With them I feel that I am playing the game of the "big agenda" and that somehow I am making a contribution to transforming it. Grateful to Fundación Marcelino Botín for the opportunity to feel like the “hada” of this Program… and to my students, who make me feel proud every day and who have become “kindred spirits” on their own merits.