Spain brand honorary ambassadors

The accreditation of the Spain Brand Honorary Ambassadors is an initiative of the Leading Brands of Spain forum (LBSF) that aims to give public recognition to individuals, or entities, of Spanish nationality, which have contributed significantly to generating and to strengthening a positive image of Spain abroad. These titles are awarded biennially.

Ambassadors 2013

Isak Andic (Business Management)

Founder and main shareholder of spanish fashion group Mango

Antonio Banderas (Culture)

Internationally renowned actor, singer, Spanish film producer and director.

Fernando Alonso (Sports)

Spanish Formula 1 driver, twice world champion.

José Andrés (Gastronomy and tourism)

Internationally renowned Spanish chef.

Pedro Nueno (Institutional Relations)

Architect and expert in business administration and management.

María Blasco (Science and innovation)

Spanish scientist specialising in telomers and telomerase.

Organización Nacional de Trasplantes (Philanthropy)

Promotes, assists and coordinates organ, tissue and bone marrow donations and transplants.

AVE (Infrastructure)

Alta Velocidad Española is today a benchmark worldwide and a model that is copied and exported to other countries, positioning Spain at the forefront of technological and management development.

Ambassadors 2011

Antonio Garrigues (Business Management)

As Chairman of Garrigues, he is the most internationally renowned jurist and a reference in business management.

Instituto Cervantes (Communication)

With 74 centres in the main cities in all continents, the Instituto Cervantes spreads the spanish language and culture and is a meeting point for hispanists.

Fundación Vicente Ferrer (Philanthropy)

His social work and the work of his foundation have contributed to lifting thousands of people out of poverty.

Inma Shara (Culture)

One of the best representatives of the new generation of orchestra conductors in Spain.

Rafael Nadal (Sports)

Best spanish tennis player of all times and one of the spanish sportsmen who has received the most awards.

Spanish National Football Team (Sports)

The Spanish National Football Team represents the values of humility and teamwork. it has promoted and boosted the image of Spain abroad when it was declared World Cup Champion in 2010 in South africa.

Santiago Calatrava (Science and innovation)

One of the most famous architects in the world in recent years, having received several international awards and acknowledgements.

Ambassadors 2009

Buque Juan Sebastián Elcano (Institutional Relations)

Spanish flagship since 1928, showing the world its values of strength, discipline, collaboration and coexistence.

Emilio Botín (Business Management)

Chairman of Banco Santander, one of the leading banks worldwide. his character and leadership have been key in the international expansion process.

Agencia EFE (Communication)

Top Spanish news agency and fourth in the world with a worldwide network of more than 3.000 journalists, distributing 3 million news bulletins per year.

Kike Figaredo (Philanthropy)

Member of the Compañia de Jesús and currently Bishop of the Cambodian town of Battambang, having dedicated his life to helping people with disabilities.

Plácido Domingo (Culture)

One of the most famous international opera singers, performing on the main stages around the world and in major international events.

Pau Gasol (Sports)

Top player on an individual level from the best generation of spanish basketball players and who has been playing in the NBA for the longest time.

Margarita Salas (Science and innovation)

Internationally renowned spanish scientist and one of the drivers behind spanish research in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology.

Enric Puig (Exceptional accreditation)

Enric Puig was member of the Board of directors and Sponsor of the leading Brands of Spain Forum and one of the main drivers of this project.

Ambassadors 2007

Javier Solana (Institutional Relations)

The highest representative of Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union and former Secretary General of NATO.

Rafael Del Pino (Business Management)

Executive Chairman of Grupo Ferrovial since 2000, a group that is a benchmark spanish infrastructure and services company.

Grupo Hola (Communication)

Spanish publishing company that has most contributed to spreading the image of Spain abroad through its headlines.

Pedro Luis Alonso (Philanthropy)

Scientist at the head of Manhiça health research Centre in Mozambique, which has promoted the widespread dissemination of a vaccine for malaria.

Pedro Almodóvar (Culture)

Spanish film director, scriptwriter and produce, winner of several international film awards, including two Oscars.

Real Madrid (Sports)

The most famous spanish football club because of its international success and because it has projected an image of Spain as world-class country in the area of sports.

Joan Massagué (Science and innovation)

Spanish scientist best known for his contribution to research to combat cancer and its significant international dissemination.

Ambassadors 2005

Juan Antonio Samaranch (Institutional relations)

Chairman of the International Olympic Committe between 1980 and 2001. Great diplomat and arbitrator, he was awarded the Prince of asturias Prize for Sports in 1988.

Amancio Ortega (Business Management)

Founder of Inditex and one of the 25 most influential people in the past 25 years according to the Financial Times.

El País (Communication)

Spanish language newspaper with the greatest international presence and dissemination.

José Carreras (Philanthropy)

Famous catalan tenor also known for his humanitarian work through his foundation that fights to combat leukemia.

Ferrán Adria (Culture)

Leading exponent of spanish cuisine and recognised as one of the best chefs in the world.

Severiano Ballesteros (Sports)

Golf player and one of best spanish sportsmen of all times with global presence and recognition.

Valentín Fuster (Science and innovation)

Spanish cardiologist and one of the most internationally renowned spanish scientists.