OBREAL Global has transformed over the past years from an association that primarily promotes European Union-Latin America cooperation in higher education and research, to one with a broader inter-regional mandate and membership scope, committed to strengthening South-South- North cooperation within and between regions. 2020/21 has been a busy time period, whereby, in the midst of a global pandemic, OBREAL Global has consolidated ‘Chapters’ in South America, Central America, the Caribbean, India and Africa, each of which is driven by membership and has shaped its own needs and priorities. In the midst of this, OBREAL Global has taken steps to promote inter-regional dialogue and exchange on key topics of common interest, ranging from the internationalization of learning, digitalization, international research management and the role of universities in local development

 

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OUR HISTORy

OBREAL was created as an association in order to implement a cooperation project of the European Commission (DG RELEX y EuropeAid). At that moment, the  European Commission pointed out in its call that the relationship between the European Union and Latin America had become closer as a result of bi-regional summits, existing association agreements (i.e. México and Chile) and association agreement negotiations. Therefore, more and more advices were required for decision-making in the area of bi-regional relationships.  OBREAL was born in this context, with the aim of contributing to the creation of a network of institutions and organizations from both regions which had no coordination mechanisms and/or limited visibility. As a result, OBREAL was set up by 23 academic institutions, research centers in Europe and Latin America, and their own networks.

Between 2004 and 2016, OBREAL’s research was organized in five thematic areas:

• Trade and financial relations and regional integration
• Democracy, human rights and the rule of law
• Social and development cooperation
• Global governance and multi-regionalism
• Civil society and institution’s building

In 2017 OBREAL become OBREAL Global, re-defining its former thematic areas and extending its outreach from Europe to Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, incorporating new members and supporting institutions in the association.

OBREAL Global Goals

OBREAL Global Goals

PRESIDENCY

Ramon Torrent
President

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Kiran Gopakumar Rajalekshmi
vicepresident

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INTERREGIONAL BOARD

VIDYA YERAVDEKAR
Indian Chapter Chair

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Álvaro Maglia
South american chapter chair

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Myriam Moïse
Caribbean Chapter Chair

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Oscar Domínguez
South American Chapter Chair

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NICO JOOSTE
African chapter chair

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Management Team

Paulo Speller
Representative in Brazil

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Elizabeth K. Colucci
International Projects Director

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Nicolas Patrici
Development & Strategy Director

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Agustina Calabrese
Financial Director

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Pablo Beneitone
Senior Project Expert Higher Education Policy

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Carles Hernández
Project Manager

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Ángel Manuel Rafael
Project Manager

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Apiyo Okwiri
Project Manager

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Eloi Esposito
Communication Manager

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Daniel King
Strategic partner in Digitalisation

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Presidency

Ramon Torrent
President

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Kiran Gopakumar Rajalekshmi
vicepresident

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Interregional Board

VIDYA YERAVDEKAR
INDIAN CHAPTER CHAIR

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ÁLVARO MAGLIA
SOUTH AMERICAN CHAPTER CHAIR

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MYRIAM MOÏSE
CARIBBEAN CHAPTER CHAIR

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OSCAR DOMÍNGUEZ
SOUTH AMERICAN CHAPTER CHAIR

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NICO JOOSTE
AFRICAN CHAPTER CHAIR

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MANAGEMENT Team

Paulo Speller
Representative in Brazil

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Elizabeth K. Colucci
International Projects Director

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Nicolas Patrici
Development & Strategy Director

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AGUSTINA CALABRESE
FINANCIAL DIRECTOR

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Pablo Beneitone
SENIOR PROJECT EXPERT HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY

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CARLES HERNÁNDEZ
Project Manager

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Ángel Manuel Rafael
Project Manager

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Apiyo Okwiri
Project Manager

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Eloi Esposito
Communication Manager

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Daniel King
Strategic partner in Digitalization

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