Business schools and universities are diligently looking for better ways of teaching leaders how to lead at this time of profound uncertainty. But what is actually the basis of modern leadership? Maybe we should actually teach ‘the art of guiding’ to future leaders from an early age? Marta Williams, with 25 years’ experience in leadership, is an expert in working with young people to realise their potential.
Between 1799 and 1804 the Prussian scientist, geographer and humanist Alexander Humboldt (1769–1859) conducted extensive research in the Americas into the complexity of nature, with the French botanist Aimé Bonpland. To commemorate the 250th anniversary of Humboldt's birth, the University of San Francisco de Quito-Ecuador is celebrating his contribution to our knowledge and to the science that he developed during his trip around America. The publication of his works generated great interest among academics of the natural sciences in Europe and served as inspiration to a new generation of scientific researchers – in particular, Charles Darwin.
English pianist and writer James Rhodes captured international attention following the publication of his book Instrumental, a bestseller in which he recounts how he suffered abuse during his childhood. He explains how the psychological injuries dragged into adulthood and how music has saved him in his darkest moments. He moved to Spain four years ago and is happy here. Following the success of Instrumental he published How to Play the Piano. He travels the world putting on concerts in which he interweaves comments about his personal experiences with performing works of classical music. He will talk about his career and music with writer and journalist Jesús Ruiz Mantilla.Photo ©: Felipe Romero
Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellowship 2019–20 / Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival 2019–20
Alys Conran's book Dignity is a powerful novel about belonging, race, British India and Great Britain. The award-winning, bilingual novelist will talk about her work and creative writing for beginners. Conran has been awarded the Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellowship 2019–20 / Cymrawd Rhungwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival 2019–20, which takes her to all the Hay Festivals across the world for a year. She talks to Teresa Sanz, contributing features writer of El Mundo.Photo ©: Anna Milner
The best-selling author of The Colour of Silence Elia Barceló once again captures critical acclaim and public imagination with The Echo of the Skin, a novel about a family saga tinged with mystery that showcases her gift for narrating the times in which we live. With her characteristic mastery of narrative construction, Barceló delves into the past and reveals secrets that at once disturb and enrich the profile of the heroine. Barceló has received numerous awards for her work, including the UPC International Science Fiction Award for The World of Yarek and the Ignotus Prize for the best science fiction story in Spanish for Humo y Espejos (‘Smoke and Mirrors’). She will talk with journalist Juan Carlos Laviana, chaired by Blanca Rosa Roca, director of Roca Editorial.Photo ©: Pau Sanclemente