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Diego Hidalgo

Founder and Honorary President of FRIDE

Mr. Hidalgo studied Law at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, 1964, and holds an MBA from Harvard University, 1968.

Head of Division at the World Bank, from 1968 to 1977. Founder and President of FRIDA, Foundation for Research and Investment for the Development of Africa encouraged by the World Bank to help the smallest and poorest Countries in Africa. Founder and Honorary President of FRIDE, think tank on international affairs. Founder of the Club of Madrid and the Toledo International Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution. President of DARA. Founder of  Foundation Maimona. Former Advisor to the Commission of the United Nations of Legal Empowerment of the Poor. Founding Member and Senior Fellow of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America. Member of the Advisory Committee, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Co-founder of the largest Spanish daily, El País, in 1972. Until July 2012, Member of the board of directors of PRISA. Founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Member of the Board of the Kofi Annan Foundation. Since 2002, Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Sciences. Awarded with the Great Cross of the Order of Civilian Merit, Spain, 2002. Raymond Georis Price 2008, for Innovative Philanthropy in Europe. In 2009, Commitment to Development Award from the Center for Global Development, in the USA. Gold Medal of the University of Extremadura.

He has published “El futuro de España” (1996), which was on the list of the top ten selling books in Spain for 23 weeks and “Europe: Globalization and Monetary Union” (1998), Spanish edition also available.


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English, French, Spanish

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

FRIDE ceased its think tank activities on 31st December 2015 for economic reasons. The Board of Trustees had to take this difficult decision since, despite many efforts to diversify its funding sources, FRIDE cannot sustain its think tank operations with a view to 2016 and beyond.

Established in 1999, FRIDE has made a major contribution to shape debate on Europe’s external activities in an increasingly challenging international environment. It has covered issues ranging from democracy and human rights to sustainable development, new approaches to multilateral cooperation and security affairs. FRIDE’s long-standing focus on the extended neighbourhood of the European Union proves today all the more relevant given widespread turbulence in the region. FRIDE’s emphasis on the importance of the values framing Europe’s external activities is central to current political debates in Europe and beyond. This shows the need for continued engagement in the pursuit of a common European foreign policy that is both effective and informed by the core values of European integration.

The Board wishes to thank Diego Hidalgo, FRIDE’s founder, for his tireless commitment and very generous support for many years. The Board also wishes to thank FRIDE’s dedicated staff, the members of the Board and the Advisory Committee for their contribution in making FRIDE one of the top foreign policy think tanks in Europe. We are very grateful to all those who have supported FRIDE’s work and projects over the years and we thank the many partners from all parts of the world who have worked with FRIDE on joint initiatives. We hope that FRIDE’s extensive input to the debate on Europe in the world will continue to inform thinking and action at a very critical time for Europe’s future.

The President of the Board


FRIDE cesó sus actividades como think tank el 31 de diciembre de 2015 por razones económicas. El Patronato tuvo que adoptar esta difícil decisión dado que, a pesar de los intensos esfuerzos realizados para diversificar sus fuentes de financiación, FRIDE no puede sostener sus operaciones como think tank a partir de 2016.

Establecido en 1999, FRIDE ha realizado una gran contribución al debate sobre las actividades exteriores de Europa en un ambiente internacional cada vez más complejo. Ha trabajado en temas que van desde la democracia y los derechos humanos al desarrollo sostenible, los nuevos enfoques en la cooperación multilateral y las cuestiones de seguridad. La atención prestada por FRIDE a la vecindad extendida de la Unión Europea durante mucho tiempo prueba ser hoy aún más relevante debido a la turbulencia que azota a la región. El énfasis de FRIDE en la importancia de los valores que enmarcan las actividades exteriores europeas es central en los debates en Europa y más allá. Esto muestra la necesidad de un compromiso continuo con la búsqueda de una política exterior europea común que sea eficaz y esté basada en los principios fundamentales de la integración europea.

El Patronato desea agradecer a Diego Hidalgo, fundador de FRIDE, por su incansable compromiso y muy generoso apoyo a lo largo de tantos años. También quiere expresar su gratitud a la dedicada plantilla, a los propios miembros del Patronato y del Comité Asesor por sus contribuciones para hacer de FRIDE uno de los principales think tanks de Europa en cuestiones de política exterior. Estamos muy agradecidos con todos aquellos que han apoyado el trabajo y los proyectos de FRIDE a través de los años y también damos las gracias a los numerosos socios de todas partes del mundo que han colaborado con FRIDE en iniciativas conjuntas. Esperamos que las extensas aportaciones de FRIDE al debate sobre Europa en el mundo continuará informando el pensamiento y la acción en un momento muy crítico para el futuro de Europa.

El Presidente del Patronato

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