CEA Barcelona Center Faculty
CEA carefully chooses faculty members according to their expertise in their respective academic fields and upon their proven skills in developing and using active and experiential learning methods in the classroom. All CEA faculty members hold advanced university degrees required for teaching in U.S. institutions of Higher Education. In addition, faculty members undergo a rigorous process of frequent internal evaluation, continual self-assessment and periodic training to ensure that the high teaching standards CEA holds are being consistently met. Each instructor brings to the classroom a rich store of intellectual, professional and cross-cultural experience.
- Xavi Alcón
- John Frederick Anderson
- Angela Soler Beltrán
- Connie Capdevila Brophy, PhD
- Eduard Cantos
- Emilia Castaño
- Marina Díaz-Cristóbal, PHD
- James Douet
- César Duch, PhD
- Jordi Ferran
- Marcos Garcia
- Maria Mateu Gonzalez
- Jordi Górriz León
- Michael Kennedy-Scanlon
- María Dolores Hernández Martínez
- Josep Maria (Pep) Inglès
- Andrea Lanaia
- Montse Leyra
- Josep Maria Llop
- Enric Llorach, PhD
- Adelaida Martín
- James McGlade PhD
- Carles Murillo Mir, PhD
- Alejandro Perez
- Nuria Plaza
- Sonia Priego
- Gregory Allen Proulx
- David Rodriguez-Borras
- Ib Schumacher, PhD
- Toni Sellas, PhD
- Jose Ignacio Serrano
- Núria Silvestre
- Karen Smyth, PhD
- Oliver Simon Sutton
- María Trouillhet, PhD
- Chris Tulloch, PhD
- Stephan van Uijtregt
- Laura Vazquez
- Iolanda Nieves de la Vega
- Ariadna Olivé Vincente
Xavier "Xavi" Alcón was born in Barcelona but has also lived in Paris, Rome, London, and Milan. He speaks English, French, and Italian besides his mother
tongues of Catalan and Spanish. He graduated from the University of Barcelona with a degree in Philosophy with a dissertation in Cultural Anthropology. After
graduation he left for Milan where he worked for the Spanish Department of The University degli Studi di Milano and Instituto Cervantes of Rome and Milano. He
got his Master's degree in Spanish Language and Culture at The University of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid. Xavier is also involved in the audiovisual world as he
creates art documentaries and video productions and organizes film festivals in Italy and Spain.
John Frederick Anderson
Communication, Studio Arts
John Frederick "Fred" Anderson has a B.A. in Pre-Socratic Greek Philosophy and sixteenth century Chinese History (University of New South Wales, Australia), a
Post Graduate Diploma in Photojournalism (London College of Printing) and an M.A. in Documentary Photography (University College Wales, Newport). He speaks
English and Spanish, and has been based in Barcelona since 2002.
Fred was born in Philadelphia, USA, and has lived and worked all over the world including India, Africa, Asia, the UK and Australia, where he worked on a
cattle station in the Kimberley before starting work as a photographic assistant in 1988. He then worked on a variety of photographic projects including national
and international museum installations, the World Expo '88 in Brisbane, and the Australian Pavilion at the World Expo '92 in Spain. Fred freelanced as a
commercial photographer based in London from 1991 to 1997, travelled in India and South East Asia for two years in 1998/9 working pro bono with the British High
Commission, then lived in Bristol, UK for three years between 2000 and 2002 completing a Master of Arts Degree while teaching A level photography.
Fred created the "reveal" project over a period of two years (from 2000 to 2002) in Bristol. Recent projects include a visual record of abandoned petrol
stations around the South West of England, "what are you doing?" and "Grid". He continues to photograph and exhibit his own fine art projects internationally and
wanders around the Pyrenees whenever he can.
Eduard Cantos was born in Barcelona and has also lived in Bolivia. Besides his mother tongues of Catalan and Spanish, he is fluent in English and French. He
has a B.S. in Chemistry from Universitat de Barcelona, a Master's of International Studies from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and a Post Graduate degree of
management in non-profit organisations (ESADE).
He has devoted most of his career to the NGO sector and currently works in Oxfam Intermón. He also has academic experience teaching Development Studies as a
lecturer since 2003.
Eduard is the author of the book El porqué del Comercio Justo and co-authored Café amargo and Deshaciendo la madeja. He has passion for running and outdoor
sports, especially hiking and mountain biking. He is married to Mariona and has two children, Pau and Oriol.
Spanish Language & Literature
Emilia is originally from Almería, Andalusia but has lived in Barcelona since 2002. She earned two Bachelor's degrees, one of them in Journalism/Communications
from Malaga University, and the other one in English Language and Literature from Barcelona University. Moreover, she has a Masters degree in Lexis and Linguistic
Communication from Barcelona University and a postgraduate course on TV documentary from Pompeu Fabra University.
Presently, Emilia is preparing her dissertation within the field of cognitive linguistics. She speaks Spanish, Catalan and English. She has taught Spanish as a
foreign language for over 8 years at different international language schools in Malaga and Barcelona and has never abandoned her passion for journalism, music
César Duch, PhD
Business & Professional Studies
César Duch is a bilingual Catalan and Spanish speaker but also speaks English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Czech. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Barcelona (UB) in 1994. His research areas include International Marketing, International Management, Management Across Borders and Business. César has 24 years of teaching experience at several Catalan Universities including Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Girona, VIC and Ramon Llull. He has over 10 years of experience in the field of study abroad and has been a guest lecturer in Sweden, France, the Czech Republic, and the US. More specifically, he has been teaching for American study abroad programs in Barcelona for the last four years.
Iolanda Nieves de la Vega
Spanish Language & Literature
Iolanda was born in Barcelona and lived for many years near a place as beautiful as the Sagrada Familia. Besides her mother tongues of Catalan and Spanish, she
also speaks English. She graduated in Hispanic Philology and Catalan Philology from the Universidad de Barcelona and after that she decided to continue studying
and specialize in Business Spanish.
Iolanda has taught Spanish language for foreigners and Spanish training for business at various American study abroad programs in Barcelona and to
multicultural MBA students at IESE Business School.
She has traveled to countries with different languages and cultures and her travels have helped her understand multicultural interaction between languages as a
great treasure that is necessary to know and understand. In her opinion, Barcelona, as a bilingual and cosmopolitan city, offers the best opportunity to all
students to integrate with this diversity.
She loves reading, traveling, discovering new places around the world and especially making new friends.
Marina Díaz-Cristóbal, PhD
Marina Díaz-Cristóbal received her Ph.D. from Tufts University in 2003 as the Prince of Asturias Chair of Spanish History. She also has a B.A. in political
science from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. Before coming to Barcelona, she taught at the Department of Spanish at Tufts and the Department of Hispanic
Studies at University of London (King's College). Her research interests include Spanish intellectual history, modernism, and cultural studies.
Jordi Ferran is a business expert with knowledge in many areas of the business spectrum. In addition to CEA, Mr. Ferran has taught for the University of Girona and the University of Edinburgh in the areas of ethics, business management, human resources, finance, and hotel & tourism management. He is also a visiting professor at Universidad La Latina in Panama City teaching Fundamentals of Corporate Strategy.
Mr. Ferran currently holds the position of Senior Manager of finance in Spain for Royal Caribbean & Celebrity Cruises groupwith responsibilities for tax, legal and is very involved in the strategy. He is a member of the local executive management team and the international finance management team. Mr. Ferran also has experience in consulting and auditing, due diligence processes, corporate finance, motivation and leadership, corporate social responsibility initiatives and re-engineering processes. He started his career at BBVA, then moved to Arthur Andersen and Deloitte & Touche.
He is bilingual in Catalan and Spanish but also speaks English, French, Italian, and Portuguese and has a basic level of German and Arabic. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (with honors) from Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). Mr. Ferran is an active member of the Economics Society in Barcelona, Spanish Association of Chartered Accountants and Directors, Corporate Social Responsibility network, and The American Society in Barcelona, amongst many others. He is passionate about travelling and enjoys multicultural environments.
Marcos Garcia is the producer of Catalonia Radio's popular late-night sports show "The Mid-night Club". He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Ramon Llull University in Barcelona. He is trilingual in Spanish, Catalan, and English and also has a working knowledge of Italian and Portuguese.
Originally from Barcelona, Mr. Garcia enjoys spending time with friends, travelling and gastronomy. He is a fanatic about sports, particularly soccer and NBA basketball, and enjoys long-distance running.
Michael grew up in Beirut, Lebanon with occasional years in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut with a degree in Fine Arts. After two years teaching in an Egyptian secondary school in Cairo and a year in Montpellier, France, he returned to the U.S. and completed an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
He arrived in Barcelona in 1981 and has taught English in a variety of contexts since then, including specialized English for dentistry and physical therapy students at the International University of Catalonia (UIC), English for computer science students in Sabadell, and business English at various corporations in the Barcelona area. He is currently an associate instructor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), where one of his courses is aimed at guiding students from all majors towards using English as a professional tool in their respective future workplaces. An avid developer of specialized language learning materials, he is the main author of a series of self-study textbooks for advanced Spanish-speaking learners of English which is soon to be published by the UAB. He is also heavily involved with alumni outreach and career orientation for graduates of the UAB English Department, well-known for his incessant urging that graduates will greatly enrich themselves by spending time living abroad.
His early years in the Middle East stimulated an enduring interest in the culture of the region, which neatly complemented by his presence in Spain has led to the translation of several books from Spanish to English on the history of Islamic Spain.
Outdoors, he enjoys hiking the bleak mountains of southern Catalonia and learning the names of wildflowers in English, Spanish, and Catalan.
Jordi Górriz León
Jordi Górriz was born in Barcelona, and is a Catalan, Spanish and English speaker. He studied Art History at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and specialized
in 20th century art. After finishing his degree, Jordi earned a Master's in History, Architecture and Design at the International University of Catalonia (UIC),
where he has been a scholarship researcher for the last four years.
Jordi is currently completing his Ph.D. on the different approaches and projections of the futuristic cities and environments in science-fiction comics. This
unexplored topic, along with other aspects of comics, have been the subject of his lectures given in the Elisava Design School (UPF) and the Universitat de
Although comics are his great passion, in his spare time Jordi also likes traveling, fishing and the typical Catalan pastime of mycology.
María Dolores Hernández Martínez
Spanish Language & Literature
María Dolores (Loli) Hernández Martínez has worked in Berlin as a Spanish teacher for the project "Europa experto en Marketing." She also has trained teachers for examiners of Telc and worked in study abroad with Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
She holds a Bachelor's degree in English Philology from the University of Barcelona. In addition to her mother tongues of Catalan and Spanish, she speaks English and German. Ms. Martinez has travelled to many countries and lived in London.
Born in Barcelona, Ms. Martinez loves reading, cinema, cooking and traveling with her family.
Josep Maria (Pep) Inglès
Spanish Language & Literature
Josep Maria Inglès was born in the small city of Lleida. He grew up trilingual in Spanish, Catalan, and Patues (a rare language spoken in the Pyrenees
Mountains). This trilingual upbringing inspired him to study and teach languages and culture.
Josep María holds a BA from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and an MA from the University of Barcelona in teaching Spanish as a second language. After
completing his Master's degree Josep moved to Lyon (France) to work at the university where he completed his research on self-directed learning.
Now, back in his adoptive Barcelona, Josep María dedicates his time to teaching and learning about language and culture.
Josep Maria (Pep) Llop
Pep Llop was born 15 miles southwest of Barcelona into a family that has always been involved in teaching. He continues to live there with his wife Elisabet
and daughter Queralt. In addition to his native language, Catalan, he also speaks Spanish and English and gets by in French, Italian, and Portuguese.
After returning from his work experience in the US, Pep began his career teaching Principles of Marketing at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 1994. Since then,
he has taught at EMI (Universitat Ramon Llull) and for various study abroad programs in Barcelona. He has also taught at ESCI Barcelona (a school for
international business) since 1996.
Pep has worked as a Marketing consultant for several companies as well as research, analyzed, and opened the Spanish market to technological devices aimed at
people with visual impairments.
He was elected Mayor of his town between 1999-2001 and 2003-2007. Presently, he is a county government member in charge of immigration, senior citizens, and
people with disabilities.
Pep's hobbies include travelling, cycling, reading, and skiing. He introduced skiing for the blind in Spain, founded the first Spanish ski team, and became
the first national champion.
Enric Llorach, PhD
Enric Llorach teaches a Master's course, Architecture and Mass Society, at ETSAB UPC and is editor of the UPC architectural review CERCLE. Since 2008, he has lead the Office of Communication at www.bagsl.eu. He has lectured in universities and cultural institutions in the UK, Switzerland, France, Italy and Spain, and has published articles in a number of architectural reviews.
Mr. Llorach graduated from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) with a degree in Architecture. After graduation, he worked for several offices of architecture. In 2007, he earned his Doctorate in Architecture and Arts from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
Born in Barcelona, Mr. Llorach has also lived in Paris and Madrid. He speaks English and French in addition to his mother tongues of Catalan and Spanish.
Adelaida Martín Bosque
Spanish Language & Literature
Adelaida Martín Bosque teaches Spanish Language & Literature at CEA Barcelona Center. Ms. Martín lived in Italy for five years, where she taught Spanish at both the University of Milan and the Instituto Cervantes. She also has experience in educational training and the creation of materials for teaching Spanish to foreign language students. She also trains teachers at Cálamo & Cran.
While studying her degree in Hispanic Philology, she realized that she wanted to teach Spanish as a foreign language. In fact, she has been teaching since 1998. She earned a Masters Degree in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University Complutense of Madrid and is currently preparing her doctoral dissertation in Applied Linguistics at the University Pompeu Fabra.
Born in Barcelona, Ms. Martín speaks English, Italian and Catalan. She enjoys travelling, meeting new people and experiencing other cultures.
James McGlade, PhD
James McGlade was born in Scotland and studied Fine Arts in Edinburgh where he obtained an undergraduate and masters degree, subsequently lecturing for a
number of years at Edinburgh College of Art, Heriot Watt University. After moving to Canada, he taught at the University of Guelph and was, for a number of
years, Assistant Professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax.
While in Canada, he gained a BA (honors) in Archaeology and Anthropology from Wilfrid Laurier University. James then returned to the UK to complete a Ph.D. in
archaeology at the University of Cambridge. This was followed by successive lectureships at Cranfield University (International Ecotechnology Research Centre)
and University College London (Institute of Archaeology).
In 2005, James moved to Barcelona and currently works as a consultant with an archaeological heritage management company. He is also an Associate Lecturer
with the Open University.
James's research interests focus on two primary areas: a) Mediterranean archaeology, particularly the Iberian Peninsula and b) the evolution and management of
cultural landscapes. When not doing research, James spends his time painting, writing poetry, listening to music and getting out into the landscape. James is an
avid soccer fan and a fanatical follower of Barça.
Ariadna Olivé Vincente
Humanities, Social Sciences
Ariadna Olivé Vicente was born in Barcelona and lived in London for five years. She speaks English and Italian besides her mother tongues of Catalan and
Spanish. Ariadna graduated from the Universitat de Barcelona with a degree in Art History, specializing in 20th Century Art. After graduation, she left for
London and got her Master's degree in Museum Management at the University of Greenwich, while working at the British Museum. Her research focused on the
examination of advantages and drawbacks of staging blockbuster exhibitions in national museums in London.
After finishing her Master's dissertation Ariadna came back to Barcelona where she started working as a researcher and project manager assistant organizing
history exhibitions in Catalunya and at the Picasso museum in Barcelona. She has a passion for Chinese and Japanese cultures and has traveled to many countries
in East Asia.
Ariadna loves reading, going to the cinema, and traveling to see art exhibitions.
Alejandro Perez is a researcher of the visual media (photography, film, video, new media), whose main interests are at the convergence of topics like image and memory, and their relationship with history, culture and politics. He currently us working on his doctorate research about the poetics/politics of memory in Contemporary Visual Arts. He has experience working as a film and TV producer, as a screenwriter for documentary series, and as a free-lance photographer.
Mr. Perez has a Bachelor's Degree in Media Communications (UCAB), a Diploma in Photography (RMTF), a Graduate Certificate in Fine Arts (UB) and a Master's Degree in Aesthetics and Art Theory (UPF). He has participated in numerous workshops on photography, art, and documentary film in Latin America and Spain.
Born in Venezuela, he lived in Paris for three years and has been residing in Barcelona since 2002. Besides his mother tongue of Spanish, he speaks fluent English and French, as well as some Italian and Catalan.
Spanish Language & Literature
Sonia was born and raised in Alcoy, Alicante and graduated from the University of Alicante with a degree in Hispanic Philology. She speaks Spanish, Catalan,
English and some French. After graduation Sonia accepted a job teaching Spanish at a small high school in Massachusetts, which was an unforgettable experience
for her. The two years she spent there helped her to understand the world, and herself, a bit better.
In 2002, Sonia returned to Spain to complete an M.A. in Teaching Spanish as Second Language at the University of Barcelona, which is how she ended up in
Barcelona. Since then, she has been teaching Spanish for various study abroad programs as well as at ESADE Business School.
Outside of the classroom, Sonia enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, and travelling as much as possible.
Ib Schumacher, PhD
Ib Schumacher was born in Aachen (Germany). He speaks English, Spanish, Catalan and obviously his mother tongue German.
Since 1993 he has been living between Barcelona and Berlin. He studied Political Science, History and Journalism at the Universities of Berlin and Hagen. He
received his Ph.D. from the Humboldt University at Berlin in 2006, with a thesis about the role of perceptions and mental images in political contexts with a
case study on Philip IV of Spain. His special research interests include International Relations, Western European Political Systems, and History of Western
Europe and America.
Besides his professional interests he likes travelling, reading and good restaurants.
Toni Sellas, PhD
Toni Sellas was born in Olot (Girona) and received his Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from the International University of Catalonia with a thesis on podcasting and the challenges to mainstream journalism brought by new media. He also has a degree in Journalism and Communication Studies from the University of Navarra. He has taught Journalism and Radio Production since 2000 at the International University of Catalonia (Barcelona). An experienced radio journalist, Toni has been working for different Catalan radio stations for over 10 years.
Toni now lives in Palafrugell on the Costa Brava, home to some of the most beautiful Mediterranean scenery. As well as his native Catalan, he speaks English and Spanish. A keen table tennis player and avid football fan, he is married to Sílvia and has two children, Marçal and Bernat.
José Ignacio Serrano
José Ignacio (Pipo) Serrano was born in Barcelona and studied Humanities and Journalism at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC). Although his
family was priming him to follow the family tradition and become doctor, Pipo became interested in radio at the age of fifteen. Since then, he has worked for
many national and local radio stations including RAC1, Punto Radio and Catalunya Radio as a producer, scriptwriter, deputy director and radio presenter. He has
also worked for television (Televisió de Catalunya) as a scriptwriter for "AMF," Catalonia's late night show.
When he's not working, Pipo usually spents his time doing sports likes mountain biking, surfing, and skiing.
Spanish Language & Literature
Núria was born in Barcelona and ever since she was a child she always knew that she would be a teacher, so she studied Education at the University of Barcelona. When she finished her studies, she started working as a teacher and her dream had come true. She continued studying, attending several courses and workshops.
Núria speaks Spanish, Catalan and English. Five years ago, she finished a postgraduate program on teaching languages to adults. In 2002 she taught Spanish in Berlin on a project co-financed by the Berlin Senate. This was a great experience and living in this cosmopolitan city give her the opportunity to know not only another language, but also another culture, history, and way of life. She has taught Spanish Language for foreigners at various American study abroad programs in Barcelona and to multicultural students at Centro Humboldt in Barcelona.
Her hobbies are travelling, playing sports, reading, and acting.
Karen Smyth, PhD
Karen, originally from Northern Ireland, graduated from Trinity College, Dublin (T.C.D.) with an Honors degree in Psychology in 1993. Itchy feet after so much
study inspired her to train as a T.E.F.L. teacher in order to travel. She taught English in Spain for a year before returning to Ireland to work with adolescents
recovering from serious mental illness and then with adults with learning disabilities in Northern Ireland. Curiosity to travel again led her to Malawi, Central
Africa to take up a post as a research psychologist and carry out fieldwork for her doctorate (which explored the patients' and traditional healers' attributions
for mental health problems in Malawi). During her 2.5 years there she taught psychology to Malawian nursing and medical staff. On returning to Ireland as a
doctoral student she lectured in psychology to undergraduate students and gave a variety of seminars and tutorials on psychology and culture, a new area in the
psychology curriculum. She was awarded her Ph.D. in 2002 by T.C.D. and was employed there as a Research Fellow. Her brief was the area of children and culture
with a focus on the experience of refugee women and their children in Ireland from a psychosocial perspective. Meanwhile she met her now husband, a Catalan, who
was living in Ireland and they moved to Barcelona in 2004. Since then, she has been teaching psychology and culture to American study abroad students. She
trained as a life coach with a view to supporting foreigners through the transition to life in Barcelona and is currently training as a psychotherapist with a
special interest in the role of culture in psychotherapy. Her baby son absorbs most of her free time, but in her spare moments she enjoys cooking and yoga.
María Trouillhet, PhD
María Trouillhet works in L´Universitat Pompeu Fabra in PEI. Born in Madrid, her travels have made her much more sensitive to cultural differences and diversity, some of the main points she explores both in her research and in her classes. Cultural differences and Hispanic heritage are also common factors in her work. In her opinion, Barcelona, as a multicultural city is the best place to explore all of these issues.
She received a Master's Degree in Comparative Literature from University of Washington, Seattle and a Doctorate in Hispanic Studies from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her dissertation dealt with how female characters build their identity through their love relationship with other women within a comparative perspective. She has studied the dialogue between Spanish, Latin American female characters, and Latinas portrayed in narrative from the U.S.
She has traveled extensively and lived in many other countries, including Ireland, France, England and many different parts of the US. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, going to a good concert and spending time with friends.
Chris Tulloch, PhD
Chris has a B.A in English Literature (York), a M.A degree in Japanese Studies (Essex/Tokyo) and a Ph.D in Journalism and Communication Studies from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. As for language ability, he speaks fluent Spanish and Catalan, as well as intermediate levels of Japanese and French. His academic expertise is in the field of international journalism, with special emphasis on media coverage of war and armed conflict. An experienced lecturer, Chris
has taught journalism for over 15 years at three different universities in Barcelona as well as being a visiting professor at the Universities of the Basque
Country, El Salvador and the United Nations University based in Geneva. From 1998 to 2005, he was Head of the Communication Studies Department at the
International University of Catalonia in Barcelona before returning to Pompeu Fabra University in 2007. As for US work experience, Chris was a visiting
researcher at USC in Los Angeles and has given tutorial assistance to US students enrolled on the Masters program in International Relations at the CIDOB
Foundation in Barcelona. A keen soccer fan, he set up the English version of the Barcelona Football Club website and still holds his own at right back in the
postgraduate first XI.
Spanish Language & Literature
Laura was born in Madrid and has a BA in Spanish Literature and an ABD in Language and Literature Education from the University of Barcelona. Apart from her
native language of Spanish she also speaks Catalan, English, and Italian. She is currently writing her Ph.D. dissertation, which focuses on intercultural studies
through Spanish cinema.
Laura is interested in intercultural behavior and loves experiencing and understanding different cultures. For these reasons, she has travelled, lived, and
worked in several countries. She studied in Rome as an Erasmus student and taught Spanish at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.
Laura has taught Spanish for many different multicultural and American study abroad programs in Madrid and Barcelona. She loves cinema, reading and
Carles Murillo Mir, PhD
Dr. Carles Murillo was born in Barcelona. He obtained his Ph.D. in Contemporary Spanish Fiction and a Master’s in Comparative and General Literature from the University of Edinburgh.
Carles taught Spanish literature, language, and culture at the University of Edinburgh for four years. He also has experience teaching in the same fields in Italy (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice). Recently, Carles taught ‘Anglosaxon Culture’ at the UPF Barcelona as well as English for Business at EUNCET (Escola Universitaria Caixa de Terrassa). Part of his research areas includes the Spanish fiction of the democratic transition.
Carles speaks Italian, English, Spanish, and Catalan. He has lived in other countries such as Canada and The Netherlands. His main hobbies are reading, traveling, watching films, and football.
Connie Capdevila Brophy, PhD
Connie Capdevila Brophy is a Clinical Psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in NYC and BCN. Since 1995, Ms. Brophy offers private practice services in Barcelona to families and individuals from different cultures and who are experiencing emotional difficulties adjusting to different life circumstances. Ms. Brophy combines her clinical work with research and teaching at different Master Programs at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
For nine years, she lived in the melting pot culture of New York City, where she worked with people from different backgrounds and cultures in the fields of mental health and addictions, both in public and private settings. Ms. Brophy has a Doctorate in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain).
Ms. Brophy grew up in a family with her Australian mother, Catalan father, and her siblings. She speaks Catalan, Spanish, English, and some Italian. She enjoys traveling and meeting diverse people, going to movies, and spending time with her family and friends.
Political Science, International Relations
Andrea Lanaia is Italian and grew up in Catania, Sicily. After graduating from the University of Catania (Italy) with a degree in Economics and Business in 1998, he left his native island heading for another island this time – Ireland. While in Ireland, he worked for United Airlines until 2002. His job offered him the opportunity to travel to several far flung countries. This awoke in him the curiosity to deepen his knowledge of world affairs and nurtured his interest in the dynamics of international exchange.
In 2003, Andrea moved to Barcelona where he obtained an M.A. in International Relations and European Integration from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). He is currently in the process of completing his Ph.D. dissertation on Climate Change Policy in the EU. He also works as a Research Assistant at the at the Institut Universitari d’Estudis Europeus participating in several research projects based on environmental governance and institutional analysis.
Andrea has a keen interest in languages, and is able to speak English, Spanish, French and Catalan. His hobbies include travelling, reading, cinema and outdoor sport activities.
Maria Mateu Gonzalez
Maria Mateu grew up in Lleida and moved to Barcelona in 1994. She has an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University of Boston, Massachusetts, a B.A. in Journalism from Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona, and a post graduate degree in International Development from the same University.
She worked in the international development field, and during this time, she traveled extensively in Africa. She has also worked with diverse immigrant populations in Barcelona as a social educator, teacher, and researcher. Currently, she is doing intercultural research and training.
Maria loves experiencing and learning different cultures, as well as engaging with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. She spent a year in Tanzania, Africa studying Swahili language and culture. Besides Catalan and Spanish, she speaks English, French, and Kiswahili.
Angela Soler Beltrán
Angela Soler Beltrán was born in Alicante but has lived in Catalunya for thirty years. She attended the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) where she obtained a degree in Journalism. After graduating, she worked for various publications specializing in the areas of culture and beauty. In addition, Angela has also worked in France (Borgoña) as a Spanish teacher.
Angela is the author of Donde me lleva el agua (Where the water takes me) which is a book with a collection of 13 stories about love, indifference, and motherhood. As a singer-songwriter, she has released two albums, No me Basta (Not Enough) and Lágrimas de Menta (Mint Tears). She also regularly performs her music and poetry.
She speaks Spanish, Catalan, French, and English. She loves the cinema, art exhibitions, literature, and traveling to discover other cultures. In addition, she is writing another book.
Gregory Allen Proulx
Gregory (Greg) Allen Proulx was born in Chicago, IL (USA). He has vast teaching experience in English for Academic Purposes, Cross Cultural Communication, Composition, English for Special Purposes, and Developmental Writing, among other courses, in Barcelona, San Francisco, Chicago, Hiroshima (Japan), and Macomb, IL. Living and working in seemingly disparate cultures as Asia and Europe, as well as California has afforded Greg the experience and background to be especially effective in assisting students with understanding cross-cultural issues in global communication and applying that understanding toward future career endeavours.
Greg earned an M.S. in Education from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Greg has post graduate studies in Human Recourses Management and Training from the University of California Extension (San Francisco, CA), as well as a Certificate in Non-profit Management from the University of San Francisco. He is a native English speaker and also speaks Spanish, Catalan, and some Japanese. Greg lived in Barcelona from 1987 – 1995 and returned in 2005.
Greg’s interests include noire films from the fifties, cycling the Mediterranean coast, Patrick O’Brian novels, and playing the guitar.
Spanish Language & Literature
Nuria Plaza was originally born in Madrid but has lived in Barcelona since 1992. Before moving, she graduated from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid with a degree in Hispanic Philology, afterwards working as
a Spanish Language & Literature Professor for the University of California Abroad Program.. She then
received a Certificate of Investigative Sufficiency (Master’s Thesis - Spanish Language and Literature) from the University of Barcelona, and is now finishing her doctorate in Philology. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on 17th century Spanish Literature.
In addition to teaching at CEA Barecelona Center, Nuria teaches Spanish Literature, Spanish History and Spanish Language at the University of Barcelona. Outside of Spain, however, she has taught courses in both Copenhagen and Stockholm.
Nuria enjoys applying her love of teaching in more ways than one. Currently, she sits as an active member of Asociación para la Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera (ASELE), Grupo de Investigación Prolope (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and Seminario de Estudios Teatrales (Grupo de Investigación de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid). As if this wasn’t enough, Nuria also has researched and published various
articles about teaching Spanish Literature from the 16th and 17th
centuries (theatre - Miguel de Unamuno, Eduardo Mendoza).
David Rodríguez-Borràs teaches microeconomics for CEA, and has taught International Business for CEA in the past. With more than 10 years of experience teaching economics to undergraduate and graduate level college students, he also teaches at Pompeu Fabra University and at the Open University of Catalonia. Mr. Rodríguez-Borràs currently works as a registered economist, assisting companies, corporations, nonprofits and public institutions regarding economic issues. He has previously worked as an economist at the Economic Research Unit at the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and the Institute of Economic Analysis.
His research interests have fluctuated between economics, and political and social sciences. For that reason he has completed the doctoral programs of both fields and is currently working on a thesis that tries to merge both perspectives, dealing with immigration, entrepreneurship and productivity. He holds a Master's Degree in Economic Analysis from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a Master's Degree in Political and Social Sciences from Pompeu Fabra University. He also has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Business at Pompeu Fabra University and has authored several academic articles and chapters of books, as well as research and policy reports.
Born in Barcelona, Mr. Rodríguez-Borràs is fluent in Catalan, Spanish and English. He also speaks some German. Outside of the classroom, he is interested in outdoor sports and scuba diving. He enjoys participating in the 10k running races that are often organized in the Barcelona area. Mr. Rodríguez-Borràs is an active blogger and member of the organizing team of the Catalan Blogs Award.
James Douet's experience lies with the examination and documentation of the built heritage, especially that of industrialization, developing conservation programs and museum projects. He edits the quarterly Bulletin of TICCIH, the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage, and tries not to go to too many conferences.
He has a joint honors degree in Geography and Geology, and a Master's in Industrial Archaeology from the Ironbridge Institute in Great Britain. He has studied architectural conservation at ICCROM in Rome and most recently obtained a Post-Graduate degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Territorial Studies using Geographical Information Systems.
An Englishman who has lived in Barcelona since 1996, Mr. Douet works in Catalan and English and chats in Spanish and French.
Oliver Simon Sutton
Oliver Simon Sutton teaches “Contemporary Spain; History, Politics and Society”, and will be teaching “Brand Barcelona; Selling Barcelona in a Globalized World” from October 2011. He has more than 10 years of teaching experience, principally in the fields of English language and English for academic purposes. During this time, he has acquired a great deal of experience and skill in employing experiential learning techniques with multinational classes of young people in a variety of different countries. Learner autonomy and guiding students to make discoveries for themselves has been central to his teaching practice, as well as creating a dynamic and stimulating learning environment.
In the 1990’s, Mr. Sutton's main area of academic interest was philosophy, and he was awarded an MPhil from the Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) for his thesis entitled Beyond the Language of Metaphysics; A Joint Analysis of Wittgenstein and Heidegger. In the last 10 years, he has become increasingly interested in the relations between the processes of globalization, capitalism and social and cultural transformation. In 2005, he received an Master's Degree in Globalization, Cooperation and Development from the University of Barcelona (Spain). Oliver received his Bachelor's Degree in Politics and Philosophy from Manchester Polytechnic (UK) in 1991.
As well as his mother tongue of English, he speaks Spanish fluently and his Catalan is improving! His principal non-academic interest is his band, for which he is the singer and plays electric guitar. He was born in the UK and grew up between London and the West Country. He came to Barcelona in 1999, after having traveled around Spain several times in the 1990’s.
Montse Leyra, PhD
Montse Leyra has taught Spanish at the Division of Foreign Languages in Tel-Aviv University (Israel) to different groups of undergraduate students between October 1997 and June 2000. She also has lectured on Classical and Medieval Latin to both undergraduate and graduate students at the Department of Foreign Languages in the University of Haifa (Israel) and on Medieval Latin Texts by Christian authors and Medieval Latin Biblical Commentaries at the Department of Comparative Religion and the Center for the Study of Christianity of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Ms. Leyra has worked as a research assistant at the Department of Bible of Bar-Ilan University (Israel) and the Department of History of the Jewish People of Tel-Aviv University, translating texts of the Greek Bible and of Greek and Latin Church fathers. She translated into Spanish the Hebrew article by Prof. Emanuel Tov “Megillot Yam ha-Melach le-or ha Mechkar ha-Hadash” (Los Manuscritos del Qumrán a la luz de la investigación reciente) in Paganos, Judíos y Cristianos en los textos de Qumrán. Madrid: Trotta, S.A., 1998. She was a research visitor at the University of Notre Dame, IN. (U.S.) in 2004, and taught an intensive course in Spanish to foreign students enrolled in the MBA Program–IESE, Barcelona (Spain) in September 2010.
She graduated in both Semitic Languages (Hebrew and Aramaic) and Classical Studies (Latin and Greek) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1993. Leaving for Israel that year, she qualified in Modern Hebrew at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1995 and earned a Master's Degree in Hebrew in 1998, writing her Master's thesis in Hebrew. She completed her doctoral dissertation (English) in June 2010 in the field of Hebrew and Latin Biblical Commentaries written by Jewish and Christian authors in 12th-century France.
Ms. Leyra was born in Madrid (Spain) and grew up between Madrid and the Canary Islands but she has also lived in Israel for 12 years and in Barcelona for five years. She speaks and writes fluent Spanish, English, and Modern Hebrew. She also reads French, Catalan, German, and Italian, as well as Biblical and Medieval Hebrew, Classical and Medieval Latin, and Classical and Hellenistic Greek. Her hobbies include drama, watching films, swimming, hiking mountains, and visiting artistic monuments and sculptures.
Stephan van Uijtregt
Stephan van Uijtregt teaches Sport and Culture at CEA Barcelona Center. He also lectures on Sports Management at several universities in Barcelona, including the European University and United International Business Schools. In addition to teaching, he runs his own consulting company that is specialized in sports innovation. Stephan has been involved in numerous innovation projects for elite athletes or sports teams both in the Netherlands and Spain and is co-founder of Inesport, the spanish platform for innovation in the sports industry.
Originally from Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Mr. van Uijtregt earned his Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering & Management Science from Eindhoven University of Technology. He is fluent in Dutch, Spanish, English, and German and also has a working knowledge of Catalan, Italian and Portuguese.
Apart from enjoying his family, Mr. van Uijtregt also likes spending time with friends, reading, and travelling. He is a self-described fanatic about sports, particularly cycling, swimming and soccer, and enjoys endurance sports like running, cycling or triathlon.