2019 edition
  • Mr. Alejandro Alvargonzález
    Former Deputy Secretary General of NATO
  • Mr. Jorge Castañeda
    Writer and former Mexican politician
  • Mr. Antón Costas
    Professor of Political Economy at the University of Barcelona
  • Mr. José María de Areliza
    General Secretary of Aspen Institute Spain
  • Mr. Juan Carlos Escotet
    President of Abanca
  • Ms. Sara de la Rica
    Iseak Foundation
  • Cristina Gallach
    High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda of Spain
  • Juan Pablo García Berdoy
    Ambassador of Spain to the EU
  • David Gardner
    International affairs Editor of Financial Times
  • Mr. Darío Gil
    Director of IBM Research
  • Mr. José María Álvarez-Pallete
    President of Telefónica
  • Mr. Felipe González
    Former President of the Spanish Government
  • Ms. Miriam González
    Lawyer specialized in EU law
  • Ms. Rebeca Gryspan
    Lawyer specialized in EU law
  • Mr. Pablo Isla
    President of Inditex
  • Mr. Iñigo Fernández de la Mesa
    President of Estudios Económicos
  • Mr. Emilio Lamo de Espinosa
    President of Real Instituto el Cano
  • Mr. Marc Lazar
    Director of the Centre of Political Science History
  • Mr. Carlos López Blanco
    Telecommunications Former Secretary of State
  • Ms. Susana Malcorra
    Former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Argentina
  • Mr. Nicolas Moës
    Specialist in the digital impact on the labour market
  • Mr. Steve Pinker
    Professor in Harvard
  • Mr. Josep Piqué
    President of Foro La Toja – Vínculo Atlántico
  • Mr. Mariano Rajoy
    Former President of the Spanish Government
  • Ms. Natalia Tocci
    Director of the Institute of International Affairs in Italy
  • Mr. Ignacio Torreblanca
    Director of the Office in Madrid and and Chief Investigator of the European Council on Foreing Relacions (ECFR)
  • Mr. Antonio Vitorino
    General Director of OIM United Nations
  • Mr. Hugh Elliot
    Ambassador of United Kingdom to the Spain
  • Ms. Mira Milosevich
    Resercher of Real Instituto Elcano and associate professor at IE University
First Edition
The first edition of La Toja Forum-Atlantic Link brought together nearly 30 high-level speakers and over 200 prominent representatives from companies, institutions and organisations connected with the economic, political and academic world.

The great media impact of its discussions has positioned La Toja Forum-Atlantic Link as an essential space for dialogue between both Atlantic coasts. Since its first edition, it has succeeded in becoming a benchmark for public conversation, an invitation to analyse the challenges that we share, the problems that we must face and the possibility of doing so together.
  • 9 tables 164 accredited journalists
  • 30 speakers 30 speakers
  • 3 days of discussion
Central themes
Forum Boards
  • Board
    The future of liberal democracy
    Representative democracy, the core of the Atlantic value system, is undergoing a serious crisis. From the outside - the authoritarianism and the advance of illiberal regimes - and from within - the populisms that take advantage of democracy to undermine it - the threats are there: excluding nationalisms, distrust in the institutions, messianic and authoritarian leaders, alternative reality ... What is the future of liberal democracy? How to deal with disaffection among the citizens? What answers are there for those real problems that stir up discontent?
  • Boards
    What is the Atlantic area?
    The US administration only focuses on China, and Asia focuses on itself. The Atlantic area, in all its diversity, can either consolidate its position as a benchmark, or stand aside and take a subordinate place in the new global order and technological revolutions. Is there really an Atlantic area? What challenges do we share and what threats do we face? Which problems could be approached jointly? What kind of Atlantic area do we need for the XXIst century?
  • Boards
    Social unrest and political revolution
    In Europe and America, similar recent narratives can be found: the growth of populism and the deterioration of the institutions are the responses of societies startled by a present in which they lose, and a future they do not understand. Populism appeals to passion and emotion: the new leaders, authoritarian and messianic, gain power or votes on the right and left by exploiting the politics of identity and tribe. Is it true that for the first time in history, the liberal democracies are incapable of offering their citizens a prosperous future? Are there regimes behind the organisation of social unrest? Do the crisis of the media and the rise of social networks worsen the fire? What can be done to improve the public sphere?
  • Boards
    Who will lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
    After the digital revolution - and thanks to it - the era of technological advances arrives. How will the future of the digital world be defined? Will it be marked by the liberal and democratic model that inspires the West or by the commercial aggressiveness and authoritarian principles that inspire China's success? Industry 4.0 is the era of intelligent factories through automation and data exchange, but the new frontier is that of Digital Intelligence. It will change how we live, how we work, how we interact. Will consumers come out ahead, at the expenses of a gigantic disruption in labour markets? How will regulators, public authorities and democratic systems adapt to the new world? Will this revolution be led only by those innovators who evolve and reach the appropriate levels of transparency and efficiency? Has Europe definitely lost any chance of leadership in the field?
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    Artificial Intelligence: the future is already here
    Artificial intelligence is the new frontier of knowledge. Machines that learn from their own experience, capable of processing millions of pieces of data in record time and making decisions accordingly. Just how far can Artificial Intelligence go in its development? How can we guarantee that humans will not lose control of this development? Should we worry about the prospect of a cyber-leviathan?
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    Will our current model of society survive a fourth industrial revolution?
    The fourth industrial revolution, just like its three predecessors, will bring about change in our work relationships and in our social model. Thousands of jobs will disappear, and new ones will emerge. What role will be left for workers in an economy that is increasingly automated? How can we prepare ourselves to avoid lagging behind in this new industrial revolution? Will our robots finance our new welfare state?
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    Three perspectives on Spain
    In the last third of the previous century and the beginning of this one, Spain has been the driving force behind one of the most brilliant and ambitious development processes worldwide. Nevertheless, our collective success is not devoid of shadows and extremely demanding challenges in our immediate future. What are Spain’s strengths? How do we see ourselves and how do others see us? What should we do to continue moving forward on the path to progress that we set out on fifty years ago?
  • Boards
    Migration: the biggest challenge of the 21st century?
    Trump won the US elections promising to build a wall to stem immigration. Most European countries consider that immigration is the main problem the European Union has to face. Our societies have stopped being homogenous, an issue that populists and nationalists like to stir up to generate fear and xenophobia. Spain has known how to stay on the side-lines of this trend, but for how long? Will Europe survive the tensions caused by immigration?
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    Brexit: journey to the unknown
    The deadline for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union is just days away. The worst-case scenario, the breakup with the Union has been surpassed by a situation that is even worse: an abrupt, no-deal breakup. What should we expect from now on? Are we at the onset of the decline of the European Dream? Will the United Kingdom carry on being the same country or will it also pay the consequences of the breakup?
Media coverage
The significance of the forum sparked great interest among the media and journalists, who covered the event in great detail
  • Over 45 media 164 accredited journalists
  • 343 mentions 300 in press · 23 on radio · 20 on television
  • 778 hits on digital platforms
The Forum in headlines
  • «First La Toja Atlantic Forum aspires to become Spanish DAVOS.»
  • «Galicia, centre of Spanish politics and economics at La Toja Forum»
  • «King Felipe calls for inclusive and cohesive society during speech to La Toja-Atlantic Link Forum.»
  • «Rajoy and Felipe González to address challenges of liberal democracies at La Toja forum.»
  • «Ex-Presidents Felipe González and Mariano Rajoy met today at La Toja Forum to analyse current period of political stalemate.»
  • «This morning, Galicia became a reference, not only in spa tourism but also in politics, economics and reflection, thanks to La Toja Forum.»
  • «Hotusa Group presents first La Toja Atlantic Forum, a space for reflection.»
  • «Atlantic Forum is born in La Toja: a hotbed of ideas for liberal democracy.»
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