Madrid, September 21, 2018

The Georgetown Spain Foundation hosted the Dean of McDonough School of Business, Paul Almeida, for a two-day visit to Madrid this week.

A visit that consisted of a series of events and meetings aimed at engaging with the Georgetown community and alumni in Spain culminated with a conference done in collaboration and the McDonough School of Business titled “The Outlook on Technology and Artificial Intelligence” that was held in the Spanish Congress.

The event moderated by Dean Almeida drew a large audience and included three members of our Georgetown community: Pablo Casado, President of the Popular Party; Meredith Chasney, Educational Content Manager from Lingokids; and Iván Glasovac, Director General of Resolute Consulting.

The panelists discussed the current hype in the advance of artificial intelligence and what are the implications of AI for the consumer, industry, and humanity in general. The panel also engaged in a discussion on what ethical guidelines should be included in further development of AI as it is becoming more and more present in our daily lives. Finally, looking back at their time at Georgetown University, the panelists touched upon the prospect of where does Georgetown, and higher education, fit into this equation as we develop ethical, world-class leaders.

The Georgetown Spain Foundation initiated its activities in May 2014 with the objective of positioning Georgetown as a leading academic institution where the most talented students may aspire to achieve their goals, and is committed to the global education and productive research that takes place at Georgetown University. Its mission is to provide scholarship opportunities to residents of Spain who are admitted to Georgetown and are in need of financial aid. Three students from Spain have received scholarships from the Foundation ever since its creation. The Foundation’s has established an endowment fund that guarantees that every year scholarship opportunities be provided to students from Spain, and its fundraising activities are aimed at reaching this goal.