Eduardo Madina

Experienced politician and ETA terrorist attack survivor




Specific topics

Foreign policyHuman rightsPoliticsPolítica españolaTerrorismoelectionsglobal issues

Eduardo Madina is an experienced Spanish politician and ETA terrorist attack survivor. He was an appointed MP between 2004 and 2017, having served in relevant positions within the Spanish Socialist Party PSOE. Nowadays he is the director of the Kreab Research Unit, a job he combines with the academia and regular contributions in various Spanish media.

As a speaker, Madina analyzes the current political and economic scenario in great detail. Moreover, his own tragic relation with terrorism combined with his insights on politics make him a great keynote speaker on terrorist conflicts. His deep knowledge on Spanish terrorist group ETA, along with his personal wish for dialogue makes his talks an unforgettable, noteworthy event. Furthermore, he also speaks about overcoming hardships.

Madina had been affiliated to the PSOE from an early age, which led him to gain political relevance in his region, Euskadi. When serving as a PSOE councilman in 2002, ETA targeted him with a car bomb; a shocking attack that resulted in the amputation of his left leg. Due to this, not only was he forced to abandon his promising sports career but his mother suffered from a depression that would eventually cause her demise only 10 months after the attack. Further from hiding from the public arena, Madina endured all the hardships and continued his career in politics. By 2004 he was appointed member of the Spanish Parliament. While serving as MP, he was member of the federal direction board of his party, being later appointed as General Secretary of the PSOE at the Parliament, a position he held from 2009 to 2014.

Nowadays, retired from politics, Madina is the director of the Kreab Research Unit, where he uses is knowledge and insights to analyze international politics, with a special focus on Spain and Latin America. Simultaneously, he is the director of the ESADE master in Public agenda, power and counterbalances. He is also a regular contributor to many Spanish media, namely El País and SER.

He is a Contemporary History graduate from Deusto University and holds a master in European Integration and International Relations (País Vasco University). He has worked in the European Parliament and has lectured on International Relations and European Building in many universities. In 2003 he was awarded the Spanish Medal for Constitutional Merit.

Conference topics
- Politics: economic and political context
- Terrorism and conflict.
- Overcoming hardships.

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