Domenec Ruiz Devesa – Past President

Domenec Ruiz Devesa is a lawyer, an economist, and a foreign policy specialist. He was born in Alicante (Spain) in 1978, graduating in 2002 from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid with degrees in Law and Economics, and from Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia with a degree in Political Science and Sociology. His interest is in European politics, transatlantic affairs, and international issues. This led him to be appointed by the Spanish government to the European Youth Convention held in Brussels in July 2002. In 2005, Domenec obtained an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), concentrating in European Studies and American Foreign Policy. His master’s thesis is entitled “Atlanticism and Europeanism”. Domenec has been working on international development since 2005 with the Inter-American Development Bank and more recently with the World Bank in the Latin American and the Caribbean region (2006-2008). He writes regularly on transatlantic and European affairs in magazines, journals and newspapers such as Cafebabel, Freedom and Union, Temas para el Debate, Diario Informacion and El Pais. Domenec has served as President of the Washington European Society (WES) and Secretary General of the Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE) of Washington, D.C. He also founded a journal of literature and poetry, Safo, in 2000, and he has acted in three plays: Romeo and Juliet (2000), The Tempest (2002) and The Kitchen (2003). He is currently working as a education consultant in Nigeria.