Valentina Martinez, Spain, politician. Ms. Martinez was a member of the Spanish parliament for the center-right party, Partido Popular (PP), in 2014 – 2015. In Congress, she was spokeswoman for PP on the international development committee, and she participated in the foreign affairs committee. Previously, she worked as head of staff to the Spanish President's chief of staff. She spent nine years as coordinator for the international relations office of the People's Party and has also been coordinator for global affairs at FAES Foundation. She studied political science at the Santiago de Compostela University and she has a master's degree in European Studies from Louvain University. In addition, she holds a Diploma d'Etudes Politiques from IEP. She likes combining politics and learning, and she is currently working on her PhD at Universidad Complutense; her research focuses on the parliamentary debates on the freedom of the press in the 1837 Spanish constitution. In 2007, she also attended Georgetown University’s Leadership Program for Global Competitiveness. Her research interests are international relations, freedom of the press, and the role of political parties and civil society in democracy.