Our team

Team of volunteers and professionals

ALBOAN Development NGO is formed by a team of volunteers and professionals who, from their Christian spirituality, work for the creation of a citizenship committed to the human development and the search for justice.

44 people on staff and 200 volunteers rowing together for the achievement of a fairer and a more solidary future.


Antonio España Sanchez, sj - President

Provincial for Spain of the Society of Jesus.

He joined the Society of Jesus in 1984. Whilst training, he completed the novitiate in Seville, and then studied philosophy at Comillas Pontifical University and history at the Autonomous University of Madrid. He also began his studies in theology at Comillas, which he went on to complete with a degree from Weston in Boston, where he studied from 1998 to 2000. There, he achieved a Master’s degree in Education.

After his first years based in Madrid, he undertook his Tertianship in Salamanca and returned as head of training to the Colegio del Recuerdo, before being posted to Asturias, where he was coordinator of the Local Apostolic Council and superior of the Oviedo community from 2009 to 2013. After Asturias, he returned to Madrid where he was appointed head of the Colegio Nuestra Señora del Recuerdo and superior of the community.

José Javier Pardo Izal, sj - Vice President

Delegate of the Loyola Local Apostolic Platform and Delegate of the Gipuzkoa Local Apostolic Platform.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Navarra and a Doctorate in Theology (specialising in biblical theology) from the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome. He is currently Professor of the Department of Theology at the University of Deusto, where he teaches at the Bilbao and Donostia campuses.

He joined the Society of Jesus in 1988, completed the novitiate at San José Pignatelli in Zaragoza, and is currently a member of the Community of Loiolaetxea, in Donostia-San Sebastián, where he participates in the Spanish Jesuit Province’s Communities of Hospitality Project.

Rosa Santibáñez Gruber - Secretary

Lecturer in Social Pedagogy. Principal Researcher on the Research Team: Social Intervention: Quality of Life and Social Inclusion, Faculty of Psychology and Education, University of Deusto, Bilbao.

Alberto Ares Mateos, sj - Treasurer

Delegate of the Social Apostolate Sector of the Society of Jesus Spanish Province.

  • Doctor of International Migration and Development Cooperation (Comillas P.U.)
  • Bachelor's degree in Economic and Business Science (Company) (University of Valladolid)
  • Master’s degree in International Migration (Comillas P.U.)
  • Licentiate in Sacred Theology - Social Ethics (WJST - Boston College)
  • Bachelor's degree in Ecclesiastical Studies (Comillas P.U.)
  • Associate Researcher at the Institute of Migration Studies (Comillas P.U.)
  • Director of the Íncola Network Foundation (2008-2011) and the Pueblos Unidos Centre (2013-2014)
Begoña Marañón - Board member

Director of Radio Bilbao. Regional Director of Cadena SER in the Basque Country.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Humanities - Communication, from the University of Deusto.
  • Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Deusto.
  • Master in Business Innovation- Deusto Business School.
  • She is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Research, Consultancy and Social Innovation at the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at the University of Deusto.
  • She has more than 30 years’ experience working in various areas of the media, including programmes, business, direction and management.
Angel Pérez Gisasola - Board member

Director of Colegio San Ignacio (Jesuitas - Pamplona). He trained as an industrial engineer and worked for seven years in Honduras in connection with the Jesuits’ work in Honduras.

Llorenç Puig, sj - Board member

Delegate of the Local Apostolic Platform of the Society of Jesus in Catalonia.

  • Doctorate in Physical Sciences from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
  • Bachelor's degree in Theology from the Centre Sèvres in Paris
  • For the last seven years, he has been the Director of the Cristianisme i Justícia Research Centre
  • For the last 10 years, he has been the Co-Organiser of EnxarTxad, a fraternal collaboration project for university students in Chad
  • He is also Coordinator of Universitaris Loiola (Barcelona)
Maria Isabel Albizu - Board member

Director of the Colegio Aldatze - Santa María de la Providencia in Eibar, where she enjoys working in the area of formal education.

Bachelor's degree in History and a Diploma in Theology. She teaches history and religion courses to baccalaureate students at the Colegio Aldatze. Her life has enabled her to gain insight into a range of other experiences, through institutions and individuals, with which she has collaborated, and others which have collaborated with her own projects. She has participated in Alboan and Ellacuría Centre projects for some time, as well as with people and organisations such as ALDATZEN and EGOAIZIA in Eibar.

Begoña Arrieta - Partner

Vice-Chancellor of Academic Planning, Teaching Innovation and Quality at the University of Deusto. Doctor of Philosophy

Lecturer at the University of Deusto, Professor of Ethics in the Humanities Department of the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences.

José Ignacio García, sj - Partner

Coordinator of Social Work of the Society of Jesus in Europe and Director of the Jesuit European Social Centre.

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (ICADE). Jesuit. He has worked in higher education and has directed a social centre specialising in European social issues, located in Brussels, for six years.

Guillermo Dorronsoro - Partner

Deusto Dean of Business. He has held executive positions in several global corporations (Accenture, Iberdrola, EDP/Naturcorp, Socintec/Indra), always in roles linked to strategy and the promotion and management of new technology-based businesses. In recent years, he has participated actively in transforming the Science and Technology System in the Basque Country. Following a period as General Director of Technological Innovation, he now combines his work at the University of Deusto with participation in several governing bodies and boards of directors of private companies and public-private bodies in this area.

He participates as guest speaker in public events, conferences and seminars that focus on the area of Innovation Management and the Science and Technology System. He acts as expert evaluator in European Commission programmes and regularly writes for newspapers and periodicals in the area of business management and public policy.

He writes a weekly blog, “Euskadi, Thought and Made” (www.euskaditm.com), whose editorial line centres on the contribution of science and technology to the process of social and economic transformation. 

Daniel Villanueva, sj - Partner

Director of Entreculturas. Jesuit. Bachelor’s degrees in Social and Moral Theology (Boston College) and Information Systems Engineering (University of Valladolid). Specialisation in Humanitarian Aid (Fordham) and NGO Management and Direction (ESADE). He has worked with Fe y Alegría and the Jesuit Refugee Service in Africa on several occasions.

Vittorio Tonutti - Member

Retired civil servant of the European Commission. Vice-President of CompEu (Competencias Europeas), a not-for-profit organisation made up of European and Spanish ex-civil servants.

He completed his university education in philosophy and economics. He has experience in social policy issues (and employment in particular) and territorial development. He worked for many years in the European Social Fund and the European Regional Fund. He spent the last 20 years of his career in the European Commission in charge of external relations and development policy, in Latin America in particular.


ALBOAN’s social base is made up of the set of people, groups and institutions who feel identified with our mission, vision and values and who, through active and conscious commitment, contribute to the achievement of our goals, with a determination for this to continue over time.

At ALBOAN we believe our social base provides:

  • Financial independence and autonomous action
  • Social legitimacy
  • Representativeness and social presence
  • The capacity to multiply our work in education, through mobilisation, action and dissemination of that work

At ALBOAN, the social base includes the following groups:

  • Trustees
  • Team of employees
  • Volunteers
  • Partners and financial donors
  • Education centres and teachers who use our teaching materials
  • Collaborating groups accompanied by ALBOAN
  • Collaborating companies
  • Works of the Society of Jesus
  • The Society of Jesus
  • Followers on social networks and blogs
  • Subscribers to our newsletters, magazines and publications
  • Consumers of the fair-trade products we promote

ALBOAN has a social basis of 6,508 people who contribute financially: 3,046 natural and legal persons who contribute regularly and 3,462 natural and legal persons who make one-off contributions.

The ALBOAN family includes 191 volunteers who work free of charge in our activities and projects, 174 of whom are in the Basque Country and Navarra, and 17 of whom took part in international volunteering programmes in the Global South in 2016 through VOLPA and Elkartopatzen. There are also 44 employees in the ALBOAN team.

ALBOAN and its family have grown considerably: we have reached 6,200 people with our training, 200 education centres have used our teaching materials (thanks to the commitment of more than 1,142 educators), our proposals have mobilised 36 youth groups and 108 companies collaborate through the NETWORK.

Through our international cooperation work, we have supported 209 projects run by our 110 associated organisations in the South that have a direct impact on the lives of more than 785,000 people across the globe.

Without a doubt, the real treasures of our organisation are our mission, our closeness to people in the South, our team of volunteers and employees and the backup we get from the public and from associated bodies such as education centres, the public authorities and, of course, the University of Deusto, with whom our relationship has flourished in recent years.

This network of relationships has enabled ALBOAN’s dream of contributing to constructing a global citizenship that rejects inequality and works toward building an inhabitable world for all humanity to move closer to becoming a reality, with the continual enrichment brought by the contribution of every organisation and individual. 

We thank all of them for their generous and ongoing commitment to ALBOAN. As a family, we’ll go far!