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Cablegate: Spain Bios On Officials in President's

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 MADRID 001619

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PINR PREL SP PSOE
SUBJECT: SPAIN BIOS ON OFFICIALS IN PRESIDENT'S
OFFICE AND THE MINISTRY OF THE PRESIDENCY

REF: MADRID 1052

1. (U) Summary: Over the past week, Spain's
Council of Ministers has named new, top-level
government officials. We are presenting
biographical information on these new officials
in three parts to keep you informed of our new
political interlocutors in the Spanish
government. This cable provides biographical
information for officials in the Office of
President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and the
Ministry of the Presidency headed by Maria
Fernandez de la Vega. Both offices are
collectively known as Moncloa. Bios on new
official in Foreign Affairs, Defense, Interior,
and Justice will be reported septel. End
Summary

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The Office of the President
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2. (SBU) The following are new officials in the
Office of the President:

(A) JOSE ENRIQUE SERRANO MARTINEZ - Zapatero's
Chief of Cabinet

Serrano was born in Madrid in 1949. He is a
former professor in the Faculty of Law at the
Complutense University of Madrid. He was
secretary general of the Complutense University

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of Madrid, director general of personnel at the
Ministry of Defense, and secretary general of the
vice president of the government. In 1993,
Serrano was secretary general and assistant
director of the vice president of the government,
and later, director of cabinet of President
Felipe Gonzales. Between 1997 and 2000, Serrano
served as director of the cabinet of the then-
secretary general of the Spanish Socialist

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Worker's Party (PSOE), Jose Luis Rodriguez
Zapatero.

(B) CARLOS CASAJUANA PALET - Director of the
Department for International Policy and Security
(essentially replaces Alberto Carnero, who held
this position in the Aznar government)

Carlos Casajuana was born in Barcelona in 1954.
He has a degree in law and economic sciences. He
joined the Spanish diplomatic corps in 1980. He
has served in Bolivia, the Philippines, and the
United Nations. Casajuana was chief of the
Technical Cabinet of the Secretary General of
Foreign Policy of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs. In 1996, Casajuana was appointed
ambassador to Malaysia. In March 2001, he was
Spain's permanent representative in the Political
and Security Committee of the Western European
Union.

(C) NICHOLAS MARTINEZ-FRESNO Y PAVIA - Secretary
General of the Presidency of the Government

Martinez-Fresno was born in 1935 in Segovia. He
holds a degree in law and joined the Spanish
diplomatic service in 1966. He served in Iraq,
Czechoslovakia, and Spain's Permanent Mission to
the United Nations. He was assistant director of
state protocol and director of protocol for the
President Felipe Gonzalez. In 1990, Martinez-
Fresno was named ambassador to Belgium and,
later, ambassador to Argentina. Later, Martinez-
Fresno was inspector general in the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, and Spain's consul general in
Rome. Since 2003, Martinez-Fresno has been
ambassador in charge of the coordination of
environmental offices at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs.

(D) MIGUEL SEBASTIAN GASCO - Director of the
Economic Office of the Presidency of the
Government

Sebastian was born in 1957 in Madrid. He holds a
doctoral degree in economic sciences from the
Complutense University of Madrid and doctoral
degree in economy from the University of
Minnesota. He was a professor of the Foundation
of the Economic Analysis at the Complutense
University of Madrid.
He has worked in the Office of the Secretary of
Public Property in the Bank of Spain. He was
director general of InterMoney and director of
the research department of the Spain's second
largest bank, BBVA. Sebastian was also
Zapatero's economic advisor and coordinated
PSOE's economic program in the 2004 general
elections.

(E) ENRIQUE GUERRERO SALOM - Assistant Director
of the Cabinet of the Presidency of the
Government

Guerrero was born in 1948 in Valencia. Guerrero
holds a doctoral degree in political science. He
was a professor of political science of the
Complutense University of Madrid. He was
technical secretary general, director of the
Cabinet of the Ministers, and under secretary of
the Ministry of Science and Education. In 1993,
Guerrero served as under secretary for relations
with the Spanish parliament and was assistant
spokesperson for the National Institute of Public
Administration.

(F) FRANCISCO JAVIER ARA CALLIZO - Director of
the Infrastructure Department and Management of
Crisis Situations

Ara Callizo was born in 1951. He holds the rank
of colonel in Spanish Civil Guard. He has held
positions in the headquarters of Special and
Reserve Units, the General Staff, the Academy of
Cabos, and Operative Unit of the Civil Guard. He
has been chief of the Operations Department for
the Office of Olympic Security during the 1992
Barcelona Olympic Games, head of the operation
services in the cabinet of Coordination of the
Secretary of State of the Interior and

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coordination desk officer in the office of
coordinator of the National Plan on Drugs. Since
January 1997, Ara Callizo has served as director
of the Department of Security of the president of
the government. Ara Callizo is married with four
children.

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The Ministry of the Presidency
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3. (SBU) The Ministry of the President manages
Zapatero's relations with all other cabinet
ministers. This Ministry is headed by the First
Vice-President, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega
(see reftel).

MIGUEL BARROSO AYATS - Secretary of State of
Communications.

Ayatts, 50, was born in Zaragoza. He holds a
degree in law and modern and contemporary
history. He is a career journalist. He was
director general of cabinet of Minister of
Science and Education, Jose Maria Maragall.
Later, he worked in the private sector as a media
consultant. Most recently, he worked for a
company called FNAC, headquartered in Paris, and
became its director general in Spain and, later,
vice-president. Ayats is married with two
children.
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