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The Scientific Committee of the MCE Research Centre is committee responsible for evaluating the quality of the centre’s lines of research and how the investigation is carried out. They provide the necessary consultation for the scientific orientation of the activities and services offered by the research centre, suggesting themes and procedures for the research.
Meetings of the MCE Scientific Committee
The MCE Scientific Committee meets at least one time each academic year. The last reunion was held on June 17, 2014.
Members of the Scientific Committee
Rev. Prof. Luis Romera, Full Professor of Metaphysics at Pontifical University of Santa Croce
Born in Barcelona, September 15, 1962, Luis Romera is a priest. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Navarra as well as a degree in Geology from the University of Barcelona and a degree in Theology at the University of Navarra. A Professor of Metaphysics and the Rector of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome from 2008 to 2016, as well as President of the Rectors’ Conference of the Roman Pontifical Universities, he currently serves as a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Msgr. Romera’s teaching has focused upon the foundations of metaphysics, comparing classical and relevant contemporary authors, with a special emphasis on Heidegger, and he has participated in numerous meetings and public debates on current issues connected with practical philosophy, such as multiculturalism, relativism and professional ethics. He has also authored numerous publications, including Finitudine e trascendenza (Finitude and Transcendence), EDUSC, Rome 2006; L'uomo e il mistero di Dio (Man and the Mystery of God), EDUSC, Rome 2008; Introduzione alla domanda metafisica (Introduction to the Metaphysical Question), Armando, Rome 2003; Ripensare la metafisica (Rethinking Metaphysics), Armando, Rome 2005; and Dalla differenza alla trascendenza in Tommaso d’Aquino e Heidegger (From Difference to Transcendence in Thomas Aquinas and Heidegger), Marietti, Genova- Milano 2006.
Rev. Prof. Philip Goyret, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at Pontifical University of Santa Croce
Born in Raleigh, NC (USA), March 28, 1956 and is a US citizen. He has lived in Uruguay (56-63), USA (64-65), Argentina (66-85) and Rome (since 86). He was ordained a priest on May 28, 1989 for the priesthood of the Prelature of Opus Dei. He was Rector of the Church of san Girolamo della Caritá (Rome). He obtained a degree in Industrial Engineering in 1983 from the University of Buenos Aires. In October 1986, he obtained his Bachelor in Theology and in October 1988 his License in Theology with a specialization in Systematic Theology. In May 1990, he received his Doctorate in Theology from the Roman University of the Holy Cross with the thesis “El munus regendi de los obispos respecto a las Iglesias particulares en Lumen Gentium 27” (The Munus regendi and the bishops with respecto the particular churches in Lumen Gentium 27). Currently he is an ordinary professor of ecclesiology in the faculty of theology at the PUSC and a visiting professor at the ISSR at Apollinare. From 1991-1995 he was the coordinator of studies for the Faculty of Theology; from 1998-2000 he was the secretary of the Department of Ecclesiology and Sacramental Theology; from 1999-2000 he was a member of the Redaction Committee for Annales Theologici; from 2000-2004, he was director of studies for the University; from 2004-2007, he was vice-director of the Department of Dogmatic Theology; from 2007-2011, he was Vice-Dean of the Faculty; since 2009, he is a partner with the Italian Society of Theological Research; he was Vice Dean of the University from 2008 to 2016, he is the Vice-Dean of the Centre for Priestly Formation; and since 2016, he is the Dean of the Faculty of Theology of the University.
Prof. Juan Hernández Andreu
Juan Hernández Andreu, born in Mahon (Minorca), holds a Doctor of Economics (1970), and is Professor and Director of the Department of History and Economic Institutions at the University Complutense of Madrid. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas at Austin (1981, 1983-1984) and the University California, San Diego (2000). He was a professor at the University of Paris X Nanterre (1994) and La Sapienza University in Rome (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008). He received a Fulbright scholarship from the Joint Hispanic-North American Committee (1983-1984). He benefited from un'Accion Jean Monnet (1992-1996) and received a scholarship from the Complutense del Amo (1999-2000). He was Rector of the Complutense University (1995-1997) and the first Director of the Institute of International Studies, Complutense (1997-1999). He received the Medal of Honor at the Complutense University (1997). He is a member of the Association of Economic History, the Society of Portuguese-Spanish Historical Studies, and the Institut d'Estudis Menorquí. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including: The economic depression in Spain 1925-1934 (1980), Spain and the Crisis of 1929 (1986), The economic crises of the twentieth century (1988), Economic fluctuations in Spain in the twentieth century (1995), Monetary and Financial History of Spain (1996), Spain and the Crisis of 1929 (1999), Political Economy of transition in Spain, 1973-1980 (2004), and Free trade and protectionism in Spain (S. XVIII-XIX) (2005). He is editor of Revista de Historia Economica and the Journal of Economic History.
Rev. Prof. Domènec Melé
Domènec Melé is a professor in the Department of Business Ethics at the IESE and holds the chair of business ethics at the IESE. He received his doctorate in Industrial Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Catolonia and his doctorate in Theology at the University of Navarre (Spain). Additionally, he received a degree in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona. He was ordained a Catholic Priest (Opus Dei) in 1983. Before entering into the IESE in 1986, he was a professor of Chemical Technology at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. In the last 20 years, Prof. Melé has written and done much research in the area of ethics in the business world in the Business Society and in Catholic Social Thought. His areas of specialization are economic and business ethics, social responsibility in business, Christian ethics and spirituality in management, philosophy of management, and corporate business ethics.
Prof. Rafael Alvira
Prof. Rafael Alvira was born in Madrid and attended National Institute “Ramiro Maeztu” (where he received a distinction). He continued his studies at various universities, in particular the University Compultense in Madrid and University of Navarre in Pamplona. Among his academic achievements are a Bachelors Degree in History at the University of Navarre and another degree in Philosophy at the same university, a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University Compultense in Madrid (First Class with Special Honors) and a Doctorate in Philosophy from the Lateran University in Rome. He also completed further studies in several European countries, including Germany (where he spent two yeas at the University of Münster) and in Italy (where he spent two years at the Lateran University in Rome). Prof. Alvira has lived and studied in Austria, France, the United States, and England. As for his teaching and professional activities, he held the position of Professor of Foundations of Philosophy and Metaphysics at the University Compultense in Madrid since 1975. He was also President of the Department of History and Philosophy at the University of San Fernando de La Laguna (Spain, 1979). He is a founding member of the Business and Humanities Institute (University of Navarre) and an extraordinary professor at the University of Mendoza (Argentina) and the University of Montevideo (Uruguay).
Prof. Antonio Argandoña
Antonio Argandoña is a Professor of economics and holds the “la Caixa” Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance at the IESE. His teaching is primarily in the areas of macroeconomics, monetary economics, and international economics, and he publishes research in the areas of business ethics and the social responsibility of businesses and corporate governance. Prof. Argandoña received his PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona in 1969. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Economy and Finance in Spain (1999). He is also a member of the Catalan Institute of Finances, President of Professional Standards and Ethics at the College of Economists in Catalonia, member of the Commission on Corporate Social Responsibility and of the Anti-Corruption Section of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. He also belongs to various ethical committees for financial institutions, businesses, and means of communication. He is also the director of the IESE Insight and the IESE Alumni Magazine.
Rev. Prof. Ángel Rodríguez Luño, Vice- Dean of the Pontifical University of Santa Croce
Born in Madrid on June 30, 1951, Prof. Rodríguez Luño was ordained a priest of Opus Dei in 1975. He is a consultor for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 1993. He was appointed Chaplain to the Holy Father in 2003 and in 2004 was appointed Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. In 1975 he received his Doctorate in Education from the University of Navarre and in 1980 he a Doctorate in Philosophy from the same university. From 1975-1999 he was professor of ethics in the International Seminary of the Prelature of Opus Dei in Rome, and Professor holding the Chair of Philosophical Ethics at the Institute for Marriage and the Family at the Lateran University (1983-1995). From 1985-1990 he was an Associate Professor of Foundations of Morality at the Roman Academic Center of Santa Croce. Since 1988 he has been a Visiting Professor in the Ecclesiastical Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Navarre. From 1990-2001 he was an Ordinary Professory of Ethics at the PUSC, where he was Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy from 1990-1998. In 2001 he was named an Ordinary Professor of Moral Theology in the Faculty of Theology at the PUSC and in 2005 he was named Director of the department. He is an honorary member of the Catholic Ecuadorian Association of Philosophy and was the director of the international journal of philosophy Acta Philosophica until 1998.
Rev. Prof. Rafael Martínez, Dean of Philosophy
Born in Zaragoza (Spain) March 14 1957, he was ordained a priest in 1986, incardinated in the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei. He holds a degree in Physics (1981) from the University of Barcelona (Spain) and a Doctor of Philosophy (1990) at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome). He was Professor of Philosophy of Science in the Faculty of Philosophy of the PUSC. Since 2006, he has been an invited Professor of Philosophy of Science at the Ecclesiastical Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Navarra (since 2006). He was professor (1997-2007) and assistant professor (1991-1996) of the Philosophy of Nature and Science in the Faculty of Philosophy at the PUSC. In 2006, he was an invited Professor of Philosophy of Science at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Pontifical University Anto (2006). He is an adjunct Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University Diploma in Health Ethics and Bioethics. He was an invited Professor of Philosophy of Science in the Faculty of Philosophy at the Pontifical Salesian University (1996-2001).
Rev. Prof. Stefan Mückl
After obtaining his diploma at the Leopodinum di Passau School in 1989, Mückl served in the military and studied Law at the University Passau and the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg from 1991-1995. In 1998 he was nambed Dr. jur. and from 1995-1999 he was a research associate at the Institute of Public Law at the University of Freiburg. In 2005 he completed his habilitation and received the venia legendi for the German areas concerning public international law, canon law, and European law. In 2006, he was appointed to the Academic Council of the Institute of Public Law at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg and in 2008 he was appointed professor at the same university. He is a member of the Centre of Research of Canon Law and Ecclesiastical Law. Since 2010, he is a professor at the PUSC in Rome. He has published numerous essays on state and administrative issues. Mückl was also the chairman of the UNIV Forum in 2012, an event for students from all over the world in Rome, born from a proposal of St. Josemaría Escrivá. In 2013, he was ordained a priest of Opus Dei.
Mons. Prof. Martin Schlag
Born in New York in 1964, Prof. Martin Schlag is an Austrian and American citizen. He obtained his degree in jurisprudence from the University of Vienna and holds doctorates both in law (1989) and in theology (1998). Lawyer and theologian, he was ordained a priest in 1996. After his upon his pastoral work in Vienna, in 2008 he became a professor of the Social Doctrine of the Church at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. In 2012, he was nominated consultor to the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice.
Prof. Juan Andres Mercado
Born in Mexico City in 1967, Prof. Juan Andrés Mercado finished his degree in philosophy at the Panamerican University (Mexico City) in 1989. He then obtained his doctorate in philosophy in the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy at the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) with a dissertation on David Hume (2001), the same university where he had previously obtained a PhD in the Ecclesiastical Faculty of Philosophy (1991). Prof. Mercado has taught Ethics and Introduction to Philosophy as an associate professor at the Panamerican University in Guadalajara, Mexico (1991-1993) and History of Modern Philosophy as a Lecturer at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (June 1996), where, in October 2002, he became an adjunct professor. He is also a visiting professor of IPADE Business School (Mexico City) and since 2012, he is Director of the Roman branch of “Carlos Llano” Studies, whose chair is at IPADE Business School. He is Director of Publications Office of MCE Research Centre.