Ambassador Ricardo López-Aranda is a Spanish career diplomat. Prior to joining the GMF, he was Ambassador of Spain to Côte d’Ivoire and to Liberia. Among other responsibilities at the Spanish Foreign Service, he has been Director of Policy Planning and Director for Common Foreign and Security Policy. He also has been posted to the Political and Security Committee of the EU in Brussels and to the Embassies of Spain in South Africa and in Nicaragua. His publications cover the following topics: Strategic Foresight, Perspectives for the European Union and the West in a changing global order, European Security, Disinformation, and Africa.