On 27 February, in the impressive auditorium of the Mutua Madrileña insurance company, the awards ceremony for the second Influentials Awards was held. These awards are given out annually by the newspaper El Confidencial and the law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, to recognise the most outstanding companies, managers and personalities in Spain from the previous year.
The cream of the business, politics, culture and science worlds and Spanish society passed through the photocall when arriving.
The ceremony was presided over by the Minister of Public Works, José Luis Ábalos, and was directed and presented by renowned journalist Sandra Golpe (Antena 3 News).
With all the attendees comfortably in their seats, the second Influentials Awards ceremony began with an emotional welcome speech given by Nacho Cardero, (Editor-in-chief of El Confidencial) who in his speech highlighted the admirable trajectory of all the honourees and their outstanding contribution to society, through valuing economically and socially-driven initiatives, as well as other demonstrations of extraordinary generosity.
Among the personalities and companies presented with prestigious awards were chef José Andrés (personality of the year award), painter Antonio López (career award),, researcher María Vallet (career award), Repsol (best company of the year award), Envera (sustainability award), Mapfre (Spanish brand award) and the payment platform Bizum (most innovative company award).
Señorío de Montanera added the culinary touch to a highly distinguished event
After 19:30, the winners and over 300 other guests left the auditorium to gather in the main hall of the exclusive building owned by the insurance company on Madrid's Paseo de la Castellana.
During the final portion of the gala, an assortment of hot and cold small sandwiches was served, paired with a selection of the best domestic wines and sparkling wines, captivating everyone who was present.
This carefully-prepared, flavourful gourmet finger food -planteada en formato finger food-, was followed by a tasting of a select bouquet of cured meats (loin folded with acorn-fed lard, acorn-fed loin and loin sticks of the same category) and other noble parts of the Iberian pig, all from the brand Señorío de Montanera. The company from Badajoz (exclusively dedicated to the production of cured hams and other meats from 100% acorn-fed Iberian pigs) dazzled and won over the palates of all those present with the sublime flavour of its venerated 100% acorn-fed Iberian ham from the exceptional montanera 2014 vintage (superbly sliced by the master cutters of the brand itself), and minted with the Protected Designation of Origin "Dehesa de Extremadura".
Personalities wanting to pay tribute to the award winners
The evening was relaxed, and among the distinguished group of illustrious personalities from the business and cultural scene gathered around plates of ham we could see, among others, José Antonio Sánchez (president of El Confidencial), Isabel Pardo de Vera (president of ADIF), Juan Manuel Cendoya (vice-president of Banco Santander in Spain), Paco Arango (founder of the Aladina Foundation), José Morales (territorial manager of Ibercaja), Pedro Antonio Rodríguez (sales manager of Ibercaja), Antonio Huertas (president of Mapfre), Ignacio Baeza (vice-president of Mapfre), Amalia Blanco (general manager of communications and external relations at Bankia), Juan Valdés (manager of communications at Banco Sabadell), Josu Jon Imaz (former lendakari of the Basque Country and current CEO of Repsol), Miguel Klingenberg (general manager of Legal Affairs at Repsol), Alfonso López-Tello (managing director of PwC).
The world of politics had a large and varied representation, who also paid tribute to the honourees, with the presence of José Luis Ábalos (Minister of Public Works), Irene Lozano (Secretary of State for Global Spain), Teodoro García Egea (Secretary of Organisation of the Popular Party), Isabel García Tejerina (former Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food), Rafael Catalá (former Minister of Justice), Julio Gómez Pomar (former Secretary of State for Transport, Infrastructure and Housing), Begoña Villacís (Councillor for Ciudadanos in the Madrid City Council), Ignacio Aguado (spokesperson for the Ciudadanos' Parliamentary Group in the Madrid Assembly).
The photo report and a recording of the event was carried out by team from Juanjo del Río&StudioWest.
Photos provided by El Confidencial
Puedes ver todas las fotos del evento y un vídeo resumen en el reportaje de El Confidencial.