Jordi Pujol served as President of the Catalan Generalitat and party leader of the nationalist coalition Convergència i Unió from 1980 to 2003. As political activist and intellectual, he has written numerous books that focus largely on the Catalan question and Europe. Between 1992 and 1996 he was President of the Assembly of European Regions.

In 2011 he was the speaker at the conference in the panel "Globalisation & Domestic Policies" (May,4th).