Federico Mayor Zaragoza was born in Barcelona in 1934. Doctor in Pharmacy from the Complutense University of Madrid (1958), he has been a professor at different Spanish universities and has held numerous political positions, including Minister of Education and Science (1981-82). From 1987 to 1999 he was Director-General of Unesco. He is currently president of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace. He is the President of the ECPD Council.