Juan Antonio Pedreño
President of Social Economy Europe
Juan Antonio Pedreño holds a BA in Chemistry (specialised in industrial chemistry) at Granada’s University (Spain). He is an expert on social economy and co-operatives. He started his professional career as High School teacher and became a founding member of the co-operative school, high-school and vocational training centre Severo Ochoa, which he chaired for more than 20 years.
Currently, he is the President of Social Economy Europe, CEPES (Spanish Social Economy Confederation), UCOMUR (Murcia’s Region Worker Co-operatives) and UCOERM (Murcia’s Region Education Cooperatives). Furthermore, Mr. Pedreño is the General Coordinator of the ESMED Network (Euro-Mediterranean Social Economy) and a member of the Spanish Economic and Social Committee.
Juan Antonio Pedreño has also been President of COCETA (Spanish Confederation of Worker Cooperatives) and member of the Board of Directors of Cooperatives Europe. He is the author of articles and papers on the social economy enterprise model.