Who We Are

The Institute for Socratic Dialogue (ISD) is a foundation led by a multidisciplinary team of philosophers, professors, specialists in public management and business, communicators and journalists, political analysts, and mediators.

We all share our commitment to spread Socratic dialogue as a tool that promotes stability, inclusiveness and development. As a way to promote justice in the world.

What We Do

The mission of the Institute for Socratic Dialogue (ISD) is to teach people, organizations, governments and a multiplicity of groups to re-learn the art of dialogue. Dialogue is the path to develop an inclusive, human-right centric, peaceful and fair society.

The absence of dialogue impedes individuals from understanding other people’s needs. That inability weakens democracy, exacerbates conflicts, excludes the poor, weak and marginalized, and reduces interpersonal trust leading to a declining confidence in institutions. Then human and economic development is harmed and, with it, the prospect of a common future.


The ISD’s methodology is inspired by Socrates, the classic Greek philosopher. We all “know more than what we think we know”, Socrates said. We simply need someone else to help us become conscious of our own knowledge.


The importance of political stability

Development is useless if it’s not sustainable

Inclusiveness: how to give voice to the voiceless

Know thyself: where it all begins



Sira Abenoza

Director, Social Dialogue.

Professor at ESADE Business and Law School.
PhD in Philosophy with a Thesis on Socratic Dialogue.


Alberto Gimeno

Director, Stakeholder Dialogue.

Professor at ESADE Business and Law School. PhD in Management Sciences with a Thesis on Family Business.

Diego Fonseca

Director, Socratic Democracy.

Political analyst, media specialist. MBA, IE Business School. Visiting at ESADE. Director, Entrepreneurial Journalism Program/CIDE.

Laura Galán

Director, Soul’s Dialogue.

Psychologist and psychotherapist. Master in Family Systemic Therapy and Mediation.


Claudia Gimeno

BA Liberal Arts, International Studies. CEMS Master in International Management.

Clelia Dall’Oglio


Andrea Terzaghi

Innovation Specialist. Master in Innovation & International management.