David Hatchwell Altaras
Selection Committee Member
President of EXCEM Grupo
Former President of the Jewish Community of Madrid

David Hatchwell Altaras has held several positions in the global Jewish community in recent years. He was the President of the Jewish Community of Madrid from 2011 to 2017. He served on the Executive Planning Committee of Taglit Birthright and the board of Maccabi World Union. He is currently a member of the Genesis Prize’s selection committee and the Peres Center International Board of Governors.

In 2015 Mr. Hatchwell co-founded and currently chairs the Fundación HispanoJudía that is dedicated to building bridges between the Spanish speaking and the Jewish worlds and that is building a world class Jewish Museum in Madrid.

Mr. Hatchwell Altaras is also a co-founder of ACOM (Acción y Comunicación para Oriente Medio), the leading pro-Israel public diplomacy platform, established in Spain in 2007.

He serves on the Board of SIGNAL, the foremost institution that works on the Sino-Israeli academic exchange. Since 2009, he has been an active member of the Madrid Vivo Foundation, a think tank dedicated to interfaith dialogue between Catholics and other religions including Judaism.

David and his family have contributed to many philanthropic projects in Israel, Spain and China over the last 30 years. He is a frequent speaker at international Jewish gatherings including AIPAC, the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Israel President’s Conferences.

In his professional life, Mr. Hatchwell Altaras serves as President of Excem Grupo, a diversified international group started by his late father, leading philanthropist and visionary, Mauricio Hatchwell Toledano (Z”L). The Group was established in 1971 as a trading and investment firm, headquartered in Spain and active internationally.

Since September 2016 Mr. Hatchwell is the Chairman of the Real Estate Investment Trust “SIR”, based in Spain and specialized in co-living. He also chairs a REIT called SITUR which is the number one Hostel owner and operator in the Iberian Peninsula.

Since 2016, David Hatchwell is an investor and a member of the International Advisory Board of OurCrowd, the leading equity crowdfunding platform in the world.

He has been an active member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization) since 2005, where he has served as Madrid´s Chapter Chair.

Mr. Hatchwell Altaras was based in the US and China for eight years respectively. 

He now lives in Madrid and is happily married to Natalia Ordenes. They are the proud parents of three children (Yavne, Dayan and Magen).