David Hatchwell Altaras
Selection Committee Member
Chairman of EXCEM Grupo
David Hatchwell Altaras has held several positions in the global Jewish community in recent years. He is currently the President of the Jewish Community of Madrid, a position he has held since 2011. He serves on the Executive Planning Committee of Taglit Birthright and is the Chairman of Taglit Europe.
Mr. Hatchwell Altaras is a co-founder of ACOM (Acción y Comunicación para Oriente Medio), the leading pro-Israel public diplomacy platform, established in Spain in 2007.
He also serves on the Board of SIGNAL, the foremost institution that works on the Sino-Israeli academic exchange, and on the Board of Trustees of Maccabi World Union. 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 Chairman 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 Spanish trading and investment firm, and has since diversified into cement, technology, financial services and real estate.
In 1999, Mr. Hatchwell Altaras was instrumental in the partnering of Fujian Province (China) with the region of Catalonia (Spain). In 2003 he was responsible for bringing Real Madrid FC to China at a very critical moment, when the SARS epidemic had reduced foreign investment and cultural events in China. That year, he was named an Honorary Citizen of the city of Kunming (Yunnan Province). Mr. Hatchwell is also a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Spain-China Foundation.
He has been a member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization) since 2005, where he has served as Madrid´s Chapter Chair.
Mr. Hatchwell Altaras is currently based in Madrid and is happily married to Natalia Ordenes. They are the proud parents of three children (Yavne, Dayan and Magen).