Profile of Esther Koplowitz

KOPLOWITZ ROMERO DE JUSEU, Esther

Eighth Marquise of Peñalver (10.V.1977). Madrid, 10.VIII.1953. Philanthropist and businesswoman. She has three daughters - Esther Alcocer, Carmen Alcocer and Alicia Alcocer

She is President of the Foundation that bears her name, which is dedicated to improving the lives of those in society that are most in need.

Residential homes

The Foundation has built, equipped and donated the following residential homes:

  • “Nuestra Casa” residential home in Collado-Villalba, Madrid.
  • “La Nostra Casa” residential home in Fort-Pienc, Barcelona.
  • “La Nostra Casa“residential home in Vall de la Ballestera, Valencia

The construction of two other residential homes to cover the same needs as the existing centre in Valencia is also planned, one will be located in Valladolid and another in Valencia. The Foundation has also built and equipped a home in Madrid for children suffering from cerebral palsy. This home has been donated to the Nido Foundation.

The Foundation also collaborates with numerous organisations and associations that share the same social aims.

Research

In terms of research the Foundation built and equipped the Esther Koplowitz Centre for Biomedical Research in Barcelona. More than 350 scientists carry out research at this facility into illnesses such as cancer, autoimmune diseases and neurodegenerative disorders. The Centre is quickly becoming a leader in its field in Europe.

The Foundation also donated the Da Vinci robot to the San Carlos Clinical Hospital in Madrid. To date over one thousand surgical operations have been performed using this technology. The Foundation also collaborates with a clearer vision project at the Complutense University of Madrid, and has participated in the funding of other research programmes for numerous diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer's, drug addiction and sclerosis.

Scholarships

The Foundation grants a number of scholarships to students without resources and has built, equipped and donated a scholars’ centre from which about 240 students have benefitted each academic year since 2006. The Foundation grants are funded financed solely with donations from its President.

In addition to her role in the Foundation, Esther also serves as the First Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas (FCC), one of the leading Spanish groups in the infrastructure, environmental services and water sectors. The company has a workforce of over 50,000, people, and throughout its history it has shown great awareness of social issues and a strong commitment to improving the lives of others.