Crown Prince of Spain to Speak at World CU Conference in Barcelona

Early Bird Conference Registration May 20

May 15, 2009

Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
Phone: (608) 395-2000

His Royal Highness the Prince of Asturias, Felipe de Borbón y Grecia, is the current Crown Prince of Spain

MADISON, Wis.-His Royal Highness The Prince of Asturias, Felipe de Borbón y Grecia, will welcome attendees of this year's World Credit Union Conference in Barcelona on Monday, July 27, during the opening general session. The only son of Their Majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe is the heir apparent to the Spanish throne.

Prince Felipe will introduce Monday's keynote speaker, former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox. Prince Felipe's international education includes attending high school in Ontario, Canada, followed by Spanish military, naval and air force academies. He then earned an undergraduate degree in law from the Autonomous University in Madrid and a master's degree in International Relations from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

He and Princess Letizia, an accomplished journalist, married in 2004. Their wedding in Madrid was the capital city's first royal marriage in almost a century. They have two daughters, Infanta Leonor and Infanta Sofía, aged three and two respectively.

The Prince's father, King Juan Carlos, is a direct descendant of many famous European rulers including Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom through his grandmother, Victoria Eugenie, and Louis XIV of France through the royal House of Bourbon.

The World Credit Union Conference will take place July 26-29, 2009, at the Barcelona Convention Centre. The annual event brings together credit union leaders from more than 40 countries to discuss important issues for credit unions worldwide. For more information and to register, visit The early bird deadline for discounted registration ends May 20, 2009.


World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.

World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 89 countries. Worldwide, 68,882 credit unions in 109 countries serve 235 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at

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