About us

Executive Committee

  • Honorary President

    HE Ambassador Javier E Figueroa

    Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland since 2020, Don Javier Esteban Figueroa is a career diplomat and a member of Argentina’s Foreign Service since 1995. He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree in law and later he graduated from the Institute of the Foreign Service. Previously, he was Ambassador to the Republic of Cuba and to the Republic of South Africa concurrent with Namibia and Botswana.

    At the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was Under-Secretary for Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and before that he was Director-General of Malvinas and South Atlantic. He held other posts at the Argentine Embassy in Cuba and at the Embassy of Argentina in the UK where he worked for seven years between 1998 and 2005. He is married to Alessandra Viggiano Marra, current Cultural attaché at the Argentine Embassy. Ambassador Figueroa has a passion for marine conservation, diving, music and the arts.

  • Chairwoman, Trustee

    Fátima Nollén-Reardon

    Fátima is a journalist, dance writer and reviewer. She writes for Dancing Times and is the only Argentine member of the Critics’ Circle UK, Dance Section.

    She lived and worked in Argentina, Brazil, the United States and the UK, where she arrived in 2002. Her career developed mainly in television and radio as a reporter, foreign correspondent and current affairs commentator. She was awarded a scholarship by Fondo Nacional de las Artes (Argentina) and won -with her NBC-Telemundo team- three Emmy Awards for the coverage of the Olympics in 2012.

    She worked for Clarín, Gente, Crónica TV, ATC (TV Pública), Telemundo, NBC-Deportes Telemundo, Harper’s Bazzar Mexico, Balletin Dance, and La Nación newspaper.

    Fátima joined the AAS in 2007 and is a member of the executive committee since 2018.

    She lives in London with her husband Mark and son Mateo. You probably will find her at the ballet, and she loves sharing time with friends and dancing.

  • Hon. Treasurer, Trustee

    Mario Mansilla

    Mario Mansilla is an Italo-Argentinian accountant and linguist from Buenos Aires University (UBA). His passion for travel led him to join the airline industry in 1980 at Aerolíneas Argentinas’ head office. Mario was Administration Manager for Italy and the Middle East in Rome. In London he was Admin Manager for the UK and General Manager UK and North Europe for more for 10 years.

    In 2003 he joined Ethiopian Airlines as Sales and Administration Manager, position he greatly enjoyed for 15 years, accompanying the amazing growth of the airline.

    After retiring in 2018, he is still active as Honorary treasurer of the Anglo-Argentine Society and as Honorary Secretary of Foreign Airlines Association UK. His other interests are gardening, running marathons (more half now) around the world, and singing in the chorus of Chelsea Opera Group and other London choirs as required.

  • Vice-Chairman, Trustee

    Federico Miguel Amadeo Cincotta

    CEO and Founder of Cincotta Advisory, a growing international legal and consultancy firm. Federico has more than 20 years of legal experience in Argentina and more than 8 years of post-qualification experience as a practising England & Wales Solicitor. He provides expert legal, business, commercial and corporate governance guidance to governments, the UK, international companies and private clients for the management of different legal scenarios on behalf of a diverse client portfolio.

    He is the Vice-chairman of SOBAL (Society of British and Argentine Lawyers), sits at the Board of the BACC (British Argentine Chamber of Commerce), is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales, Colegio Público de Abogados de la Capital Federal and Colegio de Abogados de La Plata. He is a professor at the National University of La Plata -Postgradute course-, lecturing on Legal English.

    Federico lives in London with his wife Fiona and their two Anglo-Argentine children and loves to make asados for his friends and family.

  • Trustee

    Liz Merchant

    Liz was born and raised in Argentina and has lived in London for 30 years. She set up her own corporate language training business, Succeed in Languages, in 1996, which she continues to run today. With a group of twenty teachers, the company is currently offering courses in more than 20 companies around the UK.

    Liz worked as Executive Director of the British Argentine Chamber of Commerce for 7 years and is now member of the Board of Directors. She is also director of the Society of British and Argentine Lawyers.

    In 2020 Liz took over the ownership of Living English which specialises in presentation skills workshops and storytelling for business and academics.

    She is a member of the AAS since 1990 and this is her second time as a member of the Executive Committee. Liz lives with her husband Brian and loves walking down the river Thames, body surfing, parties and meeting friends.

  • Trustee

    Federico J. Yáñez

    Federico was born and raised in Argentina, where he attended school at St. Leonard’s College (part of ESSARP - English Speaking Scholastic Association Of The River Plate) and his relationship with English culture began.

    He earned his degree as Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Management Engineering in 2007, and Masters degree in Project Management in 2012. His consulting career started in Accenture, in Barcelona in 2008, before taking on a role with NTT DATA in 2016. He is now a consulting executive, and also collaborates with Griinku, a farm-to-fork start-up platform, and 3N Brokers, an international trade enterprise.

    He lived and worked in Argentina, Puerto Rico, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, and France, finally moving to the UK in 2016. He currently lives in London with his wife María, their daughter Felicity, and the lovely Astro (a Cocker Spaniel).

    Federico joined the Anglo-Argentine Society Executive Committee in 2021, and is passionate about making this a better world for our children - one step at a time.

  • Co-opted Member

    Christopher Ecclestone

    Christopher was born in Australia and is an Australian and British citizen who lived 10 years in Argentina.

    He is a principal and mining strategist at Hallgarten & Company and is based in London. Prior to founding Hallgarten & Company in 2003, he was the head of research at an economic thinktank in New Jersey which he had joined in 2001. Before moving to the U.S., he was the founder and head of research at the esteemed Argentine equity research firm, Buenos Aires Trust Company, from 1991 until 2001.

    He worked in London, beginning in 1985, as a corporate finance and equities analyst and as a freelance consultant on the restructuring of the securities industry. Earlier, Christopher worked for the Federal and State governments in Australia. He graduated in 1981 from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

    Christopher has a passion for Argentine political and economic history.

    His wife Susana is Argentine, as are both his children, Olivia and Alexander

  • Co-opted Member

    Cecilia Lipovsek

    Cecilia Lipovsek is a Diplomatic & Conference Interpreter of Spanish, English, and Portuguese trained under AIIC Member Diana Merchant and a translator graduated from the IES en Lenguas Vivas, Juan Ramon Fernandez, in Buenos Aires.

    With over 19 years of experience under her belt, Cecilia now resides in London where she launched MULTILATERAL, a services company that combines traditional language interpreting and cross-cultural communication with the easiest-to-use technology to provide real-time, culturally-sensitive language support to British and Latin American diplomats, governments, businesses, and professionals so that they can focus on the what while she and her team deal with the how.

    Born in Buenos Aires, Cecilia has lived and worked on both sides of the ocean – a foot on each side of the language and cultural divide. Over the years, she has worked with heads of state, ministers, state governors, CEO’s, changemakers, writers, royalty, Nobel Prize winners, museum curators, and countless experts.

    Early in 2021, she published JUMP!, the first business book created for interpreters, and in 2022, her second book, WELCOME! about diplomatic interpreting in the 21st century. Both books, as well as her MULTILATERAL Notes, are available on www.multilateral.london.

About us

Our history

The Anglo-Argentine Society has a very impressive history. Since it was founded in 1948, we have been actively raising funds and promoting the social and cultural relations between the British and Argentinian communities.

  • 2023

    • January 2023

      75th Anniversary

      The AAS will celebrate 75 years of promoting Argentine culture and friendship between the people of Argentina and the United Kingdom.

  • 2022

    • May 2022

      New website

      A new website will launched as part of a process of modernisation, together with the digitalisation of its accounts.

  • 2020

    • March 2020

      Covid-19

      Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Anglo-Argentine Society turned its events into digital, keeping active and in touch with its members.

  • 2016

    • May 2016

      Leyendo Argentina

      16 May, first meeting of Leyendo Argentina, a book club in Spanish, took place. Meetings take place every month and discuss contemporary Argentine literature since 1983.

    • May 2016

      New premises

      The Anglo-Argentine Society moved its office to the Embassy of the Argentine Republic.

  • 1998

    • January 1998

      50th Anniversary

      The AAS’s 50th anniversary gala dinner was attended, for the first time, by a president of the Argentine Republic, Dr. Carlos Saúl Menem, who came to the UK in an official State Visit.

  • 1990

    • January 1990

      Sponsorship

      The Anglo-Argentine Society sponsors the first Argentine-British Conference which took place in Streatley-on-Thames.

      It was followed by conferences in Bariloche (1991), Cambridge (1992), Mendoza (1994), Oxford 1995, Salta (1996) and Buenos Aires (2003).

  • 1983

    • January 1983

      Jorge Luis Borges Lecture

      Writer Jorge Luis Borges, KBE, D. Litt. gave a Lecture to the AAS members, starting our annual series of The Borges Lectures. 2019 marked its 25th conference with Ms Ines Graham-Yooll (in memory of Andrew Graham-Yooll, Hon. Member).

  • 1972

    • December 1972

      Flights

      For five years from December 1972 the Society arranged charter and group flights to Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, and earned fees on such events.

  • 1965

    • June 1965

      Registered Charity Status

      The Society became a UK Registered Charity on 24 June 1965 (Number 208002), under the Charities Act 1960.

  • 1948

    • June 1948

      Founded in 1948

      The Anglo-Argentine Society was inaugurated on 21 June 1948, when “Día de la Bandera” is celebrated in Argentina. Its first Chairman was the Rt. Hon. Viscount Davidson, PC, GCVO, CH, CB; and its first Honorary President was HE the Argentine Ambassador Ricardo Labougle.

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