Meet the 5 host ambassadors of Barcelona International Community Day 2017
Just few days before Barcelona International Community Day, held on Saturday October 21st, today we highlight one of the main new features of this year’s programme.
It’s the figure of the host ambassadors: five people from different countries that have been living in Barcelona for some years now and can help other expats upon their experience. With different cultural backgrounds and professional careers, each one will take part in the round table “working in Barcelona: Exchanging experiences”, in Museu Marítim’s Besòs Hall at noon.
For example, we will meet with Belgian Philippe Delespesse, director partner in Inteligencia Creativa, who has been in Barcelona for 20 years. One of his pieces of advice for those who just got to Barcelona is “to not limit oneself to the expat community and meet local people”. In fact, this is one of the main goals of Barcelona International Community Day, where attendees can discover many Catalan associations, through which connect with the local community.
Venezuelan Tomás Díez is another host ambassador. Director of Fab Lab Barcelona, he will give his point of view regarding innovation in the city, because, according to him, here he has developed a different view on urbanism through technology. A very different case is Ma Kexing, from China, who is a cultural manager and translator. She highlights from her experience in Barcelona that she has become a braver woman and will share her professional career with the attendees.
Another host ambassador is French Gaëlle Patin Laloy, in charge of Casia Asia’s Diversity and Intercultural programme. For her, as for many other expats, “Barcelona is her home” and will give advice on a professional and personal level to all the attendees.
Mohamed Soulimane, from Morocco, closes the group of host ambassadors. He is a composer, founder and director of the Orquestra Àrab de Barcelona. After 20 years living here, Mohamed keeps enjoying Barcelona because he considers it very different from his home country and from this difference he “learns a lot”.
After the round table, the five host ambassadors will take part in the networking activity “A coffee with…”m, in which they will talk in couples with the visitors to answer questions. It’s a great occasion to resolve personal and real doubts with the help of expats with great experience behind them. If you would like to meet them in this activity, you need to register in advance on the same day of the event.