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Albert Ortiz

Economics & Marketing

With a degree on Economics at Universitat de Barcelona. At this moment he is studying a Master on Strategic Direction of Marketing and Sales. He has professional experience in commercial and marketing department in retail and outsourcing services sectors. He has also coordinated academic events for universities. He is very interested in technology and business economics.
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Sara García

Sustainable Development

Born in Barcelona, nowadays living in Stockholm where she is finishing her master in Sustainable Development. Her work studies are related with sustainability, development and international cooperation. She loves thinking about new ways to improve our live-style and turn it on in a more equitable and respectful way. Co- founder of Noarderias, she is working on different projects; slow-lunch! Resilience is what we need and plenty of smiles!
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Pau Vazquez

Advertising & Public Relations

Graduate in Advertising and Public Relations at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, he has some professional experience in advertising agencies, specially in online marketing. He just came back from the Netherlands where he was intern during 6 months at a European agency.
Even though he is still trying to define its professional path and preferences, he is very into institutional communication and the promotion of health, safety and social issues. A few years ago, he was also a leisure time monitor so he is aware of the importance of a children-friendly urban environment.
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Alba López Fernández

Molecular Biotechnology

I was born in Barcelona and I currently live here. I graduated in Biology from University Pompeu Fabra and also in a MSc in Molecular Biotechnology from University of Barcelona. During my studies I did internships in abroad laboratories, in University of Surrey (Guildford, England), at the Pharmacology Department, and in University Tunis El Manar (Tunis, Tunisia), at the Physiology Department. I also participated as a coordinator of academic extracurricular activities for student with academic difficulties at a public high school, being part of the Program EXIT from the Education Consortium of Barcelona.
I have been working in a Catalan Biotechnology Company where I participated in the process of discovery of new antibodies with therapeutic potential against different cancers. I think science is very important for our society, not only because it can improve our quality of live, but also as a tool to expand our vision as a persons.
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Andrea Sagone

Creativity & Strategic Mgmt. for Advertisement

Industrial Designer with a Master degree in Creativity and Strategic Management for Advertisement. Curious, observant, analytical, and passionate to understand the world around her. At a small age leaves her hometown, Guatemala, moves to Florence to explore her interests in art, design and photography. Lived in Milan where she got her carreer and a minor in Trendhunting. After a few years of working back home, she moves to Barcelona to get her master degree.
Has worked in concept creation and development, user experience, research and analysis of consumers trends, and strategic planning for several brands. Founder of Ubi-quo, an agency that helps latinamerican students get into study-abroad programs in Italy and Spain.
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Julia Pardo Cano

Biotechnology & Business Mgmt

Born and raised in Barcelona, Julia studied Biotechnology in the Autonomous University of Barcelona. After realising that dealing with people needed to be a great part of her daily life, she took a Master in Business Management in the Chemical Institute of Sarria. She graduated with honours, earning a membership to the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma. She’s still connected to the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry, and is an active member of the Sponsoring Taskgroup in the Young European Biotech Network. During her Master, she became interested in entrepreneurship and recently travelled to Berlin to get some insight from its remarkable start-up scene.
Julia has a passion for languages and different cultures, promoted by her studying in the German School of Barcelona. During her Bachelor, she took lessons in Italian and Korean. Thanks to the latter, she earned a scholarship issued by the Korean government to spend a month in a South-Korean university with 83 other students from all over the world.
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Iasa Monique

Cultural Studies

Born in a cold city in the south of Brazil (yes, it exists), she moved to Barcelona in 2011 to study a Master in Publishing (UAB). In 2012, she decided to study a second Master, in Cultural Production and Communications (Universitat Ramon Llull) and realized that cultural studies and management would become what she wants to do for life. Her thesis, focused in collective and collaborative creation, opened the doors for the doctorate program that she started a few months ago. She is now very into participatory projects, collaborative strategies and cognitive surplus.
First graduated in Journalism, she has worked in newspapers and magazines back in Brazil and have experience in writing, editing and publishing, and (if needed) can try a little (really, very little!) of editorial design. In the list of things she’s done in life you would find: teaching, community management, strategic communications and prospecting, a 5 months exchange program in the U.S. and a few backpacking trips around the globe.
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Fabrina Figueroa

International Studies

My name is Fabrina Figueroa, i am 24 years old. I was born in Corrientes, Argentina. After finishing highschool i moved to Buenos Aires, the capital city, to study a Bachelor in International Studies. This area has allowed me to introduce myself in worldwide affairs; furthermore, it allowed me to acquire solid analytical skills and a critical insight into society and decision-making. I am currently studying a master’s degree in international trade at the ESCI-UPF.
I have a strong sense of responsibility and most of all I am a sociable person. Going on a Student Exchange in France made me learn about cultures all over the world and put myself in an international environment.
As an assistant in GALLIA recruitment team in the company Accenture, I was responsible for France, Belgium and Luxembourg. In order to achieve my tasks I was in charge of: recruiting candidates according to a specific profile, arranging HR and Managers interviews, booking rooms, language checks, schedule planning , contacting candidates (through calls and e-mails), quality team member (optimization of communication resources) and posting job offers online (search engines).
After this job I worked as a volunteer for AIESEC in the External Relations team.
Finally i have worked for a marketing company as a bilingual public relations assistant and i was in charge of coordinating the press sector and writing up articles related to the activations done by the agency which were published on different advertising magazines. I was also responsible for the intranet development. After that i moved to the Public relations team and i had tasks within the events sector organizing the operational aspects of it (sending the invitations, coordinating the confirmations, contacting the catering, preparating budgets, selling new products, networking etc).
I am dynamic, analytical and organized. I am always seeking new challenges and I am highly motivated and enthusiastic.
I am native in Spanish, fluent in English and French and I have an intermediate level of Portuguese. I am flexible and willing to learn whatever is necessary to enhance the quality of my work.
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Patricia Giménez

Tourism Mgmt, Public Relations & Advertising

Patricia attended the Universitat de Barcelona where she majored in Tourism Management. After finishing her studies, she decided that it would be an enriching experience to spend a season abroad to become acquainted with another culture and learn a new language. She ultimately received the chance to work in Kuwait for one year. During her stay in Kuwait, she decided to simultaneously pursue an online degree in Public Relations and Advertising to round out her education.
During the last years, she gained some experience in marketing and communications through a myriad of internships and job opportunities. Currently, she is nearing the completion of a Masters of Science in International Business from The Barcelona School of Management (Universitat Pompeu Fabra). This experience has helped her to carry out the analytical, operating and strategic functions of international business.
Patricia is particularly interested in this project because of its new approach to city branding and how a place can “customise” its offer to different stakeholder groups.
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Paula Huguet

Environmentalism & Community Mgmt

I was born in Barcelona and I have studied/lived in my hometown, in Flagstaff (Arizona, US) and in Bergen (Norway). I love multicultural environments. Communicating and learning from others is my live motive.
Among my hobbies you can find music, photography, gardening or cooking. I also love to travel around. My friends describe me as a social enthusiastic pacifist.
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Cristina Sanchez Pascual

Psychology & International Cooperation

Original from Madrid and living in Barcelona since two years ago. Being always curious to understand human relations I started my studies in Psychology, having the chance to finish my last year in Germany. This experience really awaken my enthusiasm to be open to international environments, loving to be impressed by different personalities, ideas and perspectives. Later I studied a Postgraduate in International Cooperation and had some experiences collaborating in the nonprofit sector, from big international development organizations to small local initiatives. At certain point it became clear to me that to make these initiatives possible we needed to adopt new alternatives, where innovation and social participation were essential. I wondered about ways to reach to the people and make them want to be a part of the change. For that purpose I have started a Postgraduate in Corporative Communitacion. Meanwhile I collaborate in a little crowdfunding platform called Smilemundo.
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Rosen Bogdanov

Media Production & Innovative Technology Development

Rosen is a MSc Media Technology graduate from Leiden University, Netherlands. There he delved into the intersection between interactive art, science, media and innovative technologies. In his earlier studies, he investigated online communities and their tools and language. For his Master thesis, Rosen created an interactive system between humans and plants, whereby he researched whether sonic feedback from such interaction can have an effect on people’s relationships to plants.
In his professional career, he has worked with content management systems and as a freelance writer for an online newspaper in The Hague. In the meantime, he collaborated on a web-design project for a spin-off degree of his studies, whereby he was responsible for social media content research and positioning. Further down the line, Rosen participated in the first e-learning projects within Leiden University – together with the Centre for Innovation, The Hague. He was involved in media production, editing and other technical know-hows that were of use in the different projects. In Barcelona, he is working together with a new start-up for services called hereBarcelona.
Other than his professional life, Rosen tries to want more but have less, engaging with different communities and projects where mutual aid and smiley people are involved.

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Maria Lindmäe

Urban Social Change

Originally from Estonia, I came to Barcelona 5 years ago. I finished my BA in Modern and Contemporary Studies (Humanities) in the summer of 2013 and am now a Candidate of Spatial Planning in the Autonomous University of Barcelona. My Bachelors degree’s final dissertation was on civic participation in the development of public spaces of Barcelona and ever since I defended my thesis, I’ve been focusing on matters associated to urban social change. Even though I work as a tour guide with foreign visitors, I have a high interest towards projects that aim to strengthen the economy on a local, neighborhood level as I believe all social change should come from the grassroots level. I am also interested in obtaining new skills of visual communication as I think it is the most powerful tool for raising public interest and for maintaining community-driven societies.
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Carmen Callizo

Economics, Marketing & Anthropology

Born in Barcelona, I have done most of my studies in Paris. First a BA and an MA in economics and marketing and just finished a master’s research in anthropology at the Ecole de hautes etudes de Paris. My goal is to make companies a more human place, where the customer is a participant in the decision-making of the business strategy. I am currently working on some development projects and being interested in the cooperative movement and collaborative economy. I’m enthusiastic and I’m still a dreamer.
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Maria Beatrice Ferraz

Architecture

Maria Beatrice Ferraz Trujillo Rodrigues, 23 years old, Brazilian, studied architecture from University of São Paulo (Brazil), living in Barcelona to do one year of master in architecture at UPC. Experience in working with patrimony preservation, art direction for movies and graphic design. Interested in theory and critic of art and architecture.
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Nuria Valero

Engineering

I am from Tarragona, with strong roots in a tiny town in Teruel (Aragon). Have lived in Dublin, am always around international people, and have thousands of interests (and an effervescent mind).
I have an engineering background (+Postgradute + 2MSc + 6 yr experience). My field of expertise is Energy Efficiency from a technical & strategical point of view. In the last years, I developed a deep interest on a broad range of topics, more related to the person (neuroscience, self-development, emotional intelligence…) and to Business World (talent, leadership, creativity, teams, management, marketing, communication…). Always craving for new experiences, meeting interesting people, fascinated by the world and constantly surprised by human beings. I love observing and discovering the deepest drivers behind people’s feelings, thoughts and behaviours; how they interpret the world, and how they react in response. I’m currently participating in a volunteering project “Amor en Acción” focused on homeless people, and studying an MBA with a personal approach on developing myself into the alternative economies (sharing, collaborative…). I want to be part of the change. Ready to make things happen!
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Azahara Plaza Colodro

Architecture

Superior architect graduated in the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, in October 2012. I felt the passion for this discipline when I saw my house’s construction when I was 15. I’m from Tarragona with strong roots in Andalusia, and I lived between these two wonderful lands. My background is in urbanism, I worked as an intern in BAU, with Joan Busquets, and there was where I learnt more about how the architecture and urbanism can be powerful tools to resolve social problems. There, I was able to collaborate with projects located in China, France, Netherlands and Spain. After my studies, I continued my education studying a postgraduate in Restoration of Building in Escola Sert, and I have got experience in Enegetic Certificaction. I understand the architecture and the urbanism as my way of live, and I’ve decided to look for a professional future searching social solutions for the contemporany needs, keeping special focus on sustainable solutions.
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Yana Levkovich

Marketing Mgmt & Events Coordination

Yana was born and living in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She got a marketing degree of Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnical University. She also attended classes of journalism and was working as a writer and a public relation manager for 2 years in Gaudeamus newspaper. After that she was working for 2 years as a community manager in an auto-security company in Saint-Petersburg. Yana moved to Barcelona to study a Master in Event organization, PR and protocols. Now she is studying International MBA in ESERP business school. In her free time she loves organizing flash-mobs with a Good Vibrations Barcelona team.
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Alexandra Ibañez Lillo

Psychology & Neurosciences

I was born in Barcelona. Although my background is far from urbanism I am willing to contribute to this exciting project trough the passion I feel for my city and by sharing experiences and methodologies I learned from science and psychology: Critical thinking, innovative solutions to problems, consideration for the social impact of actions and working with multidisciplinary teams.
When I discovered Psychology I fall immediately in love with and I got my degree at the University of Barcelona in 2009. I started my research career at the Grup de Recerca en Neurociència cognitiva (GRNC) and later on I studied a master in Neurosciences at the University of Barcelona. I am currently studying a PhD on Biomedicine at the University Pompeu Fabra and I have the pleasure of working at the Center for Brain and Cognition (CBC). The aim of my dissertation is to explore the advantages and disadvantages of bilingualism on infant cognition, in particular on word learning and categorization.
I consider myself a curios and enterprising person and it is reflected on an eclectic range of interests that vary from architecture -specially modernism-, photography or travelling to restoring antiques.

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Roberto Renteria

Industrial Design & Design Mngmt

I was born in Monterrey, Mexico and I’m currently living in Barcelona. I did my undergraduate in Industrial Design at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. At this moment I’m studying a Postgraduate course in Design Management in the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. During my studies, back at Monterrey, I organized and participated on several extracurricular activities and design contests. I’ve worked as a consultant in different startups, as a University Professor and, as well, I’ve worked in a program of assisted housing development in the government. I’m a passionate of innovation and the entrepreneurship of creative projects.

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Igor Vuleta

Architecture

Born in Sarajevo he moved in Italy due to the war at the age of 5, in 1992.
Graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan with a Master’s Degree of Architecture EU, he has been living for one year in Paris, as part of the European Exchange Program – Erasmus, where he attended two different universities: the Grande Ècole “EIVP – Gènie Urbain” and “Ècole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette”.
During the last year he realized various works, including technical and artistic counseling for the redaction of the development plan of Curno in the framework of the EU Program 20-20-20 and a realization of the project of interior design for an apartment in Bergamo.
In Barcelona since May, he participated in the International Festival of Architecture “Eme3 – Topias” where he contributed to the construction of the Catalan vault “Brick-topia”, winner of the “build-it” section of the competition. At the moment he is part of the construction process of a civic center located next to MACBA, an initiative organized by BAM – Bioarquiectura Mediterránea. Actually he’s working for “BIP – Barcelona Integral Projects”, a multidisciplinary group of professionals composed by Architects, Urban Planners, Engineers and Landscape Architects.

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Lorena Ruiz Pellicero

Media Industry

I was born in Valencia but I moved to Barcelona in the age of 5. I am a Media student, currently looking for an internship opportunity in South Africa and working on my Final Group Project: a short film using gamification through a web platform as an innovative tool to engage the audience realizing the market growth on the personal TV.
Although my background is far from the core of the 15*2 project I believe that everybody can be a thinker if they just think. So, my aim is to contribute bringing ideas that can be real with the help and benefits of working in a group of minds.

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Edgar Aguilar Arenales

Multidisciplinary Designer

I´m a multidisciplinary designer from Guatemala, currently based in Barcelona, Spain.
I like to work in any kind of project that involves creative thinking to develop new strategies to approach any kind of challenge.
In my design process I spend a lot of time investigating and learning, I believe it is fundamental to keep track of what’s going on in arts, culture, design, architecture, technology, etc. It’s all about building a strong knowledge base and start building from there.
Another thing that feeds my creative nerve is experimentation; this gives me sort of a freedom feeling that often results very surprising paths to follow, but most importantly ends up in knowledge.
I trust in simplicity, as a designer it is fundamental to believe in this, the world is a better place when you think and design this way.
I like teamwork, results are always better and often you get to know interesting people.
Currently I’m working in visual communication projects, space & product design.

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Alexandra Karpova

Public Policy and Urban Studies

Alexandra is currently doing her PhD at IGOP (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) focusing on the role of creative clusters in urban regeneration in Western and Eastern Europe. Her research interests are: regional and urban development, creative clusters and social innovation.
Born and raised in Moscow, Russia. After graduating from BA in Political Sciences in Moscow she worked for almost five years at different public-policy related positions and as a director of partnership programs in the Moscow-based Laboratory of Social Innovations «Cloudwatcher». She was in charge of charitable, environmental, art and social projects developed and implemented jointly with other Russian NGOs and international funds such as British Council, CAF, WWF, Oxfam.
Alexandra was also involved as an expert in the development of a federal program to promote social brands and public trust in NGO activities in Russia and took part in the implementation of British Council’s cultural project “Creative cities” in Russia and Eastern Europe (2009-2010).
She have graduated from Erasmus Mundus MA in Public Policy and International Relations (in the UK and Spain) supported by the European Commission. Alexandra was a research fellow at the Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness (center for analysis and debate on territorial competitiveness) in 2012-2013.
Alexandra is found of travelling, discovering traditions of other cultures and spots hidden from the tourists, dancing, and participating in different projects and initiatives aimed to make a positive change in our world.

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