Between 4PM and 12AM, BedTalks Barcelona will play host to more than 60 local and national game-changing speakers. On top of that there will be a variety of workshops, music performances, art, food and drinks. Have a look at the extensive programme!See full programme
Say hello to our inspirational speakers
María José Gassó
Casilda GuellOBS Business School Grupo Planeta
Esmeralda Arigüel GarcíaPsicóloga
Eloy CampagnoliLawyer & Chef
Félix RomeroEmpresario y Filántropo
Ferran BusquetsArrels Foundation Director
Pare ManelFundació Pare Manel
Carlos Puig PadillaShoemaker & Fashion Consultant
Oscar RistolStudent & Volunteer
Clara De Nadal TriasJournalist & Coolhunter
Grisha DomakowskiHead of Project, BTEC
Sofya AbramchukSocial Entrepreneur, Gaudi Ispired
Marc BorellEntrepreneur, Be Mobile
Inés EchevarríaSocial Colaboration, Uttopy
Elena BarraquerOphtalmologist, Fundación Elena Barraquer
Marc CataláGraphic Designer, Mucho Design
Noemí de la PeñaPhotographer
Iñaki EguiarteTrainer de "Public Speaking”
Carlos PierreCEO, Badi
Gerard GuiuDirector of International Business Development
Valentí OviedoManager of the Cultural Institut of Barcelona
Joan TubauTeacher, Pompeu Fabra University
Inés Miró-sansHotel Owen, Casa Bonay
Vanessa López OliverEntrepreneur
Joan XapelliFlowers Creative, Flowers by Bornay
Emma RocaBiochemist, elite athlete & professional firefighter
Juan Moreno López-CalullInterior Designer & Art Dealer
Adriana FreitasOwner, Muster.vc
Raúl ArribasCreative Director, KiwiBravo
Jordi PanyellaJournalist, El Punt Avui
Eva TomásFounder, Manzaning App
Toni TióFounder, CiviClub
Gonzalo Sánchez de LollanoCreative Designer, KiwiBravo
Olga SierraBusiness Development Manager
Pilar PasamontesIED Programme Manager
Pepe GarcíaCommunication Director & PR, Derby Hotels
Eva FerrerDoctor/Founder, El Deporte en Femenino
Mari Carmen MartínPsychotherapist
Álex AgullóPR, XXL Comunicación
Isaac CoboArchitect, Cocoarchitects
María José Gassó
First year student of communication at Ramon Llull University.
Founder and CEO of iGlobalMed.com, a web that improves access to health by putting patients in contact with the best doctors, laboratories and hospitals in Spain. Bachelor and Master by ESADE, as well as member of the Board of the Meridional Foundation.
She started her training as an actress in Eòlia and in Youkali and continued her studies in Estudi Laura Jou. During her training process she also studied classical dance in Àrea for 5 years, voice and in different monographs with directors like Juan Codina, Julio Manrique , Iván Morales, Agustí Villaronga, Isaac Alcaide. He works at the Teatre Lliure with “L’Onadadirigida” by Marc Montserrat.
When he was nine years old, he became interested in acting and went to amateur theater workshops. Years later he moved to Madrid and continued his training at the Actor Center. He combines it with different monographs directed by teachers such as John Wild and Mel Churcher. He works in television series such as “Polseres Vermelles (TV3)”, “Luna, tel misterio de Calenda (Antena 3)”, “Cites (TV3)” and, more recently, in “Benvinguts a la Família (TV3)”. He has also worked in films such as “El Club de los Incomprendidos”, “Barcelona Nit d’Hivern”. He graduated in Communication at the UOC and wrote a book entitled “¿Cuánto Pides?”, Published and published by the publisher Bridge de La Galera.
Finishing High School (Technological with the double French degree). Although I want to study Big Data, I am thinking of taking a sabatical year to be able to finish two artistic projects in course, continue with Japanese and be able to travel. I am passionate about reading, cinema, photography and horse riding. I am always open to listening to others and I love meeting new people.
Bachelor and PhD from The London School of Economics and Academic Director, General Management OBS Business School Grupo Planeta.
Esmeralda Arigüel García
She has more than 20 years experience in the world of addictions, has worked in several specialized centers such as the Therapeutic Center of Vallés and Mare Nostrum as a therapist, was a founding partner of Synesis and is currently a coordinator and therapist at Orbium Barcelona. Throughout the years she maintained collaborations with the main psychiatrists specialized in addiction such as Dr. Rovira and the disappeared Dr. Freixa and Dr. Bach in Barcelona. She studied psychology and master’s degree in drug addiction at the University of Barcelona, she has made several training in the area of psychology, specifically in motivational interview, transpersonal psychology and emotional dependencies.
Lawyer. He worked for many years as Legal Director of an American Corporation in Brazil. He was an implementer of the Ethics and Compliance program and led social projects in the company. He had his own advocacy buffet in the area of mergers and acquisitions. Five years ago he came to Barcelona where he studied for 1 year and a half at the Hoffman School and today he is dedicated to cooking and hosting gastronomic experiences in Brazil and Spain. The Cook House Project.
Bachelor in Business Administration and Economics (Administration and Business Management), specializing in organization and human resources. MBA with specialization in marketing and human resources.14 years of experience in addictions: 5 years as a therapist, 3 in the Therapeutic Group, and 2 in Orbium, (centers specialized in the rehabilitation and treatment of addictions to psychoactive substances). 5 years as a volunteer in several centers for the treatment of dependencies (Synesis, Orbium, Azul Consulting, Siete), contact and continuing education following cognitive-behavioral methodology.
Esther Tapiz has been a psychotherapist for over 15 years, specializing in helping foreigners adapt to the local culture. He combined the beginnings of his career in the business world (sales and HR) until vital circumstances made her connect with his genuine desire: to help others. For 6 years she has been dedicated exclusively to helping people overcome their difficulties and to get in touch with their true desires.
She was born in Angola, and grew up in Portugal. After living in Holland and Germany she returns to Barcelona and starts two projects ‘Nu epoque’ she publishes the album (Zula), and Salt & Soul duo. She has participated in CCB, ‘Making Afrika’, about instabloggers, wax prints and Afro hair, 2015.
Director of Arrels. Member of the board of directors and the Board of Trustees of the Mambré Foundation. Member of the ECAS board of directors. Member of the Ethics Committee of Social Services of Catalonia. Senior engineer in Computer Science and postgraduate in Social Mediation. He has worked professionally for more than ten years in the private company in the field of databases.
He is a catalan priest known for his social work, done through the Pare Manel Foundation, created by him, and especially focused on the areas of childhood / youth, the world of penitentiary and community development. In 2009 he received the Cross of Sant Jordi from the Generalitat of Catalunya and the Medal of Honor of Barcelona.
Carlos Puig Padilla
Shoemaker and fashion consultant living between Paris and Barcelona. For years he has worked as an external consultant and photographer. He currently collaborates for the Fashion & Arts magazine and combines his activity as a teacher for several fashion schools.
I have been living in Barcelona for 20 years and my three passions are surfing, photography and people. I study physiotherapy and psychology and have worked for some years doing therapies with dogs for children with functional diversity in hospitals, development centers … Right now I am a member of the AIESEC organization, with the aim of empowering young people to generate positive change globally! I consider myself a very open-minded person who is always willing to learn.
Clara De Nadal Trias
Degree in Journalism, with a Master’s Degree in Fashion Design / Communication and Postgraduate in Coolhunting from Central Saint Martins. Experience in catwalk, brands and large multinationals directing the Style Department, always advancing to the future through trend research and consumer study helping to create brand strategies adapted to each market. Disruptive and effective professional, able to act as a source of information to connect more and better with the consumer. Expert in content creation on Fashion, Trends, Lifestyle and Travel for national and international media. Professor and Lecturer, language proficiency (6), founder of www.muymia.com since 2010 and recently Creative Director of Coolhuntinglab.
Environmental expert, holds several Master’s Degrees in Project Management (La Salle, Barcelona), Business Intelligence (University of Barcelona) and Environmental Management (University of Amsterdam). He has a track record of over 15 years’ experience managing complex international projects in the real estate and energy sector. Currently he is the Head of Projects, developing a technology university Campus in Barcelona of 150.000m2.
“Always creating, deeply connecting” I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and raised in Barcelona. For twenty five years I was connected to the publishing world. After my last job in Melbourne, Australia, five years ago I returned to Barcelona without any concrete idea: full curiosity about culture, creativity, open to discover new talents and businesses. Connecting with all those internationals that have decided to choose Barcelona as their city of residence.
An a serial social entrepreneur committed to empower those who want to change the world, she provides creative experiences inspired the by knowledge and thinking processes of Antoni Gaudi. Her main venture, Gaudi Inspired, focuses on spreading and sharing Gaudi’s original methods of designing and managing his buildings as well as his polyhedral values through intensive innovation challenges, corporate workshops and global congresses. She’s the creative director at Gaudi World Congress, having lead the direction of 2018 GWC in Barcelona and Beijing. Also, she’s the executive director of Kairos Society Spain, a global, elite Entrepreneurship society with a mission of uniting and boosting the Spanish startup scene through facilitation of unique experiences and igniting conversations between its members.
Entrepreneur specialized in the online environment and mobile tech. Founder of companies like 500 Markets, BeMobile, Bkie, Ideing and Moom and many more. Experienced investor in other companies including Deliberry, Naak, Glovo and others.
Expert in Marketing Management and Digital Strategy with more than 10 years of experience in marketing and communication, worki ng in reference agencies and major brands. Bachelor and Master by ESADE. Enthusiast of Social Entrepreneurship, currently cofounder of Uttopy.Social #Entrepreneur; #Marketing Manager; #Social Media Strategist; #Crowdfunding Passionate; #Blogger; #Digital Optimist. (I would be something like this, if I were a cloud of tags;)).Passionate about Innovation, Creativity & Social Entrepreneurship: Truly Believer of the Power of Crowd. Changemaker at Uttopy.
A member of one of the most prestigious sagas of ophthalmologists in the world, she fell in love in her childhood with the profession of her grandfather and her father “because she saw them enjoying their work”. That was the seed of what would end up being a medical and solidary vocation that knows no limits and that has made her become one of the most internationally renowned figures in the field of cooperation”.
Graduated in graphic design in 1999 in Eina, Essen de Disseny i Art (Barcelona) and, after a period of four years working in Grafica (Madrid / Barcelona) and later in Pentagram (London), founded Mucho with Pablo Juncadella in 2003. Initially they were in charge of the creative direction of the British newspaper The Observer, combining this task with corporate identity projects, editorial design and packaging in their Barcelona studio. In 2006 they permanently moved to Barcelona, where they now work on local and international projects. Since 2008, they combine project work with teaching at the Eina school, where they teach the final graphic design project, as well as offering different workshops and conferences in various forums.
A well-known actor for his participation in television series like “Física o Química”, “Amar es para siempre” and films like “La Voz Dormida” and “The Chess Player”.
Noemí de la Peña
A renowned photographer born in Barcelona who has focused her career on the world of fashion, design and landscaping. In addition, she’s been involved in many solidarity projects, including the creation of sustainable schools in several countries in Africa.
Public Speaking Expert and Trainer who makes people feel empowered to speak in front of others, co-organizer of TEDx events and founder of a culture magazine.
After leaving his job in a multinational company to create Badi, he now focuses on shared flats and consolidating the service in cities like Barcelona and Madrid. It’s now one of Barcelona’s main startups.
A lawyer and journalist, he’s Director of International Business Development of leading consulting firm LLORENTE & CUENCA.
With a degree in Business Administration and Management from the UAB, Oviedo started his career in equipment management in his own city, linking himself to the Kursaal. More concretely he worked with the Manresana d’Equipaments Menciais, the company that managed the theater. From there he made the leap to become manager of the Consortium of the Auditori and the Barcelona Symphonic Orchestra of Catalonia (OBC), where he stood out for the transparency in the communication of his financial functions, as well as for the personal impulse he gave to parallel programming, with modern styles, scenic proposals, ond famous soundtracks performed by the OBC during the screening of the film. Since 2016 he has been manager of the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona (Icub), responsible for the culture department of the City Council of Barcelona.
An economist and current professor at Pompeu Fabra University, he’s very active in communicating ideas and advice with liberal nature through social networks.
Inés Miró-Sans is a businesswoman born in Barcelona and the main promoter of the Casa Bonay Boutique Hotel, which has positioned itself as a groundbreaking hotel where many different cultural activities take place. Inés is also involved in several social causes that she supports through Casa Bonay.
Vanessa López Oliver
He explains in detail the story of twelve men who are imprisoned in Cuatro Caminos and went outside to train for the 2017 Marathon of Barcelona. This training led the inmates to face their limits, and explore emotional and physical boundaries they wouldn’t have believed they could overcome. They were now convinced that one day they could win.
Founder of Flowers by Bornay, floral decoration company. The workshop is responsable for the decoration of hotels such as the W, the Mandarin Oriental and the new Hotel Sofia in Barcelona and participates in events for brands such as Hermés, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Pronovias or Puig, in emblematic spaces as La Padrera, Casa Batlló, Hospital de Sant Pau or Primavera Sound.
Bachelor of Biochemistry, ultra endurance elite Athlete, professional firefighter, entrepreneur and mother of 3. She has taken part in Triathlons, Duathlons, Mountain Marathons, Ski mountaineering and, above all, adventure raids, which are her great passion and of which she won the world championship in 2010. She´s able to combine being a mother, a professional firefighter and an elite athlete by balancing her schedule minute to minute.
Juan Moreno López-Calull
I started my career working in Christie’s New York and after I moved to Paris where I consolidate my passion in art working for Eric Dupont gallery. Having always had a passion for interior design from a young age and having seen many stunning houses around the globe, I realized that I didn’t just want to enjoy them, but actually create them. John Brown Interiors is about mixing my two passions: Art and Interior Design.
I am an active member of the Barcelona entrepreneurial community as a mentor, board advisor and investor. I run my own consulting company Muster.vc. I also collaborate with several media companies and events and also co-hosting DatabeersBCN and HardwareXchange. I have over 20 years of experience in the telecom market and extensive operational experience building and managing teams in different networks. I have worked inside Telefonica for more than a decade managing international projects at Rio + Miami + NYC SF and Barcelona. In 2012 I joined a Startup in Silicon Valley that was sold 3 years after to Citrix.
He studied Information and Media Sciences and had a short but brilliant experience as a model signing exclusively for Giorgio Armani. He founded Estudio Buque, a pioneer agency in the organization of events and communication of European fashion and luxury brands such as Bulgari, Hugo Boss, Chanel and Ermenegildo Zegna. The organization of the Cibeles and Gaudi Fashion Week marked a difference in his career, together with the organization of museums such as Macba and Guggenheim. The Olympic Games and the organization of weddings and private celebrations for the most important Spanish families, were also important in his work.
“My professional career kidnapped me and I felt into the hands of the addition, from which I did not leave until I took my shoes off, left apart the ego of my day to day and I left the child that lives inside me run through the garden of life” .
Kiwi Bravo is a creative studio founded four years ago by Raúl Arribas and Gonzalo Sánchez de Lollano. In the studio we develop projects ranging from product design and interactive installations to photography or video for national and international clients. Our goal is to thrill people through images, objects and experiences.
Journalist specialized in information in the judicial courts. His book “Per què corren els presos? (Why do prisoners run?)” is a story of freedom, because running is the first symbol of a free person, but it is also the story of desperation, because there is nothing more terrible than being locked in bars.He explains in detail and implication the story of twelve men imprisoned in Cuatro Caminos who went through the walls of the penitentiary center to prepare for the 2017 Marathon of Barcelona. The training led the inmates to face their limits, to emotional and physical boundaries that they had not believed they could overcome. They were convinced that one day they could win.
CEO and founder of Manzaning, the marketplace that allows the weekly purchase of food and fresh produce at local stores and municipal markets, with home delivery. After more than 10 years of experience in retail and e-commerce, in Mango and Inditex, and after passing through the IESE MBA, in 2016 Eva launched her own project to digitize local commerce and municipal markets, bringing their products closer to customers through online sales and home delivery.
Founder of CiviClub, the community that rewards the good doings of people. With more than 125,000 registered members, this social innovation company connects citizens with companies and social entities willing to change the world.
Gonzalo Sánchez de Lollano
Kiwi Bravo is a creative studio that was founded four years ago by Raúl Arribas and Gonzalo Sánchez de Lollano. We develop projects that range from product design and interactive installations, to photography and video for various national and international clients. Our goal is to thrill people through images, objects and experiences.
After studying ADE and Marketing, she worked for many international companies, family businesses and eventually ended up in the world of foundations and NGOs, where she established herself as an Advisor in Business Development. As a woman, mom, hobby photographer, athlete, worker and friend of her friends, she’s passionate about helping others. Every day she learns from her mistakes, her family and the elderly. She enjoys sharing what nature gives us, which makes her extremely happy.
Gaduated in Law and Fashion History, she is the scientific director of Fashion at IED (Instituto Europeo di Design), a professor in Fashion History, accessories, styling and art direction, and a fashion journalist, designer and consultant.
With over 25 years dedicated to the world of hospitality, he has most recently been the Director of Communication and Public Relations at the Derby Hotels Collection. Previously, he worked with Alain Ducasse in Paris and spent 5 years working for El Bulli Hotels, eventually culminating with Hacienda Benazuza in Sevilla. Thanks to URBAN, he’s become a globally recognized PR reference for the hotel world.
Currently the Medical Coordinator of the Sports Medicine Unit of the Sant Joan de Deu hospital in Barcelona, she is responsible for everything related to women and sports. She’s the founder and director of “El Deporte en Femenino”, an online platform aiming to promote women in sports. Also the author of two books about running, “Cambia de Vida. Ponte a Correr” and “Correr sin lesionarse”.
Mari Carmen Martín
Psychotherapist, university professor and wellness consultant for people and organizations.
After graduating in Communication and Public Relations, he started working at XXL Comunicació as a production manager for fashion firms, collaborating with the world’s leading fashion weeks (NYFW, MFW, MBFWMadrid, ColombiaModa, etc). After some time, he joined the press and public relations departments that he currently manages. He’s passionate about Barcelona, his friends and traveling.
An architect who has studied in London and Barcelona, today he is the CEO of Cocoarchitects, the award-winning firm that has won many competitions like the 2009 Moulin Rouge. Also a professor at East London University, he has worked on projects like the restauration of the hotel and apartments in London’s St. Pancras station, and other residential and commercial projects in London, Barcelona, Ibiza, Paris and Mexico.
Fatuma Abdulkadir AdanNobel Peace Prize Nominee
Bibian MentelParalympic World Champion
Eddie JonkerWWII Fighter Pilot Legend
Almas JiwaniUN Ambassador Canada
Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan
Adan was born to parents who were from two warring tribes in Marsabit, Northern Kenya. After her training as a lawyer, she returned to her hometown in order to promote peace between the conflicting Borana Oromo, Gabra and Rendille peoples. In 2003, she founded Horn of Africa Development Initiative, a non-governmental organization she uses to foster peace and advocate for education in Kenya.
Through the Horn of Africa Development Initiative, Adan launched a programme called “Shoot to score, not to Kill”, that uses soccer to engage Kenyan youths in advocacy for peace.
In January 2011, Adan received the Stuttgart Peace Prize for “combining soccer and emancipation”. In 2013 she was invited to talk about her work with the Horn of Africa Development Initiative at the Geneva Peace Talks on 20 September 2013. The talks were organised by the United Nations and other groups for the International Day of Peace.
Bibian Mentel is the reigning World Champion Paralympic Snowboarder and Netherland’s Sportswoman of the year. Bibian has battled cancer 4 times and was forced to amputate her leg as a result. Despite losing her limb due to cancer she was back on the slopes within just 7 months. Today this World Champion is fighting for kids with physical disabilities to be able to play extreme sports through her Mentelity Foundation.
Eddie Jonker (1920) is an ‘Engelandvaarder’, a Dutch honoree title for for all men and women, who during WWII escaped from occupied territory to England by crossing the North Sea by a twelve foot boat to join the Allied forces so as to continue to fight against Germany.
A large number of men and women, however, were killed or arrested on their way to England. Some were shot, most were deported to concentration camps.
After the war Jonker remained to be an instructor on the airbase Soesterberg. Eddie Jonker was closely involved with establishing the Museum of Engelandvaarders in 2015 to commemorate all Engelandvaarders.
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#34: Refugee Camps On Lesvos
Made a commitment to fly to Lesvos Greece alongside Adil Izemrane (Co-founder, Movement on the Ground foundation) to photograph the reality of the refugee camps on the island. More about the results: Learn More
#74: Bike Ride Across Asia
Charlie MacGregor supported Jaehoon Cho, a previous student at The Student Hotel, bike ride across Asia to meet inspired individuals and drive awareness to the Stella Foundation, an organization devoted to fighting against depression in South Korea. Watch Video
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