Speakers

  • Jan Gehl

    Architect and urbanist

    Gehl is an architect, professor and consultant on urban design. His career has focused on improving the quality of urban life by reorienting the design of the city towards pedestrians, public life and cyclists. His books have been published in more than 40 languages.

  • Javier Goyeneche

    Founder

    Ecoalf

    When award-winning entrepreneur Goyeneche became frustrated with the amount of waste produced by the fashion industry, he decided to launch Ecoalf. The brand produces clothing, shoes and accessories all made from recycled materials. In 2015 Ecoalf embarked upon its most ambitious project yet: Upcycling the Oceans, which helps to remove waste from said waters.

  • Julia Hobsbawm

    Author and social commentator

    Hobsbawm is a leading commentator on the future of work, technology and digital distraction. She founded the content and connection business Editorial Intelligence in 2005. Fully Connected: Social Health in an Age of Overload was shortlisted for Business Book of the Year and Management Book of the Year.

  • Pablo Soler and Daniel Fletcher

    Primavera Sound

    Soler co-founded Primavera Sound in 2001. He studied law in Barcelona but, after trying his hand as a criminal lawyer, soon decided to work in the music business instead. Fletcher has collaborated with Primavera Sound throughout its history. He is also an associate professor at IE School of Architecture & Design.

  • Adam Moss

    Former editor in chief

    'New York Magazine'

    During Moss’s 15 years at New York Magazine he oversaw an ambitious digital expansion, with the magazine and digital properties widely recognised for editorial excellence. He ran five digital publications in addition to New York that collectively reach an audience of 50 million visitors each month.

  • Montse Guillén

    Chef and founder

    El Internacional

    Guillén was born in Spain. She opened the restaurant Tapas/Bar El Internacional in 1984 with artist Antoni Miralda in New York’s Tribeca neighbourhood. The mix of food and art (a combination that she’s continued to use in her numerous creative projects) attracted artists, actors, business people and politicians.

  • Miquel Àngel Vaquer

    Chairman

    Casa Mariol

    Vaquer took the reins of his family’s winery near Tarragona in 2010 and spearheaded a resurgence of vermouth in Spain. He has worked with brands including Heineken, Moët Hennessy and Carhartt, and conceived restaurants in Barcelona, such as Bar Nou. Vaquer recently relocated to Madrid, where he is working on several food-related projects.

  • Nolo Botana and Pablo Caballero

    Founders

    Hola Coffee and Misión Café

    After Caballero won the Spanish Barista Championship in 2016 and Botana came second in a national coffee-roasting competition, the pair decided to open their own coffee shop and roastery. It was an instant success. In 2018 they opened a second location, Misión Café, more focused on food and pastries.

  • Olga Kefalogianni

    Former Greek minister of tourism

    Kefalogianni was born in Athens in 1975. Trained in law and international relations, she has served as a legal advisor to the prime minister between 2004 and 2006 and as minister of tourism from 2012 to 2015. She is currently the shadow minister for culture and sports.

  • Ron Haviv

    Co-founder

    VII

    Haviv is an award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of photo agency VII, who has been documenting conflict and raising awareness of human-rights issues for the past three decades. He has published four collections of photography, and his work has been displayed in the Louvre, the United Nations and the Council on Foreign Relations.

  • Pablo Carrington

    Hotelier

    Carrington opened Villa Soro in San Sebastian, one of Spain’s first boutique hotels, in 2003. Inspired by its success, he created Marugal Hotel Management, specialised in four and five-star luxury boutique hotels. The company now has nine properties in France and Spain, including the iconic Cap Rocat in Mallorca.

  • Inés Miro-Sans

    Co-founder

    Casa Bonay

    Miro-Sans is the talented creative behind hotel Casa Bonay. A strategic developer with a unique vision regarding hospitality, she started her career at Hotel Omm, followed by Eurostar and then Ace Hotel in New York, where she worked as a brand strategist. In 2013 she founded Casa Bonay in Barcelona, in partnership with Luis Rullán.

  • Enric Pastor

    Editor

    'Architectural Digest'

    After studying journalism in Madrid, Pastor joined ‘El Mundo’ in 1998 as style writer. He went on to become editor of the newspaper’s travel supplement and later its politics section. In 2005 he joined Condé Nast Spain to create the editorial concept for the Spanish edition of ‘AD Architectural Digest’, which launched in 2006.

  • Clarissa Ward

    Chief international correspondent

    CNN

    Multi-award-winning journalist Ward is based in London. For more than 15 years she has reported from front lines around the world, including Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. She speaks fluent French and Italian, conversational Russian, Arabic and Spanish and basic Mandarin. She graduated with distinction from Yale University.

  • Nicolas Hénin

    Freelance journalist

    Hénin has been working as a freelance war correspondent for 15 years, covering frontlines in the Middle East and Africa, from the US invasion of Iraq to Arab-Spring revolutions. In 2013 he was held hostage in Syria for 10 months by Islamic State. He now runs Action Resilience, a counter-terrorism consultancy.

  • Rosana A Agrelo

    Co-founder and CCO

    The Painter’s Wife

    After working in creative and executive roles in the fashion and art industries, in 2017 Agrelo co-founded the lifestyle brand for dogs and their owners. Based in Galicia, in the northwest of Spain, the brand uses the finest materials, developed by local artisans. The Painter’s Wife supports sustainable and environmentally responsible production in the region.

  • Carlos Zamora

    Restaurateur

    Spanish chef Zamora graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and has worked in hospitality since the 1990s. He now runs runs eight restaurants, including Madrid’s La Carmencita and Celso y Manolo. His nonprofit firm feeds organic food to 1,200 school children per day. A separate consultancy promotes organic produce from small farmers.

  • Carla Sozzani

    Founder

    10 Corso Como

    Sozzani founded 10 Corso Como in 1991. It was union of culture and commerce in a single place with photography, fashion, design, music and cuisine. It also marked the beginning of a new concept experience: slow shopping.

  • Nacho Alegre

    Co-founder

    'Apartamento' magazine

    Alegre is a photographer and publisher based in Barcelona. In 2008 he co-founded ‘Apartamento’ magazine, where he acts as publisher and creative director. He has worked for the likes of Phillip Lim, ‘Vogue’, ‘GQ’, and Urban Outfitters.

  • Hannah Carter Owers

    Director

    Universal Design Studio

    Owers joined Universal Design Studio in 2003 and has directed the practice for more than a decade, overseeing expansion into commercial and cultural sectors across the globe that has quadrupled its size. Recent work includes the development of Fortnum and Mason’s most recent hospitality project in London and consultation on British Airways’ premium offerings.

  • Javier Moreno Barber

    Editor in chief

    'El País América'

    Barber studied chemistry at university but, in 1992, he switched to journalism and joined ‘El País’. Between 2006 and 2014 he was the paper’s editor in chief. Afterwards, he was editorial director of Prisa and founding director of the Leading European Newspaper Alliance. In June 2018, he joined ‘El País América’.

  • Nina Masó

    Interior designer, co-founder

    Santa & Cole

    Masó, an interior designer from Barcelona, co-founded Santa & Cole in 1985 as a design editing company, a new concept in Spain at the time. After a long career in interior design, she is now the editor of the Indoor Catalogue, which curates selected objects and its authors.

  • Antonio Roig

    Clothier

    Roig has been in the textile industry since 1999. After working as a buyer for brands such as Prada and Jil Sander at a high-end fashion business based in Madrid, in 2006 he returned to his hometown of Palma to start his own business. He now has three shops and his own clothing line, Mews.

  • Many more speakers to be announced