A major event for the city’s business-minded expat community, Barcelona International Community Day returns this month for its 9th edition. For anyone within Barcelona’s talent ecosystem and especially for those looking to make breakthroughs and get connected, this free event is absolutely unmissable.
Barcelona International Community Day 2022 will take place on Saturday 22nd October from 10 am until 7 pm at the event’s regular venue, the Barcelona Maritime Museum. This year’s slogan, “You feel Barcelona. You make Barcelona” embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of the city; a city that acts as a constant source of inspiration to its many diverse inhabitants.
Settling in, doing business, and socializing
The event will feature an extensive program of more than 60 activities throughout the day, including informative talks and workshops, networking activities, live music, and activities for children.
The activities will revolve around three main themes: settling in the city, with information on legal and tax issues and how the education and health systems work; doing business or pursuing a professional career; and enjoying and socializing in the city, with the help of dynamic networking events to build personal and professional networks.
Around 100 speakers and experts from all over the world will be taking part, the majority in English. Barcelona International Welcome Desk will be there too, the municipal service for international talent that provides personalized information and guidance.
However, it’s not all work and no play. Another first for this year’s event will be an epic after-party. After all… this is Barcelona we’re talking about.
This year’s hosts
Every year, the Barcelona International Community Day organizers choose a selection of inspirational figures to host the event. Each of these hosts will tell their own personal success story, giving their first-hand experience of moving to Barcelona, settling in, and eventually thriving in this wonderful city.
This year’s hosts are:
Neema Bal Nelly
A Congolese entrepreneur, Neema Bal Nelly came to Barcelona in 2017. After studying business management she transitioned into tech, founding EMEA Venture Builder: a tech company creating artificial intelligence solutions to improve efficiency for companies all over the world.
Mexico-born Amilcar Vargas is the director of World Heritage at Casa Batlló – Gaudí’s mesmerizing creation in the center of the city. He arrived in 2012 to study for a Master’s in management of cultural institutions and companies. Just a decade later, he’s now tasked with promoting and preserving the magic of one of Spain’s most renowned landmarks.
A dancer and choreographer from India, Shreyashee Nag founded her own dance company and Indian dance school shortly after moving to Barcelona in 2017. Before moving to the city, she enjoyed a successful corporate career. But moving to the city she calls “the pearl of the Mediterranean” inspired her artistic side and she hasn’t looked back since.
Editor of the city’s leading English language magazine Barcelona Metropolitan, Victor Horcasitas arrived in Barcelona in 1995. Aside from running day-to-day operations at the Metropolitan, he invests in various tech companies in the city, focusing mainly on organizations that cultivate entrepreneurship, empower women, and assist vulnerable people with health problems.
An entrepreneur, business consultant, and university lecturer from Slovakia, Bibiana ‘Bibi’ Cunningham helps bring digital transformation to small and medium-sized businesses. She is the founding executive of Businesscure and the managing director of Business for Breakfast Spain, a virtual networking ecosystem for professionals.
Originally from Turkey, Emrah Ulucakar lived in various parts of Europe before moving to Barcelona with his wife in March 2020. He is now the regional human resources director at Bunge, a multinational agribusiness and food company.
Partners & collaborators
As with every year, 2022’s event sees the return of key partners as well as the support of new collaborators. Premium sponsor Banco Sabadell returns for another year, joined by the likes of Barcelona Activa, ERES Relocation Services, MAPFRE, and Page Personnel.
La Vanguardia will return as the key media partner. Also adding additional support for this year’s event are the Association of Independent Private Schools of Catalonia (EPIC), the Old Irish Pub, and the children’s play center Just for Kids.
So, save the date – Saturday 22nd October from 10 am until 7 pm at the Barcelona Maritime Museum. Register for free and come and get inspired! And don’t forget… this year’s edition will include an after-party. Don’t miss out!
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