“If I took the stories of documentaries and told them as fiction, no one would believe them”

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Loris Omedes (Barcelona, 1964) began his filmmaking career in special effects. From 1982 to 1992, he headed the special effects department at a company called Amalgama. One of his projects was to coordinate the special effects for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. A few years earlier, in 1989, ...

“Being creative is about building new connections based on existing concepts”

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Fernando Trias de Bes (Barcelona, 1967) is a writer, economist and professor specialized in marketing and innovation. At the age of 35, he wrote Good Luck: Create the Conditions for Success in Life and Business, which was translated into 35 languages and sold over 3 million copies. Since then he has continued to publish prolifically, ...

“Everyone can achieve what they want”

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Asha Miró (Nasik, 1967) was one of the first adopted children to arrive in Catalonia in the 1970s. Her story exemplifies determination, effort and sacrifice as she gradually achieved everything she set out to do. In addition to teaching (her childhood dream), she is a writer, illustrator and TV presenter. Her life is inextricably linked ...

“Solidarity isn’t an action. It should be a constant in our lives.”

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Miguel Ángel Tobías (Barakaldo, 1968) is an actor, producer, director and socially committed filmmaker. Thirteen years ago he created Españoles en el Mundo, and six years ago he decided to shoot a social documentary every year. He announced it publicly and has succeeded thus far. His mission: to tell stories that would otherwise never get ...

José Miguel Martínez Zapater: “The wine industry needs a stronger commitment to science”

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José Miguel Martínez Zapater (Logroño, 1958) has headed the Instituto de Ciencias de la Vid y del Vino (Vine and Wine Science Institute) since 2008.  The goal in founding the institute was to generate new knowledge and technology in Viticulture and Enology.  Even as a child, he wanted to be a scientist. His homeland, a ...

Álex Sàlmon: “No threat has ever made me change a front page”

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Álex Sàlmon (Barcelona, 1962) is the director of the El Mundo newspaper’s Catalonia edition. Calm, elegant and polite, he invited us into his office on Barcelona's Passeig de Gràcia. Books, newspapers, magazines, papers: an organized disorder. The perfect setting to talk about journalism.   When did you decide to become a journalist? The profession picked me. I wanted ...

“When you’re doing what you love, giving up sleep isn’t much of a sacrifice”

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Mercedes Balcells is a biomedical engineer and the coordinator of the RDI program at IQS-MIT. She divides her time between Barcelona and Boston. Through passion, determination and hard work, she has achieved her childhood dream of becoming a researcher. Modern technology makes it easy for her to stay in touch with friends and family on ...