Meet the hosts ambassadors of Barcelona ICD 2018

03/10/2018 - 15:37 h

International Community. Burcu, Emma, Mamadou and Scott will welcome you to Barcelona in the 5th edition of the international community meeting.

When a person has just arrived in a new city, many doubts and concerns may arise. To make landing in our city easier, the Barcelona International Community Day counts again on the figure of the host ambassadors: four people from very different countries who have lived and worked in Barcelona for several years and can advise the new expats thanks to their experience.

Burcu Tunçer (Turkey), Emma Grenham (United Kingdom), Mamadou Korka Diallo (Guinea-Conakry) and Scott Mackin (United States) are the 4 host ambassadors of Barcelona ICD 2018. On October 20th, within the programme of activities, they will take part in the round table “I also moved to Barcelona” at 12:45 p.m. in the Sala Collserola. It will be a good opportunity to learn first-hand what it means to move to the Catalan capital and exchange views on what life is like in Barcelona through the lens of the international community here represented by four very different profiles.

Burcu Tunçer was born in Turkey and has been in Barcelona for four years. She came to work for Centro de Actividad Regional para el Consumo y la Producción Sostenibles of the UN Action Program for the Mediterranean. Here, she has been able to develop her professional career by combining her two fields of study: engineering and management. This professional in the booming environmental sector, appreciates Barcelona’s commitment to bicycle transport and also innovation on any front, something that “fascinates” her.

The case of Emma Grenham is very different, though usual among expats. This British woman landed in Barcelona with the intention of spending a month during a break in her professional career. Now she has lived here for 15 years, where she has been able to change her career path, as well as start a family. Emma continues to be surprised by “how old and new coexist” in Barcelona and, if she has to choose a favorite place in the city, she stays with Port Vell, where the sea breeze “reminds you that you are in a seaside city”.

Mamadou Korka Diallo, for his part, arrived in Barcelona at the age of 16, full of dreams and hopes, since his goal was to work to be able to financially help his family in Senegal. After nine years living here, this software developer from Guinea-Conakry is clear about what he likes most about this city: “Its inhabitants. It never ceases to amaze me how open and hospitable they are” he says.

Finally, Scott Mackin completes the group of hosts and hostesses of this edition of the Barcelona ICD. He is an entrepreneur and digital marketing expert who, seven years ago, came to Barcelona from the United States with his wife to continue with his MBA studies. In 2013, he founded Barcinno Media, which has become a landmark for information about the start-up scene in Barcelona and innovation. Scott also highlights how easy it is to integrate into the city: “It is a place where you feel at home from the moment you arrive. People are so welcoming that new things, places and people are discovered right away” he says. In addition, he values ​​very positively “the international character of this city”.

Precisely, these two aspects, integration and international character, are two of the elements that uphold the programme of activities of the Barcelona International Community Day 2018. Next Saturday, October 20, in its 5th edition, we will check it again with the presence of these four hosts and hostesses who will welcome the international community that comes to enjoy this unique day in Barcelona. To attend, you just have to register for free through Eventbrite here.