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aurea rivela utopicus
Utopicus Business Director

Utopicus Business Director, coordinating and managing the flexible spaces business at a strategic level.
Her experience, both in organizations of all sizes and from different sectors, as well as in technological and creative variants, has led her to focus mainly on business development at a strategic level in the Spanish business scene. In addition, Áurea stands out for her closeness and professionalism when it comes to communicating, managing projects and leading teams.

Ben Kolp
CEO The Living Room

Ben is an intrinsically driven entrepreneur fascinated by the power of networking, both online and – believe it or not – offline. He made it his personal mission to network, connect & synergise wherever he goes. By simply listening Ben learns from others about what they are good at and what they could use help with. This puts Ben in the unique position to connect people and craft synergising relationships. Especially in his role as owner and community manager at The Living Room Coworking in Málaga, he always thrives towards that same goal: A smile on people’s faces caused by win-win-win synergies.

Iris
Cofounder Women Who Cowork

Iris Kavanagh has lived in and built intentional communities since 1971. As a leader of the coworking movement since 2009, Iris has focused on supporting impactful workplace communities as places of belonging. As the founding employee, she led the NextSpace team during initial expansion from 1 location to 9 and co-founded various industry groups including the League of Extraordinary Coworking Spaces and Women Who Cowork, produced Freelance Camps and has spoken at various industry conferences. Iris gets fired up about supporting entrepreneurship when it supports the planet and is a tool of equity in the shift towards equality. A child of the wilderness, Iris reveres Nature and wild places and believes that Indigenous peoples hold the knowledge for the care and healing of Mother Earth and thus must be allowed sovereignty in their lands and way of life. A life long learner, Iris enjoys diversity of thought, and experience and actively works towards creating a world where all voices are heard and respected and all life is protected. Iris currently consults, co-leads Women Who Cowork and runs Wild Heart Bakeshop, which she started as a Covid side hustle. She lives on the unceded ancestral lands of the Awawas Speaking Uypi Tribe, the Amah-Mutsun Tribal Band of Ohlone people, today known as Santa Cruz, California with her son and various fur and feathered babies.

 

Javier
CEO IOS OFFICES

I am an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the Workspace Industry. My expertise goes from Organizational Culture to sales, infrastructure and construction, as well as customer service.
In 2007, I co founded IOS OFFICES with my brother Adrián. Today, with more than 70,000 m2 of office space in 36 IOS Centers in México, the IOS OFFICES Business Community is made up of more than 15,000 members. Practicing sports is another of my passions, I have participated in multiple marathons and one Iron-Man, as well as mountain biking and climbing.

Laura
Cofounder Women Who Cowork

Laura Shook Guzman, LMFT is a thought leader for coworking, self-care and entrepreneurial mental health. She was cited in the Huffington Post as a pioneer of coworking in Austin - How Women Change The World: With Heart, Service and Community. Laura is on a mission, connecting with people all over the world, from entrepreneurs to corporate professionals, sharing a powerful message about the value of founder mental health, collaborative work and embodied living. As an accomplished psychotherapist, trauma specialist, and devoted community leader, Laura brings enormous expertise, insight, and energy to her work. An early adopter of coworking, Laura launched Soma Vida in 2008, making it the world’s first wellness coworking community of its kind. And, in 2016, Laura partnered with coworking thought-leader, Iris Kavanagh, to launch Women Who Cowork, a global supportive platform for womxn and non-binary coworking founders.

Luis
Corporate Real Estate Director

Corporate Real Estate professional with 12+ years of experience in aspects of Portfolio Strategy, Optimization, and Flexible Solutions. 

Manu
CEO CoworkingSpain.es

Promoter of the philosophy and the industry of coworking in Spain.

Founder of the coworking space search engine CoworkingSpain.es and organizer of the Spanish Coworking Conference CwSC

Marc Navarro
Coworking Consultant

I'm Marc Navarro, coworking consultant. I help companies to create more productive work environments that improve the life and performance of people at a professional level. All with the objective that they obtain the best possible results. I have specialized in the design and execution of new coworking spaces, advising its promoters from the first phase of incubation of the project to the distribution of the space to maximize the facilities.

I am also speaker, content curator and I write about coworking, for companies and organizations of the sector. I have worked as a space director and responsible for strategy in spaces such as Utopicus and CREC Coworking. I am the content director of the CoworkingSpain Conference, content curator in the Coworking Unconference Asia and Advisor of the Latam Coworking Summit.

oscar
CEO First Work Places

Entrepreneur by nature. I studied Business Administration and Management at the UCM and did an MBA at IE Business School, taking also different Masters and Courses in Marketing, Digital Communication and graphic and web design. My professional experience has been developed in different areas and departments from small to large companies in various sectors, such as Publicis, Caixabank or Grupo 7 Viajes. This has provided me with a global vision and knowledge of business to leap into entrepreneurship, where I first developed an advertising agency, setting up at the same time different businesses, ecommerce and technology, focusing since 2009 on what First workplaces is today.

 

Paula Almansa
Co-Founder Loom

Paula is cofounder of LOOM and Impact Hub Madrid, both coworking spaces, plus cofounder of other technology start-ups. She has more than 12 years experience in entrepreneurship and other 12 years experience in investment banking advising in Mergers&Acquisitions. She has been mentor and tutor at Wayra, IE Venture Lab and the European Investment Bank. She holds degrees in Business Administration, Law and Psychology and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. She is a Negotiations professor at IE Business School and IE University.

Pauline Roussel
Co-founder and CEO at Coworkies

Pauline Roussel is the co-founder and CEO of Coworkies, a global job board targeted at the coworking and flexible workspace industry. Over the last 5 years, and together with her partner Dimitar Inchev, the duo traveled the world of collaborative workspaces to better understand their impact on a global scale. Visiting over 400 coworking, coliving and makerspaces across 47 cities have pushed Pauline and Dimitar to write a book called "Around The World in 250 Coworking Spaces." The book explores different approaches to coworking and offers an opportunity to founders from around the world to share their stories with a larger audience. 

Philippe Jiménez
Country Manager IWG

Philippe Jiménez is currently country manager for Spain and vice president of sales for Southern Europe and Benelux at IWG. Jiménez began his career at the company 27 years ago and throughout that time has held various positions of responsibility. In 2013, he was appointed as a country manager for Spain and West Africa. In 2019, he was appointed commercial vice president for Southern Europe and Benelux, while retaining his position as country manager for IWG Spain. Philippe Jiménez has a degree in Business Administration from the Sorbonne University in Paris and an MBA in international business from CESCI in Paris.

Rubén Carreño
Head of Advisory for Corporations - CBRE

Rubén Carreño is responsible for consulting for companies at CBRE, with the mission of increasing the value that workspaces and the Real Estate function contribute to the strategy of organizations. From CBRE Advisory he provides advice to large corporations in the transformation of Real Estate Areas, Portfolio Optimization, design of work models and adoption of strategic initiatives, such as flexibility, well-being and digital and non-digital transformation leveraged in spaces as an element energizer. He has 20 years of experience in the field of strategy, technology and operations. He joined CBRE from KPMG, where he assumed the role of Chief Transformation Officer, being responsible for multiple optimization and transformation initiatives, both at the process, people and technology level. He is an Industrial Engineer with an Executive Development Program from the Instituto de Empresa. CBRE is the leading real estate consulting and services company internationally and in Spain, serving the main corporations throughout the Real Estate value chain.

Sarah Colwell
Research Executive, The Instant Group

Sarah works as a Research Executive within The Instant Group’s Research and Insight team, focussing on primary research and generating market insight reports. Since her move to Instant in 2003, Sarah has worked across various departments, establishing her as a leading flex workspace expert. Her diverse experience injects innovation into our research and encourages us to rethink how we analyse data.

Uri
CEO & Co-founder HIT Cowork

More than 5 years of experience as CEO & Co-Founder of HIT, one of the key players in the coworking & flexible office provider market in Latin America.

Currently operating 11 spaces with 30,000m2 across 3 countries, with 5,000 members and $10m gross revenues, with a team of 60 people.

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