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INSIGHTS / MOVERS AND SHAKERS

Cecilia Tham: the power of shifting paradigms

Spain · Dec 04, 2018· By Emanuela Ferraro

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The embodiment of unconventional thinking and creativity, this female entrepreneur from Hong Kong has been pioneering social transformation within Barcelona's startup ecosystem since 2011. 

Visionary and serial entrepreneur Cecilia Tham's love of creativity, design, forms, and structures brought her to - and kept her in - Barcelona.

“From the start, I felt that the entire city is steeped in design, not only aesthetically, but also in terms of history and its creative environment. It’s something I've noticed and that I haven’t felt in other cities,” she recalled, noting how Barcelona was both a birthplace and playground for creative thinking and design.

Born in Hong Kong, Tham grew up in Macau where her family moved to soon after her birth. She was 14 when her family relocated to the US. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters of Science in Architecture from Harvard University, she moved to Spain, where her entrepreneurial journey began with the setting up Makers of Barcelona (MOB) in 2011.

Edited by Gareth Gardiner Jones

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