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Leah Pattem - Founder and editor of Madrid No Frills
Mel is a highly capable photographer and photojournalist who excels at every job she applies herself to, no matter how challenging the task. Having worked with her numerous times, I have absolute faith that she will always capture the story with accuracy, sensitivity and professionalism while also producing beautiful imagery with the power to captivate both a local and global audience. I'm lucky to have crossed paths with her in the journalism world and look forward to working with her again in the near future.
Jana Marlé-Zizková: Closing the gender gap in tech
When Czech entrepreneur Jana Marlé-Zizková started her passion project, She Loves Data, she couldn’t have anticipated its global reach. Today, the organization empowers women to become tomorrow's leaders with volunteers in 18 countries and a community of over 30,000 members.
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The Korean luthier keeping one of Spain's disappearing traditions alive
Right at the intersection of Divino Pastor and Monteleón, in the heart of lively Malasaña, there is a sign that reads ‘Guitarra Ángel Benito Aguado’. If we are lucky enough to find the blinds up, we can see luthier Yunah Park inside, working with silent dedication.
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Empty Spain: The Valley of Fornela
It’s a cloudy and chilly March Saturday in the Valley of Fornela. There are no customers in the bar of the local albergue, only a man called León sitting quietly by the fireplace. “In winter, there are only four of us”, he says while he waits for his café con leche to cool down. He is one of the few remaining residents of Peranzanes, the capital of the valley. All four of his daughters, as most of the youth and adult population, have migrated to urban hubs in search for better opportunities.