Today the president of the Gran Canaria Island Council (Cabildo), Antonio Morales, welcomed the 70 participants of the second ‘Uvas de Talento’ gathering, the rendezvous that gathers professionals from the island who work abroad to encourage them to exchange experiences, contacts and synergies.
The event, held at the premises of the Corporation for the Economic Development of Gran Canaria (SPEGC), was aimed at members of the ‘Gran Canaria Talent’ network which already includes almost 800 professional people, most of whom are young ones who emigrated to receive training or out of necessity and who eventually found strategic jobs and are now connected via this network driven by the Cabildo of Gran Canaria through the SPEGC.
At the second edition of ‘Uvas de talento’, which also included business and professional people who work in Gran Canaria, there were two round-table debates moderated by the journalist from Gran Canaria, Nicolás Castellano. Their purpose was to promote opinions on “Round-trip talent” and they had input from Jaime López, executive director at Theam.io, Diego López, vicepresident of SWF Coverage at PwC (New York), José Julio Artiles, executive director of Satocan (Gran Canaria) and Néstor Rodríguez, managing director of Atrineao (Germany).
Participants in the second round table analysed the opportunities in Gran Canaria to attract investors and businesses with Germán Suárez, executive director at Astican (Gran Canaria), Pritesh Hiralal, cofounder of Zinergy (UK), Ida Stier, executive director of Grupo Stier (Gran Canaria) and Daniel Barman, in charge of Business Development at Grenergy Renovables (Chile).
This long-awaited event is celebrated at Christmas because this is when most members coincide on the island, although the SPEGC also organised the first meeting for people from Gran Canaria in Madrid in November 2016 and the first after-work session in London in March 2017.
Many of the talents said that this network has helped them start collaboration with businesses established abroad and has spurred contact to resolve doubts and exchange experiences between islanders who reside in the same city or continent.