Curator #204: Joan A. Català

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Hi there! My name is Joan Anton Català (@estelsiplanetes on twitter). I am 55 years old, and live in Sant Cugat del Vallès with my wonderful family (wife and two daughters).

Let me share with you my two passions.

My first passion: people. I work as a consultant at Leading-On, which I founded back in 2008. This is a company specialized in change & talent management, and execution (http://leading-on.com). Of course, our focus is on people. Previously I had worked for more than 20 years in the ITC sector, in companies like T-Systems or debis IT Services. As I like change, I occupied diverse positions in the companies I worked with: business development, innovation, corporate strategy, and human resources.

I studied general management at IESE, and I have a “Leading Execution” certificate by the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

My second passion: astronomy. This interest began when I was a child, and has flourished ever since. The skies, the universe, is for me not only a place for science, but also for inspiration and self-awareness. This is the reason why I devote a lot of time doing science outreach, sharing with people the fascinating and amazing things of our cosmos. Our own history. I lecture, teach, write books, and collaborate with Observatories and media (TV, radio, and press). I publish my astrophotos here: http://catalaaltarriba.com, and I maintain a blog in Catalan here: http//estelsiplanetes.blogspot.com.

I have a BSc in Quantum Chemistry, and a Master in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

About a year ago, family & friends pushed me to combine these 2 passions. That was quite a challenge! The result was a pioneering methodology to facilitate and guide business discussions by using astronomy. The product has been registered as “A Space to Grow”, and we have successfully worked with more than 200 top executives from different industries so far. Business and astronomy. Who would have imagined!

I am very proud to be the curator of @CatalanVoices this week. I will share with you bits of the sky, wonders of the cosmos, and ammunition to foster the imagination while looking up at the starry night.

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