Originally from Barcelona, Laia is a local activist, cultural agitator and anthropologist.
She is currently policy advisor for the Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture at the Mayor of London’s Office where she champions culture as a vital ingredient to make the capital a better city for all. Laia is a believer in allowing informal culture to flourish as well as creating a healthy landscape for cultural institutions and individual artists. Previously, she led major national and international high-profile projects including award winning Blast for the BBC, and a number of innovative projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the London International Festival of Theatre, Tate Modern and Southbank Centre.
She is active in Hackney, where she lives since 1996 founding the first parent-run nursery in the borough, setting up a street market, volunteering for the local night shelter and currently Chair of Trustees at Chats Palace Arts Centre.
Why are we afraid to judge?
"Although 'battle' suggests destruction, these were some of the most constructive debates I've taken part in. This was civilised conflict in the best sense of both words."
Julian Baggini, author, Welcome to Everytown: A Journey into the English Mind, and The Ego Trick