Writer and journalist , Jaume Sanllorente (Barcelona , 1976 ) graduated in Journalism at the Universitat Ramon Llull (Barcelona). He studied Development Cooperation at the Institute of Peace Studies and Cooperation and later at the Institute of United Nations Studies in India. He was recently selected by the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School for the course on Strategic Management for world's NGO leaders.
He did the Course for Paramedical Staff at the Leprosy Fontilles Institute (Alicante, Spain) and several courses on human resources , leadership and marketing in institutions like Mafoi Consulting or S. P. Jain Institute of Technology and Research in Mumbai.
After finishing his career , he moved to London for a year. After that, he went back to Barcelona and worked in several media, like Barcelona TV or COM Radio. He was also the Catalonia's delegate for Comercio Exterior (International trade's magazine).
He is the author of the books "La costurera de Dacca" (Espasa), "El poder de las sonrisas" (Conecta) and the Spanish best seller "Bombay Smiles, the trip that changed my life", published in more than 8 countries with a foreword by Dominique Lapierre. He is also the author of the novel "La canción de la concubina" and the book "El poder de las sonrisas", and co-author of "Bombay , beyond the smiles".
Jaume Sanllorente is also a regular lecturer at the University of Barcelona, where he teaches at the masters for Leadership and Personal Development. He has been a member of the advisory committee of the International Symposium on Poverty Alleviation in a World Market, by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai.
He currently holds the position of president of the Mumbai Smiles NGO (he is also the founder). He also chairs the Advisory Board of the NGO against leprosy JAL and he is an active patron of the Corporación Valora Foundation.
He has received, among others , the Axuda 2007 award, the Tierno Galván award to the Human Values, the "Caring Young" Award of the Film Festival of Castilla y León, and the Gold Medal of the Spanish Association of European Development. he is also the honorary godfather of the twenty-second promotion of the Catalan police and the World's Ambassador of the Bombay Leprosy Project. The Government of Spain awarded him in 2009 with the Cruz de Oficial de la Orden del Mérito Civil (Officer's Cross of the Order of Civil Merit) for his "extraordinary contribution in the fight against poverty".
His methods of leadership and entrepreneurship are a regular subject in universities and business schools such as IESE (publisher of the case study " Mumbai Smiles").