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Tampere Ambassador: Natalia Rincon

1.Where are you from?

Mexico

2. What would you like to tell about yourself?

Results-Driven. High-Energy. Passionate. - I’m running a startup focused in Smart Cities. I’m an architect by profession and nowadays I'm also writing my Doctoral Dissertation in urban planning. I complement my Architecture practice with a strong background in Computer Science. I dedicate my free time to the Green Party, where I serve as a deputy councilor in Tampere and as a member in several urban planning boards. During my life, I have learnt to withstand adverse situations, which have granted me with a resilient and creative personality. I learnt to stand for my beliefs and question the status quo. I value hardship. I don't assume success. I live with the idea that good leaders are characterised by boldness, responsibility and kindness; three areas in my life that I improve daily.
Lastly, my motivation behind my work/hobbies is always the people, as I strongly believe that this world should be a better place for everyone.

3. What makes Tampere special for you?

If I could use a quote from a famous urban planner I would say this: “When I lived in Paris, I wished I were there in the 1860s, as the city was undergoing dramatic social and urban transformations that marked its destiny. When I lived in New York, I wished I had been there in the 1910s, when massive migration and city-building were forming its inimitable character. And when I lived in Los Angeles, I wished I had been there in the 1950s, at its defining decade. Living in Tampere over the past years has made me realize that I am finally in the right place at the right time." - – Tampere is in a moment of change. It has all the right elements to position itself as one of the most important cities in Finland, an a competitive one in the international scene.

4Tell about your professional activities?

I’m running a startup focused in Smart Cities. I’m an architect by profession and nowadays I'm also writing my Doctoral Dissertation in urban planning. I complement my Architecture practice with a strong background in Computer Science. I dedicate my free time to the Green Party, where I serve as a deputy councilor in Tampere and as a member in several urban planning boards.

5What is your involvement in international activities?

Currently our startup is scaling to different forerunner cities, this is an immediate opportunity that I want to foster. Moreover, my educational background servers me as a platform for international connections around EU, Malaysia, USA and Mexico.

6. What is your mission as a Tampere Ambassador?

My work and life constantly allow me to speak about Tampere, hence my mission would be to be a good example of the possibilities that Tampere offers for anyone who chooses it as a place of residence or business.

7. What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?

Tampere is in a moment of change. It has all the right elements to position itself as one of the most important cities in Finland, an a competitive one in the international scene. Furthermore, it is possible to develop Tampere for it to become a hub for innovation, smart cities, and international know how.