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Parages, Jacobo

Born in Madrid, he has a degree in Commercial Management and Marketing, has always worked in the marketing and communication area in different multinationals in England and Spain, managing teams and leading projects in both countries

At age 28, he was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a very painful chronic rheumatologic disease. He took on the new situation as a challenge and twenty years later he is a successful businessman, an expert in marketing and communication with 25 years of experience. In addition, in 2013 he overcame a malignant tumor. Despite his illnesses, he has been able to swim twice the Strait of Gibraltar and the 40 kilometers of the Menorca Channel in the last three years. His leitmotif is “we have no limits.”

Jacobo Parages is an international lecturer, motivator and also a teacher in business schools and universities, he is entertaining, emotional and adapts his content to different forums, transmits an optimistic and positive message. He considers a priority mission to offer conferences on overcoming, motivating and achieving challenges, to help both work teams in companies, as well as anyone looking for keys to success, but his professional and personal experience has made him an ideal speaker to bring a clear message of motivation and teamwork to organizations. Organizations such as Coca Cola – Banco Santander – BBVA – Unilever – Mapfre – BMW – Leo Pharma – Gas Natural – Pfizer – Orange – Deutsche Bank – Hewlett Packard – Ie University – Esic – Francisco de Vitoria University – UEM / Real Madrid – Cruzcampo Foundation have counted on him as a lecturer, teacher or trainer, in addition to many colleges, universities and business schools.

He is much more than a person who lives with a chronic disease and who has achieved remains that few people have achieved. He is a marketing and communication professional with experience in the companies United Biscuits, Tetra Pak, Ka International, Boulanger, Impacto Servicios de Direct marketing. In 2010 he founded the agency Aubyn Comunicación and in 2013 he created Active Control, a pioneering company dedicated to the control of outdoor advertising actions in Spain. He has also created his personal brand JPR.

His sporting challenges are part of his way of dealing with the disease and he executes them linked to different foundations such as the Down Syndrome Foundation in Madrid or the Uno Entre Cien thousand Foundation and its fight against childhood cancer. It is in this spirit that he has crossed the Strait of Gibraltar twice by swimming and has been the first AD patient to swim across the Menorca Channel.

He is the author of the book: “What I learned from pain”, a book written positively and through which he shares his conviction that we can all achieve our dreams and goals and we have the enormous capacity to understand the opportunity behind pain and adversity. It combines, in an emotional and personal way, the ingredients of human resilience: overcoming, effort and adaptation and invites us to follow the steps to achieve what we propose: insist, risk and act.