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About CDA

Creative Dialogue Association (CDA) is a non-profit independent association based in Barcelona, the fourth most creative city in the world.*
*According to a survey of one hundred top professionals carried out by the Barcelona Design Centre.

CDA devotes itself to devising and implementing programs focused on creative human capital development in the area of creative economy. CDA also offers consultancy services within these areas of expertise.


CDA was founded in 2009 with the mission to act as an engine for the transformation of social, economic and human relationships by empowering the creative scene.

This mission is achieved through an international platform of knowledge transfer, bringing together creative professionals, experts, institutions, producers and representatives of the creative industries with the aim of establishing a common space for creativity and innovation, and promoting dialogue between creative disciplines in different countries.


CDA designs programs based on the local needs. With the support of local partners and through research, CDA devises and develops programs and strategies to foster creative and technical capacities for local creative community.

Issues to be addressed by CDA may include:

  • Lack of information and research programs in creative fields.
  • Lack of continuous training programs in the creative and technical fields addressed to local creatives.
  • Difficulty for young professionals to access a national and international network for promoting their product or to establish interdisciplinary collaboration among professionals from different fields.

About CDA


Samer Yamani

Founder & Director

In addition to his experience as a multi-disciplinary designer & art director, he develops human capital development programs in the field of the creative industries. He has been the author and the creative director of various national and international projects.

Samer lectures and teaches design and creativity in several design schools and universities in Spain. He was chosen by the British Council to participate in CLI cultural leadership international programme (design & creative economy sector.) He was also editor in chief of Architecture Creations magazine (Syria) from 2005 until 2008. His work has been published in several design magazines and newspapers in Spain and the MENA Region.

Miquel Arnal


Photographer, creative professional and art director.

Lauded as one of the leading Spanish advertising photographers, he combines this work with personal projects, in which he experiments with Polaroid, video and collage. He has carried out campaigns for Volkswagen, Nissan, Oysho, Coca-Cola, Jean Patou, Nike, Levis, Lacoste, Lois, Sardà, Dodotis, La Caixa and Banco Santander, among others.

His work has been exhibited in festivals and exhibitions such as Foco Norte Santander, BAC, Bang Festival and Stampa, among others. He collaborated with the UN for the project “Water” World Expo 2008 in Zaragoza and “Aleppo Capital of Islamic Culture”.

He is currently Director of Studies at Idep Barcelona, where he is also a teacher.

Dr. Jordi Tresserras Juan


PhD in Geography and History. Founder and Director of LABPATC – Laboratory of Heritage, Creativity and Cultural Tourism Faculty of Geography and History, Barcelona University.

Advisor to international organizations (World Bank, BID, OMT, UNESCO, European Council, European Union, OEI, SICA) and cooperation agencies (AECID, Alliance Française, Cooperazione Italiana allo Sviluppo, Cooperation Suisse, GTZ-GIZ). Member of ICOM and ICOMOS.

Postgraduate coordinator of "Cultural Tourism" and "International Cultural Cooperation" at the Universitat de Barcelona.

His areas of speciality are: creative industries, international cultural diplomacy: international cultural relationships, cultural cooperation for development and foreign cultural action, cultural and gastronomic tourism and cultural routes.

Project Managers

Mariella Franzoni

Cultural Manager
PhD Candidate - Barcelona PFU

Visual Studies, Anthropology of Art and Curating

Yaiza Cardo Ramírez

Cultural Manager, Marketing Specialist
Bachelor of Journalism - Madrid UCM

Master of International Relations specializing in the Middle East - Madrid UCM

Jose Alberto Gonzalez Vega

Cultural Manager, Art Director
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Master of Cultural Management - Barcelona UB