Future synthesist and entrepreneur – invested in developing future-making capabilities
Cecilia MoSze Tham is the founder and current principal at Futurity Studio. It is a research and design development studio based in Barcelona, Spain. She joined Alpha Telefonica in 2018 as the Senior Social Technologist and Futures Synthesist. Her role involved matching deep tech technology to solve global challenges with viable business models for the future.
A serial entrepreneur, Cecilia MoSze Tham has founded multiple companies like MOB, Makers of Barcelona, FabCafe, and allwomen.tech. The latter is an AI training school for women by women to build the next generation of women in tech.
Cecilia MoSze Tham was a fellow at the Global Solutions Program s at Singular University where she focused on applying exponential technologies in finding impactful and meaningful solutions for global challenges at NASA Ames Research Centre, Mountain View California. She also filled the role of Singularity University Barcelona Chapter Ambassador.
With a Master’s degree in architecture from Harvard and a degree in biology from Emory University, Cecilia MoSze Tham is the recipient of the Wheelwright Travelling Fellowship and the Faculty Design Award from Harvard University. She is currently a senior adjunct of the faculty of Parsons New School Global Executive Master for Strategic Design and Management and a visiting faculty member for the Social Innovation Programme at Toulouse Business School.
These days on the advisory board of the UN World Food Programme and BIDLab, she is a former member of the advisory board for the city government of Barcelona. She also served on various executive advisory boards for, amongst others, Barcelona Global, SWAN, and the City Government of Barcelona.
Someone who regularly contributes to or appears in various media, her publication Hackable Cities, written together with students at Parsons New School, won the Design for Well Being Award in 2015. She is the recipient of the Creative Entrepreneur of the year award in 2017, Design for Wellbeing Award Recipient, and a Harvard Wheelwright Scholar.
A sought-after conference speaker, Cecilia MoSze Tham speaks on various futurist topics as well as the role of women in technology. A ‘creator of the future’, she lives in Spain and presents in English and Spanish.
“I had the pleasure of working with Cecilia for our 2019 Global Innovation Forum that is held annually in London. Cecilia delivered a well-structured and carefully prepared futuristic talk at the event. It was highly rated by the audience and was described as fantastic, thought-provoking and practical. Cecilia was super friendly, easy to work with and professional throughout the whole project. I look forward to keep collaborating in future.”
“Cecilia gave one of the most interesting and engaging keynote addresses at Sweden's largest event for internet professionals, The Internet Days in Stockholm 2019, where I was the moderator and one of the organizers. Her enthusiasm and energetic delivery really made the event come alive, and the audience was very happy with her talk, giving it glowing reviews afterwards. I would happily recommend Cecilia as speaker for any conference!”
“Cecilia gave a powerful talk at the Global Innovation Forum 2019 - full of insight and provocative questions as to how we want to shape the future of autonomous commerce. She presented with real purpose and confidence, and helped kick the conference off in true style. Thank you for sharing Cecilia.”
“I would like to enthusiastically recommend Cecilia Tham and her work during her tenure at Alpha. Cecilia was a member of my team for 2 years and performed exceptionally. At Alpha, Cecilia’s work focused on developing Moonshot candidates: projects that would affect 100’s of Millions of people, be a force for good on the planet, and grow into billion dollar businesses. Her responsibility was to generate ideas, and then develop Moonshot candidates by exploring the technology that would make them possible, the business models that would make them viable, and the future scenarios that would make them desirable. Cecilia is a very rare animal. She has an exceptional ability to think creatively—way outside the box. Yet she is also able to ground her creativity to the real challenges of running a business, launching new products, and solving real problems. One of her biggest strengths is coming up to speed surprisingly quickly on very complex topics. As she develops her understanding, she’s able to synthesize new approaches to solving problems. She thinks both laterally, and deeply; she’s a complex systems thinker, and has found a way to apply her ideas directly to the problems she is working on. As a member of a very diverse and high-performing team at Alpha, Cecilia was a great team player. Although she was a senior member of my team and led many of our marquee candidates, she often jumped into supporting roles without hesitation. Her teamwork style mirrors her intellectual capacity: versatile, flexible, fast, comfortable with complexity, and always mission/solution focused. Cecilia is a world class creative thinker and imagineer. She would be a phenomenal addition to any team challenged with solving large, difficult, and complex problems. I recommend Cecilia to any organization that would be lucky enough to have her.”
“Cecilia was our speaker at Green Tech Festival in Berlin 24th of May 2019 on Sustainable development. She did an incredibly professional keynote and engaged the audience in her message emotionally, which speakers rarely do. She was smiling, confident, engaging, vulnerable and really genuine. Her ability as a public speaker was superb. We were very lucky to have her!”
“I had the opportunity to encounter Cecilia in one of the ‘Moonshot Ideation sessions’. Her vision on today’s environment with a clear look at what is happening next was an eye opener. I had a clear sense that we should be doing far more as members of the community in every sense. Inspiring.”