First institutional meetings in New York
Sandro Rosell started his series of Tuesday meetings in New York with a visit to one of the institutions that collaborates with the FC Barcelona Foundation. He was welcomed by Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank (BID) to the World Economic Forum in New York. Rosell and Moreno looked at the work being done in Rio de Janeiro by the Foundation and the BID, namely the project called ‘FutbolNet’.
The scheme is the first stage in their effort to help the population of the ‘favela’ shanty town known as Complexo do Alemão in the carioca capital and both parties have positive thoughts about the way things have gone so far. “We are very happy with the work we are doing with the BID in Rio to help the children living in the favelas”, said Rosell at the end of the meeting. Before leaving the World Economic Forum, the president of Barça also exchanged words with Klaus Schwab, president of the Davos Forum, who was very interested in learning a little more about the idiosyncrasy of FC Barcelona and way the club works on the inside.
In the evening, Rosell went along to Bar Smithfield in Chelsea, the clubhouse of the Penya Blaugrana de Nova York. He was welcomed by Jordi Esteve, president of the supporters club, and exchanged ideas with various club members and other Barça fans from the city, including cardiologist Valentí Fuster, painter Santi Moix and former FCB player Rafa Márquez.
The president was also joined by the Generalitat de Catalunya delegate in New York, Andrew Davis, and film producer Richard Brown. Rosell, who said a few words of thanks to the Barça supporting New Yorkers, also spoke to some members of the Spanish and Catalan media.