Carlos Peñalba

Carlos Peñalba


Carlos Peñalba was born in San Sebastian (Spain). Most of his childhood and teenage days were dedicated to playing football (soccer) and being a good student. After obtaining a degree in Business Administration, he spent nine months in the North African city of Melilla doing his military service. He moved to London in 1996 with the objective of improving his already good English. In the British capital he worked in a couple of coffee shops and a popular pizza restaurant chain for a year while he studied English at Westminster College. Once his business English was good enough, he joined a financial software firm as a researcher on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and soon he became the Research Manager of a team covering M&A activity in Europe, Middle East and Latin America. In 2004 the company he was working for asked him to move to their New York office for a year. Eager to expand his horizons, Carlos didn’t hesitate to make the move. Once settled, he decided to stay in the Big Apple where he was appointed Product Manager and later on Director of Global Operations. In 2009, in midst of a worldwide financial crisis, Carlos quit his job to travel through Asia and become a writer and a photographer, two of his passions. He is initial plan of a full year exploring Nepal, India and Southeast Asia finally turned to an 18-month adventure. At the end of his long journey through Asia, from Nepal to Japan, he started the huge task of starting his career as a freelance photographer as well as writing a travel memoir about his adventure. The book, The Year I Became a Nomad: A journey through Asia on a quest for freedom, love and happiness, was released late in 2015. His photographs have been published, amongst others, by National Geographic Traveler, Doctors Without Borders, Macmillan Publishers, Garuda Indonesia, The Lovely Planet, The World Resources Institute and Business Insider. Since he has been back from Asia, he has continued to be a nomad, living in different places like New York, San Sebastian and Madrid. He currently lives in Spain’s northwestern city of La Coruña with his girlfriend and his newborn baby boy. Besides photography, writing and spending time with his family, he enjoys reading, playing chess, watching Netflix, meditating, practicing yoga and walking by the sea. Traveling has been postponed until his baby boy is at least 6 months old.


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Carlos Peñalba was born in San Sebastian (Spain). Most of his childhood and teenage days were dedicated to playing football (soccer) and being a good student. After obtaining a degree in Business Administration, he spent nine months in the North African city of Melilla doing his military service. He moved to London in 1996 with the objective of improving his already good English. In the British capital he worked in a couple of coffee shops and a popular pizza restaurant chain for a year while he studied English at Westminster College. Once his business English was good enough, he joined a financial software firm as a researcher on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and soon he became the Research Manager of a team covering M&A activity in Europe, Middle East and Latin America. In 2004 t...


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