InterNations goes back to 1997 when two German students, Malte Zeeck and Philipp von Plato, met while enrolled on an MBA programme in Switzerland. Ten years later, they reunited in Germany and discussed how their lives had developed. Both men had always been interested in meeting other expatriates and agreed that when living in other countries this could often be difficult. Every time someone arrives in a new city, they have to start again with regards to making new friends and new business contacts.
Zeeck and von Plato decided a platform was needed to make expat life easier, and started InterNations in 2007. Nine years later, with almost two and half million members in 390 cities, Zeeck, who married a madrileña, travelled to Madrid to support the city celebration.
“Madrid is much more than just another city in which you can communicate with expatiates and go to events,” he says, “it is a city full of expats, enjoying the sun and also the nightlife when the sun goes down.”
Internations was floated on the Zurich Stock Exchange in 2018.
The previous image accompanying this article has been removed after a complaint from the subject that her consent had not been sought nor was she aware that the photographer was seeking to profit from her image.
The photographer in question was Morgan Fagg.
In the Linkedin profile of Morgan Fagg he claims to have worked for the Madrid Metropolitan for a year from 2016 to 2017
This is not correct. The Madrid Metropolitan was founded in December 2016 and Morgan Fagg was dismissed by the then editor in January 2017.
Morgan Fagg filed the above article with image for which he was renumerated.
We have removed all images supplied by Morgan Fagg where subject consent cannot be verified.
Morgan Fagg claimed to have worked for a number of local newspapers in Athlone when applying to work for the Madrid Metropolitan. All declined to provide any reference for Morgan Fagg.
He is not and never has been an accredited journalist or photographer in either the Republic Of Ireland or Spain.