FIRA Barcelona, Gran Vía
1-4 February 2022
Jaisica Lapsiwala

Jaisica Lapsiwala

Content Consultant

Jaisica joined ISE in 2020. Her role involves designing content plans for the main ISE show and other ISE-produced events.

 

What is your favourite memory from a previous ISE show?

My first and last attendance at ISE was in February 2020, which seems like a decade ago now! It was my last physical show before we were all forced to take a universal pause. I remember attending the Opening Keynote and being super inspired by the speaker, Duncan Wardle, who really energised the audience and got us all to reflect on how we can challenge barriers that stifle ideas.

Where would we usually find you outside of work?

In a pub, a bar, a café or a restaurant! Whether I am meeting friends or celebrating a family occasion, I am usually out meeting people. I really miss the feeling of having a casual chat and giving people hugs.

What are you reading right now?

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I have just joined a local book club and it is really motivating me to read more regularly, rather than being tempted to switch the TV on. The lady who organises the book club personalises everyone’s book bag and always throws in a couple of treats like chocolate or camomile teabags… she then hand delivers them to us all. It is very sweet and a great spirit booster during these tough times!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what is the one thing that you would bring with you?

I would actually love to travel to a desert island right now! It sounds like a welcome change to the current lockdown situation, which is becoming increasingly mind-numbing.

Given that I have spent the last year at home with the kids, I may regret saying this but – if I can lump them together for the sake of the question – I would take them with me to a desert island. We’d have fun in the sun, splash in the sea and not worry about screens!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that most people don’t know.

I used to be a Bharatanatyam classical dancer – Bharatanatyam is a form of Indian dancing. I did this for many years when I was younger and danced in lots of shows around the UK with my group. I still love watching Indian dance and listening to classical music is very relaxing.