- Skyscanner LtdHead of B2B, 2013 - present
- Travel Capitalist VenturesAssociate, 2012 - 2013
- Everbread Ltd.Deputy COO, 2009 - 2012
- Opera SolutionsAssociate, 2007 - 2009
I am a technology enthusiast and a believer in making things happen. Currently, I love what my team and I do at Skyscanner on the B2B side of travel and I enjoy working on a couple of projects with people I respect. I live in London with the love my life Iveta, but I work in Edinburgh. This means that in the atoms world you’d typically find me at an airport waiting for my next flight, but in the bits universe my social media habits put me in a 24/7 mode. So, if you are willing to follow/subscribe to any of my feeds, do so at your own risk.
Before joining Skyscanner, I dug being part of Travel Capitalist Ventures, where for a year I worked with the team in evaluating startup opportunities – I am greatly indebted to Abrar Ahmad who taught me how to think as an investor. I did that while I was getting my MBA degree from INSEAD (Singapore campus) and I could not have enjoyed more being part-time in the workforce while discussing business practices with some of the brightest minds out there, both from the Class of 13J and beyond. (a shout out to Sameer for sharing with me so many cigarettes and conversations).
My move to study in Asia was preceded by work for travel technology start-up EVERBREAD, where I learned all about the world of GDSs, AVL, COS, POS, WTFs and all the three-letter abbreviations of this crazy travel industry. I also had the pleasure to work with Morten Lund, who to this day disturbs my mainstream thinking by telling me how to connect the dots.
Prior to my start-up experience, I slaved away as a consultant in NYC and LON (Opera Solutions), where, put in pure consultese, I worked on a number of Fortune 500 companies, improving their bottom line. In all seriousness, I did some good work for a telco company, a top aluminum provider, and even a bathroom fixtures manufacturer among the typical suspects of banks, retailers, and others. I guess I learned how to crunch numbers in excel and do power point slides to the point where it mattered to me whether the bullet point was 80% dark blue and whether I can trigger a picture change in a cell through vlookups (by the way — possible). For some of the positive and negative things that still show the consultant in me, you should thank Rob, Paul, Max, Joe, Michael and a solider in the field David – buy them a drink if you have the pleasure to meet them.
Naturally, I was all prepared for my professional life with my B.A. in Government from Harvard, Class of 2007, but nevertheless I was (and still am) really proud of my thesis work on the UN and Humanitarian Interventions. I enjoyed reading Kant, Plato, Mill and Rawls, and I honestly hated “Dinosaurs and their relatives”, but science, art, and overall, education, require a bit of sacrifice.
All in all, I have had an amazing journey so far, both geographically and professionally, and I love to brag about it on twitter, facebook, and other social media, so if interested, use the links below.FACEBOOK | LINKEDIN | TWITTER | 4SQ | G+SOME OF MY ASPIRATIONSWhile these are not immediate goals, I’d really love to do some of the following in the future
1. Write a book
2. Deliver a TEDx presentation
3. Deliver a commencement address
* Partial check – my classmates voted me in to be the speaker at graduation – here’s the link
4. Work on a project for the World Economic Forum
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- INSEADMBA, 2012 - 2013
- Harvard, Class of 2007BA in Government (Honors), 2003 - 2007