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2015

Interviews


2015

Padraig O'Sullivan, Managing Partner, O'Sullivan Field

Posted by: scar on Monday July 13, 2015 (13:36:20)
Padraig O'Sullivan
Padraig, tell us a bit about yourself. What’s your background, and how did you come to set up O’Sullivan Field?

I was born in Ireland, lived in London for four years, in South Kensington and then up in Golders Green. Then I went and worked in Australia in 1996 and that was kind of the end point of a fifty-year plan. When I was about seven I decided I wanted to go to Australia; I got there and I’ve been there since.   more ...

2015

Marlon Atreides, Oil & Gas Sector Manager, Randstad MENA

Posted by: Anonymous on Wednesday June 17, 2015 (10:49:44)
Marlon Atreides
Marlon, please tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Originally from Manchester in the UK, I moved to the Middle East, specifically Dubai, in March 2014 to become the Power & Energy Sector Manager for Randstad MENA. I am an NLP master practitioner with 10 years’ experience working for multinational executive consultancies. I have been fortunate to travel to many worldwide locations and get exposure to clients’ assets and operations. I have experience across the full life cycle of Power & Energy, and during my career have been involved in training and developing young aspiring graduates in the methodology and best practise of executive search and how to provide a ROI for clients.   more ...

2015

Patricia Alva, Co-Founder, 080 Relocation Services

Posted by: Anonymous on Tuesday May 26, 2015 (13:34:47)
Patricia Alva
Patricia, can you tell us a bit about your background before joining 080 Relocation?

Before we began 080 Relocation Services, I worked in a bank as an account manager. My business partner Paola Soria is an architect and worked as a project manager in a company. 080 Relocation Services was founded by Patricia R. Alva and Paola Soria.

We are both foreigners and well aware of the difficulties that an expatriate has to face when they move to a new country. I'm from Peru; I came to study an MBA in Barcelona and then the bank relocated me to Madrid. Paola moved from Argentina to Barcelona, first she was studying a Master's degree and then was relocated to Madrid for work.   more ...

2015

Interview with Expat Author Diane Lemieux

Posted by: Anonymous on Friday April 24, 2015 (10:31:58)
Diane Lemieux
Diane, please tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Diane Lemieux. I’ve lived in 11 countries, including Canada where I was born, and Nigeria where I am now. I speak four languages (and studied two more that I have since forgotten). And I’ve been an ‘expat’ everything: kid, teenager, employee, student, mom, love-pat, re-pat… Most advice to new writers will include the adage: ‘write what you know’. So I write about cultures and global mobility. I also like to write about adventurous, creative and somehow international individuals who inspire me.   more ...

2015

Interview with Expat Author Gabrielle Collison

Posted by: Anonymous on Thursday April 16, 2015 (07:47:50)
Gabrielle Collison
Gabrielle, please tell us a bit about yourself.

A Londoner by birth, I later moved out to Surrey where I attended Nonsuch High School for Girls in Cheam. Being a rather free-spirited person and finding the constraints and curriculum of an all girls’ grammar school a bit too much, I left at 16 (to the probable consternation of my headmistress) and started an apprenticeship in structural engineering in London. However, after not developing much of a passion for designing oil rigs, I decided to return to academic life and studied Sports Science at university to post-graduate level.

During this time, I became a decent runner, gaining an Athletics National Championship (AAA) medal in the 3000m and various vests for road, track and cross-country. I also spent time as a part-time teacher and coach.   more ...

2013

Casey Bahr, American expat blogger in Costa Rica

Posted by: Jamie on Monday October 21, 2013 (16:50:03)


Casey's blog: adullroar.blogspot.com
Casey's Expat Focus column: www.expatfocus.com/casey-bahr
See below for interview transcript.   more ...

2013

Oliver Heslop, UK Tax Specialist, Global Expatriate Tax Services Ltd

Posted by: Jamie on Thursday August 01, 2013 (17:14:57)
Oliver Heslop
Oliver Heslop is a highly experienced UK tax specialist dealing with expatriate cross border issues and is the official Expat Focus UK Taxation partner. In this interview we learn more about Oliver's background and experience and the services he can offer to British expats abroad and foreign nationals in the UK.

Oliver, can you tell us a bit about your background and how you came to join GETS?

I had my tax training in 1995 with Andersens then Deloitte in expatriate tax work. Before GETS, most recently I was as tax partner with Shipleys LLP in London. They specialise in media and I even helped a British ITV producer with UK/Australian tax problems.   more ...

2013

Rob Noble-Warren, Director Independence Wealth Management Ltd

Posted by: Jamie on Thursday April 04, 2013 (07:48:47)
Rob Noble-Warren
Rob, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. What services does Independence Wealth Management offer?

Independence take care of cross-border clients with a UK connection by helping them get the most from their money. We provide a combined asset management and tax annual service, with separate briefing courses. Our courses brief people on what they need to know to make good long term financial decisions. My background is:- grew up in Africa; Royal Air Force; engineering degree; transition to finance, and professional qualifications in tax, investments, and planning in US and UK; currently CEO at Independence.   more ...

2013

Ruth Benny, Founder of Top Schools HK

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday March 05, 2013 (14:01:43)
Ruth Benny, 'Head Girl' of Top Schools HK
Ruth, what inspired you to set up Top Schools HK?

I saw a need! I saw parents stressing about getting their kids into kindergartens and primary schools and no-one to turn to for help. The system is very complicated and I saw parents getting themselves into a mess and making unnecessary mistakes and thought that I could do something about it.

What services does Top Schools HK offer?

We place children in international and private schools here in HK. We work both with expats who contact us once they are thinking of moving to HK and we work with parents already here for many years, or born here.   more ...

2013

Edina Wong, Senior Director (Residential Leasing – Hong Kong) at Savills

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday February 20, 2013 (21:07:33)
Edina Wong
Edina, can you tell us a bit about your background before joining Savills?

I started my Real Estate career in 1987 working with expatriates looking for homes in Hong Kong. At that time one of my major clients was Jardine Fleming Holding Ltd with approximately 150 leases. I joined FPD Savills in 1989 as a member of the Prestige Homes Division successfully selling high value residential homes. I worked closely with high net worth clients and major developers. In 1993 I was promoted to Associate Director before leaving the company to start a family. In 2000 I rejoined to head the Residential Leasing Department.   more ...

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