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Interviews > 2015


Barnaby Sandow, Principal, Jerudong International School, Brunei

Posted by: scar on Tuesday October 27, 2015 (16:33:08)
Barnaby Sandow
Barnaby, you're the Principal at Jerudong International School in Brunei. Tell us a little about your role – what does your day-to-day work involve?

I start each day on the front gate greeting each child that comes into school. I think it is important that a student looks you in the eye to say "Good morning!" and is in the right frame of mind to embrace a the day ahead with all it has to offer.   more ...


Gina Valiando, Senior Field Marketing Representative, International AutoSource

Posted by: scar on Friday September 25, 2015 (11:34:56)
Gina Valiando
Gina, please tell us a bit about yourself. How did you come to work at International AutoSource, and what does your day-to-day work entail?

I was introduced to “life as an Expat” from a friend of mine who spent many years abroad. As an American Expat living in the United Kingdom and France, she experienced different cultures and overcame many obstacles to assimilate.   more ...


Gabi and Skip Yetter, Expat Authors

Posted by: scar on Thursday September 10, 2015 (13:56:13)
Skip & Gabi Yetter
Tell us a bit about yourselves - where did you move from, where are you living now, and what prompted you to make the move?

I (Gabi) am English and Skip is American (from Boston). We are both former journalists and business executives who love to travel and experience other cultures. We met when we both worked for the same company in the U.S. and, after a number of years and multiple experiences, got married in 2006 and went on honeymoon to Thailand.   more ...


Michael J Zammit, Director and Joint Owner, Malta Sotheby’s International Realty

Posted by: Carole on Monday August 24, 2015 (02:54:41)
Michael Zammit
Please tell us a bit about yourself and the company.

I decided to join my father’s business five years after it was up and running. At the time, our main services were credit management and recruitment, however, when we saw the potential for wider development, we worked towards establishing CSB Group as a one-stop shop for foreigners looking to set up their business and/or relocate to Malta and later on ventured into the corporate services and fiduciary spheres too. In 2003, I took on the role of Group CEO and since developed the group to a team of 60+.   more ...


Kerry Chislett, Senior Business Development Manager, Pickfords

Posted by: scar on Saturday August 22, 2015 (11:52:40)
Kerry Chislett
Kerry, tell us a bit about yourself. What's your background, and how did you come to work at Pickfords?

I’m an expat myself; I followed my heart to come to the UK from New Zealand, to join my wife and childhood sweetheart, so one could call me a ‘stealth expat’! Prior to that I lived and worked in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and America.   more ...


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

Posted by: scar on Monday July 13, 2015 (18:36:20)
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 ...


Marlon Atreides, Oil & Gas Sector Manager, Randstad MENA

Posted by: Anonymous on Wednesday June 17, 2015 (15:49:44)
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 ...


Patricia Alva, Co-Founder, 080 Relocation Services

Posted by: Anonymous on Tuesday May 26, 2015 (18:34:47)
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 ...


Interview with Expat Author Diane Lemieux

Posted by: Anonymous on Friday April 24, 2015 (15:31:58)
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 ...


Interview with Expat Author Gabrielle Collison

Posted by: Anonymous on Thursday April 16, 2015 (12:47:50)
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 ...

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