Born and bred Londoner, I've been working in the fashion and luxury industry since 2013. I have always specialised within communications working in-house for brands such as L'Wren Scott and Amanda Wakeley. In 2017, I moved into the modelling industry and currently I'm the Head of Communications for Elite Model Management; working closely with senior management, external stakeholders, as well as top-tier models and celebrities ensuring their branded strategies are complimented with a cohesive and robust communications strategy.
An explorer of visuals, flavours and experiences.
Trained in Graphic Design, I began working in TV, acquiring skills in: motion graphics, audiovisual direction, interior (set) event & venue branding. With time, my interest developed into acquiring new tools for animation, live sports graphics, and on/offline promotion. After 7 years of exploring the waters, deserts and multinational culture of the Arabian Gulf, I returned to Beirut and started my own design studio, exploring: window installations, design for awareness campaigns, and instructional design for digital platforms.
In between jobs, I took a sabbatical to discover the wonders of Southeast Asia and learn about its flavours & smells. I organised group adventures into the woods and over the mountains, broke a leg, learned to use a cane and hold a headstand. I trained in traditional silversmithing, gave Arabic calligraphy a try, designed sustainable products, jumped off a bridge, dove in underwater caves, climbed razor-sharp mountains and glided with birds. I drove Scooters up muddy trails, downhill in monsoon rains and had them fall over me on occasions. I enjoyed frothy warm cappuccinos on tropical mountaintops on a warm rainy afternoon & frostbite. I bring the same hunger & curiosity to explore and to share through new media, knowledge of new media and how to manage & grow my business interests as much as my personal interests.
I'm a confident and passionate individual seeking to build a sustainable future through business practice. My desire to work in the creative industry led me to shift my career path from hospitality to retail, which opened my eyes to the vast number of environmental and social issues we create. Having been in a number of different establishments, encompassing a wide variety of roles, I will combine this with my passion for sustainability and contribute immensely to flourishing enterprises.
James V McKelvey
I am James McKelvey, an Irish-American living in London. I graduated from the Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business in 2015, with a BA in Information Technology Management. After that I briefly worked in consulting in New York in financial services before eventually moving to the United Kingdom. Since moving to the UK I have worked in consulting, marketing, and sales. I bring a wide array of experiences to this program, as I have studied both in the United States and Hong Kong, and have worked in a range of sectors both in England and the US.
Currently I am working in Sales Operations at a large technology company in London. In my current role I mainly focus on process improvement and ensuring smooth daily operations. I enjoy the way in which this role requires not only a fine attention to detail, but an understanding of the broader business repercussions of each process at a firm.
I am looking forward to this opportunity to engage with my fellow group of students, and learn from their professional experiences.
DEZAN, founder May 2021~
Boston Consulting Group, Design Studio. Aug 2021~
Plug and Play Japan, Marketing. Jan 2021~ March 2021
Freelance Jan 2021~
Mitsubishi Motors, Design strategy. April 2019~ Dec 2020
Keio University, Japan (Interaction Design) with study abroad in CSM with BA product design
I am from Toronto, Canada where I most recently completed my Bachelor of Arts in the Creative Industries program at Ryerson University. At Ryerson, I specialized in Business Management, Professional Communications and Media Business. I have ten years of experience working as a freelance makeup artist. My additional employment experiences over the past three years includes working at the Four Seasons corporate office in the Design Department and as a Customer Care Coordinator at Canadian Apartment Properties REIT, Canada’s largest Real Estate Investment Trust. It is my goal to advance my skills and experience from this MBA program to better enable me to combine my passion for beauty and business in an entrepreneurial context.
I started my career in marketing and very soon migrated to the theatre where I trained as a dramaturge and fulfilled a PHD programme in Russian theatre history. Having experienced diverse roles ranging from leading an intimate theatre group to working for the large-scale Mariinsky opera house, I inevitably reached the point where my entrepreneurial and creative nature was seeking for growth and development. Now London-based, I am accomplishing an MBA programme to explore further my transformative processes.
Valentina Márquez Martinez
Valentina is a Cum Laude Designer with an emphasis in communications from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá Colombia. She has experience in the development of strategies and creative solutions for the materialization of a brief. Valentina has worked in the development and conceptualization of both brands and communication strategies for clients such as Coca-Cola, Adidas Colombia, Federación de Cafeteros, Fundación Telefónica, Abbott, Natura, among others. At Katharsis, a colombian consultancy firm, she worked on cultural change projects for Cerrejón (the world's biggest open air mining company) and projects on innovation and creativity for the IDB, Ocensa, Merck, Bayer, Novartis, Ecopetrol, Abbott and UE among others. She is currently working as a Regional Digital Project Manager/ Innovation Leader for Marsh McLennan.
My name is Corynn Chan. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but I consider many places home as I’ve spent the past 10+ years in Minneapolis, Hong Kong, and now, London. I believe my international experiences have taught me to be curious and adaptable in new environments, both from a personal and professional perspective.
My career has taken on several iterations—starting with a background in visual design to working in the technology and finance sectors. My main interest lies at the intersection of design, technology, and business. Regardless of role and industry, what remains constant is my passion for using creativity to improve the lives of people and how companies choose to operate in an ever-changing world.
I am somewhere in-between a creative and a strategist. Rather than a job role, it is more a reflection on the skills I have nurtured through life - and the experiences that come with it.
Whether it is my early education, ever-changing roles in creative studios, or being an integral part of a digital and organisational transformation for over 12,000 people, I have taken on many challenges in different guises, growing my nature of problem solving and ability to rise to the occasion in various environments.
By mixing diplomacy and a strength in being persuasive, my mind is always on the bigger picture. I begin this journey on the path to my purpose: creating a better and more empathetic environment for all of us.
Rosalie is an entrepreneur from Montreal. Her track record in advertising includes roles in many major Australian and Canadian advertising agencies. In 2014, she co-founded her agency, La Grosse Business. Since then, she has worked with the biggest Canadian brands and built effective and audacious marketing strategies that stand out from the pack. Being an entrepreneur for the past seven years has allowed her to conceive her own vision for business while sharpening her strategic mind..
I am a writer, producer and content creator. I have a BA in English from the University of Lagos and an MA in Writing from the University of Warwick, and I've worked in art, advertising, fashion, film and education. I'm excited to add the knowledge of business to my creative background, in order to grow sustainably in these interesting times.
I am a British-Australian Creative and Buyer, working across a wide range of lifestyle, beauty, fashion, and hospitality projects. I am passionate about working collaboratively with UK-based designers, as well as developing the creative direction for a variety of businesses. I am currently working as a buyer for a luxury global hospital group, wherein I buy for seven luxury retail stores, spanning womenswear, menswear, apothecary, fine jewellery, homewares and childrenswear. We are working towards opening several new hospitality and retail spaces in the new year.
"With years of international work experience of all sides of the global luxury business and a focus on fine jewellery, timepieces, e-commerce, retail and craftsmanship Katharina now balances her career as Category Manager for certified pre-owned timepieces at Bucherer with her responsible fine jewellery practice. Having worked with leading companies across the luxury goods industries, from start-ups, independent boutiques to brands like Mytheresa and Tiffany & Co. she possesses an excellent understanding of connoisseurship in the current luxury market."
Elizabeth Mendes Da Silva
I’m Liz, I’m English/ Portuguese. I originally studied Art at Southampton, and most recently prior to starting my MBA at CSM, I completed a Diploma in Coaching at the University of Cambridge as part of my voluntary work. I am truly passionate about the Creative Arts and sustainability in Business, in my spare time I enjoy reading Theology.
I have worked within Corporate Banking for over 10years in a variety of roles. I’m currently working within the Product and Propositions team at Barclays as a Project Manager/ EA
I was recognised as a We Are The City’s Rising Star in 2017 and have delivered Key Note speeches for the PA Community, and sat on panels, hosted a regular podcast and published articles within my industry. My experience ranges from Copy Writing, Design to Audit.
But without a doubt, My proudest achievement is being mummy to my amazing son Alex, who motivates me everyday.
Laura Milena Lagleize
"My name is Laura, I have Sales and project management experience in the automotive industry. I won, developed and launched gasoline/diesel and now battery business for the biggest automotive makers like Renault and Ford. I was born in Colombia in South America and grew up in France. I now live in Toulouse in the South of France but worked in Cambridge on the last 3 years.
I always have been passionate about fashion, I had few roles in this sector in Barcelona and Paris but it didn’t went well. I now look to improve my soft skills and learn as much as I can from this MBA. My objective would be to work for an English fashion company where I could develop business in France and improve sustainability results."
I'm from Mexico city, however I did my BA at Istituto Marangoni in Milan and London campus. I am a creative director and entrepreneur, with over 5 years of experience in the fashion world from haute couture to swimwear.