Former Organizer, Taipei
Abi was born sometime ago in the sunny English seaside resort of Brighton. With diplomatic parents, Abi first left her native country at the tender age of seven and moved to Africa for two years. This first international experience was followed by further excursions to Thailand and India. By the time she had graduated from high school, Abi had attended thirteen schools and developed a bad case of wanderlust.
University was attended in the UK, where Abi (always the generalist) studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics as her undergraduate degree. Whilst at University, she built on her international background by becoming the International Officer at the University, responsible for the orientation of new students and growing cultural awareness amongst the student community. In addition, she engaged in a number of internships both in the UK and the US, one of which included working for the anti-handgun lobby in Washington DC. Three years passed by in a blur (not only due to the consumption of various liquids ) and upon graduating, Abi - forever seeking greater variety in life - joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as a business consultant in London.
Three and a half years later, having developed a successful career in the UK and qualifying as management accountant in addition to working on other interests including millinery (hat making) and women's business networks, Abi vied for a bigger challenge. In April 2004, she became an International Manager with HSBC. Her first posting in this new role turned out to be Taipei, a decision for which she will always be grateful. She happily cast aside her life in the UK, packed up her apartment, said bon voyage to her family and hit the world.
Since arriving in Taipei, Abi has already thrown herself into this bustling city: participating as a member of ORIENTED, the British Chamber of Commerce, and the American Chamber of Commerce in addition to discovering the delights of Taipei night markets. As if life on land was not enough, she also discovered the wonders of another point of view - becoming an avid scuba diver.
However transient her posts may be, Abi feels privileged to have had the opportunity to be exposed to such experiences and fantastic people. Joining ORIENTED is yet another adventure in her journey, and this journey of hers has only just begun.
Who knows where she will end next?