Please tell us about yourself.
I am 36 years old. I am French with Vietnamese roots, and was born and grew up near Paris. After studying in Paris, New York City, and Tokyo, I joined the CNCCEF in Paris, a network of French executive managers specialised in international business. After 10 years at this company, it was time for a change, so last year, I moved to Berlin to join my partner and start a new life abroad.
What do you do at COMATCH?
I joined COMATCH as a Consultant Relations Manager. I am mainly responsible for three things: conducting interviews with the consultants who apply to join our platform; working closely with the sales teams, mostly with French and international teams, to match projects with consultants; and, last but not least, I support and develop the consultant community, and am a contact person for the consultants. Every consultant I meet provides me a great opportunity to learn, because each person has not only specific expertise and experience, but also their own history.
What drives you (apart from your job)?
My younger sister is disabled, with a form of autism. I am strongly involved in her care and education, and do my best so that her life can be as fulfilling as possible. One day, a friend of mine whose brother has Down’s syndrome told me about his involvement in a rugby club for disabled people, the “Christo Rugby Adapté”. It is the first rugby league in Île-de-France and its players have mental or psychological disabilities. So I decided to take my sister there and have a look. It turned out to be a really great, altruistic team. My sister feels great there and is flourishing. I started to get involved with the team, I help on the ground and behind the scenes. This association brings happiness and fulfilment to young people with various forms of disability, each at their level and individual pace. The main aim is for each person to feel integrated through contact with others and doing sport. We can see them develop and open up – it’s a real pleasure!
What is your motivation for getting involved in the rugby team?
Well, I’m definitely not a rugby player, but just being there and supporting them when they play or running with them is a great experience – it’s so simple and far removed from the little problems in our everyday lives. I feel good when I take care of others, when I give my time and listen, but mostly I enjoy seeing them being happy… that is the main thing.