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Core Staff

We are a team of smart, ambitious, hard-working individuals. We come from all over the world, speak a multitude of languages and spend our time outside work doing all sorts of things – our hobbies range from kickboxing to knitting, from poker playing to baking, from foosball to yoga.

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Agency

Alex Young

Senior Consultant

Alex joined the KAE team in 2014 and he specialises in quantitative research blending traditional consumer research with multi-dimensional modelling techniques that make use of millions of rows of data.

Since joining KAE, Alex has led complex analytical projects for multinationals and FTSE 100 brands that have included segmentation, conjoint analysis, key driver analysis and econometric forecasting.

With an MSc in Business and Marketing Analytics from Aston University, Alex feels most at home surrounded by numbers and writing code!
An interesting fact about Alex is that he has been a successful competitive dinghy sailor, both nationally and internationally.

Ana Cristea

HR Manager

A well-rounded professional and a key member of the KAE team, Ana has managed various internal initiatives, ranging from co-ordinating marketing efforts to senior level recruitment. With a passion for people, Ana rapidly developed her HR capabilities and completed her CIPD studies in February 2014. Ana’s focus currently lies in enabling people to excel through various HR interventions at strategic and operational level.

Ana has a love for languages and is fluent in French, Italian and Romanian. As well as a BA in Business Studies and being awarded a Herriot Watt MBA degree in 2006, Ana is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

 

Ane Unamuno

Consultant

Prior to joining KAE, Ane worked in the industrial and consumer goods sectors across the U.S. and Asia. In 2008, she was awarded a fellowship by the Spanish government, which included a Master’s degree in International Business and training in the network of the Spanish Embassies. Ane was assigned to Taiwan, where she managed an array of research and economic focused projects. Whilst in Taiwan, Ane seized the opportunity to study Mandarin.

Ane is a passionate traveller and an enthusiastic photographer. She loves cinema and has collaborated in the organisation of the San Sebastian Film Festival.

 

 

Anna Pantazi

Senior Consultant

Anna is a Senior Analytics Consultant with a focus on conducting quant research in both the consumer and B2B space to solve complex business problems. She is an expert in deploying a range of advanced analytical techniques to extract critical insights about consumer preferences and attitudes.

Anna studied at the University of Durham where she obtained an MSc in Evolutionary Anthropology. Prior to this she studied Biology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.

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Km run by our Running Club

Dickson Lam

Graduate Consultant

Dickson has extensive internship experience in the financial services, consulting related and marketing/advertising industries in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai. He was also a student research assistant on China’s foreign relations during his undergraduate studies.

Dickson will be graduating from the London School of Economics with MSc China in Comparative Perspective. He holds a BA International Relations with Economics from the University of Birmingham. Dickson is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Outside of work, Dickson is passionate about cooking and watching football.

 

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Languages spoken fluently

Edoardo Romagnoli

Research Consultant

Prior to joining KAE, Edoardo worked as a UX Analyst for a newly launched app. In this role he gained an in-depth understanding of how to track and measure data as well as how to interpret user behaviour. Edoardo holds a Master’s degree in International Marketing from Hult International Business School and a BA in Psychology. From this, Edoardo brings useful research insights and analytical skills.

In his spare time, Edoardo is passionate about cooking and discovering new cuisines and he also has a penchant for art.

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Countries we have worked in

Elena Fantechi

Consultant

Before moving to London, Elena worked for McKinsey in Italy where she supported clients from different industries and developed further her communication and problem solving skills. She also has experience in fashion and beauty industries.

With a Master’s degree in Management Engineering from University of Bologna, Elena combines her analytical and structured mind with her more creative side. She is passionate about cooking and photography, she loves discovering the city and playing tennis in her free time.

Harshik Hirani

Trainee Finance Assistant

Harshik is Trainee Finance Assistant at KAE and is currently completing his degree in Economics and Finance at Queen Mary’s University of London. Harshik’s role at KAE involves processing invoices, paying suppliers, managing expenses and timesheet management.

Harshik has had previous experience in managing staff in the retail sector whilst studying and he also helps his Hindu society organising various charity events.

Harshik is passionate about sport in particular football, playing every week and organising matches against other universities.

 

Henrietta Katsuki Wu

Consultant

Henrietta Katsuki Wu focuses on FinTech and financial services in Japan and the Greater China region.

Before joining KAE, Henrietta worked as a relationship manager at various financial institutions including the Bank of New York Mellon and Moody’s based in Hong Kong and Tokyo, and looked after a client portfolio of blue-chip companies, sovereign governments, hedge funds and private equity firms. Since relocating to London, Henrietta has worked as an external consultant to the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.

She is fluent in Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

Irene Veng

Research Consultant

Irene joined the KAE team as a Graduate Consultant. Irene has a BA degree in Politics, International Relations and Philosophy from Royal Holloway, University of London, and an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies at University of Oxford.

Irene also has experience as a business development assistant at Victor Trading in the Netherlands.

In her free time, Irene enjoys playing piano, reading philosophy, kickboxing, and travelling around the world.

Jessica Hart

Marketing Manager

Jessica is Marketing Manager at KAE, a role that includes supporting the marketing activity of the business and managing KAE’s communication channels.

Prior to working at KAE, Jessica worked as a Personal Assistant to the Managing Director of a department store.

Jessica graduated with a BA in Management with Marketing from the University of Exeter, where she carried out projects on marketing, strategic management and consumer research.

Jessica enjoys immersing herself in new cultures and is also a keen poker player.

Jessica Sparkes

Research Consultant

Jessica is a Research Consultant focused on financial services at KAE. She holds a BA in International Business Management from The Hague University in The Netherlands.

Jessica spent six months studying in Germany and six months here in London where she was able to apply her theoretical knowledge as Communications Executive for a Business Development Agency. Her work there included aiding clients to reach new audiences, identify market opportunities, and to help integrate clients’ overall strategy into daily communications.

Jessica is an avid gym goer, yoga lover and she also enjoys cooking with health foods.

Jonathon Green

Research Consultant

Prior to joining KAE, Jon worked as a Researcher for an International relocation and recruitment company, focusing mainly on the French and Spanish speaking markets, and occasionally for German speaking clients. He conducted both primary and secondary market research, with a particular interest in cost of living differences and international tax calculations.

Before moving to London, Jon lived and worked in Nagasaki, Japan, teaching English at an Academic High School.

Jon enjoys keeping up to date with current affairs and shows a strong interest in international policy making and dispute resolution. He is an avid Liverpool FC fan and loves playing at the weekend.

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Members of Staff

Josh Barbour

Consultant

Josh is a Consultant at KAE. Prior to joining KAE, Josh worked for Amazon, where he provided insight to supplier brands. He was responsible for managing a six figure P&L and developed a range of skills, including project management, data analysis and client engagement.

Josh has a BA (Hons) in Business from Bournemouth University, and his degree also entailed a placement at the University of Mumbai. Josh is a tech enthusiast too and enjoys helping our clients navigate the threats and opportunities they face in order to win in today’s digital age.

 

Josie Mitchell

Graduate Consultant

Josie holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Manchester where she synthesised new compounds with the potential for future publication.

As part of her degree, Josie spent a year working in the L’Oréal Group developing new products based on customer trends. There she headed product timelines, offering scientific and regulatory advice for launch across a global market.

Other projects involved data analysis to converge large volumes of business to central manufacturing sites and for pioneering cooperate social responsibility schemes.

In her spare time, Josie is a keen skier and loves swimming, hiking and travelling.

Juan Zafra

Senior Consultant

Juan works on a variety of projects in the Financial Services sector primarily focused on Spain and Latin American countries.

Prior to KAE, Juan built on his market research experience working for an advertising company and a marketing agency. He started his career as a researcher in the Research Department of Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Madrid.

Juan graduated from the University of Malaga with a degree in Business and Management with the specialisation of International Tourism. He also acquired a BA from the University of Salamanca in Information and Communication Sciences.

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Feet of rope our climbers own

Lucy Davies

Research Consultant

Prior to joining the KAE team, Lucy completed an MSc in Geography at the University of Bristol. During her degree, Lucy undertook a number of independent projects, most notably a 3 month laboratory-based study on why Mars is red. Not only did Lucy build on her strong research and analytical skills through the project completion, but she undertook a study that had never been done before; and one that can potentially be published in the future.

Lucy is passionate about sport, in particular road cycling and lacrosse, playing internationally for Wales. She also enjoys physically challenging herself by completing in such events as the Three Peaks Challenge, Bath Half Marathon and the 140km Welsh Velothon.

 

 

Maja Milosavljevic

Senior Consultant

Maja joined KAE in 2011. Fluent in English, Spanish, Russian and Serbian, her linguistic abilities have allowed her to work on a variety of projects, with a focus on the US and Mexico.

Maja graduated from UCL in 2011 with a degree in Russian and Spanish. As part of her degree, she spent half a year studying at the University of Monterrey in Mexico and half a year at Moscow Language Link.

Matyas Fekete

Consultant

Matyas joined KAE in 2016 and he has a particular passion for the FinTech sector.

After obtaining a Master’s Degree in International Business at the University of Economics in Prague, Matyas contributed to the work of a number of consultancies, including London Economics and Kaiser Associates. Besides English, he is also fluent in German, Hungarian, Czech and Slovak.

Matyas is a semi-professional football player and a devoted supporter of Tottenham Hotspur: he also enjoys going to concerts, festivals and cinemas in London.

 

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Projects completed globally

Michael Hopkins

Michael Hopkins

Prior to joining KAE, Michael completed an Electronic Engineering with Business Management Master’s degree at Warwick University, including a year in industry placement at the world’s largest Electronic Measurement company.

Michael gained experience in projects covering strategy, implementation and customer service, leading him to take a Business Management specialism in the final year of his degree.

Michael’s consulting experience has included conducting market research for a not-for-profit start-up and helping entrepreneurs in Kenya to start businesses, providing him with a valuable range of analytical and interpersonal skills as well as strong commercial awareness.

Neda Chagleva

Research Consultant

Neda is a Research Consultant well-versed in a range of research methodologies.

Before moving to London, Neda worked for a financial investment firm based in Chicago, Illinois. During her time there she provided assistance to c-suite executives, financial advisors, and clients. Neda has extensive secondary research experience in the B2C sector of financial services. Through her experience at the research firm, A.C. Nielsen, she gained knowledge on consumer loyalty analytics and the FMCG Industry.

Neda is a huge movie buff and has a passion for fashion. In her spare time she likes to travel, visit museums, and practice photography.

Omar Hegazy

Head of APAC

Omar leads KAE’s financial services activities across Europe and Asia. His specialist skills are geared towards market opportunity analysis, market sizing, market segmentation and market prioritization, with a strong focus on B2B markets.

Omar holds an MSc in International Strategy from ESCEM Poitiers and a double bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and Psychology from the American University in Cairo.

Omar is fluent in English, German and Arabic.

Rebecca Grant

Graduate Consultant

Prior to joining KAE, Rebecca completed her degree in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh.

During her degree, Rebecca worked on several research projects, including a dissertation focusing on autism and personality traits. This has given her skills in secondary and qualitative research, as well as in problem solving. During her time at university, Rebecca worked as part of a team of therapists, and completed volunteer placement in Sri Lanka, which involved working on mental health projects and teaching English.

Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys yoga, painting and travelling as much as possible!

Sarah Hawley

Senior Consultant

Sarah is an exceptional project manager and has particular expertise managing competitive intelligence, market sizing, market prioritisation and go-to-market projects on a global and pan-European level.

Prior to KAE, Sarah worked at LexisNexis, part of the Reed Elsevier Group, for five years where she gained a wealth of client experience on strategy formulation, competitor analysis, quantitative research and qualitative research. She frequently puts on her old ‘client hat’ to ensure we exceed our clients’ expectations.

Sean Daryanani

Research Analyst

Prior to joining KAE as a Research Analyst, Sean worked as an Assistant Client Executive at Millward Brown Spain, delivering insight and client recommendations. Sean strengthened his analytics skills working at a digital marketing agency driving improvements in campaign effectiveness.

He graduated from the University of Bath with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and obtain a Masters in Marketing

In his spare time, Sean enjoys travelling to places far and wide where he can practice sports such as kitesurfing and snowboarding.

 

Shona Sabah

Senior Consultant

Shona enjoys working on challenges where disruptive technologies and business models are prompting market leaders to rethink their propositions and strategies.

Shona’s career began as a research consultant on the Istanbul International Financial Center Project, where she helped to identify and benchmark the critical factors of a successful finance hub. Following this, Shona worked on projects for blue chip companies at a competitive intelligence agency in the UK. Shona holds a BA in Classical Studies and English from Exeter University, and an MBA from Istanbul Bilgi University.

Shona loves spending time in the great outdoors and she also enjoys travelling and creative writing.

Tim MacLehose

Consultant – Latin America

Tim joined KAE in 2011 as a Consultant. Prior to joining KAE he worked as a research consultant for FreshMinds; where he gained valuable experience across financial services, FMCG and professional services.

Since joining KAE, Tim has been travelling around the world, conducting extensive market sizing and opportunity studies for both large financial services and telecom clients. Tim is based in Mexico and focuses on the Latin America region.

Vaneshree Patel

Finance Manager

Vaneshree joined KAE in 2012 as the Assistant Accountant. Vaneshree completed a BA in Accounting and Finance in 2010 and started her career with a charity and an accounting firm. She is responsible for credit control, accounts processing, and internal cost management. Vaneshree has recently completed her final CIMA exam.