Journey so far…
My journey has been an exciting learning curve since day one and it still continues to. I firmly believe in being humble enough to understand ‘you don’t know everything’ and that ‘you can learn from everything and everyone around you’.
What I have seen over the past 10 years is that the industry has entered into a no-return path of modernisation and inclusion. What I mean by this is that finally the cargo industry is gearing up towards the digital world, removing inefficiencies, becoming more agile and dynamic, adapting to the new technologies and caring about being more sustainable. Also, on the other side, there’s an improvement in the number of women being part of the cargo family.
However, there’s still a lot of work to do with inclusion and digitalisation. Today, we’re very much dependent on paper and lengthy processes that need to continue to be streamlined and push for more inter-agency connections and collaboration.
Witness to the Evolution
One major challenge was to face the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation put all of us in a critical situation where we had to quickly adapt and move on. Immediately, we were all working from home and doing internet video calls for business and to catch up with family and friends, had to continue delivering and supporting the global supply chain to ensure essential goods reached their destination promptly and safely. Maybe the future is a hybrid model where you can combine both home and office work to ensure a better life/work balance to get the best out of every individual.
Be constant, persistent, resilient and patient. You don’t need to shout out what you do or how you do, let the results of it speak by themselves. In this ever changing environment, the biggest challenge is to stay focussed and not to lose sight of the prime objectives.
Hobbies and Interests
I am passionate about languages. Since early stages in my life, I have been learning different languages. I am originally from Ibiza Island in the Eastern coast of Spain. Ibiza has two official languages – Spanish and Catalan. As such, I have been exposed to multiculturalism and I developed a passion to be able to communicate with everyone.
Travelling is my other passion. I love to go to places I have never been, discover the local culture, gastronomy, people and hidden treasures. One of the latest places I discovered was Cyprus, where I had to figure out how to drive on the left side of the road.
Values that you live by…
To understand attitudes or reactions to issues, it is very important to be respectful and to have enough empathy and emotional intelligence to understand the situations or challenges other people may be going through. I believe in karma and the law of attraction – If you do good, it will come to you and the other way around.
Weekend Gateway, Favourite Cuisine
My passion for travel takes me to go places over the weekend. Being in Doha, I have several nice destinations at less than 3 or 4 hours reach. If not travelling, I like to wake up early and start the day doing exercise and preparing a nice breakfast. I would also spend some time at the beach or the swimming pool. I enjoy cooking while playing some good chill out or lounge music and having a glass of wine with my guests. The point is to unwind and recharge the batteries for the upcoming busy week.
If I have to choose, I would say Mediterranean. I could be completely biased and say only Spanish, but it would not be entirely true. Mediterranean cuisine, whether it’s Spanish, Italian or Greek is really rich in fresh vegetables, fish and meat. But not to forget, they all have olive oil!
Keep doing what you do if it fulfils you, makes you happy, and allows you to have a good work/life balance. Be mindful with the environment and do your part in preserving it.