Freedom Hunters Episode 11: Poh Ling Yeow

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Most of my Australian listeners, and probably quite a few of my UK listeners will have heard of today’s guest on Freedom Hunters. You might have watched her come runner up in the first ever series of Australian Masterchef in 2009. Or you might have watched her subsequent TV cooking series, or made delicious dishes from one of her cookbooks. And if you’ve been to Adelaide in South Australia recently, you might have had cake and coffee at her café, Jam Face, in the Adelaide Central Market. It’s Poh Ling Yeow who I had the absolute pleasure of talking to about her career journey.

While Poh is now running her cafe and doing various media projects, she started her career in a very different way. Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 11: Poh Ling Yeow”

Freedom Hunters Episode 10: Olly Bengough

Olly BengoughOlly Bengough started his first business in his twenties when he opened a bar on the King’s Road in London’s Chelsea neighbourhood. From there he went on to set up venues which have become London institutions, including Infernos in Clapham and Koko in Camden. Along the way he started up the music festival Lovebox with members of Groove Armada.

But it was Olly’s love of foreign and independent film that led him Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 10: Olly Bengough”

FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 7: NAOMI MDUDU

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Episode 7 of Freedom Hunters is out and this one is a fascinating one!

Naomi Mdudu started her career as a fashion editor for some of the UK’s biggest print publications. Several grueling years later, Naomi dreamt up a career which involved the creation of content which was meaningful to her. This led to her establishing the Lifestyle Edit, an online destination and podcast designed for and about women entrepreneurs, their experiences, their challenges and their achievements. In addition to this, she is a business coach and consultant for female business founders all over the world. Continue reading “FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 7: NAOMI MDUDU”

FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 6: EMILY JOHNSTON

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Today’s inspiring guest on Freedom Hunters is Emily Johnston, blogger, columnist and digital content creator. Originally from South Carolina in the US, Emily moved to London straight out of university to pursue her dream of forging a career in the art world. Early on, she found a role at an art auction house and worked her way there into a PR role for the auction house.

But it was when she started her fashion industry news blog in her spare time, that life started to change for Emily.  Continue reading “FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 6: EMILY JOHNSTON”

Freedom Hunters Episode 5: Lucy Beard

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Today’s inspiring guest on Freedom Hunters is Lucy Beard. Originally from South Africa, Lucy started her career as a lawyer in London city law firms, followed by several years as an in-house lawyer for the UK’s largest commercial TV producer and broadcaster, ITV. She then spent two years as general manager of the broadcast technology company, SDN. It was during a grown up gap year of travelling around Europe that Lucy and her husband Leigh, also a lawyer, were struck with the idea of starting a gin distillery.

This led the two back to their native South Africa, where they started up Hope on Hopkins, Cape Town’s first artisanal gin distillery. Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 5: Lucy Beard”

Freedom Hunters Episode 4: Bola Marquis

Bola Marquis Freedom Hunters PodcastIn episode 4 of Freedom Hunters, I welcome Bola Marquis founder of Okun, an African inspired beachwear brand that is stocked in the likes of Browns, Matches and Mr. Porter.

Bola was born in Senegal, and grew up between Nigeria and the UK, before settling in London. He started out his career in IT programme management in industries such as oil and gas, travel and advertising. However, it was his creative flair and entrepreneurial spirit that led him to leave it behind (although not entirely), to start up his hugely successful beachwear brand, Okun. Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 4: Bola Marquis”