Xanthi has 15 years extensive business experience in roles covering marketing, sales and supply chain across corporations such as Unilever, Kimberly-Clark and most recently Microsoft, where she was a Marketing Director. The question she is most asked about her time at Microsoft is whether she met Bill Gates. (The answer is a very fortunate "Yes!"). A number of factors have conspired and subsequently inspired her to take this career sabbatical: reading Muhammad Yunus's "Banker to the Poor" and Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat Love Pray" as well as her passion for travel and social causes. Xanthi has travelled extensively across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, North America, South America and Asia, with a recent 540 km charity cycle trip from Vietnam to Cambodia further cementing her admiration for South East Asia. Beyond her Fellowship, Xanthi is hoping to improve her French and Spanish language skills, nurture her creative side and meet Oprah.