Lucy Aitchison

About Lucy Aitchison

Lucy is a recent graduate of the University of Cambridge, where she was awarded a First Class Degree in French and Spanish. Alongside her academic achievements, she has a professional background in translation: she spent a year living in Rennes, France, where she worked in a multilingual translation agency. Originally from Scotland, she has recently moved to London and is pursuing her ambition to carve out a successful career in journalism; she aims to combine her communication and writing skills with her love of meeting people from all walks of life

Rebeca Riofrio – the Mentor’s Perspective

One of the talented mentors at This Foreigner Can, Rebeca Riofrio is Ecuadorian and has lived in the UK for the last 20 years. She studied History of Art and began working for Martha Gellhorn when the famous writer and war correspondent’s eyesight started deteriorating. Rebeca worked for Gellhorn for four years until the latter’s death in 1988. Rebeca then […]

By |November 26th, 2015|mi-STORY|0 Comments

Mentoring – the Mentee’s Perspective

Yoko Obata is one of our Migrant Business Accelerator participants at This Foreigner Can. Before deciding to specialise in cosmetics in 2011, Yoko worked at Virgin Atlantic to support herself as a professional artist whose exhibitions took her all over Europe. In 2011, Yoko decided it was time to carve a career out of her […]

By |November 24th, 2015|Business tip|0 Comments

Age is Irrelevant in Entrepreneurship – Anay Patel

He may only be 19, but SEO Expert Anay Patel has already founded and worked in various start-ups. He launched his own web design company two years ago, and is very excited about his upcoming venture Launch-A-Preneur, a unique platform which aims to help young entrepreneurs improve their interpersonal and business skills. Indeed, Launch-A-Preneur sounds […]

By |November 24th, 2015|mi-STORY|0 Comments

Mohammed Al-Rashidi – Founder of Isys Group

Mohammed is the founder of multiple ventures in Telcom, eContent, mHealth, mTravel, mEducation, mGovernment and Fintech. All his ventures are addressed under Isys Group, the Kuwaiti global trading company he founded in 2004 and of which he is currently Managing Director.
 Q. Your ambition is the mobilisation of lifestyle services. Why is this ambition important for today’s society?

 A. When […]

By |November 19th, 2015|mi-STORY|0 Comments

Julia Montague-King – Voice Coach and MBA Mentor

Experienced Voice and Leadership Coach Julia Montague-King founded her company Vocability in 2003. This week Julia ran a mentoring session for our MBA participants, focusing on voice projection, breathing and building the confidence to deliver an effective presentation. The improvement, from the entrepreneurs’ first pitch, to their final pitch, was remarkable.
Q. You began your career […]

By |November 18th, 2015|mi-STORY|0 Comments

Chloé van Soeterstède on conducting and a career in music

Chloé Van Soeterstède presents a rare species: a female conductor. And a highly successful one at that. Born and brought up in Paris, Chloé moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2012, at the age of 24, Chloé created her own symphony orchestra, The Arch Sinfonia. She is currently based […]

By |November 12th, 2015|mi-STORY|2 Comments

Migrant Voice Network Meeting

This Tuesday 10th November marked the most recent London Migrant Voice Network meeting. The evening’s main focus was on the implications of the 2015 Immigration Bill, followed by an information session primarily for Syrian refugees. In any spare moment not dedicated to agenda items, the offices were buzzing with everyone networking.

The focus
At Migrant Voice’s new […]

By |November 11th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Clare M. Thomas on Construction & Being a CEO

Clare M. Thomas is co-owner and Commercial Director of GHPC Group Ltd, as well as co-owner and Managing Director of Q Assure Build Ltd.


Q. Women in construction are still relatively rare – could you perhaps speak a little about your experience of – and thoughts on – the gender imbalance in construction?

A. Some of the […]

By |November 11th, 2015|mi-STORY|0 Comments

Monika Laszlo on luck, strategy and success

“The really successful people are those who remain true to themselves. They genuinely care about what they are doing.”
Born in Hungary, Monika Laszlo left as a toddler with her parents in the early 70s when communism was blooming. She has since studied and lived in 7 different countries. In 2000, she decided to return to […]

By |November 10th, 2015|mi-STORY|0 Comments

Nikki’s great “box” idea

When I speak to Nikki Wheeldon in the early evening, I get the impression it’s the first time she has paused all day! She has been running around to ensure the smooth organisation of “Send a Box”. Nikki, with co-founder and friend Lisa, aims to launch this enterprise in the New Year.

Q. Could you outline […]

By |November 10th, 2015|mi-STORY|0 Comments