Iona Seligman

Iona Seligman

Studies at:

ESCP Europe

Location in:

Madrid Area, Spain

Iona Seligman

Ionas connections

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Studies at:
ESCP Europe
Location in:
Madrid Area, Spain

Bio

A high-achieving polyglot, constant traveller and social scientist, I am motivated to discover new opportunities, people and projects creating impact in the retail industry, preferably specialising in e-commerce and digital marketing. My diverse range of experiences strikes a balance between the analytical and creative aspects of business and motivates me to improve the user experience and customer satisfaction.

Iona has worked/studied in

  • Argentina
  • Colombia
  • France
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom

Iona speaks

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English

Iona has experience in

  • Aerospace / Defence
  • Consulting
  • Consumer goods
  • Financial services (incl. insurance, mortgages, retail banking)
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Technology

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Work

2014 – present

Institutional Relations Asistant Manager

KITE INVEST
  • My role is primarily within KITE Invest's business unit: KITE Partners. My priority is curating the investment opportunities from fielding potential additions to the platform to analysing applications, interviewing and maintaining relations. In addition I coordinate relations with entire client base, including investor, incubator, co-workings and associations as well as intergovernmental agency partnerships. Technical advisor of network database and online client portal. Finally, for KITE's Communication division I aid research for current social, economic and political trends within the global investment community and on foreign direct investment in order to produce bi-monthly published articles.
2013 – present

Freelance Journalist

Suitcase Magazine Ltd
  • Whilst living in Spain I continued my journalistic work (having been the News Anchor for Fresh Air Radio http://www.freshair.org.uk/ and written for The Journal student paper).
  • I am a travel correspondent for the Iberian Penisula, as well as covering local entrepreneurs and creatives for SUITCASE magazine in the Madrid area. In addition I am coordinating a feature on Israel where I travelled just prior to the 50-day war.
  • Finally, I am writing a column tracking cultures by their alcohol producers: "Combining a love of travel with a trail of artisanal alcohol producers I am currently falling off the wagon at occasionally strategic, usually wondrous doors; soaking in the provenance of each product acting as a gateway to understanding the spirit of the area."
2014
(May – Sep)

Trainee Developer

Makers Academy
  • At Makers in a crazy intensive 12 weeks of group work, sweat and tears I built on self-taught coding skills to become a more proficient developer working predominantly in Ruby. I received training and assessment in the following languages, programs and softwares:
  • • Agile methodologies, TDD, BDD
  • • Pair programming and group work
  • • Object-oriented programming
  • • Ruby
  • • Ruby on Rails
  • • Ruby Gems (inc. Devise, bcrypt, FactoryGirl, Paperclip, Poltergeist, Database Cleaner)
  • • Unit and integration testing with RSpec, Jasmine, Capybara, Cucumber
  • • Version control with Git and Github
  • • Sinatra
  • • Rapid deployment to Heroku and Amazon AWS
  • • PostgreSQL, ActiveRecord and DataMapper
  • • JavaScript, jQuery, AJAX
  • • JSON and JBuilder
  • • HTML5, CSS3, SCSS, Twitter Bootstrap
  • • Mobile-first responsive design
  • • APIs (inc. FourSquare, Twilio, Mailgun, Google Maps, gmaps.js)
  • http://www.makersacademy.com/curriculum
2011 – 2014

Itchy Feet Promoter and Organiser

Edge Hill Entertainment
  • I assist my area manager in putting together this quarterly swing, funk, soul and rock 'n roll music night aimed at the student market.
  • Updating the brand and bringing an innovative and immersive night-life experience to the student market has been our core mission. We have utilised social media campaigns, university networks and creative networks in Edinburgh to produce the evenings and various publicity stunts to widen the Itchy Feet audience as well as providing diversity of night-life offer.
2014
(Jan – Apr)

Student Consultant

Freshsight
  • With FreshSight, a social enterprise undertaking pro-bono consultancy work for a majority third sector client base in the in and around Edinburgh, I was honoured to supplement my university studies by gaining real experience and contributing to the community.
  • I received weekly training alongside planning, researching, client consultations and finally presenting suggestions to the client.
  • I worked with Foundation Scotland who are part of a national movement of community foundations that undertake strategic grant making, facilitate philanthropy and contribute to achieving lasting impact in communities across Scotland. Fresh Sight developed a new impact evaluation framework and analysis template to standardise impact evaluation across the clients' database. http://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/
2013
(Jul – Aug)

Intern

Deloitte
  • Audit (Global IFRS and Offerings Services)
  • Learnt how to execute external/ statutory audit engagements of various clients in line with current Auditing & Accounting standards.
  • Assisted assignments individually / in teams to ensure gaps and overlaps are minimized where auditable areas span multiple business units.
  • Identified issues, offer suggestions and discussed with seniors to resolve them.
  • Translation and presentation services.
2013
(Feb – Jun)

Intern (Aperturas)

AFA Press
  • Part - time Intern (Aperturas)
  • I largely researched socio-economic and political developments in target markets. Assimilating this information into strategy suggestions for entrance into the relevant market.
  • Preparing briefs, documents and contact networks.
2010 – 2012

Officer Cadet

Royal Air Force
  • In two years on the East of Scotland University Air Squadron I learnt to fly, participated in sporting events and in field training. I was exposed to UK military and defence policy and I learnt skills from riot control to conducting security and meteorological briefings.
  • The broad spectrum of responsibilities gave me grounding in a wide range of organisation and labour skills, such as mentoring, team co-ordination, leadership and delegation, as well as the content specific elements of flight theory or security protocols.
2010
(Jul – Aug)

PR Intern

Marks and Spencer
  • Whilst at Marks and Spencer I was able to use my design skills in the advertising campaigns (innovative technologies range), in working with the inhouse magazine team and even in appearing in the Forever Fish campaign. All of these had the unifying factor of Plan A for a sustainable and ethical brand.
  • Promoting the values of Plan A were also instrumental in my work towards the Annual General Meeting.
  • In addition I was able to see some of events planning and marketings functions.
2010
(Jun – Jul)

Intern

Policy Exchange
  • I assisted in research, round-tabling and proofreading of publications on a variety of policy proposals and dilemmas from prison reform to educational disadvantage.
2007
(Jun – Jun)

Private Banking Insight Week Intern

Merrill Lynch
  • At Merrill Lynch I completed an insight week in private banking. I became familiar with financial softwares and basic product offering and investment principles. I presented a report on the UK rail franchises and investment outlook therein.

Work

2014 – present

Institutional Relations Asistant Manager

KITE INVEST
  • My role is primarily within KITE Invest's business unit: KITE Partners. My priority is curating the investment opportunities from fielding potential additions to the platform to analysing applications, interviewing and maintaining relations. In addition I coordinate relations with entire client base, including investor, incubator, co-workings and associations as well as intergovernmental agency partnerships. Technical advisor of network database and online client portal. Finally, for KITE's Communication division I aid research for current social, economic and political trends within the global investment community and on foreign direct investment in order to produce bi-monthly published articles.
2013 – present

Freelance Journalist

Suitcase Magazine Ltd
  • Whilst living in Spain I continued my journalistic work (having been the News Anchor for Fresh Air Radio http://www.freshair.org.uk/ and written for The Journal student paper).
  • I am a travel correspondent for the Iberian Penisula, as well as covering local entrepreneurs and creatives for SUITCASE magazine in the Madrid area. In addition I am coordinating a feature on Israel where I travelled just prior to the 50-day war.
  • Finally, I am writing a column tracking cultures by their alcohol producers: "Combining a love of travel with a trail of artisanal alcohol producers I am currently falling off the wagon at occasionally strategic, usually wondrous doors; soaking in the provenance of each product acting as a gateway to understanding the spirit of the area."
2014
(May – Sep)

Trainee Developer

Makers Academy
  • At Makers in a crazy intensive 12 weeks of group work, sweat and tears I built on self-taught coding skills to become a more proficient developer working predominantly in Ruby. I received training and assessment in the following languages, programs and softwares:
  • • Agile methodologies, TDD, BDD
  • • Pair programming and group work
  • • Object-oriented programming
  • • Ruby
  • • Ruby on Rails
  • • Ruby Gems (inc. Devise, bcrypt, FactoryGirl, Paperclip, Poltergeist, Database Cleaner)
  • • Unit and integration testing with RSpec, Jasmine, Capybara, Cucumber
  • • Version control with Git and Github
  • • Sinatra
  • • Rapid deployment to Heroku and Amazon AWS
  • • PostgreSQL, ActiveRecord and DataMapper
  • • JavaScript, jQuery, AJAX
  • • JSON and JBuilder
  • • HTML5, CSS3, SCSS, Twitter Bootstrap
  • • Mobile-first responsive design
  • • APIs (inc. FourSquare, Twilio, Mailgun, Google Maps, gmaps.js)
  • http://www.makersacademy.com/curriculum
2011 – 2014

Itchy Feet Promoter and Organiser

Edge Hill Entertainment
  • I assist my area manager in putting together this quarterly swing, funk, soul and rock 'n roll music night aimed at the student market.
  • Updating the brand and bringing an innovative and immersive night-life experience to the student market has been our core mission. We have utilised social media campaigns, university networks and creative networks in Edinburgh to produce the evenings and various publicity stunts to widen the Itchy Feet audience as well as providing diversity of night-life offer.
2014
(Jan – Apr)

Student Consultant

Freshsight
  • With FreshSight, a social enterprise undertaking pro-bono consultancy work for a majority third sector client base in the in and around Edinburgh, I was honoured to supplement my university studies by gaining real experience and contributing to the community.
  • I received weekly training alongside planning, researching, client consultations and finally presenting suggestions to the client.
  • I worked with Foundation Scotland who are part of a national movement of community foundations that undertake strategic grant making, facilitate philanthropy and contribute to achieving lasting impact in communities across Scotland. Fresh Sight developed a new impact evaluation framework and analysis template to standardise impact evaluation across the clients' database. http://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/
2013
(Jul – Aug)

Intern

Deloitte
  • Audit (Global IFRS and Offerings Services)
  • Learnt how to execute external/ statutory audit engagements of various clients in line with current Auditing & Accounting standards.
  • Assisted assignments individually / in teams to ensure gaps and overlaps are minimized where auditable areas span multiple business units.
  • Identified issues, offer suggestions and discussed with seniors to resolve them.
  • Translation and presentation services.
2013
(Feb – Jun)

Intern (Aperturas)

AFA Press
  • Part - time Intern (Aperturas)
  • I largely researched socio-economic and political developments in target markets. Assimilating this information into strategy suggestions for entrance into the relevant market.
  • Preparing briefs, documents and contact networks.
2010 – 2012

Officer Cadet

Royal Air Force
  • In two years on the East of Scotland University Air Squadron I learnt to fly, participated in sporting events and in field training. I was exposed to UK military and defence policy and I learnt skills from riot control to conducting security and meteorological briefings.
  • The broad spectrum of responsibilities gave me grounding in a wide range of organisation and labour skills, such as mentoring, team co-ordination, leadership and delegation, as well as the content specific elements of flight theory or security protocols.
2010
(Jul – Aug)

PR Intern

Marks and Spencer
  • Whilst at Marks and Spencer I was able to use my design skills in the advertising campaigns (innovative technologies range), in working with the inhouse magazine team and even in appearing in the Forever Fish campaign. All of these had the unifying factor of Plan A for a sustainable and ethical brand.
  • Promoting the values of Plan A were also instrumental in my work towards the Annual General Meeting.
  • In addition I was able to see some of events planning and marketings functions.
2010
(Jun – Jul)

Intern

Policy Exchange
  • I assisted in research, round-tabling and proofreading of publications on a variety of policy proposals and dilemmas from prison reform to educational disadvantage.
2007
(Jun – Jun)

Private Banking Insight Week Intern

Merrill Lynch
  • At Merrill Lynch I completed an insight week in private banking. I became familiar with financial softwares and basic product offering and investment principles. I presented a report on the UK rail franchises and investment outlook therein.

Education

2014 – 2015

ESCP Europe

Master's degree
2010 – 2014

University of Edinburgh Business School

Combined Honours Degree
2012 – 2013

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Erasmus
2007 – 2009

Westminster School

A Levels
2002 – 2007

St Mary's School Ascot

High School
2002

Sauveterre

Secondary Education and Teaching

Clubs

Not a member of any clubs

Additional Info

Nationality:
  • British