When did you join RCS and who was your sponsor?
I joined in September 2015 after having been a Rotaractor in Shanghai. Frank Mulligan had convinced me in 2013 to connect with the Rotary family but he wasn’t in Shanghai during my induction so Motohiro Yamane (Moto) became my sponsor. He was also Youth Chair at the time and he convinced me to join (I didn’t dare tell him that “I have no time”!).
Where are you hailing from?
An international Rotarian family! Born in Venezuela, grew up in Brazil, high-school and university in France and then United States before China 8 years ago.
What are you doing professionally?
Before coming to Shanghai I was a Storyboard Artist for film (preparation drawings). 8 years ago I started a new career as Creative Director in digital solutions (campaigns, video, interactive display, etc.). Under this title, I first started in 3D video production, virtual sets design, iPad and smartphone apps, interactive displays for museums and exhibitions; then within digital agencies and a top advertising agency. I have been working under my own structure in Shanghai since September 2018.
What would you like to share with our readers about your family?
My Grand-Father and Father were both Rotarians and my Mom was always helping, volunteering. Growing up in a Rotarian family gave me a sense of consistency. I also helped my sister establish a Rotaract near Paris. I’m the youngest of 3 sisters. They both live in Paris. My parents share their time between France and Brazil.
What are your hobbies, apart from RCS?
I enjoyed dancing most of my life and was quite into latin dances (salsa, bachata, chacha) since university days. I also had a pet bird called Black Pearl, for 7 years, who sadly passed away today. She could speak French and some words of Chinese and English.
How do you recharge your battery?
It used to be at home with my bird when in Shanghai. Spending time with friends in Shanghai or travelling, being in nature and spending time with people I love like my Grand-mother (who is 94) and my boyfriend.
Best/Last book you read and why
The subtle art of not giving a f*ck, by Mark Manson. Despite the title, it’s a very serious book about hope, prioritizing and handling anxiety. Useful skills to learn for an entrepreneur.
What is your favorite place in Shanghai?
Used to be home. Now without the bird I might have to reconsider… An outdoor swimming pool near the home maybe?
What is your advice to any new member of RCS?