ONE MINUTE WITH: MEREL

Meet our brilliant, audacious, powerful muses who inspire JEMOCRACY in every single way.

Merel Van Der Spiegel

One of the models of Jemocracy launch campaign, Merel is much more than just a pretty face. We spoke to Merel about her career path, tips for office newbies and style hacks.

Where are you from? How long have you been living in Hong Kong?

My parents are Dutch (home for me is Amsterdam) but I was born and spent my childhood in the U.K. I have been in Hong Kong now for 3.5 years and I love it!

 

What's your occupation? What were you doing before that?

I work for KPMJ. But don't judge me, I'm not an auditor:) I sit on the Advisory side with a focus on the Banking sector. Before that, I was a professional dancer... quite a change.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Meeting clients (I'm an extrovert) and understanding their pain points and problem statement and linking all the pieces of information together to make sure we can come up with the right solution for them. I also enjoy that I just learn every day and work with very smart and talented people.

Any tips for young women just starting their career?

Be bold and speak up. It is easy to lack confidence - women tend to downplay their capabilities. But speaking up at the right moments is never a bad thing.

     

Are you:

Coffee or tea? > Coffee.

Flats or heels? > Heels.

Skirts or pants? > Depends... I honestly like both.

Gold or silver? > My watch is two-tone for a reason, mix and match both:)

Wine or cocktail? > Cocktail... The hangover is less bad!

What makes you confident?

Wearing a fabulous pair of heels.

    

How do you unwind?

I am bad at unwinding... but going for a hike and ending up the beach is one of my favourite ways of spending a sunny weekend day. Dancing in the evening also helps.

One piece of jewellery you never take off?

The ring I got from my parents when I graduated from the dance academy and the ring I got from my grandparents when I turned 18. I wear them together on the same finger.

Three words to describe Jemocracy?

Edgy, fun and different.

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