Aurélie Mei-Hoa Beaumel was born in Jakarta and has lived on four continents, from Indonesia to Reunion Island off the African coast, to Silicon Valley, New York, Oslo, and Munich. She splits her time between Paris (France) and Austin (USA), when not travelling elsewhere.
She graduated from Stanford University with a Master and Bachelor of Science with Honors in Symbolic Systems (Cognitive Science and Decision-Making) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She studied Computer Science, Psychology, Linguistics, Philosophy to understand the human mind, AI, and the role of computers. She wrote her Master’s research thesis on Neuro- and Behavioral Economics.
She has worked for more than 10 years as an expert adviser to senior executives of leading international organizations in Europe and North America, incl. 6 years at global strategy consultancy BCG (Boston Consulting Group). Her areas of expertise are Management & Strategy, Data Analytics, Consumer Research, Pricing, Resilience, and Organization. She has extensive experience managing international projects with teams spanning all hierarchy levels. She pioneered a new technological approach for business war games that led to the founding of BIG.
She has worked closely with clients in Luxury and Mass Consumer Goods, Airlines, Defense, Financial Services, Retail, and Healthcare. Leveraging her multi-disciplinary and international background, she acts as a bridge between teams of different cultures (senior management vs. operations) and domains (technical vs. business). She is particularly keen on defining enterprise-wise challenges and their solutions, especially as they relate to IT, Data, and business.
She was selected as Young Leader 2016 of the French-American Foundation. She also serves as an officer in the civilian reserve of the French Air Force and Cyber Defense. She has been a featured speaker for several high-profile business conferences.
Aurélie is also a passionate Nature lover, and endurance enthusiast. She loves taking on outdoors challenges and exploring wild remote areas, including dog-mushing through 1500km of Nordic wilderness and competing in dogsled races, horse-riding across 1600km of the Namib desert, doing ski expeditions in Spitsbergen, diving with wild orcas and sharks, and scuba-diving. She has completed several marathons/half-marathons, including the Greenland Marathon & Half-Marathon at -20C and Polar Night Race in Tromsø. A longtime amateur violinist, she has performed in several student orchestras, including at the Sydney Opera House.
She is fluent in English and French, skilled in Indonesian and German, has notions of Norwegian and Japanese. She has also studied Latin for seven years.