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Careers guide: Tina Breidi describes how she became project manager at Design Indaba

Tina Breidi brought together her passion for creativity and travel, to pursue a career as a project manager at global conference Design Indaba. She details how she got there for the Dezeen Jobs careers guide.

Born in Lebanon, Breidi initially studied product design and gained experience as an industrial designer at Beirut-based Spockdesign. A move to Milan saw her exploring further studies in food design, and she later completed an internship with Dutch food designer Marije Vogelzang, before joining South Africa's Design Indaba.

At her current role, Breidi has been able to apply her combined cultural experiences. She explains living and working in different locations has allowed her to expand her design network "to all corners of the world".

"[I am] being constantly exposed to various locations and people, nourishes my design perspective and strengthens my ability to recognise design opportunities," she said.

She describes her involvement at Design Indaba as helping to curate and showcase "the world's brightest talents working around design and creativity", adding that the company's positive environmental and social ethos first attracted her to the role.

According to Breidi the most beneficial skill she has learnt during her career is "finding the right balance between speed and quality and building the capacity to deal with all types of people".

"Passion and drive" she reveals are amongst the essential qualities Design Indaba looks for in potential employees, as the organisation aims to inspire and empower people to create a better future through design and creativity.

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