Get to know the team behind albelli (and the people you may be working with very soon).
Sapho made the jump over from Paris a few years ago, and as an SEA specialist it’s up to her and her team to help bring in more customers across all of our brands. Naturally she’s a big fan of numbers, and enjoys how easy it is to see the impact her work is having, and is often in debt to the tech support teams for helping to automate some of her more repetitive and manual jobs. When she’s not crunching numbers, Sapho is an avid traveller, and has set foot on six continents so far – with rather terrifying plans to visit Antarctica in the near future.
Originally from the US, Andrew spent 10 years in Chicago before making the trip across the pond moving to Amsterdam a couple of years back. As the data platform lead, it’s his job to make sure that everything we do here at albelli is data driven, so we can really get into the nitty gritty of what makes our customers tick. He’s also a self-professed coffee fanatic, going to incredible lengths to find the perfect blend – including hiking the peaks of the Blue Mountains in Jamaica. So if you’re after advice for your morning pick-me-up, he’s the man in the know.
Hailing from Patras in western Greece, Eleni moved to Amsterdam to join albelli in 2016. Working as a quality engineer in the ecommerce back-end team, she hones in on all the details that make sure our apps and software offer the best possible experience for our customers all over Europe (even if she doesn’t get to run tests quite as much as she would like). When not in the office, Eleni is quite the animal fan, so much so that she’ll often spend her free time cat sitting. We didn’t even know that was a thing!
Originally from south-east London, Daniel claims to be one of the few proper Londoners left standing. If he had to explain his job to his mum, he’d tell her he does colouring in – but he’s actually our creative lead who oversees all of albelli’s branded marketing efforts across seven countries, so he’s selling himself just a little bit short. He’s been in Amsterdam for around 18 months, and in that time has carved out his own part of the city to call his own, comparing it to all the best parts of London, but at a slower pace. Commuting by bike is a big plus, even if he hasn’t quite gotten used to Dutch food just yet. Give him time, we’re sure he’ll come around.
You’ll often find Remco on the ‘shop floor’ of our factory in The Hague, testing new equipment and implementing process changes. So he’s the man to go to if you’ve got any questions about production. If he’s not there, he’ll be behind his desk, doing all sorts of analysis and contacting suppliers. When he’s not ensuring the smooth running of our photo product production, he loves travelling, especially to South East Asia. He enjoys the open and friendly atmosphere at albelli and claims his colleagues know everything about him. (At least the things they should know!)
You have to have a certain level of patience to work in customer care and Lixaida has it in spades. She deals with all the returns that we receive, trains up new members of staff and contacts people when there are problems with orders. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also the link between customers and production. Sounds hectic right? But that’s why she loves it. No two days are the same for Lixaida. Hailing from Aruba, she now lives in the Netherlands and has been working at albelli for seven years. When she’s not taking care of all our customers, she loves taking photographs. The perfect fit for albelli.
Everyone wants to work in Julia’s team – the Indonesian-born Operator has a huge passion for her native cuisine and cooks up delicious dishes for her co-workers when she gets the chance. Julia moved to the Netherlands over 20 years ago and has spent 12 of those years at albelli. In that time she’s worked across a couple of different departments and loves working together with her colleagues to make sure the production of our products runs smoothly. Whenever she can she travels back to her home country. And can you blame her?
A combination of a software engineer and creative thinker (Emanuele is a keen artist in his spare time), he is the embodiment of two minds in one. He works with the front end team to build what our customers see and relishes playing with new technologies and having the freedom to test new things. He loves the growth culture at albelli and enjoys watching his colleagues develop at every level with such rapidity. Five years since his move from Italy to Amsterdam, he still loves living abroad and sites the diversity in the Netherlands as one of its top draws. A practicing Buddhist for over 12 years, Emanuele not only thinks differently but lives it too.
There’s beauty in collaboration and our central planning manager Rolande revels in working across every team and keeping an eye on campaigns across all our channels. This she does with energy and enthusiasm even in stressful times – perhaps in part due to the ‘great quality of life’ that you find in Amsterdam. Since moving to the Netherlands from France six years ago, Rolande has learnt the language and taken up cycling with enthusiasm. In fact, all the bikes are her favourite thing about living here!
Guillaume analyses everything. From his personal finances to his football performances, he’s naturally methodical when it comes to everything in his life. After attending business school he realised finance was the path for him and keeps himself busy at albelli analysing the spending trends of our customers. He moved to the Netherlands three years ago from Paris and although he fiercely defends his hometown, he’ll privately admit he much prefers Amsterdam. He draws parallels between albelli and Amsterdam – neither are too big or too small and both have a uniquely relaxed atmosphere. Told you he analyses everything.
Hailing from Holland, this Dutch native has worked his way up the company over the last six years from intern to product owner. When he’s not prioritising workloads and liaising with stakeholders, RJ can be found working on his own soccer website, eating chicken sandwiches or travelling around South East Asia. He loves the enthusiasm of his colleagues at albelli and is just as passionate about the brand as he is about the team.
Between reading up to eight books a week (yes, eight!), and bringing up her young children, it’s surprising that Wendy has time to manage the ecommerce IT team. But albelli’s very own wonder woman takes it all in her stride. She started out as a developer and after becoming a lead, she found her way to albelli where she let go of the operational side of things to focus more on career management and empowering people. She loves the diverse group of people that work at albelli and as a keen photographer herself, she’s also pretty happy with the employee discount.