Our team

  • May KhizamFounder & Chief Strategist

    Three likes: Licorice, snowy owls and people who quote me.

    Three dislikes: Untangling coat hangers, peeling plastic off CD’s and people who insist on shouting over music when I can’t hear them.

    A place you want to return to one day: Mashiko, Japan.

    How did you get involved in The Grid: I founded the company after thinking about how ‘actionable’ information, i.e. market intel and real stories based on practical experience in business, helped me in my career. I wanted to help professionals by providing the same kind of information through events, video and other content. I also strongly believe that organisations should focus more on building loyalty through content instead of sales pitches. Finally, I would like to give credit to my nephew, Alex, for coming up with the name.

    What do you do at The Grid: Mostly originating business, research, curating content and managing the team and logistics.

  • Shawn JacksonBusiness Advisor

    Three likes: Traveling to remote locales, fantasy football (and the NFL) and empanadas.

    Three dislikes: Pointless conversations, furniture assembly, and vegetables.

    A place you want to return to one day: Bora Bora.

    How did you get involved in The Grid: I put together The Grid’s initial business plan.

    What do you do at The Grid: I advise May, the Founder on overall business strategy.

  • Tasneem MayetResearch Partner

    Three likes: Chocolate sprinkles on my coffee, purple rain and the Battersea Power Station.

    Three dislikes: Gatekeepers, ingratitude and catfish.

    A place you want to return to one day: Fiesole.

    How did you get involved in The Grid: I was based in San Francisco making friends with fintech when May and I started exploring collaboration.

    What do you do at The Grid: Get to revisit my financial experience creatively, like an artist, curating content for our events.

  • Sahar HomamiCreative Video Director

    Name: Sahar Homami

    Title: Creative Video Director

    Three likes: Sushi, good Music, living in the present.

    Three dislikes: Bad smells, ignorance, tomatoes.

    A place you want to return to one day: Every place I’ve ever been.

    How did you get involved in The Grid: I started conversing with May for a project that didn’t happen but we stayed in touch and eventually collaborated on another project together.

    What do you do at The Grid: I develop storyboards as well as motion design and art direction for videos.

  • Zunaish HussainSenior Video Editor

    Three likes: Books, movies, adventures.

    Three dislikes: Being alone, slow Internet, traffic jams.

    A place you want to return to one day: Home.

    How did you get involved in The Grid: Because of my previous work & some experimental projects.

    What do you do at The Grid: Video editing, thinking, discussing, accomplishing.

  • Nicole LeistMarketing Manager

    Three likes: Travel. Kindness. Competence.

    Three dislikes: Rude people. Awful music at the supermarket. Cats on the internet.

    A place you want to return to one day: Too many. Travel is my great love.

    How did you get involved in The Grid: It was a fine and sunny day on a Dubai balcony, and May, the Founder, and I were discussing the idea of it. A little further down the track we were having lunch in Australia and she asked if I would consider being a part of it.

    What do you do at The Grid: I advise on brand matters, put together marketing collateral, and generally give my input on anything from design to budgets and project management.

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