Cristina Ventura
Chief Catalyst Officer

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With lots of passion and persistence, believing in myself and my dreams no matter what, and sharing the unconditional love from family, friends and incredible mentors. Above all, driven by the purpose of changing the world and making a positive difference.

About Cristina

Cristina is one of the rising international stars in the luxury and technology space. She started her career at LVMH in London and held a number of roles before becoming Operations Director for Gucci Europe & the Middle East. She then moved to Hong Kong where she became Director for the Prada Group and was part of its IPO, and then led the opening of Apple in Hong Kong and South China.

In 2013 she joined Asia’s leading luxury group, where she is now Chief Catalyst Officer, responsible for forging connections with thought leaders, disruptors and game changers, stimulating ideas for new ways to invest and partner. 

Cristina studied at Harvard Business School and Stanford, is an investor and advisor to technology-led Venture Capital funds and start-ups. She is passionate about education and giving back and founded LUXARITY, the first social venture to implement Blockchain technology partnering with ConsenSys Social Impact, to transform the future of luxury, retail and social impact ecosystems.

Questions

Which DeMellier bags do you treasure?

I love DeMellier bags for their unique combination of cool yet smart looks, beautiful quality and their commitment to giving back through their A Bag, A Life initiative. I have the Barcelona - named after my birth city! The Oslo and the Athens are next on my list.

What are your work wardrobe gems?

I love Alaïa, Gabriela Hearts and Prada coats, with a pair of high heels. Charlotte Olympia is my favourite shoe designer as she adds a playful touch to any outfit. For traveling, jeans or a comfortable Bali dress from the local stores in Canggu.

Which beauty product can't you live without?

Taramar from Iceland, recommended by my friend Barbara Paldus PhD in Biotech, Jo Malone body cream & body oil, and Chanel nude lipstick (the same one that my grandmother used to wear).

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Bali
What's your top travel tip?

Travel is a big passion of mine and I have been very fortunate to visit over 100 countries and travel around the world once or twice a year. I fell in love with Bali for its soul and mindfulness, so I try to go there as often as I can. I recommend the Canggu wild Batu Bolong & Echo beaches, its temples, and the decelerator program of SiliconBali.io.

What's your top exercise tip (if any)?

For me it’s to exercise every day as a discipline; aligning body, mind and spirit, through practicing either yoga, meditation, spinning, body combat, or simply walking/running everywhere… including airports to stay toned!

What book would you most recommend?

I would actually mention two: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari and and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

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The Barcelona bag
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Cristina with one of her teams at Apple
How did you get to where you are today?

With lots of passion and persistence, believing in myself and my dreams no matter what, and sharing the uncon-ditional love from family, friends and incredible mentors. Above all, being driven by the purpose of changing the world and making a positive difference.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.

If you weren’t in retail/technology, what would you be doing?

I would focus on investing in companies with new sustainable business models that create a social impact. Enabling health, wellbeing, conscious consumption, education and evolution for all.

Finally, tell us something people don't know about you…

My grandmother was and still is a true guide for me, from her entrepreneurship skills and intellectual horsepower, to kindness, exquisite taste and elegance. Inspiring to take on the responsibility of leaving a legacy and creating a brighter future.