Each September Saffron presents The Wally Olins Award to a top student from Madrid's leading business school, IE, in honour of the memory of our co-founder. The award reflects Saffron's belief and commitment to finding talent in the generation to come, and includes a 6 month placement with the company.
The prestigious IE business school is ranked at number 8 in the world by the Financial Times, and has a long-running relationship with Saffron, with several Saffron executives lecturing on courses there. This makes it the perfect place to find brilliant new talent.
In consultation with the professors, Saffron has selected Jo Kassis at the 2018 recipient and this week welcomes him to the team.
In keeping with Saffron's team of global natives, Jo has lived and worked all over the world from his native Lebanon to the Maldives, and counts Arabic, French and English as fluent languages, and is learning Spanish now he lives in Madrid. He joins Saffron following a successful career in the hotel and hospitality industry, working all around the world for leading hotel brands before completing a masters in Visual & Digital Media at IE.
He'll bring his passion for design, working knowledge of the power of brand and his love of digital to Saffron's strategy team.
Welcome Jo, from all at Saffron.