Name: Christopher Pavlou
Education: MEng (Hons) Aerospace & Aerothermal Engineering, University of Cambridge; BA (Hons) & MA (Cantab) Mechanical Engineering, University of Cambridge
Experience: COO, and chill Property Management (Sydney, Australia); Co-Founder & CTO, Aber Group (London, UK); Head of Growth, SWIG (London, UK); Subsea Engineer, BP (London, UK); Summer Associate, Strategic Analytics (London, UK)
Affiliations: New Entrepreneurs Foundation; Institute of Directors “The 99”
Hobbies: Business, Sport, Technology, Travel
Christopher Pavlou was born in Hong Kong and brought up in the UK to parents of mixed English, Greek, Swedish and Hong Kong descent. He got his first taste of programming (HTML 4) at the age of 10, built his first computer at the age of 13 and beta-tested his first product (Gmail) at the age of 14. His first experience of business came from working in sales for Game Group PLC aged 17 and, at age 18, was given the responsibility of running the Fforestfach store by his boss on Saturdays.
Christopher went on to read Engineering at Jesus College, Cambridge and, despite having little interest in most aspects of the course, applied himself to achieve numerous First Class grades, receiving two academic prizes and the Accenture Computing Prize. He graduated with an MEng (Hons) in Aerospace & Aerothermal Engineering and an MA (Cantab) in Mechanical Engineering, specialising in renewable energy systems. His Masters thesis (‘Unsteady Flow of Rear Wing DRS Deployment’) involved cutting edge aerodynamic research for Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 but, for confidentiality reasons, remains unpublished.
After stints working as an engineer at Tata Steel and a management consultant at Strategic Analytics, Christopher joined BP in London focusing on multiphase flow. He gained valuable experience working with senior executives, helping to reduce the environmental impact of high-profile assets in the North Sea (CATS) and Caspian Sea (Shah Deniz II, $47bn). He played tennis in his spare time, with highlights including playing in pressure situations at Wimbledon with professionals such as Borna Coric and Martina Hingis.
During 2015, Christopher tragically lost his younger brother to a freak accident. This led him to re-focus, and he later became one of 30 aspiring business leaders accepted onto the New Entrepreneurs Foundation scheme. He went on to co-found a startup before cashing-out his equity in search of a greater social impact.
After 12 months spent travelling, Christopher settled in Sydney, Australia. He is currently Chief Operating Officer of and chill Property Management, where he thrives on finding simple solutions to complex problems.
Christopher’s interests include technology, social impact, sport and travel, and he is passionate about finding ways to use technology to improve people’s lives.