Tech Talks: Christiana Rifaat

By Globaledit
Dec 11, 2014

We’re back with another exciting round of ‘Tech Talks’ with the newest addition to the globaledit team, Account Manager Christiana Rifaat. Join us as we explore her unique position, as well as her love of food and travel.

Welcome to the globaledit team! How do you like it so far?

I love it! Everyone is hard-working and dedicated, and the atmosphere is really inspiring. Not to mention, it’s been incredibly easy to adjust because we’re such a tight-knit, welcoming community. And we work with a ton of amazing clients, so it’s very rewarding to be part of this team.

Describe your roleScreen Shot 2014-12-10 at 3.17.35 PM as an Account Manager.

I’d like to say that we’re “User Champions” or in other words, the crucial link between clients and globaledit. Workflow consultation, customer support, or training: You name it, we do it. And we always provide a “tailor-made” experience to our clients. We talk to users and create customized manuals for their unique workflows or keep them posted on new features that are relevant to them. We’re also the proud messengers between our clients’ needs and the development team. We work together with both sides to constantly enhance globaledit.

What have you learned since becoming a globaledit team member?

It may not seem that big, but working in an open-office layout was an eye-opening experience. I actually used to do freelance work before, and it was a very private and isolated work experience—a “my work is my work” sort of thing. At globaledit, it’s great to be able to walk over to a coworker’s desk and brainstorm ideas. I can literally head over to the marketing department, the developers, or the CFO for open collaboration.

What did you do before joining globaledit?

I was (and still am) a photographer! I have a special connection to art, and I love a photo that’s engaging. It’s like listening to a good song and having it speak to you. It’s for this reason that I tend to photograph my family a lot. I started by taking pictures of my younger brother, and it’s stuck with me ever since. Not to mention—my inspirations, Larry Sultan and Harry Callahan, also started out by photographing their families.

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What do you like to do when you’re not working? 

Traveling. And if I had any life advice to give, I would say: Go out there and travel if you can! I took a two-month long backpacking trip with my sister in Southeast Asia last year, and it was absolutely mindblowing. I had never done extensive traveling before this trip so it was my first time exploring other ways of life outside of the U.S.

It’s one thing to see culture, but it’s a completely different thing to experience it.

What was a highlight of your trip?

I took a cooking class in Thailand, right in the middle of the jungle outside of Chiang Mai. Actually, it was more of an adventure than a “class.” They took us to a farm, and we pulled vegetables straight from the ground. Afterwards, we went to a bustling market where we navigated the shops to pick out fish and other ingredients, like ginger and coconut. We ended up making five different Thai courses throughout the day, and they even gave us a cookbook of what we made to take home!

Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 12.09.29 PMSo is cooking another one of your hobbies?

I cook a little bit, but I’m actually just the kind of person that likes to watch people cook (I love Mind of a Chef!) or go out to eat. You know those rebels that never follow a recipe? I’m one of them, and sometimes it turns out great… and other times, it’s inedible. It’s a bit of a gamble.

There’s this place in Brooklyn called Chuko’s. It’s a ramen bar, and their food is amazing. Scratch that, it’s the best.

View Christiana’s photography here.

And stay tuned for our next ‘Tech Talk’!

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