Tuesday Nov 08, 2022

Ep 7 – Sadiq Gillani, Senior Advisor, Attestor Capital

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Meet Sadiq Gillani, a Senior Advisor for travel at Attestor Capital, where he is Chairman The Advisory Board for Condor, the second largest airline in Germany. We discuss how he used his association with Lufthansa to leverage his career, his career philosophy, how he spots new opportunities, personal brand building within a corporation, and surviving the departures of people who hired him at Lufthansa and Emirates. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Using ideas of power to leverage knowledge and experience toward becoming more successful

  • His series of career moves created by proactively managing his career

  • Using power as an amplification of performance

  • Leveraging platforms and identifying opportunities as they appear

  • What put him in the ecosystem of travel startups

  • His experience lecturing at Stanford for six years

  • How internal and external activities simultaneously reinforce company and personal brands

  • Aligning his interests with the company’s for mutual benefit

  • Repositioning himself as an expert on innovation within the travel industry

  • The questions he asks to spot new opportunities

  • His transition entirely to a portfolio career, sitting on boards, and advisory work

  • A word of caution on personal brand building within a corporation

  • The connection, interdependence, and interplay between the external and internal

  • Why looking ahead to future implications of current work can pay big dividends

  • The importance of staying relevant to your network

  • The trade-off between risk and return within a career

  • The importance of getting more operating experience to broaden out

  • Looking broadly into your role within your company

  • Surviving the departures of the people who hired him at Lufthansa and Emirates

  • The value of having mentors and friends within your organization

  • Cultivating internally diversified relationships


Sadiq is a Senior Advisor for travel at Attestor Capital, where he is Chairman of the Advisory Board for Condor, the second-largest airline in Germany. He sits on the board of eTraveli, an online travel agency owned by CVC Partners, and the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council for Travel.

Sadiq is also an Executive Coach and is creating a self-development program based on the work of Carl Jung. He started an MBA course at Stanford on the Travel & Airline industry and was a lecturer there from 2014-2020. He previously headed up the in-house consulting and transformation team of Emirates Group, reporting to Sir Tim Clark. He spent seven years with Lufthansa Group, where he was the Chief Strategy & Innovation officer, reporting to the CEO, and was Head of Network & Fleet at Eurowings.

He began his career as a strategy consultant with Bain & Co. and was a partner at Seabury, a boutique airline consulting firm (now part of Accenture). He completed his M.B.A. at Harvard Business School and holds a B.A. and M.Phil in Management Studies from Cambridge University. He was included in the Financial Times' Top 100 leaders list, the World Economic Forum´s Young Global Leaders, and Capital Magazine's Top 40 under 40.


Website www.sadiqgillani.com
Instagram @sadiq.gillani
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/sgillani

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