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The Team

We all are or have been expats that have moved abroad from different places around the world.  Being in a new country is a challenge no matter how many times you have relocated but it is also very exciting.  The FOCUS team is here to answer questions, listen to concerns and make your time in the UK enjoyable and fun!

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Executive Director,  Alessandra Gnudi

I have been with FOCUS for 16 years and have been fortunate to work with many talented expats from all parts of the world who have contributed greatly to this amazing organisation. I am very proud of all our achievements including our 30th Anniversary celebrations. A real Italian, I have come to consider myself a Londoner after many years of living in this great city. I studied marketing communications in Boston, where I lived with my husband for a few years, and law in Bologna, which remains one of my favourite Italian cities.

Alessandra Gnudi

Director of Business Engagement,  Eva Stock

Ioriginally came to London via Brussels as a student and would neverhave imagined that I would still be here nearly 20 years later! Havingstarted my career in financial services, I took an extended break whenmy kids were small, and then discovered FOCUS. Having worked inMarketing and on the Editorial team, I am currently looking afterSponsor Relations. While my American accent will betray my origins,after all these years I consider myself a Londoner.

Eva Stock

Director of Finance,  Irene Kuan

I am a qualified Certified Accountant with more than 30 years experience in the accounting profession. I am a member of The Women's Council. I also volunteer at Crisis and weekend breakfast duties for Shelter for the Storm (a non-governmental organisation) and I find the time to help with annual fund-raising for Macmillan Cancer. I am delighted to be part of the FOCUS Team as the Director of Finance and Administration.

Irene Kuan

Director of Seminars & Events,  Maria Renzi

I was born in Italy where I studied Italian Language and Literature in Milan, but have lived overseas for the last 25 years, including Barbados and Spain. During this time I had the chance to get to know and appreciate many different cultures and loved the experience. While abroad I have worked as an Italian teacher and in London also as a consultant for a large multinational organisation to help international professionals and their spouses settle in this beautiful city that has now become home for me. After collaborating with FOCUS for a few years in my previous role, I was delighted to join the organisation as Director of Seminars & Events.

Maria Renzi

Director of Business Development,  Stephanie Vogel

Originally from Munich I have been living in London on and off now for over 15 years. I became a member of FOCUS when I moved to London with my family and think their services and resources are incredible. I took a break from my previous job at a reinsurance Company to raise my three children but now that they are older I am ready to explore a new career path. I initially joined FOCUS as their Social Media & Membership Manager and am now extremely happy to support them as their Director of Business Development. Although I haven’t lived in Munich for such a long time and London is now where I feel most at home, I still miss the beer gardens and the mountains. However, London has so much to offer that the occasional attack of homesickness only lasts for a very short period! 

Stephanie Vogel

Director of Marketing,  Jaspreet Grewal

Originally from India I spent my formative years in a boarding school in the Himalayas. Pursuing global opportunities I worked on assignments in Singapore, Thailand, UK and Netherlands. I have been out of my home country for the last eight years and have enjoyed being an expat experiencing new cultures. I was introduced to Focus when I moved from New York to London last year. As a member, I gained access to an instant community that proved invaluable in the initial months of settling in. Currently I handle the marketing initiative at Focus and enjoy identifying services that would be useful to our members. 

Director of Resources,  Paola Longobardi

I moved to London in 1997 with my husband and three children from Milan, Italy. Twenty years later, we are still living in this incredible city that I love. I volunteered at FOCUS in the past, enjoyed it a lot so I was really pleased when I was appointed Director of Resources. I'm a Trustee for the London International Gallery of Children's Art, a small charity that promotes international understanding through children's art, and I run 'Discover London', a club for a group of 'curious' school parents. All in the true spirit of diverse and international London!

Paola Longobardi

Director of Membership, Alexandra Casanova 

I was born in Mexico and moved to London when I married my German-Canadian husband. I thought I was going to spend two or three years here and go back home, but the reality was different. It has been 11 years and we are still here. Now London is my home and I love it!Before I took a break to raise my two kids, I worked as Consultant in Philanthropy Services, and I spent a few years helping Social Entrepreneurs in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.I’m very happy to have the opportunity to support FOCUS as their Membership Director.


FOCUS Magazine

Magazine Editor,  Francine Bosco 

I’m never really sure how to answer the question “where are you from?” As an American who happened to be born in London and raised between here and Texas, I definitely identify with the feeling that you can belong to two places. I’ve spent most of my life living between the two countries with an exciting stint in Prague in the early 1990s working for the country’s first English language newspaper. I enjoyed an extended career break while raising my son and was delighted to join the FOCUS team in 2017. I love the services FOCUS provides to its members and especially love seeing and learning about Britain, and London through the contributors to our magazine. After half a life-time here I find there is still plenty to discover.

Art Director,  Rebecca Hunt-Davis

Having lived as an expat abroad, it has been a privilege to design FOCUSMagazine since 2009. I have lived in India, Pakistan and Kenya with my husband, and have enjoyed all the cultural experiences I had in these amazing countries. Although I am British, Iwell understand the life and the needs of expatriates and FOCUS is an incredibly invaluable service.

Rebecca Hunt-Davis

Image Editor,  Cindy Stern

London could not be a better place for a photographer. I arrived in London four years ago and haven’t put the camera down since. From the daily life on the streets to the historic monuments -- everywhere you turn there is something to capture the eye. I was introduced to FOCUS when I first arrived from New York, and am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the FOCUS team and share my photos of the UK and beyond.

Cindy Stern

Assistant Editor,  Naeemah Miah

I’m a Fashion Journalism graduate who really enjoys editing and reading various different writings, born and bred in the UK with Bangladeshi origins. I’ve lived in Luton my whole life, which fortunately is about 30 minutes away from the capital. Ever since I was a child I’ve always loved London, there is always something new to do and areas to explore. I think the service FOCUS offers to expats is amazing and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be Assistant Editor.