Meet The Team

We believe that you deserve to live life on your own terms. We don’t see the location-independence as a luxury but rather as an equally viable alternative to the more traditional lifestyle. To make that happen, the transition to remote should be as easy and frictionless as possible.

Flexpat provides everything you need to kickstart and excel at remote work, in one place. The startup was founded in January 2017 by Arthur Nobel, a Dutch travel junkie with a VC background, and Georgi Nikolov, a Bulgarian poker-player-turned-investment-banker, who both dreaded the idea of having a dull 9-to-5 job for the rest of their days. The team is building a rapidly growing community, uniting remote workers around the world.

The future of work is remote and you should be part of it.

The Royal Court

Arthur

Explorer

Having visited 30+ countries and eaten duck tongue and guinea pig, Arthur shows he is all about discovering the unknown. A natural risk-taker, he pushes the boundaries with snowboarding, wakeboarding, and surfing. Arthur didn’t like any job, so he created his own. Previously, he worked in several VCs, advised a range of startups, and worked in sales for Rocket Internet.

Georgi

Navigator

At different points, Georgi has been a martial arts competitor, professional poker player, online community builder, theoretical physicist, game theorist, investment banker, and management and startup consultant. He is always curious, and some might even say obsessed, with learning new things -- as if the earth would stop turning if he stops thinking. He loves to travel the world together with his wife, and they are always planning on where to go next.

David

Bard

David has cultivated a lifelong compulsion for adventure. This has taken him across eight countries and some 14+ individual cities in both hemispheres. Prior to Flexpat, David has spent four years and counting as a flexpat, consulting for startups all around the world. An avid believer in the inevitability of ubiquitous location-independence for all professionals, David brings over a decade of experience to the front lines of this rapidly growing revolution.

Farid

Alchemist

His curiosity and open-mindedness have helped Farid to gain experience in different industries, ranging from banking to robotics and from smart energy to HR. He likes to come up with out-of-the-box client solutions. At Flexpat, he’s doing exactly that: thinking the unthinkable, finding the unfindable, turning lead into gold, just like alchemists did in the past. Farid’s currently getting ready for travel adventures with his family in Indonesia, Morocco, and Turkey. A successful adventure for him means tasting as much food and culture as possible and avoiding mountains at all cost.

Ibrahim

Wizard

Ibrahim kick-started his career in the corporate world, where he got to know both the up- and downsides of the white-collar lifestyle. Years later, he decided it was time for a new adventure, in a world, where it’s completely fine to wear a t-shirt. Being location independent allows Ibrahim to combine a healthy lifestyle with high-quality output delivery. When he’s not working, Ibrahim likes spending time with his family. Rumor has it he’s quite good in the kitchen. If he’s not preparing something delicious, there’s a high chance you’d see him outdoors, cycling or hiking in the Dinaric Alps and its surrounding areas.

Laura

Sailor

As an organizational psychologist, Laura is all about strategy. No greatness can be achieved from the comfort zone of daily routine, as innovation comes with daring decisions, which she is not afraid to make to change the status quo. For Laura, traveling is the perfect way to get to know more and more of who she is, in the ever-changing reflection of different cultures, from Brazil to Morocco to good ol’ Europe.

Lea

Diplomat

Born with a natural drive for change and adventures, frequently moving around and travelling is a natural thing for Lea. After all, there is no better feeling than hiking to 3200 meters and enjoying the view. Always striving to improve herself, she uses her proactive attitude to critically assess and choose the best strategies and put them into practice. If she wasn’t working for Flexpat trying to change the world, Lea would be happy running a puppy hotel.

Sam

Goldsmith

Sam likes people. He likes everything about them, whether they’re good and honest, or evil and a little mischievous. This is because even more than people, he likes stories and believes stories are made by, of, and for people. Growing up, he’d get lost in every novel, movie, and TV show he could get his hands on and went to every party there was – just to see what happens next. Now, he travels around the world meeting as many people as he can, just to hear what they have to say. As a driving force behind the Flexpat community, Sam hopes to encounter many amazing people and to get to know their stories.

Gerry

Herald

A Bulgarian girl with a German Abitur who ended up in the Netherlands. Armed with a media and a marketing degree, Gerry has helped numerous international start-ups find their true identity and voice. Her wizardry consists of the art and craft of language paired with strategic out-of-the-box thinking. Obviously bitten by the travel bug, Gerry experienced her biggest adventure two years ago when she crossed half Asia on flip-flops.

Gert Jan

Falconer

Fueled by his commercial, entrepreneurial mind and a passion for adventure, Gert Jan has found his true element - developing businesses from scratch. Prior joining Flexpat, he founded a car-sharing company which he sold in 2016 and co-started an event-based company in recruitment. Gert Jan is getting a lot of energy of exploring the unknown. Up and down the surface. He scuba-dived 42 meters deep into ‘the Blue Hole’ in Belize and is next planning to climb a Mongolian mountain in 2018. Gert Jan is utilizing his eagerness to success to conquer the world of digital professionals and pave the way for generations of flexpats to come.

Mike

Pilgrim

Having recently returned from Asia where he lived for a couple of years, Mike has traveled the world and is always looking for an excuse to hop on an airplane. As remote work has become an integral part of his daily life, he’s found the perfect productivity hack for remotes - working from the lobby of five-star hotels where the internet’s steady and the coffee’s good. Mike’s a firm believer that it’s not about the destination but the journey itself. That’s why it comes as no surprise that he likes to get things moving and moving quickly. There’s no time to waste, always keep your eye on the prize and move forward: step by step.

Erik

Whaler

For some, being called a "full-time geek" is an insult. For others, it's a badge of honor. Erik belongs to the latter. Apart from "geeking" (is it verb?), Erik loves sailing with his boat, top speed 80km/h, and hanging out with friends. Prior to Flexpat, Erik co-founded a few open source projects and gained proper DevOps experience in various companies.

Linda

Poet

With no clue what to study after finishing high school, Linda moved to California to follow a minor in International Business. From this moment, she fell in love with the Cali ‘free of mind spirit’ and the american sports culture. Now after a bachelor in Economics and Law, she is trying to bring this open-minded knowledge to Flexpat, while planning her next travel adventures, which she always likes to share with her friends.

Fazal

Thespian

Fazal’s law career started in his home country, India. After having worked for a couple of years, he decided it’s time for a new chapter in his life and moved to the Netherlands to finish his higher education. Fazal brings in an artistic flair to the team - he has been actively involved in theater and has starred as Harry Potter as well as Greek tragedy villains. As a former state-level athlete, Fazal had no hesitation from jumping off a cliff into a sea full of sharks in Malaysia, nor was he afraid of taking a stand on controversial legal-political issues in his research publications. Always looking for challenges, both personally and professionally, Fazal joined Flexpat to achieve his goal of making a global impact with his work.

Nanouck

Cartographer

Nanouck likes to define herself as an ‘expert’ in fun and adventures. A startup enthusiast at heart, she channeled her affinity to organize things and created her own craft beer company. Building on her background in political sciences, Nanouck decided to pursue her master’s degree in business. She’s been traveling the world for the past 5 years and dreams of living the flexpat life herself. In the meantime, Nanouck is on a quest to experience as many cultures and cuisines as she possibly can.

Elena

Messenger

Elena has a high appreciation for true beauty – whether it's found in places, people's faces, or souls. She has her very own collection of memories and experiences and takes every chance to expand it. Elena believes that a smile can turn around one’s day, and sees Flexpat as a way to bring more and more smiles to flexpats around the globe. With her inherent positivity, she always finds a way to make everyone's day a little brighter.

Barnabas

Olster

Barnabas is fascinated with the world, always trying to understand how people perceive things differently. He likes to observe - be it a whole scene or just a tiny little detail, and catch the moment in his photographs. He is an explorer by nature, anytime, anywhere. You’ll find him on a journey to the Albanian rural life, to the bottom of the Red Sea, or at a local festival. Bonus points if the adventure somehow involves traveling, gastronomy, or cars. Having done research on startups and venture capital, Barna joined Flexpat to learn how things really work in practice.

Brigitta

Calligrapher

Brigitta encountered Flexpat, while she was researching the topic of future of work. As an avid fan of traveling, startups, and content marketing, she later became our remote work evangelist. Brigitta is a citizen of the world: born and raised Hungarian, lived shortly in the US, studied in the Netherlands, and is now working for us remotely, while globetrotting. Brigitta is passionate about languages and art, but she’s also an expert of losing wallets, missing flights, and opening champagne bottles.

Grace

Troubadour

As a child of avid adventurers, Grace has been exposed to foreign lands, cultures, and cuisines from a young age. Exploring comes naturally to her and therefore she is constantly on the lookout for something that she hasn’t experienced before. The thirst for novelty has driven Grace to take up a masters study in Innovation Management. Within Flexpat, Grace puts on an avatar of Troubadour and ensures the support of strategic partners who amplify the impact of our vision.

Alessandro

Alderman

A humble man, Alessandro believes that he’s the world’s first accent-free Italian who is both a nomadic legal expert and kitesurf instructor. He left the beaten path in his early twenties for the complexities of international law. He spent time all over the world and made remarkable, lifelong friends. His dream day starts with a skate to the office, an insane amount of passionate work, a reading break – perhaps about the latest discoveries in dolphin communication – and an espresso. High on caffeine, he would head out for a kitesurfing session, then end his day staring at the sunset wishing he knew how to write sappy poetry.

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