Job title: Kitchen Director & Co-founder
Office location:London

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Melissa Andrada

Having started out as a brand strategist, I've worked on both sides of the pond with clients such as Skype, Microsoft, PwC and Macmillan. My focus has been largely on applying start-up thinking and processes to organisations both large and small.

But education is what gets me out of bed each morning.

My personal mission is to equip ambitious leaders to build businesses that create positive social and commercial impact. And as Director of Kitchen, I'm responsible for transforming our vision for learning into everyday actions.

Before Kitchen, I helped create the brand for the UK’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider: FutureLearn. I also helped create an online course called The Secret Power of Brands, which has reached tens of thousands of learners worldwide.

Outside of my 9-to-5, I help entrepreneurs build better businesses, as an independent advisor and guest lecturer at the University of East Anglia, Kingston University, General Assembly and CcHub – the Nigeria-based start-up hub.

Q & A

What’s been your proudest moment since joining Wolff Olins?
Setting up Kitchen: a school that’s democratising everything we know at Wolff Olins

What word or phrase do you most overuse at work?
Social impact

What is your secret superpower?
Relentless optimism

Tell us something about Wolff Olins that no one knows?
You'll gain a stone from the kitchen in London