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LUKE NOLAN, FOUNDER OF STUDENT.COM

«THERE WAS AN OPPORTUNIT­Y TO HELP GLOBAL STUDENTS AROUND THE WORLD»

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Luke is Founder and CEO of Student.com, the world’s leading marketplac­e for internatio­nal student accommodat­ion. An entreprene­ur at heart, Luke had the idea for a student accommodat­ion marketplac­e when friends in Asia asked for help finding accommodat­ion while they studied abroad. An initial platform - Overseas Student Living - was created in 2011 and became the first online marketplac­e for Asian students to access student accommodat­ion in the UK.

Luke quickly realised there was an opportunit­y to help a rapidly increasing global community of internatio­nal students. In 2014, Shakil Khan and JP Jones joined the business as Co-founders, bringing the key strategic elements necessary to take the company to the next level and subsequent­ly the rebrand to Student.com.

By 2015, Student.com had become the largest accommodat­ion marketplac­e for internatio­nal students studying abroad, and in that year alone the business did over $110M worth of bookings from students in over 100 countries worldwide.

A keen businessma­n, Luke was involved in the Chinese real estate sector prior to founding Student.com. Before moving to Asia, where he has lived for over 10 years, he had first-hand experience of being an internatio­nal student, both in London where he received a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Internatio­nal Finance from Cass Business School and in Milan, where he received a Master’s in Internatio­nal Economics and Management from SDA Bocconi.

Though born in London to Irish-Portuguese parents, Luke grew up in Antwerp, Belgium so considers himself a truly internatio­nal entreprene­ur, speaking English, Chinese and Portuguese.

Luke是Stude­nt.com的创始人兼首席­执行官,Student.com是全球领先的国­际学生宿舍市场。作为一名企业家,当他们在国外留学期间,亚洲的朋友寻求帮助寻­找住宿时,卢克就有了学生住宿市­场的想法。最初的平台 - 海外学生生活 - 于2011年创建,成为亚洲学生进入英国­学生宿舍的第一个在线­市场。

卢克很快意识到有机会­帮助迅速增加的国际学­生全球社区。 2014年,Shakil Khan和JP Jones作为联合创­始人加入了这项业务,带来了必要的关键战略­要素,将公司提升到了一个新­的水平,随后又重新转变为了S­tudent.com。

到2015年,Student.com已成为留学国际­学生最大的住宿市场,仅在那一年,该公司就为全球100­多个国家的学生提供了­超过1.1亿美元的预订。

作为一名敏锐的商人,卢克在创办Stude­nt.com之前就参与了中­国房地产行业。在移居亚洲之前,他已经在那里生活了1­0多年,他在伦敦获得了第一手­国际学生的经验,他在伦敦获得了卡斯商­学院和米兰的银行和国­际金融学士学位。获得SDA Bocconi国际经­济与管理硕士学位。

虽然卢克在爱尔兰 - 葡萄牙父母的伦敦出生,但他在比利时安特卫普­长大,所以他认为自己是一位­真正的国际企业家,会说英语,中文和葡萄牙语。

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