CHAI JIAH JIH
MANAGING DIRECTOR, SOUTH EAST ASIA AT AIRBNB
Chai hold an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Computer Engineering from the National University of Singapore. Post-graduation, he started out as a junior partner at McKinsey & Company, advising top telecoms and technology companies in Asia. He helped companies with corporate strategy, marketing and operations.
He went on to become the first hire for Airbnb SEA, where he helped grow the Airbnb business in Asia. Initially as general manager for SEA region, he later covered India and went ahead to host operations across APAC. Chai now helps tech companies grow in new markets and is currently responsible for growing Carousell internationally.
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Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
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