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Luke Janssen '94
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Founder and Executive Chairman of mobile technology company, Tigerspike


Luke was born in England but left before he was two, living in Liberia, Oman and Hong Kong before spending four years at UWCSEA in Singapore. After a degree in Computer Science with Management from King's College, London, Luke spent eight years as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London and then Sydney. During that time he also performed at night with his band (the same band that once won the "UWCSEA Clash of Bands!" while they were at UWC). One night, he and his band were approached and recruited to make mobile ringtones, which led Luke to consider other opportunities in the mobile industry and in 2003, he and a friend launched mobile technology company, Tigerspike.


As Group CEO and then Executive Chairman, Luke and the team grew the business from three people in a sunroom in Sydney to over 300 people in eight offices worldwide: Sydney, Melbourne, London, New York, San Francisco, Dubai, Tokyo and Singapore. Tigerspike's platform simplifies mobile 'big data' providing real time customer and employee insight to companies including The United Nations, DBS Bank, Emirates Airlines among others.


Tigerspike is one of only four companies to ever have been listed in Deloitte's Fast 50 for seven years running and was listed in Forbes' Top 100 Innovative Companies as well. Social mindedness is important to Luke and Tigerspike has initiated several programmes for its employees over their 13 years in business.


Luke moved from New York back to Singapore in 2012 and lives in Joo Chiat with his artist wife Lydia Janssen and their three young children. Their two oldest, Lucia and Leo now attend UWCSEA as well.


Luke volunteers many of his spare hours to speak to students and participate in student sessions at UWCSEA and elsewhere.


(Updated March 2017)



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