Fabian Neuen was born in Malta and grew up in many countries including the Congo and France. His itinerant childhood imbued him with a wanderlust that has taken him to remote regions like Bihar and to rising global capitals of business and culture such as Shanghai. He has travelled to fifty countries, speaks five languages and is a global citizen.
Fabian has had a glittering professional and academic career. He has worked in strategy consulting, investment banking, venture capital and the German Air Force. He was on the Dean’s List for his MBA class at INSEAD, was a distinguished student at WHU Koblenz and named one of Siemens’ Global Top Talents. At Siemens he was also promoted to be amongst the company’s youngest managers world-wide.
Fabian has always been fascinated by the media and the impact of narratives in various societies. As a student, he discovered that the rise of Germany in the 19th century was described very differently in English and in German. In English, it was called the “German Problem” while, in German, it was called the “German Question”. Fabian is convinced that there are invariably many perspectives and numerous narratives in the world we live in, and it is important to consider a broad range of them.
Fabian met and worked with Atul at Wharton. They began discussing business ideas, and Fabian resigned from Siemens when Atul came up with the idea for Fair Observer. During his military service, Fabian worked as a journalist and was dissatisfied with the global media landscape that did not place sufficient value on understanding different markets and cultures in an increasingly globalized world. He realized that Fair Observer could emerge as a potent platform for challenging flawed assumptions, exploring influential ideas, fostering cross-cultural communication and engaging a new generation of global citizens.
Fabian’s experience as a business leader includes extensive work on information technology and telecommunications projects in Europe and emerging markets, including India and China. He has a proven track record of harnessing the best out of diverse teams and consistently over-delivering on strategic projects such as post-merger integrations for information technology companies in Europe, setting up Chinese operations for Siemens Metals Division and setting up Siemens Engineering Division in India. As Fair Observer’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, he brings analytical rigor, attention to detail and implementation experience to the team. Fabian lives, breathes and dreams Fair Observer.
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