‘I am eldest of three: the only girl with two younger brothers, but our parents always tried to raise us in the same, egalitarian way. My mum was a stay-at-home mother and my father was an architect who eventually became an entrepreneur. I have to say that I looked up to him quite a lot: he had to pay for his studies by himself, which was not an easy path. He was always very encouraging of my achievements. The school I went to as a child, in South London, was a mixed school and it was very egalitarian. I did a lot of music and I played many sports. In fact, I was always a very sporty person; my brothers on the other hand, were not so much! (She laughs) I guess I simply have the feeling that during most of my life, if not all of it, it never mattered that I was a girl or a boy, as long as I worked hard. My dad always expected to do my best just like any other.
(This is Angela. I met her coincidentally at a networking reception for media specialists, where I frankly felt a bit lost. The reason why I don’t thrive in networking events is that I tend to get socially awkward when surrounded by people who all seem to know each other and know what to talk about to one another; especially when I myself have no clue what to say. Why, since I was at this event anyway, I decided to make the best out of a quirky situation and went to the table that was nearest the buffet. I was enjoying a gourmet shrimp salad when a lady approached me: – Hey there, do you need a drink? I am going to the bar to get one now! Damn, this lady is cool! I thought.
Angela is the head of the European Publishers Council, a high level group of individuals leading European media corporations.)