What has been your personal highlight of 2021?
Finishing lockdown and flying out to Lisbon, then taking the train to Porto. First holiday in a year and a half!
Which tech figurehead has impressed you the most this year, and why?
Elon Musk, because he might make some strange decisions or comments, but he delivers on what he says. His rocket was a great achievement and, in hindsight, his comments about bitcoin farming power were good for the environment - but kind of necessitated because of Tesla.
Which one lockdown habit do you plan to keep going?
It would have to be my kettle bell exercises that I began during lockdown. I bought a set of 10 and have continued with the habit of doing various stretches and exercises each day with them.
Which face-to-face industry event are you most excited to return to, and why?
I am looking forward to the next big Microsoft event, like Future Decoded. I think without these type of events, it becomes harder to gain all the knowledge in the latest updates, which help you formulate product strategy. It's also key to network with peers and MS people, which in this ecosystem is paramount.
If you had the time to learn one new skill, what would it be?
I've recently realised that I had some time to learn something new and have started doing some meditation and yoga. I intend to continue with this and enjoy listening to the podcasts by SadhGuru.
If you could go back in time and tell your childhood self one thing, what would you say?
Success is the journey, and the fun that you have along the way with your colleagues is what's important. Also, probably less running more cycling - I've got to look after those knees.
If you had to sing karaoke, what would be your song of choice?
Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash.
Sum 2021 up in three words.
Challenging, educational, thoughtful.