Lola Ospanova


Director, operations, quality and compliance

8billionideas | Europe

Lola trained as a pilot and over the past decade held many various roles in the operations management with commercial airlines and business jets operators. She worked in America, Kazakhstan, and now in the UK. Having completed her MBA at the University of Oxford, she has turned to entrepreneurship and education. She is leading the operations team at 8billionideas bringing her operations skills and business acumen to the education sector.

One of her peers said she has enabled the 8billionideas business model.

“Some months back, she noticed that our delivery model was similar to another one she was familiar with – that of the airline business. I learned that as leaders, we should always keep our eyes open and relate what we are doing to other industries and sectors so we can learn.”

She is an example to her colleagues within and outside the business. “She is an example of what a supremely professional woman is.”

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