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Name Pegah Bigham
Affiliations Western University
Location London, Ontario
Nationality Iranian
Languages English, Persian
Skills Figma, SAP, Microsoft Office
Interests Marathon Running
Courses UI/UX, Hospitality MBA
Registered 2024
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Career[edit | edit source]

After graduating, I embarked on my professional journey as an event organizer at Tooba Boutique hotel, where my bachelor's degree in English translation proved invaluable in effectively communicating with guests and ensuring their satisfaction. This role also allowed me to collaborate with various companies, where I leveraged my communication skills to meet their needs and exceed expectations. Seeking to advance my career in hospitality management, I pursued an MBA, which led to my promotion as an event manager. In this capacity, I oversaw pivotal responsibilities such as coordinating international events, managing budgets, and ensuring client satisfaction.

My dedication and strong work ethic caught the attention of Merck Group, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies globally, where I began my tenure as an Executive assistant. In this multifaceted role, I took charge of numerous responsibilities, including organizing local and international sales, medical, and marketing events, managing the CEO's complex schedule, and ensuring compliance with SOPs through random audits.

During my time at Merck, I honed my skills in event coordination, accommodation arrangements, and financial management, utilizing SAP and Quantum web applications proficiently. I also excelled in providing engaging monthly sales presentations and ensuring seamless travel arrangements for the sales team.

Transitioning to a Commercial assistant role at Solico Group, an international food company, I continued to excel in event management while introducing engaging activities for staff. Amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, I innovatively organized virtual events to keep staff engaged, from online storytelling sessions to creating trending videos.

Recognizing the importance of design in my career, I embarked on learning Figma, a UI/UX design tool, to enhance my skills in creating visually appealing content and marketing materials. I am currently studying and pursuing my career in UI/UX design, leveraging my diverse background in event management, hospitality, and executive assistance to excel in this field.

I am passionate about leveraging my skills and experiences to contribute positively to innovative projects and create engaging experiences for users in the field of UI/UX design.

Education[edit | edit source]

MPEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Western University

B.A. in English Translation, Azad University

MBA in Hospitality, Bahar Institution

Experience[edit | edit source]

Commercial Assistant

Solico Kaleh Group | Sep 2021 - Aug 2022

  • Organizing weekly Board meetings, sales/channel meetings and monthly business reviews.
  • Assisting Sales Manager in leading and motivating the sales team to achieve and exceed sales targets.
  • Analyzing sales data and market trends to identify opportunities for growth and improvement.
  • Handling administrative tasks related to sales, such as preparing sales reports, maintaining customer databases.

Executive Assistant

Merck Group | July 2018 - Sep 2021

  • Ensuring the smooth functioning of office operations through scanning, filing, scheduling.
  • Coordinating and managing the CEO's complex schedule, including scheduling internal and external meetings, calls, appointments and travel.
  • Ensuring SOPs and best practices are being followed by sales team through random auditing.
  • Preparing and following up on the minutes & action items of all meetings.
  • Submitting travel documents of all sales representatives to regional finance department.
  • Creating PR and PO on SAP and pass SES.
  • Submitting all events in details on Quantum.

Event Manager

Tooba Boutique Hotel | Sep 2021 - Feb 2019

  • Leading end-to-end planning and execution of corporate and social events, ensuring seamless coordination and client satisfaction.
  • Managing budgets, negotiating contracts with vendors, and supervising on-site logistics for events ranging from intimate gatherings to large conferences.
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