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Neil Craven Thoughtworks

Faces in the Crowd

Neil Craven’s career may have started as an “unplanned accident,” but the unexpected path has sent him around the world. Originally a biology student at university in Scotland, he joined Ford Motor Corporation shortly after graduation as a business analyst. It suited him well, and Craven worked his way up the ranks before moving on to the Syndey office of agile software development company ThoughtWorks. Now a certified globetrotter, he fulfilled another of his travel goals when he asked for a transfer to ThoughtWorks’ Brazil office a year later. He was initially assigned to a six-month project, but Craven soon applied for a full-time position and now works on iteration management and nearshore delivery in Porto Alegre. “I think more people should grab the opportunity to be an ex-pat in developing countries like Brazil,” said Craven. “I have learned so much.”

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Bianca Wright

Nearshore Americas Contributing Editor Bianca Wright has been published in a variety of magazines and online publications in the UK, the US and South Africa, including Global Telecoms Business,, SA Computer Magazine, M-Business,, Business Start-ups, Cosmopolitan and ComputorEdge. She holds a MPhil degree in Journalism from the University of Stellenbosch and a DPhil in Media Studies from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

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