Meet the Riders

Meet some of the Cyclists of 2019!

Meet Igor Boyadjian

Name: Igor Boyadjian

Job Title: Managing Director – Global Travel Retail

Nationality: French

Number of Edrington charity rides previously completed: None

Why did you join the 2017 Charity ride for M’Lop Tapang?
I was threatened and blackmailed by my colleagues 😉 More seriously, I know the region well enough to know that children in Cambodia are extremely vulnerable; our contribution to M’Lop Tapang as a group, with the additional support of Edrington can have a massive impact and change quite a number of these children’s lives who, in turn, will contribute positively to their communities when they grow-up.

What are you most looking forward to on the ride?
The end of it!

What is going to be the biggest challenge?
Cycling? But the good news is that I bought a bicycle!

Meet Marcelo Colombo

Name: Marcelo Colombo

Job Title: Commercial Director, Asia Travel Retail

Nationality: Argentina

Number of Edrington charity rides previously completed: One, Cambodia 3 will be my second one.

Why did you join the 2017 Charity ride for M’Lop Tapang?
The ride for the Kaohsiung Autism Foundation was an incredible experience, seeing the company’s ethos come to life, and sharing great moments with great people for a good cause. There was no chance I was going to miss the 2017 edition.

What are you most looking forward to on the ride?
Many things! Riding together again with friends and also with a larger group of people from all over the world, the sense of accomplishment that comes from pulling yourself though such a physical challenge and also the arrival at M’lop Tapang, and being able to spend some time with the people whose lives we are trying to change through our efforts and donations.

What is going to be the biggest challenge?
The heat and the daily distances!

Meet Keith Nair

Name: Keith Nair

Job Title: Regional Brand Ambassador – Asia Pacific & Global Travel Retail

Nationality: Malaysian

Number of Edrington charity rides previously completed: 1 – 512km for the Kaohsiung Autism Foundation in Taiwan.

Why did you join the 2017 Charity ride for M’Lop Tapang?
Ever since I joined Edrington in 2015, I’ve always been in awe with the passion and dedication we hold towards our “giving more” value. It is indeed a rarity considering the industry I’m in and what better way than to physically make a difference for children in M’Lop Tapang 1km at a time.

What are you most looking forward to on the ride?
Apart from camaraderie throughout the ride, be able to witness and hopefully experience the change we will be making for M’Lop Tapang

What is going to be the biggest challenge?
Cycling? Getting on the saddle on the 3rd and 4th day without looking like a farm bird trying to lay an egg.

Meet Chang Xinyue

Name: Chang Xinyue

Job Title: Executive Assistant

Nationality: Singapore

Number of Edrington charity rides previously completed: 2. I was the cyclists’ mummy for year 1 but last year, I did the whole 500KM!

Why did you join the 2017 Charity ride for M’Lop Tapang?
I had a chance to visit M’Lop Tapang in Cambodia earlier this year – what I experienced was beyond words and heartbreaking. I could actually feel my heart hurt when I saw the children. I was then determined that despite the challenges and hardship, I am going to do this and raise as much money as I can for the children.

What are you most looking forward to on the ride?
Riding with my colleagues from all around the world.

What is going to be the biggest challenge?
The heat and the number of hours on the saddle!

Meet Arial

Name: Arial

Job Title: TBC

Nationality: R.O.C. Taiwan

Number of Edrington charity rides previously completed: 1

Why did you join the 2017 Charity ride for M’Lop Tapang?
Change my life and change their life.

What are you most looking forward to on the ride?
TBC

What is going to be the biggest challenge?
Heat.

Meet Kevin Wei

Name: Kevin Wei

Job Title: Senior Product Manager

Nationality: R.O.C. Taiwan

Number of Edrington charity rides previously completed: 2

Why did you join the 2017 Charity ride for M’Lop Tapang?
Cycling and raising awareness for charity; I’ve never been happier to do two of my favorites things together!

What are you most looking forward to on the ride?
Meeting the people working for M’Lop Tapang and understanding how my contribution will help the children supported by M’Lop Tapang.

What is going to be the biggest challenge?
The unknown cycling conditions in Cambodia!

Meet Carlos Fong

Name: Carlos Fong

Job Title: General Sales Manager

Nationality: China / Hong Kong

Number of Edrington charity rides previously completed: 2, Cambodia will be my third one.

Why did you join the 2017 Charity ride for M’Lop Tapang?
Simply because I really enjoy celebrating achievements, particularly when it comes to teamwork and fundraising for charity.

What are you most looking forward to on the ride?
Every rider finishing safely. Everyone having fun.

What is going to be the biggest challenge?
The temperature!

Meet Fiona Cockburn

Name: Fiona Cockburn

Job Title: Group Tax Manager

Nationality: Scottish

Number of Edrington charity rides previously completed: 1 (all the way round Taiwan!! – is that really 2?)

Why did you join the 2017 Charity ride for M’Lop Tapang?
Being part of Edrington’s Great People, Giving More initiative is really rewarding for many reasons:

The sense of achievement of knowing you are supporting a well selected charity that will make a real difference to those it is trying to help.

Cycling long distances in new countries, cultures and conditions is a thrilling and challenging adventure.

It’s also a brilliant opportunity to get to know your colleagues around the world and build relationships.

What are you most looking forward to on the ride?
All of the above – the adventure, understanding the culture in Cambodia, the food, the sun, the chat, the company, the Edrington team and its energy, shared ethos and great organisation, the sense of achievement at the end and visiting the charity. Hopefully finding time to see Cambodia’s tourist sites in the days either side of the ride.

What is going to be the biggest challenge?
Staying hydrated (and not racing through Strava segments!)

We would like to thank our generous partners without whom this initiative would not have been possible. Thank you!