Meet the Team: Fouad

大好きな日本への思いを胸に、インバウンド事業を支えるジュニア デベロッパー

Fouad
ジュニア デベロッパー
出身地:モロッコ
子どもの頃の夢:天文物理学者
東京で好きな場所:ビーチから見るお台場の夜景、新宿御苑

最近、FunkyCorpに加わったのはジュニア デベロッパーのFouad。2020年3月から在宅勤務が実施されていたため、残念ながらチームのほとんどが実際に彼と会う機会がなく、初めてオフィスの自分の席に座ることができたのは入社3ヶ月後のことでした。 とはいえ、所属するテックチームのメンバーとは仕事の後にバーチャル ハングアウトを楽しみ、普通ではない困難なスタートを親しみやすい人柄と笑顔で乗り越えて、チームとの信頼関係を深めて自分の居場所を見事に作り上げています。

モロッコ出身で、フランス西部にある港湾都市・ブレストでコンピュータサイエンスを学び、韓国での交換留学経験を持つ彼。これまで世界中を旅してきましたが、休暇で日本を訪れてはじめて、自分が住みたい場所を見つけたと実感しました。「日本には観光で4,5回来ています。日本文化はとてもミステリアスでもっと深く知りたいですし、日本食は最高です。フランスは世界に知られる美食の国ですが、それは高級レストランに行ける人だけの話。いつも理由を見つけては日本に戻り、心から日本に住みたいと思ったんです」。 そんな強い思いで品川にあるテック企業でのインターンシップを勝ち取り、当時の同僚たちとの交流を通じて東京の新たな魅力を発見。そしてインターンシップが終了する頃にジョブ・フェアでFunkyCorpに出合いました。「会社について楽しそうに語る姿を垣間見て、FunkyCorpに興味を持ちました。そして、今、僕はここにいるわけです」。

在宅勤務の間は懐かしい故郷の味を楽しむため、タジン鍋を使ったモロッコ料理作りに励んでいたそう。「子供の頃から料理が大好きで、母が食事を作るところをよく見ていたんです。今は新しいメニューに挑戦する時間があるので嬉しいですね」。そして、引っ越したばかりの近所を散策するのも、楽しみのひとつ。「ゆっくりと自由に楽しむ夜の散歩は、頭をすっきりさせ、よりクリエイティブな発想が浮かんでくるんです」。

Fouad Mannou

Fouad is our newest employee and, despite having worked with us for a few months, our decision to work from home since March has meant that most of the team have yet to meet him in real life. In fact, he’s only just got to sit at his desk in the FunkyCorp office for the first time after almost three months of remote work. Despite this unusual start, Fouad’s big smile and affable manner have seen him develop friendships and find his place in the team. He already has after-work virtual hangouts with his tech team colleagues, Liza and Colin

Fouad is no stranger to globetrotting. He’s originally from Tiznit in Morocco, but moved to Brest in France to study computer science, with an exchange in South Korea. As you can guess, he’s multilingual and fluent in Arabic, French and English as well as his native Berber. He picked up a few Korean words and is working on building his Japanese skills. Of course, he’s also fluent in programming languages, including Python, Javascript, CSS & HTML, C++…you get the idea; the guy is a natural at languages.

It wasn’t until he holidayed in Japan that he knew he had found where he wanted to live. “I came to Japan about four or five times as a tourist. I love the culture. It’s mysterious to me, and I want to discover more about it,” he says. “Also, the food is great. I’d been living in France, which has some of the best food in the world, but only if you can afford to eat in luxury restaurants! I always found reasons to come back to Japan, and I knew I wanted to stay here.” Eventually, he scored an internship with a tech company in Shinagawa. He discovered Tokyo’s nightlife through his colleagues, partying until the first train, in Shinjuku and Shibuya. As his internship drew to a close, he met some of the FunkyCorp team members at a job fair. “They got me interested in FunkyCorp, telling me about how awesome the team is…” and the rest is history. 

While we were working from home, Fouad took the opportunity to spend time using his tagine for cooking Moroccan food— one of the things he misses the most from home. “I’ve enjoyed cooking since I was a kid watching my mum prepare food. It’s really precious to have the time to try out new recipes. It makes me feel happy.” He’s also used the extra time at home to explore his neighborhood. “I like to take long walks around at night. It helps clear my mind and make me feel more creative.” 

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