SARAH DESBOIS - PANDIA

Creative Entrepreneur

Welcome and thanks for visiting my site! I invite you to take a moment and look around.
This page is about me, the Blueberry Ventures and the Kiskeya Ventures; a group of companies encompassing

different business projects I've created.

To learn more about my background, experience, skills, projects and how we could potentially work together, simply contact me.

ABOUT ME

​I was born in Haiti, raised in different places, and went on to travel the globe in 50 countries. I also lived in 10 countries respectively. As a result, I am multicultural and multilingual.

I inherited a sturdy entrepreneurial spirit from my father, and an equally creative sensibility from my mother.

I believe that my atypical upbringing and unconventional career path are my biggest assets and what differentiate me and my businesses. ​In this time of global and cultural awareness, I am grateful to be able to call myself a self-made independent woman. 

 

My love for travel, languages, as well as my insatiable curiosity have been the backbone of my career. With over fifteen years of international experience in business and project management I can successfully run very different but related aspects of a business.

I have relevant experience living and working in developing countries, managing internationalisation, enhanced by a knowledge of culture and custom that is integral to the success of such work.

My organisational skills continuously evolve, with experience in both large-scale business and per-project management.​

My sharp analytic and critical-thinking skills allow me to dissect any situation and make intelligent, informed decisions. I am committed to excellence in all aspects of my work, and consistently develop innovative processes, tracking KPI tools to automate tasks and increase efficiency. 
I have excellent computer, research, summarising and communication skills. And a clear ability to lead and work effectively in teams.
My experience extends into multiple industries, with particularly deep exposure to telecommunications, real estate, design & digital media.


Lastly, I'm ambitious and energetic, I thrive in complex, challenging and multicultural environments.

 

THE BLUEBERRY VENTURES & THE KISKEYA VENTURES

My Road to Creative Entrepreneurship

After a twelve-year corporate ascension, in 2015 I chose to settle down in Romania to start a family, and decided I wanted to go into business, independently. Little did I know I would become a serial entrepreneur. I created the Blueberry Ventures and went from project to project testing the market, understanding my limitations, and figuring out what kind of entreprise would better suit my profile and lifestyle.

I owned an italian restaurant with my husband in the city center, launched a contemporary fashion jewelry brand online for my mother, and became a full time Marketing & Communications consultant for a multinational.

 

Unfortunately, none of these projects brought me enough fulfillment nore profitability in the long run. But I decided to keep on trying, rather than considering going back to formal employment.

I had to reassess the reasons behind my failures and came to the conclusion I was deliberately keeping an important factor out of the equation: my own multipotentiality, creativity and passions. According to hard-wired biases that such things aren't lucrative, I was solely focused on the formal business aspect of my projects and not so much on giving in to the things that would motivate me enough to persevere in my endeavours.

So, in parallel with a joint venture in property management that has taken off well in Romania's current dynamic economy, I put together a portfolio of all the creative projects I have successfully brought to life and decided to take this hobby of mine to a professional level offering services in Interior, Event and Holiday Decoration.

Also, I created Sarah The Digital GypSea, a Personal Travel & Lifestyle Blog in accordance with my passion for writing. I write about self-discovery through travel, motherhood, lifestyle, entrepreneurship and adversity. 

Last but not least, as of Spring 2021, I relocated to the Dominican Republic with my family where I'm now in the process of launching

the Kiskeya Ventures which will combine several other businesses in the real estate, marine, eco-tourism, and lifestyle industries!

Stay tuned for more... I hope you will enjoy viewing these projects as much as I've enjoyed creating them! 

 

The Blueberry Ventures were founded in 2015 with the aim to bring startup projects to the Bucharest-Ilfov region of Romania.

Today it employs a little over 20 people and caters services internationally with 3 distinct business lines:

 

  • Property Management Services

  • Interior, Event & Holiday Decoration

  • Personal Travel & Lifestyle Blog

Key in the Lock

QUEST REAL ESTATE

Property Management Services

Wedding Bouquet

ZE FRENCH TOUCH

Interior, Event & Holiday Decoration

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The Kiskeya Ventures were founded in 2021 with the aim to bring innovative startup projects and services to the developing and dynamic market of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

It caters services locally with 6 distinct business lines:

 

  • Real Estate Construction, Brokerage & Property Management

  • Interior Design

  • Marine Charters

  • Eco-Tourism

  • Personal Development Coaching & Mentoring

  • Dog Kennel

Creativity and entrepreneurship being at the heart of each project, the services offered are carefully tailored according to each client's needs.

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Large Modern House with Pool

KISKEYA REAL ESTATE

Brokerage 

& Property Management

Hand Holding Color Swatches

KISKEYA DESIGNS

Construction & Interior Design

Sailboat Top View

KISKEYA CHARTERS

Sailing Charters

 

MY PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I am a full-time independent creative entrepreneur since 2015.

Prior to this, I had a very rich and dynamic career, working my way all the way up the corporate ladder.

January 2014 - July 2015, Myanmar

CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

@ CAMUSAT

January 2012 - January 2014, Vanuatu, New Caledonia & French Polynesia

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & REGIONAL PACIFIC DIRECTOR @ CAMUSAT

January 2010 - December 2011, France

SOUTH WEST REGIONAL COMMERCIAL MANAGER @ TDF

January 2009 - December 2009, France

INTERNATIONAL EVENT PLANNER

@ CARPE DIEM CREATIONS

May 2008 - December 2008, Bulgaria

BRANCH SETUP MANAGER @ CAMUSAT

June 2007 - May 2008, Moldova

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER @ CAMUSAT

January 2005 - June 2007, Haiti

CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

@ CAMUSAT

January 2004 - December 2004, Dominican Republic

CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER

@ TELECENTRIK

January 2003 - December 2003, Dominican Republic

OFFICE ASSISTANT & RECEPTIONIST

@ CAMUSAT

January 2002 - December 2002, USA & Dominican Republic

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT ATTENDANT

@ TRANSMERIDIAN AIRLINES

& AIR SANTO DOMINGO

EDUCATION & VOCATIONAL TRAININGS

ZUMBA INSTRUCTOR BASIC STEPS LEVEL 1 TRAINING CERTIFICATE @ ZUMBA

2018, Romania

PRACTICAL SAILING COURSE - DAY SKIPPER @ ROYAL YACHTING ACADEMY (RYA)

2015, Greece

INTERIOR DESIGN PRACTICAL COURSE CERTIFICATE @ CALEA VICTORIEI FOUNDATION

2015, Romania

MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP TRAINING DIPLOMA @ ABITIO

2014, Myanmar

OPEN WATER DIVER CERTIFICATION @ PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DIVING INSTRUCTORS (PADI)

2012, Vanuatu

BUSINESS STARTUP & MANAGEMENT TRAINING DIPLOMA @ REGIONAL MIDI-PYRÉNÉES COUNCIL

2008, France

ROMANIAN LANGUAGE COURSE @ ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

2008, Romania

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TRAINING CERTIFICATION @ BRAINSTORM INSTITUTE

2003, Dominican Republic

CUSTOMER SERVICE TRAINING CERTIFICATION @ INFOTEP

2003, Dominican Republic

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION @ FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION AEROSPACE TECHNICAL TRAINING INSTITUTE

2003, USA

FRENCH BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA @ LYÇÉE ALEXANDRE DUMAS

1995 – 2002, Haiti

 

This is probably the most atypical part of my resume, but I chose to list all of my educational and vocational trainings in the most transparent way, to honour the multipotential person that I am. Over the years, my travels and insatiable curiosity have led me to explore an infinite number of subjects, wether for my career, or for leisure.

ORGANIZATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

 
 
 

INTERESTS & HOBBIES

As a multipotentialite and an avid traveller, the possibilities for my interests and hobbies are endless.

Here are the ones I come back to on a regular basis.

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ENDORSEMENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS

 

FOR THE POSITION OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AT CAMUSAT VANUATU

"During my appointment as CEO of the Orange subsidiary in Vanuatu, I have worked with Sarah who was implementing

the roll out of our mobile network. She has completed the ambitious plan we had for this small and difficult country. In 7

months she has deployed 39 sites, keeping the deadlines I gave her, finding solutions when problems were occurring

and always enhancing the already good Relationship we had. The technical team as well as the commercial team has

worked in very efficient and cost effective manners with her. I highly recommend Sarah as a great manager and a true

Professional, very adaptable and ethical.” — Catherine Rumillat / CEO Orange Vanuatu

"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."

Pele

 

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