Faisal Galaria is the CEO of Blippar, a leading technology content platform specializing in augmented reality. Blippar’s vision is to enable anyone to create their own original immersive, 3D experiences. These experiences can be shared across the internet, apps and social media, and can be accessed from any smartphone or head-mounted device. Faisal has over 25 years of experience leading and growing teams in some of the world's most disruptive consumer technology companies including: Spotify, Kayak, Skype, and now Blippar.
As CEO of Blippar, Faisal has led the company's turnaround; he has overseen the development of a new SaaS technology platform, increased studio revenue by more than 100% QoQ, hired a new executive team and completed two rounds of venture capital funding.
Before joining Blippar, Faisal was the Chief Strategy and Investments Officer at Gocompare, which he helped digitally transform and IPO on the London Stock Exchange in 2016. Previously, Faisal was one of the youngest ever Senior Partners of Alvarez & Marsal, the world’s largest turnaround and restructuring company where he founded and led the European Digital Media practice. Previously Faisal was Senior Vice President at Spotify, where he successfully launched the streaming platform in seven countries, including the USA, which became the company's biggest market. He was also an early member of the Skype team, initially as Head of Global Business Development, and then became the European Director after Skype’s acquisition by eBay in 2005.
Faisal is a Non-Executive Director for Superdry and sits on the Advisory Board of the Imperial College Business School. He is a graduate of UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology) and holds an MBA from IESE Business School. He also studied international economics at ETEA in Spain.