People Stories

Progressive. Pioneering. Creative. Generous of spirit. Determined - these are the traits that Scotland prides itself on. Find out more about some of the amazing people that embody these values and their incredible stories

Anna Freemantle & Mark Hogarth: Scotland is Creativity

Anna Freemantle is the founder and creative director of the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival and Mark Hogarth is the creative director for Harris Tweed Hebrides. Both are at the forefront of Scotland's bustling textiles industry.

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Prof. Ravinder Dahiya: Scotland is Technological Advances

After studying all over the world, from India to Italy, Prof. Ravinder Dahiya chose Scotland’s Glasgow University to develop his pioneering work on prosthetics.

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Dured Alhalabe: Scotland is Welcoming

Dured Alhalabe is a Syrian refugee who began a new life in Scotland after war tore his home apart.

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Stephanie Inglis: Scotland is Generous of Spirit

Commonwealth Games silver medalist Stephanie Inglis defied death after a terrifying accident that ended her professional judo career but she continues to get the best out of life.

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Larissa Slaney: Scotland is Pioneering

Larissa Slaney is a life scientist and PhD student at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Her innovative research could help secure the future of the cheetah and other endangered species.

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Maria Gutierrez: Scotland is Determination

Maria Gutierrez is VP of Engineering at FreeAgent. From Barcelona, Spain, Maria came to Scotland as a student on an Erasmus exchange and completely fell in love with Scotland.

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Josh Littlejohn: Scotland is Compassion

Josh Littlejohn is the founder of Social Bite, a social enterprise that’s dedicated to helping end homelessness in Scotland.

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Peter Platzer: Scotland is Innovation

Peter Platzer is the co-founder and CEO of Spire, a nanosatellite and data analysis start-up company based out of San Francisco.

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Rebecca Weir: Scotland is Pioneering

2018 is Scotland's Year of Young People - 18 year old Rebecca Weir is believed to be Scotland's first ever female coppersmith.

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Linda Lin: Scotland is Welcoming

Linda Lin is an investment manager for the Scottish investment powerhouse, Baillie Gifford, who have been operating out of Edinburgh since the early 1900’s.         

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Estelle Maskame: Scotland is Creative

Estelle Maskame is a 20 year old international best-selling author from Peterhead in the north east of Scotland.

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HotScots FC: Scotland is Inclusive

HotScots FC may not be a football team you’ve heard of before, but they’re a big deal. After all, they are Scotland’s first LGBT-friendly football club.

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Frank Quitely: Scotland is Creative

Vincent Deighan may not be a name that you recognise, but under his pen name, Frank Quitely, he has pencilled and inked some of the world’s most iconic comic book characters.

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Ed Broussard: Scotland is Innovative

Ed Broussard is the co-founder and CEO of Mudano, a company that uses artificial intelligence and data science to help large IT projects run more effectively.

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