As Chief Executive Officer and Partner, Sheela Maini Søgaard manages the overall health and growth of the studio’s 500+ designers and support functions globally. Sheela oversees BIG’s finances, operations and business development, and is responsible for optimizing cash flow, developing the organization and executing strategic priorities. Prior to joining BIG as Chief Financial Officer in 2008, Sheela led Business Development efforts for Danish culinary entrepreneur and NOMA co-founder Claus Meyer and before that, she developed strategic solutions at McKinsey & Company. Sheela is an Advisory Board Member for the National Gallery of Denmark and is on the Board of Directors at Maj Bank. In 2019, Fast Company named Sheela on the Most Creative People in Business List and in 2017, Berlingske Business featured her as one of the Top 100 Female Executives in Denmark. Having roots in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Denmark, Sheela holds a Master’s degree from Copenhagen Business School.