Spotlight on…. Julia Huf

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Spotlight on.... Julia Huf

Business Development Manager at Fazenda Liverpool Exchange Flags, Liverpool L2 3YL

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

I was born in a city called Porto Alegre, which is in the state of Rio Grande Sul, south of Brazil. At the age of 10 I moved to live in a city called Pelotas, which is three and a half hours from Brazil’s border with Uruguay!

WHEN DID YOU JOIN FAZENDA ?

I joined Fazenda on the 20th February 2017.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING AT FAZENDA?

This is a difficult one, as there are so many things that I love about Fazenda. If I have to choose one though then I would definitely say the people here. I absolutely love our team and every single person I work with. They are all truly special and Fazenda has this great culture that even if you lack on the experience side but have a fantastic personality then they will give you the opportunity and that is why we have so many great, fantastic people working here.

WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU MOST IN YOUR CAREER TO DATE?

Another super difficult one! I obviously look up to my parents a lot and also my stepmother. They all had brilliant careers back in Brazil. My mum was a journalist, my dad was an economist and my stepmother is an anthropologist and is a professor in the main university in our home city, so I grew up surrounded by intellectual people! But I have to say that the person who has inspired me a lot over the past few years, and was actually the one who motivated me to apply for the job at Fazenda, is my husband, Daniel. He has been a great support to me since I moved to England almost two years ago and has been my main source of motivation and inspiration.

OUTSIDE OF WORK WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PASTIME?

I really enjoy spending time with my husband and his family. This is something we do a lot – enjoy each other’s company! I also love cooking and finding healthier ways of preparing those great meals that generally are most people’s guilty pleasure. Sports are something I am really passionate about and Daniel is now teaching me how to play tennis!

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION?

I have many ‘dream destinations’ and I genuinely cannot come to just the one choice. I love travelling and everything that comes with it; the experience, the people, the culture and the food. I’ve been to most continents in this world, but as I usually say, I’m a really bad neighbour, because I haven’t been to any country in Latin America in general, apart from Brazil – and even there I still have so many places to see; so now I would say that I’d love to do a road trip through Latin America.

WHO OR WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

My husband and my mother! Two are the most hilarious people you will ever meet and believe it or not their birthdays are within four days from each other, so I’m not surprised they are the two people that make me laugh the most in life. This is one of the main reasons why I fell in love with my husband and why I have the best mother in the world.

IF YOU WERE HOSTING A DINNER FOR SIX WHICH 5 PEOPLE (PAST OR PRESENT) WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE JOIN YOU?

Thinking of the obvious, I would for sure think of my family, but famous people-wise that I admire, then I would invite Mario Sergio Cortella, he is a famous Brazilian philosopher and speaker, Paulo Freire, who was a famous Brazilian educator & philosopher, Miguel Nicolelis, a famous Brazilian scientist and physician, Augusto Cury, a famous Brazilian psychiatrist and writer, and last but not least, Marielle Franco, who was a Brazilian politician, feminist and human rights activist.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE GUILTY PLEASURE?

Brigadeiros all day long! They are like chocolate fudges and are the most popular Brazilian dessert! I could eat tons of them all by myself!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK AND FILM OF ALL TIME?

My favourite book is The Kite Runner and the best film I have seen is The First Grader.

IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

I would first think of the most productive way of investing the money. After that I would definitely help my family and friends and then look for the best ways of helping different organisations.

BACK TO WORK! – WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN AMBITIONS WITH FAZENDA FOR THE FUTURE?

We have so many projects at the moment but my biggest desire is that we continue to grow stronger and stronger, further strengthening an already very strong and popular brand.

HOW CAN YOU BE CONTACTED AT FAZENDA ?

Email: juliahuf@fazenda.co.uk

Tel: 0151 659 1183