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Jia Jih

Carousell
Senior Vice President, Business
JJ Chai is Senior Vice-President, Business at Carousell, and leads the Business division of Carousell. He is responsible for Carousell’s overall business growth, strategy and internationalization in regional markets.   Before joining Carousell, JJ was the SE-Asia Managing Director & Head of APAC Host Operations for Airbnb.

JJ joined as the first employee in Southeast Asia and he helped chart Airbnb’s rapid growth in Asia. Named in Campaign Asia’s ‘40 under 40’ list in 2015, JJ was recognized for his impact in leading Airbnb’s growth in the region.

Prior to Airbnb, JJ was a junior partner at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. In his time there, he advised leading technology and telecoms companies across Southeast Asia. He has also spent time as a software developer and product manager at a tech startup. JJ holds an MBA from INSEAD, and graduated with a Computer Engineering degree from the National University of Singapore. Outside of work, you can usually find him spending time exploring new food, places and experiences with his wife and daughter. With over 171 million listings, Carousell is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing marketplaces in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and is backed by Rakuten Ventures, Sequoia India, 500 Startups, Golden Gate Ventures, DBS and EDBI.