Nathan Boublil graduated from Selwyn College, Cambridge and is a fellow at Cambridge and the Royal Society of Arts of the United Kingdom. Developing a knack for travel, he has lived in 13 countries over the last 16 years.
A French national, Boublil speaks five languages. He graduated with a master’s degree from Cambridge University and was also elected Fellow in Public Policy at Cambridge in 2012.
Boublil’s very first job was on the ground floor of an independent hotel in Marble Arch in London, England, UK as a night receptionist from 2003 to 2004. He experienced firsthand the difficulties of running an independent hotel.
As an intern, Boublil worked under asset management at LCF Rothschild in 2005, under business development at Yelo, LLC in 2006 and under investment banking at Deutsche Bank in 2007. From 2008 to 2011, he was an investment banker at Deutsche Bank, advising large corporations on Mergers and Acquisitions across Europe.
Boublil co-founded a data technology company in Cambridge, developing data/analytics solutions for local governments with the backing of Microsoft Ventures and Cambridge University. He won many entrepreneurial awards in the U.K. including Entrepreneur of the Year at Cambridge in 2013.
In 2015, Boublil founded ZEN Rooms with his fellow entrepreneur Kiren Tanna. They founded the company to improve the state of budget hospitality in Southeast Asia, making travel more affordable and safer.
Today, ZEN Rooms is one of the fastest growing hospitality companies in Southeast Asia. It helps budget and mid-range hotels operate more efficiently and increase the value of their property through a range of operational and technological solutions.
ZEN Rooms contributes daily to democratizing access to safe and affordable travel with millions of travelers staying at its franchised or operated properties each year. It has raised US$23 million equity funding from leading institutional investors Rocket Internet, Ooredoo Telecom, RedBadge Pacific, SBI Investments Korea and Yanolja.
Here is an interview with Boublil on Bloomberg TV Philippines: