Erika Ottela

Erika Ottela

Strategy and Shared Services Executive in ITSI Holdings
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Erika has over 12 years of strategy experience from Education, Retail and Consulting sectors from four different continents.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Erika currently works as a Strategy and Shared Services executive in ITSI, a South African EdTech start-up, managing teams for Strategy, Finance, HR, Content Acquisition, and Special Projects.

Before joining ITSI, Erika worked as a project manager for McKinsey & Company in Europe, the US and South Africa. Being passionate about people and how they think and act, she focused on ‘people facing’ sectors, e.g., education, retail and social sector, completing over 20 individual projects with different clients. Erika also spent 2 years building and managing the Sub-Saharan Africa research arm for McKinsey, developing her expertise on research and data utilization.

INSEAD MBA led her to Amazon's HQ in Luxembourg where she led Amazon's EU Private Label development, taking her strategic thinking all the way to day-to-day implementation - growing the business from 160 to over 2,000 products in three years.

Erika holds a Master of Science in Finance from Aalto Yliopisto, Helsinki and an MBA from INSEAD.