Amy Challen developed a love of classical music at an early age, learning violin and piano. She didn't get much opportunity to see opera whilst growing up, but has made up for it since. She studied Philosophy, Politics & Economics at Oxford and continued her adventures in academia at Princeton, Sciences Po Paris, the Free University Amsterdam, and the London School of Economics. Her Ph.D. research focused on the econometric impact assessment of intervention programmes in education. Since leaving academia, Amy worked at McKinsey & Company and as an independent consultant, gaining wide-ranging experience in strategy, operations, organisational change, and leadership development, whilst consulting to some of the world's largest organisations. She currently leads the advanced analytics strategy and delivery at a major multi-national, and joined the Mahogany Board in March 2021.