Luke is Founder and CEO of Student.com, the world’s leading marketplace for student housing. An entrepreneur at heart, Luke first had the idea when friends in China regularly asked him for help finding somewhere to live when they studied abroad.
Luke quickly realised there was an opportunity to help a rapidly increasing global community of international students and set up what at the time was called 留学生公寓网 (Overseas Student Living).
After explosive initial growth, Luke decided to raise VC funding to expand the business globally, re-branding the business to Student.com and quickly becoming the largest accommodation marketplace worldwide. Since inception the business has done over $600m in bookings serving students from over 180 countries.
Before founding Student.com, Luke was involved in the Chinese real estate sector having moved to Shanghai in 2005. Born in London to Irish-Portuguese parents, Luke grew up in Belgium and has studied in the UK, Spain and Italy. An international student himself many times, he considers himself at home anywhere.