My name is Callum Makkai, and I turn product designs into tangible goods.
There’s a little bit of magic involved in this art, which is hard to explain to the uninitiated. If you met me at a party and asked me what I do for a living, I might pause for a few seconds and then say, “Well, I guess you could say I’m an international trader.” The reason for the pause is that the concept of “international trade” does not capture the complexity of what I do.
In practice, my work is a blend of research, design, writing, marketing and, yes, trading internationally.
(Currently I spend a lot of my time managing Dusky Leaf Yoga.)
Prior to entering the world of business, I worked as a carpenter and then as a high school teacher. Along the way, I accumulated 4 undergraduate and graduate degrees from such feudal institutions as the University of Toronto and the University of Pennsylvania.
I have lived for prolonged periods in France, Canada, Japan, China, Thailand and the USA. My languages are English, French and Japanese, with a splash of Chinese. While living in Asia, I developed an appreciation for Buddhist & Daoist philosophy, which continues to influence my attitudes toward life and business.