Isabel M.A.V. Rao was born in Beira, Mozambique and grew up in Uitenhage, South Africa.
She currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has dual Portuguese-South African citizenship.
Isabel graduated from the University of Port Elizabeth with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Languages and also has a Public Relations Diploma from Damelin College. She speaks seven languages: English, Afrikaans, Portuguese, French, German, Hindi and Spanish at various levels of proficiency.
She was the first female to be appointed as CEO of a Theatrical Film Distribution division in South Africa – an industry in which she has worked for over three decades. As CEO & Marketing Executive, she received industry recognition for her business achievements and successful box-office results. Her position afforded her the opportunity to travel extensively to film markets and Studio conferences worldwide. She currently continues to work as a Business Consultant and Mentor within the industry.
“Taj Mahal & Tea” is her first adventure into the world of writing.
Isabel is passionate about movies, reading and travel and a big fan of unlimited hugs and chai tea!