Investor  • Speaker • Coach • Advisor
About Q Hamirani
Mission driven business-minded leader

I am a trusted advisor to founders, boards, C-Suites, people executives, and reputed global accelerator programs like Techstars and PeopleTech Partners. I am a mission driven business-minded leader, founder, public speaker and executive coach with a focus on people strategy and business operations. I provide valuable insights to drive sustainable change from my extensive first hand experience across my own startups, venture growth, private equity, management consulting, and Fortune 100 companies across 30+ countries.

Most recently, I served as an executive team member at a series D ed-tech startup, Paper, and was responsible for the People and Communication functions, which included Talent Acquisition, Public Relations, Internal and External communications teams. I played several interim executive roles to reshape the business strategy and operations, including leading the organization through workforce restructuring efforts, board readiness, redefining public relations and go-to-market (GTM) brand positioning, and as the interim head of Finance (accounting, equity and payroll).

In November 2023, I founded PeopleGPT, the fastest growing global community of people leaders and AI enthusiasts. In addition to virtual learning and collaborations, we also host unique in-person events infused with art and music to spark creativity and facilitate discussions on all things AI for people leaders. Learn more about us at

​Before Paper, I spent almost 5 years at Airbnb as their first global people ops leader, and played a key role in designing and implementing Airbnb's people and talent operations function to lead the company through significant milestones such as hyper growth, pandemic responses, workforce restructuring, IPO, and the future of work. Learn more about my professional experience in the visual below. One of my notable achievements at Airbnb was the ideation and incubation of Airbnb's Digital Nomad program in 2020. This program eventually evolved into Airbnb's formal Live & Work Anywhere (future of work) program in 2022. By leveraging Airbnb's existing business model, I helped position the company as an industry leader in the future of work, enabling employees to live and work from anywhere. To support this initiative, I spearheaded the creation of a unique global Center of Excellence (COE) that brought together various teams to drive the vision and enhance the employee experience and business growth collectively.

I am an ongoing contributor to Forbes, guest faculty at the London Business School, and an avid traveler always exploring new destinations and cultural experiences. Furthermore, my love for music and film has led me to support emerging artists and filmmakers through his own record label and executive production roles for independent films. Learn more about my film adventures on IMDb here.

My Journey

Services I Offer

Executive Coaching
Provide 1-1 executive coaching to CEOs, Founders & People Executives. Obtained my certification  from​ Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute
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Public Speaking
Keynote speaker and moderator at various globally renowned conferences like Slush, Unleash, Running Remote, and Transform on topics of AI, Culture and the Future of Work.
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Advising & Board
Advisor to numerous Founders, CEOs, People Leaders, Global incubators and Venture Capital firms on all things People and HR Tech. ​
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