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In 2021 I ended my career in digital finance after 16 full-time years in the digital banking and real estate space, in order to pursue a lifelong dream of moving to Iceland to study Icelandic. Though a drastic change, it came at the right time. Some dreams won't last forever, and I never wanted to ask myself "what if?". Leaving a secure and stable job during a pandemic might seem irresponsible, but for my own wellbeing it had to be done and I'm absolutely happy with the decision.

Living in Iceland has been refreshing to say the least. As I'm getting my head around the language with the help of my university course, I'm finding the space to develop my photographic and social media skills by running my digital mobile phone museum (The Flipside Story) and chasing the northern lights wherever and whenever I can. To see my work, I'd love to invite you to my channels @christianrenelegere, @emerald_skies_of_iceland and @the_flipside_story which I hope you'll find informative and engaging.

My biggest goal over the next 2-3 years is to master Icelandic on a personal and professional level whilst exploring and finding my next career opportunity. I deliberately keep an open mind and heart to what stirs my passions, and I won't be discussing any 5 year plans with anyone deliberately.

In a nutshell:

  • Over 16 years of web development experience
  • Over 14 years experience in digital retail banking
  • User experience driven with use of sensible metrics
  • Photography enthusiast and visual storyteller
  • Team player and equally happy to work solo
  • Pragmatic problem solver
  • Lover of germanic languages

Citizenship & Work Rights

  • German EU Citizenship
  • Australian Citizenship


Whatsapp / Mobile: +354 790 3190



University of Iceland

September 2021 onwards
Reykjavík, Iceland

Bachelor of Icelandic as a Second Language

The degree is split into Icelandic culture, grammar and phonetic studies and serves a basis for linguistics.

Southern Cross University

June 2002 to May 2005,
Coffs Harbour, Australia

Bachelor of Multimedia, Major in Interactive Learning

This degree covered introductions and advanced courses in Web Design & Development, 3D Modeling, Game Design & Development, Audio & Visual Media, Information Technology (IT) and Media Publishing. The Major encompassed additional studies in Instructional Design and Psychology.


Bonneville High School

Year 10 to 12, Sep 2000 to June 2002
Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA

High School Diploma

I spent two years in Idaho as a foreign exchange student and completed my years 10 and 11 at Bonneville High School, and completed the remaining credit requirements for my year 12 through Brigham Young University's online portal during my Junior year in 2001/2002, allowing me to officially graduate from Bonneville in the same year.


Realschule Freyung

Year 7 to 9, Sep 1997 to June 2000
Freyung, Germany

Secondary Qualification (Mittlere Reife)

I attended Realschule Freyung for 3 years (year of completion would have otherwise been Year 10 in 2001) and obtained my German Secondary Qualification, or Mittlere Reife, as a result of my High School Diploma.


Dagþjálfun Esjutún (Esjutun Day Centre)

May 2022 - now, part-time

Carer and buddy to people living with Dementia

This role plays a vital part in my language acquisition, and more importantly, it enables me to take part in the local culture. The general jist of it is to support the daily operations of the Day Centre, support the needs and care for our residents and simply be there for them to make their day. This work is heavy on soft skills, which can be challenging when new language skills are still developing.


University of Iceland

September 2021 - now

Current full-time student of Bachelor of Icelandic as a Second Language

Studying Icelandic is a personal challenge and passion I've had for the last 20 years and is opening new experiences and doors in my personal and professional life.


HSBC Group, Hong Kong

Jun 2019 - Jun 2021

Senior Market Engagement Manager, Asia Pacific

To help accelerate the significant implementation of our new digital banking platforms which I shaped in my role as Global Product Owner, I took the opportunity to proactively manage this change across 11 markets in Asia Pacific. In this role it was key to bring together my technical knowledge of the platforms in order to support our local businesses in managing this change across both browser and the mobile App.


HSBC Group, Hong Kong

Jan 2017 - Jun 2019

Global Product Owner

In this role I look after the development and delivery of HSBC's browser based online banking platforms for HSBC Group. The Everyday Banking tribe covers all core account and transactional epics for the bank's retail customers. Scrum teams operate in SAFE Agile and are based out of Pune, India, where I spent 5 months on a Short Term Assignment, which is otherwise run out of the Hong Kong and London offices.


HSBC Asia-Pacific, Hong Kong

Oct 2014 - Jan 2017

Senior Digital Market Development Manager

As part of this excellent opportunity, I was focused on supporting the development of the Greater Bay (formerly known as Pearl River Delta) proposition for HSBC Digital, China. This involved analysing and benchmarking HSBC's products and services against that of the local banks, and introducing services like WeChat Banking, upgrading our browser and mobile based services, and enable improved digital product and customer onboarding.


HSBC Indonesia, Jakarta

Short Term Assignment,
Nov 2013 - Feb 2014

Assistant to the Head of Digital

Assisting the new Head of Digital gave me an outstanding opportunity to develop a new team and impart my product and operational knowledge as quickly as possible to prevent any impact on day-to-day operations.


HSBC Australia, Sydney

May 2010 - Oct 2014

Senior Digital Propositions Manager

As a senior manager I looked after the HSBC online banking channel and all of its operations and digital revenue, reporting directly into the Head of Digital. The role required close interactions with customer facing channels such as Contact Centres and the Branch Network, as well as operational and proposition teams that managed payments, FX and digital products.


HSBC Australia, Sydney

Mar 2007 - May 2010


I started my career with HSBC as a junior web developer, looking after HSBC's public website. This role allowed me to quickly connect with HSBC's propositions and products and enabled me to optimise SEO, digital application journeys, accessibility standards and marketing content.


Renet Pty Ltd, Sawtell

May 2005 - Feb 2007

Webmaster & Relationship Manager

In this digital real estate portal start-up I built customised and templated websites for Real Estate businesses across Australia, and was a relationship manager to over 600 clients from both and



  • HTML 5
  • Javascript & Frameworks
  • PHP
  • Photoshop
  • Lightroom
  • InDesign
  • Microsoft Office / Open Office


  • Digital Accessibility
  • Learning & teaching languages
  • Long distance / speed skating
  • Photography
  • Instructional Design
  • Serving in the community


  • Standard German (Native)
  • Austro-Bavarian (Native)
  • English (Native)
  • Icelandic (Intermediate)
  • Indonesian (Beginner)
  • Hebrew (Beginner)