Alumni Forum - Founding Members
Bomo Albert-Oguara, Nigeria
Payal Chadha, Kuwait
Chua Pei Xuan Irene, Singapore
Amr El-Husseini, Qatar
Professor William Gibson, UK
Shivkarthik Iyengar, India
Afzal Sayed Munna, UK
Sian Newman, UK
Joshua P Nicol, Sierra Leone
Osadebe Ogwudile, Nigeria
Clarence E Pilgrim, Antigua & Barbuda
K Sriram, India
Helmuth Stahl, Germany
Michael Stylianou, Cyprus
Yogesh Paniraj Subbanarasimha, India
Kathryn Whittingham, UK
They are joined by representatives from each of the Alumni Association Branches and Sections.
I am currently the General Manager of an oil and gas service company. In addition to this, I also run a consulting firm that provides training and development services to clients in the areas of leadership and entrepreneurship. I wanted to become a member of the forum to further the interests of the University amongst its graduates and strengthen international ties. Within the context of current changes in Wales Higher education, the forum can help to support the continuity of the services and recognition of University of Wales Alumni Association.
I am a qualified Financial Analyst gaining experience over the past five years in various different industries in Kuwait. Currently I am a Doctorate Candidate in Finance at the Swiss Management Center University, Switzerland. Becoming a member means I can help contribute towards providing guidance, and enhancing the alumni community for future graduates. The Forum can help to keep all former students connected and help to share their experiences of work, life and studies.
I am currently Chief Executive Officer of Lodestone Advisory Group, a US based international advisory group focusing on global strategy, international expansion, and investment advisory. I am a graduate of Harvard Business School’s General Management Program and the University of Wales’ MBA. I am supportive of the innovative approach and objectives that the Alumni Forum aspires to achieve, and I would like for it to take a wider role in promoting both the University and the achievements of its graduates. Within that perspective, I believe our focus should be on bringing together and engaging as many graduates as possible from around the world to create a network of support that would not only be reflected in academic and formal reunions, but extends beyond that to other aspects of life and business relationships.
Professor William Gibson
I work at Oxford Brookes University where I am Professor of Ecclesiastical History and also Director of a University research centre. Prior to this, I was head of a large college faculty, and bring wide administrative and financial experience, as well as knowledge of British and US universities. The University of Wales can claim to have played a unique role in British higher education, and while that position is changing, it can retain its identity as a significant institution within and beyond Wales. I hope the forum can act as a conduit for the University and its alumni to talk to one another and enrich both bodies.
Afzal Sayed Munna
With over 14 years of experience working as a media and business consultant in various organisations in Bangladesh and the UK, I am currently Head of Academic Quality & Curriculum Development at Capital College UK (CCUK). Born in Bangladesh, I moved to the UK in 2008 for both my educational and professional development and started teaching in Business Management. Completing both my PGCE and receiving the professional status of QTLS, I have taught at various private colleges. I am also the Director of Business Development at THIRD EYE Communication Limited, a company committed to serving the community in building social awareness through electronic media and other benevolent activities. I am proud to be a founder member of the forum and I believe it will help promote the University’s core values as we look to the future in higher education.
Joshua P Nicol
I am an experienced Broadcast-Journalist, Media Trainer and Lecturer at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, and also a Media Regulator and Broadcast Project Manager. Being a Member of the Forum affords one the opportunity to keep abreast with developments taking place within the University and the activities of Alumni across the globe, and I hope that it will serve as both a networking platform and discussion forum on matters affecting the University.
I am a freelance Consultant providing incubation services to start ups, mentoring them through creative process and facilitating the creation of organizational systems and processes. Being a member of the forum is an opportunity to be able to give back to the University as I have gained a lot from the educational experience I had with my own studies. I would like to help other students make the best of their university experience, and the forum can be an excellent platform to support the University in providing students with mentors, enhancing the student experience.
With a long career in Business, I worked for 35 years with ExxonMobil in numerous positions within Germany, the UK and the Czech Republic, retiring in 2002. For the past six years I have been a Board Member and Wales Liaison Officer for the German branch of the Alumni Association. It was a logical step therefore to want to become a member, and I regard this new approach of establishing the forum as a good decision. My hope is that it will become an active forum promoting the idea of a truly international organisation as we can learn so much from each other.
I am a banking professional who has been employed in the banking sector for the past 20 years. The University of Wales gave me the opportunity to achieve my long time aspiration in life for a law degree. From my own experiences of the events of October 2012, I understand the importance of an organised body to help provide support and answers, and aid students in finding their true place in the University. I consider the new alumni forum to be the bridge between the University and the students.
I have worked in Higher Education for over twenty years in a number of UK and Australian institutions. I’m currently the Academic Registrar at the University of Westminster but in September I am due to move back to Sydney to take up a position at Macquarie University. Part of my current role is to manage the team dealing with alumni relations and so I know how important alumni are to the community of a university. I hope we can develop a group of alumni who can act as mentors for existing UW students, and form global networks between students and alumni.