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Jonathan Tench

SOAS was crucial to my career development. I would not be in my role today if it wasn't for the knowledge I gained on international development and politics.

Year graduated from SOAS
2005

Programme studied
MSc African Politics

Current job title and name of organisation
Global Advocacy Manager, International Development, Unilever

What do you like about what you do? 
I advise Unilever over its relationship with government, NGOs and civil society in Africa and Asia. Unilever is committed to a new business model of sustainable growth, as such, its ability to navigate the politics of developing and emerging markets is crucial to the business.

How has your time at SOAS helped you succeed in this role? 
SOAS was crucial to my career development. I would not be in my role today if it wasn't for the knowledge I gained on international development and politics.

Can you give current students any tips on getting into this kind of work? 
The best advice to work in the field of international development is to gain the skills and knowledge that organisations want. Working in politics, policy analysis or media for organisations that don't work on development, will allow you to gain the skills that Oxfam, World Bank and others will want.

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