SOAS University of London

SOAS Centenary

Alumni Profiles 1970s

Johnnie Carson

MA International Relations, 1976

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Johnnie Carson is a diplomat from the United States who has served as United States Ambassador to several African nations. He served as Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs between 2009 and 2013. He studied International Relations in 1976.

Nesta Kuziwa Hatendi

BA African History, 1979

Nesta Kuziwa Hatendi

Nesta Kuziwa Hatendi is the International Development Consultant and Co-Managing Director of the Institute of Social Skills and Etiquette. She studied African History in 1979.


Andy Lickford

BA Geography, 1975

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After finishing his Geography degree in 1975, Andy Lickford went on to forge a career in public affairs.

Ian Sargeant

BA South East Asian Studies

Ian Sargeant

SOAS was fundamental to the success of all that followed, arming me with the skill set needed to penetrate foreign cultures through understanding and language


Alasdair MacDermott

Japanese Language Course 1978

Alasdair MacDermott

I have never forgotten the hard work involved in learning Japanese, have never regretted taking the course as it was the greatest linguistic challenge I think I could face.

Ambassador Andrew Tesoriere

Persian Language Course 1976

Ambassador Andrew Tesoriere

In the multi-national, cultural ambiance of SOAS, I whetted my appetite for international work and learnt there are many ways to view the same issue or problem.


Ian Sargeant

BA South East Asian Studies

Ian Sargeant

SOAS was fundamental to the success of all that followed, arming me with the skill set needed to penetrate foreign cultures through understanding and language

Jeremy Hill

Japanese Langauge Course 1979

Jeremy Hill

SOAS helped me to build the foundation for my future life. I divide my time between writing, and coaching and training Japanese companies in global communication skills.


Jim Hoare

PhD History 1971

Jim Hoare

SOAS taught me how to do research, to write it up and to present it. These skills were invaluable in both my diplomatic work, in teaching and in writing.

Graham Walker

MA Area Studies (Far East)

Graham Walker, 1974, MA Area Studies (Far East), East Asia, Alumni, images 240,186,165t,56t

I have always had a desperate desire to travel, a passion about development issues and a keen interest in China.