SOAS University of London

Graham Walker

My time at SOAS taught me academic rigour, the need to meet strict deadlines, the art of writing and leadership.

What were your early interests and experiences, and how have they led to what you are doing today?

I have always had a desperate desire to travel, a passion about development issues and a keen interest in China.  After my first Masters, I applied for a post in Hong Kong with the Foreign Office but, instead, I was posted to the Solomon Islands, where I became a District Officer and Magistrate.

Subsequently, I gained a Masters in Development Economics and now have almost 40 years’ experience as an economist working in over 60 countries for Asian Development Bank, DfID, the European Commission, the United Nations, and the World Bank.

I also work as a travel writer for the largest on-line travel company in the USA, Viator.


What do you consider your proudest achievements?

Managing a team of 40 international consultants preparing a major reconstruction programme for war torn southern Angola as the South African troops withdrew in 1985.


What most motivates you?

Constant challenges and the desire to travel; to see new places and meet people all over the world.


How did SOAS help you get to where you are today?

SOAS taught me academic rigour, the need to meet strict deadlines, the art of writing and leadership.

What are your ambitions for the future?

To become a great writer.  I now have a MFA in Creative Writing, have published short stories and poetry, and am now a keen screenwriter.