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SOAS Centenary

Alumni Profiles 1980s

Caroline Finkel

PhD Near and Middle Eastern Studies, 1985

Caroline Finkel_alumni_image

Caroline Finkel graduated from SOAS with a PhD in History. Her interest then, and now, is the Ottoman empire. She is currently a researcher involved in two projects; one in Turkey, the other in Ukraine.

Guy Henriques

BA Sanskrit, 1987

Guy Henriques

Guy Henriques is the Head of Official Institutions at Schroders, and is responsible for business development with official institutions globally, including central banks, sovereign wealth funds and supranational entities. He studied BA Sankrit in 1987.


Stephen T. Harrison

Arabic Language Course 1988

Stephen T. Harrison

Knowing that SOAS was the chosen venue for me to learn Arabic, with its excellent linguistic and historic reputation, encouraged me to follow that desire to the end. The student atmosphere, diverse student body and excellent library facilities enabled me to take full advantage of SOAS life.

Paul Madden

Japanese Langauge Course 1988

Paul Madden

In Singapore, I was delighted to be able to renew my contacts with SOAS by hosting events for the SOAS Alumni association there


Patrick Brooks

Thai- Intensive Language Course

There had been some hostility towards the “spoiled” FCO students and a friend of mine who was a qualified football referee organized a game. SOAS won 9-1 and we were great friends ever after.

Owen Traylor

Japanese Langauge Course 1980

Owen Traylor

I am once again living in Japan, and using those practical skills that I learnt at SOAS every day!


David Skinner

MSc Politics 1985

David Skinner

SOAS gave me a determination to stay resolutely inquisitive about the world and determined always to base my conclusions on evidence and sound reasoning.