SOAS University of London

SOAS Centenary

Alumni Profiles 2010s

Amy Lobl

BA Study of Religions, 2013

Amy Lobl

I completed an internship with United Nations. As you can imagine, they have a lot of applicants ... however they really liked the fact that I had a degree in the Study of Religions

Nicholas Oniwon

MA International Studies and Diplomacy, 2013

Nicholas Oniwon

Friendly and welcoming is how MA graduate Nicholas Oniwon remembers SOAS


Juliette Touma

MA Media and the Middle East

Juliette Touma

I am the regional spokesperson for UNICEF on the Syria crisis. I am based in Amman, Jordan covering the six countries impacted by the crisis.

Asad Zaidi

MSc Middle East Politics

Since finishing his degree in Middle East Politics, Asad has been working in research and the alumni department of SOAS. His family has close ties with the School as his grandfather was a world authority on South Asia.


Tresor Chovu

BA Politics and Development Studies, 2011

Tresor Chovu - BA Politics and Development Studies

Tresor Chovu is Director at Cactus Venture Capital Limited. He studied BA Politics and Development Studies in 2011.

Natalie Cole

LLB Law

Natalie Cole

SOAS is a haven for underrepresented and non-mainstream opinions and ideologies to be aired and developed in educated and informed debate.


Krisha Gandhi
Krisha Gandhi

The social and cultural opportunities our SOAS community offers aren’t something you can find in every city or at any university you go to.

Upasana Chag

BA Study of Religions

Upasana Chag

SOAS will encourage you to be an independent thinker.


Moshe Morad

PhD Music Research, 2013

Moshe Morad

I studied for my Master’s degree at the School’s world-renowned Department of Music, with my main subject being African music. It was a great period in my life

Thanassis Papamargaris

MSc International Management (Middle East and North Africa)

Thanassis Papamargaris

SOAS’s established position as the leading institution for Asian, Middle Eastern and African studies, made it the natural choice for me


Vanessa Ilha Bordin

MA Gender and Sexuality, 2015

Vanessa Ilha

I had an interest in gender issues, especially women’s rights, so the programme enabled me to process and challenge westernised understandings of gender.

Asad Hashim

MA Anthropology of Media, 2011

Asad Hashim

I chose my postgraduate degree at SOAS because I wanted to better understand how news reporting and culture interact with one another.


Claire Arnott

MA African Studies, 2011

Claire Arnott

My time at SOAS, taught me to not shy away from big problems and controversial subjects.

Bob Jones

MA International Law, 2014

Bob Jones - Law

I currently work for Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), working with local organisations in Lebanon and Palestine to improve the access of Palestinians to healthcare.


Abdul Caffoor Zarook

MSc Sustainable Development, 2011

Abdul Caffoor Zarook - MSc Sustainable Development, 2011 - CEDEP - Alumni - REVISED images

My degree from SOAS has provided me with excellent guidance and tuition, which is greatly supporting the work I do today.

Estrella Sendra

MA Critical Media and Cultural Studies, 2013

Estrella Sendra - MA Critical Media and Cultural Studies, 2013 - Centre for Media Studies - Alumni - 186,240,56,165

My dream is to bring together universities, filmmakers and artists from the UK, Andalusia and Senegal in a cultural-academic project, as a real hub of exchange, creation and exhibition.


Geetanjali Kala

MA Global Media and Postnational Communication, 2014

Geetanjali Kala - MA Global Media and Postnational Communications, 2014 - Centre for Media Studies - Alumni - 186,240,56,165

The diverse background of students and academics at SOAS was what inspired me to want to find out more.

Hosanna Fox

MA Human Rights Law, 2011

Hosanna Fox - MA Human Rights Law, 2011 - School of Law - Alumni - 186,240,56,165

My studies at SOAS helped me to focus my work internationally and also gain a deeper understanding of human rights law.


Imran Shahryar

MSc Political Economy of Development, 2012

mran Shahryar - Political Economy and Development

I work for a small inter-governmental organisation based in Vanuatu, which provides advice to the governments of 14 Pacific Island Countries.

Ivan Donduro

MSc Research for International Development, 2015

Ivan Donduro - SOAS

My degree at SOAS focused on debates surrounding modern research methods and this has allowed me to apply more rigorous scientific methodology to my monitoring and evaluation tasks.


Lucile Kamar

MA Human Rights Law, 2013

Lucile Kamar - SOAS

SOAS really helped shape my understanding of the world; challenged me and pushed boundaries.

Neeti Biyani

MSc International Politics, 2014

Neeti Biyani

SOAS taught me to be curious, cautious and to constantly question the world and be critical.


Rabia Barkatulla

MA Arabic Literature, 2014

Rabia Barkatulla - MA Arabic Literature, 2014 - NME - Alumni - 186,240,56,165

At SOAS, I started an online magazine called ‘The Brutalists’.

Swati Chemurkar

MA History of Art and/or Archaeology, 2011

Swati Chemurkar

I design three-month long postgraduate courses on the topic of critical thinking in the arts.


Lingesh Thayala

BSc Economics, 2010

Lingesh Thayala - BSc Economics - Economics - Alumni - 186,240,56,165

After I left SOAS I joined several start-up companies.

Lizzie Hobbs

BA South Asian Studies, 2015

Lizzie Hobbs - BA South Asian Studies, 2015 - South Asia - Alumni - 186,240,56,165

The course at SOAS allowed me to delve deeper into South Asian culture and the arts, take my Hindi to the next level.


Samira Lindner

BA Politics and Development Studies, 2011

Samira Lindner Undergraduate Anthropology SOAS

I think the name SOAS is one that rings a bell with many people, employers and academics alike, and definitely has opened doors for me.

Indy Hothi

BSc Economics, 2010

Indy Hothi

I have a passion for discovering how the world works.


Isabel Whisson

BA Politics, 2011

Isabel Whisson - BA Politics, 2011 - Politics - Alumni - 186,240,56,165

My time at SOAS was an overwhelmingly rich experience.

James Pearson

BA Chinese and Korean, 2011

James Pearson - BA Chinese and Korean, 2011 - China and Inner Asia - Alumni - 186,240,56,165

SOAS offered a different kind of university experience.