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Many alumni give their support because their experiences have left a lasting and positive impression, of which they are proud.

There are many ways that you can support the College too, from helping to recruit UK and international students through to mentoring opportunities and career support. Volunteering opportunities can be virtual, regional and on campus - you can be involved wherever you live!

Volunteering is just one way to give back and offers the following benefits:

  • Helping to create community awareness of the College's academic programmes
  • Developing your personal and professional development skills as well as enhancing your CV
  • Meeting fellow alumnni and making new friends

Below are some of the ways that you can be involved. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please take a minute to fill in our volunteering form|

Connecting current students with alumni can really help enhance students’ university experience. There are a number of ways you can help:

Guest Lectures

The College regularly holds events at which alumni talk about their experiences at university and their subsequent career path. From delivering a presentation to attending networking events, fostering these sorts of connections between alumni and current students is an important part of enhancing student experience. Many alumni have inspirational stories to tell about where life has taken them after College. We are keen for you to share your experiences and pass on your expertise by becoming a guest speaker/networker and to help students achieve their goals and dreams.

Alumni Profiling

The alumni profile campaign ‘Great minds, go onto great places’ seeks to highlight the continuing achievements of our alumni after they have graduated. The profiles cover their experiences at the College and how this has helped them in their career to date. Check out our profiles of alumni| from a range of industries.

Student placements

Can you provide placement opportunities for students? Many students at the College undertake internships and summer placements. There are many benefits of offering a student placement within your organisation including:

  • building additional skills, expertise and ideas
  • increased capacity to engage in research or special projects
  • knowledge transfer and increased partnership with the College
  • enhanced profile of your organisation/sector as a potential graduate employer.

Students benefit by putting their skills and knowledge into practice; networking within a relevant work field and enhancing their employability – all key strategic objectives for the College.

Alumni Chapters

We have global alumni chapters, which are being run by our network of international alumni ambassadors. The Chapters aim to promote links between alumni in cities and regions so that, wherever you are in the world, you will be able to connect with fellow graduates of your College. Chapters run networking events, including guest lectures and socials and they are active on various social networks making it even easier to find your friends.

If you are interested in volunteering to be a Regional Ambassador in your country|, please contact the Alumni Team| to discuss the opportunity in further detail.

For information about the College's international visits, please view the travel calendar|.  

America (California) - Pete Challinger

Name: Pete Challinger

Current Job Role: Chief Executive

Organisation: Pixel Power Inc

Email Address: petec@pmtech.com

Regional Chapter: California

America (Massachusetts) - Bruce Eshbaugh

Name: Bruce Eshbaugh

Current Job Role: President and Chief Investment Officer

Organisation: Sentinel Advisory Corp.

Email Address: be@sentinelportfolios.com

Regional Chapter: Massachusetts 

America (Washington DC) - Chris Holmes

Name: Chris Holmes

Organisation: Department for Homeland Security

Email Address: Chris.Holmes@dhs.gov

Regional Chapter: Washington DC

What did you study at Royal Holloway, and what were the best parts?

I studied Politics and International Relations. From an academic perspective, I enjoyed the debates and presentations put on by my department that included staff, distinguished guests, and the opportunity for students to interact.

Overall, there isn’t a ‘best part.’ I went into Royal Holloway just out of the American high school system.. came out three years later a stronger person all around. Looking back, I loved the highs and lows of it and wouldn’t trade it for any other experience.

 Oh.. the “last train in, first train out” trips to London were unforgettable as well.

Why did you volunteer to be a Regional Ambassador?

I loved my time at Royal Holloway, from the department and instruction I received, to the local area and people I met during my three years in Egham. Unfortunately, information on the UK’s higher education system has to be sought out and decoded by American students interested in it. I did all the research on schools, on programs, on how to apply, on visas, right to work, where to live, etc... That needs to change for prospective overseas students so attending a good UK university becomes more a reality than a fantasy.

What connection have you had with the College since graduating?

While I unfortunately haven’t had the opportunity to return since graduating, I’ve remained in contact with friends and departmental staff using facebook and email. Hopefully I’ll be returning soon enough either to visit or to continue studies.

Australia (Melbourne) - Simarjit Chhabra

Name: Simarjit Chhabra 

Current Job Role : Chief Information Officer 

Organisation : Xtralis   

Email Address : email@simarjit.net

Telephone : + 61 417 013 383

Regional Chapter : Melbourne, Australia

Why did you volunteer to be a Regional Ambassador?

I chose to volunteer for University of London since I firmly believe that the University has much more to offer than what meets the eye. The University presents a unique platform for people from various cultures to assimilate and learn under one global umbrella.

What did you study at Royal Holloway, and what were the best parts?

I studied MBA in International Management.

The course provides a journey into different facets of management, however, the most interesting part for me, were the plenary sessions in London. It provided a platform to meet professionals of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds from over 50 countries. We went from ‘Forming’ to ‘Performing’ like a Bugatti Sport car where we got an opportunity to established life long networks.

It certainly has reaffirmed my belief to study at University of London and provided a true sense of accomplishment.

What connection have you had with Royal Holloway since graduating?

Even though I graduate in 2012, I remain in touch with the network I have established through social media. It helps us to not only know each other on professional front but also at a personal level.

A truly global experience, for those seeking thrill of learning at an international level.  

China (Beijing) - Jing Wu & Xuefei Yuan

Name: Jing Wu

Current Job Role: Marketing Coordinator

Organisation: King & Wood PRC Lawyers

Email Address: j.wu0113@gmail.com

Telephone: 0086  139 1058 1806

Regional Chapter: Beijing, China

What did you study at  Royal Holloway, and what was the best part?

I studied the MA Asia Pacific Business course, graduating in 2008. I thoroughly enjoyed the unique study experience in one of the top leading UK universities. The most memorable part of the experience was my graduation ceremony.

Why did you volunteer to be a Regional Ambassador?

I think that it is an honour and commitment to be able to contribute to the college that I previously studied at. It is also a great opportunity to develop my professional skills and make an impact to the community.

What connection have you had with  Royal Holloway since graduating?

I have attended College events, keep in touch with the International Office, and am a member of the Facebook and LinkedIn Alumni groups.

Name: Xuefei Yuan

Current Job Role: Account Manager

Organisation: MetaDesign (www.metadesign.com)

Email Address: sharonbelle@126.com

Telephone: 0086 1058542482

Regional Chapter: Beijing, China

What did you study at  Royal Holloway, and what were the best parts?

I studied the MA Asia Pacific Business course, and graduated in 2009. I can still remember how we were united together to ‘fight with’ exams and assignments. We used to stay in the library every night until morning discussing exam issues via all kinds of communication tools. Moreover, I made a lot of great friends who have supported me since then in many ways.

Why did you volunteer to be a Regional Ambassador?

I am proud that I have been part of Royal Holloway, and I wanted to share my pride and passion with others.

What connection have you had with  Royal Holloway since graduating?

I attended the Royal Holloway China Alumni Dinner hosted by the British Council.


Follow the Beijing Chapter on Weibo! 


or search 皇家霍洛威_北京校友会

China (Hong Kong) - Andrew Tse

Name: Andrew Tse

Current Job: Managing Director, Purleygadgets Limited

Email address: andrew@eservicesgroup.com

What did you study at Royal Holloway, and what were the best parts?
Management with Japanese. I loved the Stumble Inn, Virginia Waters, Central London and Wimbledon Tennis!

Why did you volunteer to be a Regional Ambassador?

Well I don't know much about history, don't know much biology but I do know that I love HK and Royal Holloway and I know that if you love them too, what a wonderful chapter HK alumni will be. I want the HK chapter to be a vibrant group that reconnects old friends, promotes the school and provides opportunities to the graduates coming through.

What connection have you had with Royal Holloway since graduating?

My brother did an executive MBA there. I revisited many times to see the changes to the managment school and campus and I keep in touch with many alumni in HK, London, Bangkok and Singapore.

China (Hong Kong) - Joey Yu

Name: Joey, Chung-yee Yu

Current Job: Producer

Organisation: Newpage Communications Ltd.

Email Address:  yuchungyee@hotmail.com

Telephone: (+852) 9331 7433

Regional Chapter: Hong Kong

Why did you volunteer to be a Regional Ambassador? 

More exposure and networking opportunities

What connection have you had with Royal Holloway since graduating?

I still keep in touch with former classmates and join gatherings of other alumni of Royal Holloway in Hong Kong.

China (Hong Kong) - Dr Victor Lee

Name: Dr Victor Lee

Current Job Role: Director of Continuing Studies

Organisation: The Chinese Univeristy of Hong Kong

Email Address: hongkongchapter@rhul.ac.uk

Regional Chapter: Hong Kong

China (Shanghai) - Wenjia Zhou

Name: Wenjia Zhou

Current Job Role: Senior Audit Manager

Organisation: Ernst&Young

Email Address: dixiezhou@hotmail.com

Telephone: (86) 136 366 596 65

Regional Chapter: Shanghai, china

What did you study at Royal Holloway, and what were the best parts?

I studied for the MSc International Management. I made lots of friends from all over the world whilst on the course, and learnt a great many things about different areas of International Management.

Why did you volunteer to be a Regional Ambassador?

The chance to establish an alumni group is a great opportunity for me.

What connection have you had with Royal Holloway since graduating?

Royal Holloway send me magazines from time to time, and I often view the website to keep up-to-date with College news.

France - Jules Maroto

Name: Jules Maroto

Email address: jules.maroto@googlemail.com

What did you study at Royal Holloway, and what were the best parts?
I studied Politics and International Relations at RHUL and I remember particularly enjoying time spent with some teachers in Crosslands. That was when we had the opportunity  to go beyond what we had discussed during seminars or lectures. Dr Hasan Turunc was one of them. I also have great memories of my final year dissertation and the time I dedicated to my researches with Dr Yasmin Khan. Of course, the time spent on campus during spring term and SU nights are also great memories!

Why did you volunteer to be a Regional Ambassador?
My time at RHUL has been without any doubt one of the happiest in my life so far. I thus feel like I want to connect back with people who come from this academic institution that has given me so many personal and professional opportunities.

During my years abroad, I realised how important networking  was to meet people and get opportunities . I am determined to create similar basis for our alumnis here in Paris, Giving them opportunities to meet with one another, creating events to make them interact together etc

In addition, I was very involved in students life at SciencesPo Paris and I have since then realised that I could have done much more during my time at RHUL with all existing societies etc. Getting involved now would be a great opportunity to finally fix that.
What connection have you had with Royal Holloway since graduating?
I managed to send news to founders newspapers on what I was doing while I was in Egypt and kept in touch with Doc Hasan Turunc. Otherwise my main connections are my friends from the UK and all around that I ma,nage to meet whenever I go on a trip or they travel to France. I am very happy to see that most will remain friends forever! 

India (New Delhi) - Vijyendra Niranjan

Name: Vijyendra Singh Niranjan

Current Job Role: Assistant Vice President

Organisation: Total Synergy Consulting Private Limited

Email Address: vijyendra.niranjan@gmail.com

Telephone: +91.94075.54274

Regional Chapter: New Delhi, India

What did you study at Royal Holloway, and what were the best parts?

I studied the MBA International Management course, graduating in 2009. The best parts were the study group and lecturers, the regular wine and pizza informal socials, and the MBA Dinner in June. By the end of the course, our group, which was made up of 28 students from 15 countries, had become very closely knit, and the friendship has grown ever since. The socials were the times that we could enjoy all fun and no studying, and I got to know some of the lecturers very well. The Dinner was the grandest show I’ve seen at Royal Holloway, and I was impressed by the arrangements and the people invited there.

Why did you volunteer to be a Regional Ambassador?

I believe that the role will help me to create new ways to keep in continuous touch with Royal Holloway and its alumni. I want to help promote the Royal Holloway brand here in India as well.

What connection have you had with Royal Holloway since graduating?

I have kept in touch by email and telephone with my lecturers, and have a good relationship with the careers advisor. Facebook has enabled me to establish connections with both class mates and other students who have studied or are studying for the qualification. Most of our conversations hinge around what’s new and what has changed. Also, I have maintained constant communication with my course mates, and still have the opportunity to assist people with their assignments wherever I can.

 Join the New Delhi Facebook group| Join the Delhi Chapter| on Facebook! 

Japan (Toyko) - Yasuyuki Ogata

Name: Yasuyuki Ogata

Current Job Role:  Senior Manager, Global Tax Group

Organisation:  Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Email Address: TokoyoChapter@rhul.ac.uk

Regional Chapter: Tokyo, Japan

What did you study at Royal Holloway, and what were the best parts?   MBA, Strategy

Why did you volunteer to be a Regional Ambassador?  The opportunity to meet people.

Malaysia - Aisya Azizan

Name: Aisya Azizan

Current Job Role: Analyst

Organisation: Sapura

Email Address:  aisya.azizan@hotmail.com

Telephone: +6019 235 2345

Regional Chapter: Malaysia

What did you study at Royal Holloway, and what were the best parts?

I did my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Royal Holloway.  I studied Politics & International Relations for my undergraduate degree. I then continued on with my postgraduate studies in Financial Economics. I did the one-year ‘Graduate Diploma in Financial Economics’ which is a conversion course for non-economics graduates.

The four years that I spent at Royal Holloway are definitely some of the best years of my life. I have made good friends with whom I am still close to (long-distance friendship of course). I have experienced a lot in my four years at Royal Holloway; from gaining an education to stressful headaches to falling in love to heartbreaks. You name it, I went through it. The people I met at College and the experiences I’ve gained are indeed something I would not trade with anything else. The lecturers were extremely helpful, classmates were supportive, environment was conducive for studying and yet fun for a young adolescence to explore and find oneself. The breathtaking campus also made it all even more worthwhile.

Why did you volunteer to be a Regional Ambassador?

I would like to share my amazing experience at Royal Holloway with prospective students and also keep in touch with my graduating class and other alumni.

What connection have you had with Royal Holloway since graduating?

Recently, I was informed of current job opportunities which I found very helpful. I am also still in contact with most of my classmates and some lecturers through some of the social networking sites.

New Zealand - Graham Fleury

Name:  Graham Fleury

Current Job Role:    


Email Address:    


Regional Chapter: New Zealand

Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) & the Middle East - Muhammad Bilal Aslam

Name:  Muhammad Bilal Aslam

Current Job Role: Senior Consultant

Organisation: Deloitte & Touche Middle East

Email Address: rhul@hotmail.co.uk 

Telephone: +966 531 699 365

Regional Chapter: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East

What did you study at Royal Holloway, and what were the best parts?

I studied Msc. Information security at Royal Holloway. Royal Holloway is one of the top schools and research centre for teaching Information security. The College is near to London city and having good Islamic Community with a prayer room.  

Why did you volunteer to be a Regional Ambassador?

I want to help new students and also to have social networking with alumni based in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Middle East region. As I work with Deloitte Middle East I travel almost throughout Middle East and can be an Ambassador in the ME region.

What connection have you had with Royal Holloway since graduating?

As Alumni is not very active in Saudi Arabia, I tried to contact some alumni I knew and arranged an informal gathering here.

Singapore - Benson Ang

Name: Benson Ang

Current Job: Vice President

Organisation: Citi

Email: benson.ang@gmail.com

Studied: Information Security, 2011

Singapore - Loretta Chen

Name: Loretta Chen

Current Job Role: Director of Creative and Business Development

Organisation: VMSD Pte Ltd

Email Address: loretta@vmsd.com.sg

Regional Chapter: Singapore

South Korea (Seoul) - Changer Chang Wan Bang

Name: (Changer) Chang Wan BANG

Current Job Role: Managing Director

Organisation: BCW Consulting

Email Address: bang@bcw.kr

Telephone: +82 2 554 2555

Regional Chapter: Seoul, South Korea

What did you study at Royal Holloway, and what was the most memorable part?

I studied for the MBA, graduating in 1998. I enjoyed the academic side of the course: I undertook a project as part of my dissertation on the ‘Andrew Weir Shipping Company’. Whilst studying, however, I also actively participated in the Korean Christian Congregation on campus. I was told through a friend that this society has since been extended to include all nationalities.

Why did you volunteer to be a Regional Ambassador?

The project sounds like it will be fun, and I always like to meet as many Royal Holloway alumni as I can. I hope that its activity is helpful for prospective students who want to study at the College and in the UK. I would like it to be seen as a hub for alumni to share experience and knowledge, so that the College can stay competitive around the world.

What connection have you had with Royal Holloway since graduating?

Since starting up my own agency in South Korea I have been representing the College for a couple of years now. I also receive the alumni newsletter regularly.

Join the Soeul Chapter on Facebook| Join the Seoul Chapter| on Facebook!

Switzerland - Ghassan Karam

Name: Ghassan Karam

Email address: karamgwho.int|

Ghassan Karam has a BS in Computer Science and is currently finishing a Masters’ degree in International Management.

He is the project manager of several research related databases in the Knowledge, Ethics & Research department within the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He has six years of professional experience in the private sector and 14 years of experience within different departments in the World Health Organization.

He is originally from Lebanon and he is fluent in English, French and Arabic. He is a database specialist with project management skills and his work focus is mainly on clinical trials and transparency in health research. He is particularly interested in social media especially Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Ghassan says, 'I volunteered to be an Alumni Ambassador in my region for the same reasons I was the first one who created a Facebook group for the distance learning students. I believe that students should have a horizontal bond which keep them unified under the university flagship. New students can then get help from graduate students and so on. Alumni also can help guiding graduates for finding jobs.'

Taiwan - Johnny Chou and Joy Luo

Name: Johnny Chou |

Current Job Role: Administrative and International Affairs Manager

Organisation: Advanced Digital Broadcast Taiwan

Email Address: johnnychou_taipeihotmail.com |

Telephone: 886-229169938

Regional Chapter: Taipei, Taiwan

Name: Joy Luo

Email Addressjoymn0831gmail.com|

Telephone: 886-955623474

Regional Chapter: Taipei, Taiwan 

Taiwan Facebook Chapter| Join the Taiwan Chapter| on Facebook!

International alumni support 

Our alumni are spread over more than 150 countries. These are just some of the ways you can get involved, wherever you are:

  • hosting a reception/dinner for prospective or admitted students to raise the College's profile and give an impression of what the College and its community is like
  • building relationships internationally with local agents and the British Council
  • calling admitted students (who have yet to accept their offer) in your area to talk to them about the College
  • advising admitted students (who have accepted their offer) on what to expect at the College.

Affinity groups

The Alumni Team is keen to develop more affinity groups in the UK and overseas. These affinity groups will represent groups of alumni who share a common bond e.g. professional or academic affiliation, a sport, club or other College programmes. Members can enhance their own careers, participate in activities and support the College's academic departments.

Current Affinity groups include:

  • Egham Hollowegians RFC
  • Royal Holloway, Old Boys FC
  • RHUL BEARS Alumni Basketball
  • The Pioneers – the first intake of male undergraduates
  • 1970s Alumni

Attracting and recruiting UK and international students is one of the College’s key strategic objectives. Alumni involvement in recruitment can really help increase the College’s brand awareness and recruitment. Ways in which you can help include:

  • providing an alumni profile to feature in recruitment publications and films
  • engaging with online networking sites e.g. ‘The Student Room’ to provide advice to prospective students and manage perceptions
  • attending a recruitment fair to represent the College
  • delivering a joint presentation with a recruitment representative to prospective students
  • providing your contact details to act as a local representative to answer queries from prospective students about College life
  • supporting the Widening Participation and Outreach programme.

The Development Department| would be delighted to hear from you if you are interested in any of the volunteering opportunities. Please complete the volunteering profile form| and they will contact you.

GarethDavies  Graduation 2010 

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