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Jon Abu-Nackly

Studied: MSc Sustainability and Management

Graduated: 2008

Place of Work: DHL Real Estate

Position: Carbon Consultant

What is your favourite aspect of Royal Holloway?

There are a number of great qualities; everyone on campus is very friendly and the staff are also approachable. The location of the campus is also perfect: Royal Holloway is close to London, yet retains the green aspects of suburbia. It also has a relatively small number of students compared with other quality institutions, so making friends is a lot easier.

Why did you choose to study for a Masters?

Having completed my undergraduate course, I was unsure of what career to pursue so I decided that staying in academic was probably the best thing for me to do at that particular time. I wanted to continue my studies at Royal Holloway because I knew the university well. The MSc Sustainability and Management course covered areas of my Geography degree that I really enjoyed, whilst also exposing me to areas of business and society that I took an interest in, such as Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Management.

What was it about the course that prompted you to apply?

The course was one of the first of its kind in the UK at that time, in a newly emerging field of sustainability and business – something of an anachronism given how many business leaders consider these a household partnership now. In addition the course content really appealed to me. I had worked with some of the lecturers whilst studying Geography, and found that their methods of teaching really suited my learning style.

Were you part of any societies?

In my final undergraduate year, I was Vice President of the Geography Society, during which time we won the accolade for best social society of the year. I then became the Postgraduate representative during my Masters year. I did want to look at doing other things, broaden my horizons, but the course was so intense that I had relatively little time to do this!   One of the great things about the course, however, was the time spent with a local volunteering society. Two years after graduating, I still take part in activities and volunteer my time with the society.

What is your role at DHL Real Estate?

I am a Consultant and Project Manager, and work on a variety of projects within the organisation. I am involved in researching new technologies that can assist the company in reducing its carbon footprint, working with governments to develop new legislative frameworks, and project managing implementation of new technologies across several sites on a continent. 

One of the first projects that I was involved with as an intern was project managing the implementation of ‘smart meters’ into twelve sites across Europe. Based on this project and the savings achieved, the company could see that the technology we were using in this project was not cost viable across a large estate, but perhaps only viable for a one-off implementation.

My favourite project involved working for a national government, looking at ways to implement behavioural change in a cargo village. It was really challenging, but executed very well.

What do you enjoy about your role?

The wide and varied approach we take to getting the job done, and having the opportunity to work with some incredibly skilled individuals, who are so willing to pass on their knowledge and expertise to me.

Do you have any career tips for current students?

Approach your choice in career creatively and with an open mind. Seek out opportunities to further your skills sets. Royal Holloway offer many extra-curricular courses on campus: I wish that I had utilised those classes more. During holidays, always try and get work experience.

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