Spotlight on: alumni stories

From journalism to aviation our talented alumni are making their mark in the world. Read about their careers and how they are making a difference to people's lives.

Our latest alumni stories:

Omid Moallemi speaking to the crowd, as speakers Emnet Tiruneh and Benjy Kusi listen sit on stools beside him.

Omid Moallemi 

Product Design 2006

Co-founder and CEO of Prsnt, a gifting app that allows users to instantly send someone a present from more than 100 household brands

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Adam Simmonds

Economics and Finance 2016

Investment Research Analyst at GovGrant, an innovation consultancy specialising in research, development and intellectual property

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Jordi sits in an auditorium wearing a black beanie hat and tshirt looking into the camera

Jordi Carter

Drama and Film Studies 2018

First Generation Scholar who graduated with a First Class degree and Gold Spirit of Sussex Award

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ALEX'S STORY

"Concentrate on one thing that’s easy to change in your life personally and then keep that, maintain that, and then add new things eventually."

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Alex Bruce

Alex Bruce

Biomedical Science 2010

Founder of sustainable drinking straw company Turtle Straws

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Shin Suzuma

Shin Suzuma

Music Informatics 2008

Pianist and composer

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Sue Hobden

Sue Hobden

MBA 2018

Project management consultant and experience supply chain director

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John Mason

John Mason

American Studies 2003

Marathon runner

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MIGUEL'S STORY

"Be always yourself, do your best every day and have a positive and constructive attitude towards life and others."

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Miguel Barbolla

Miguel Salinero Barbolla

International Commercial Law 2006

Investment adviser

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Gazelle Twin

Tom Welton

Chemistry 1982

Professor of Sustainable Chemistry and LGBT campaigner

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Prashant Kumar

Prashant Kumar

Global Political Economy 2016

Public Policy specialist and strategic advisor

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Stewart Dalby

Stewart Dalby

Economics 1968

Writer and novelist now promoting renewable energy

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Efua Akumanyi

Efua Akumanyi

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence 1998

Software developer and entrepreneur

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Kit Bradshaw

Kit Bradshaw

Politics 2012

Sky News producer and broadcast journalist

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Neil Chalk

Neil Chalk

Artificial Intelligence 2001

Tech consultant and product manager at software development company 15Below

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Katie Dawes

Katie Dawes

Psychology 2009

Hostelling blogger and travel content writer

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Benjy Kusi

Philosophy and English 2013

An inclusion and wellbeing consultant and online creator

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MUHAMMAD'S STORY

"New experiences shouldn't be feared, they should rather be embraced with arms wide open...when I stopped fearing change it led me to so many new concepts, ideas and places." 

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Zoe Bonnell

International Development 2018

Research Analyst working for Itad, an International Development consultancy firm

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Alumnus Chris Saraty stands infront of a white wall wearing a blue t-shirt

Chris Saraty 

Computer Science 2018

One of the founders of BoogieSearch, a nightlife platform that rewards students for going to their favourite events

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Kamilah McInnis

Kamilah McInnis

Sociology 2013

BBC Voice broadcast journalist with a passion for music and mental health

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Maggie Carroll

Maggie Carroll

Media and Cultural Studies 2010 and Digital Media 2013

Founder of digital marketing agency Vixen Digital

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BENJY'S STORY

"Sussex attracts such a breadth of creative minds and making those connections not only completely changed my perspective on the world but has shaped the trajectory of my life and career."

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Gavriil receiving his award from His Majesty's Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic, Greece, Mr Matthew Lodge, at the Study UK Alumni Awards ceremony in Greece.

Gavriil Papadopoulos

Electronic Engineering 1998

Project Development Leader for ATOS, focusing on innovation in the field of public safety and security

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TASHA'S STORY

"I realised very soon after graduating that I wanted to work for myself. I wanted to do it on my terms and shape my own experience." 

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Tasha Marks

Tasha Marks

Art History 2006

Food historian and founder, AVM Curiosities

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Clive Myrie

Clive Myrie

ENGAM 1982

Journalist and BBC News presenter

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Anna Stefanaki

Anna Stefanaki

MBA 2016

Ofgem Strategy Manager who successfully balanced full-time work with two masters degrees

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ANNA'S STORY

"My first job was working at a Greek newspaper for a year. I got the job by reaching out to my network, and talking to the chief editor. " 

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Lloydette Bai-Marrow

Lloydette Bai-Marrow

Law & North American Studies 2001

Anti-corruption expert and economic crime lawyer

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LUCY'S STORY

"I am very passionate about the need for greater diversity and gender parity within the film and TV industry." 

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Lucy Brown

Lucy Brown

CCS 1993

Televison producer, author, academic and gender and diversity equality advocate

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LENA'S STORY

"I’m very lucky as my ‘work’ takes me to some of the best holiday locations around the globe without it actually being a holiday." 

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Lena Erdil

Lena Erdil

Politics and Philosophy 2008

Windsurf champion and founder of the Lena Erdil Windsurf Centre in Turkey

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Winner of StartUp Sussex 2023 Emnet Tiruneh in her lab coat

Emnet Tiruneh

Development Studies 2022

A medical doctor by training who has found her true passion in addressing public health issues affecting millions of people

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Helen Nagle singing, with microphone, as she performs with her band wearing sparkly top, guitarist in the background,

Helen Nagle 

Music 1985

Human Resources Professional and member of two bands, ReVamp and Wildhoney

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Alumnus Gideon sits at a table with a laptop. He is wearing a blue shirt and brown glasses.

Gideon Olanrewaju

International Education and Development 2018

A social entrepreneur and education advocate whose organisations seek to transform lives through education for children

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Anna Gregory-Hall

Media Practice and Theory 2006

Head of SEO for holiday rental company Snaptrip

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Dean Atta

Dean Atta

English and Philosophy 2006

Poet and novelist

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Abi Stephenson

Abi Stephenson

Philosophy and English 2008

Curator of the RSA's events programme

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Adam Monaghan

Adam Monaghan

Art History 1999

Technician at Helsinki Art Museum

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Helen Pankhurst

Helen Pankhurst

AFRAS 1987

Women's rights activist and Campaign ambassador, CARE International

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HELEN'S STORY

"It’s about time that there was increased pressure on the political establishment to be more representative." 

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Gazelle Twin

Gazelle Twin aka Elizabeth Bernholz

Music 2003

Experimental composer and producer

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Dominic Bliss

Dominic Bliss

English 2003

Author and football journalist

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Jack Merlin Bruce

Jack Merlin Bruce

Psychology 2011

Bicycle entrepreneur

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Lauren Conway

Carolina Farrajota Correia 

Biology 2013

Clinical researcher specialising in diabetes, obesity and haemophilia

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Polly Gilbert

Polly Gilbert

English and History 2011

Homelessness non-profit pioneer

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Liam Hackett

Liam Hackett

Business and Management 2018

Founder and CEO of anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label

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Andrew Mckechnie

Andrew McKechnie

MBA 2013

Aviation expert and experienced former British Airways pilot

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Ben Steele

Ben Steele

English 2009

Former communications professional who recently moved to Norway to become a freelance writer

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