Gianpaolo Alfano graduated in 1992 from Regent’s University London with a degree in economics and finance. He began his career at Lehman Brothers, working for two years as a corporate finance and investment banking analyst, being involved in M&A activities for big Italian and international clients. After that, he spent one year in Monte Carlo as a private banker at American Express Bank, where he was responsible for the asset allocation, fund management and global custody of the whole portfolio of Italian clients. In 1996, Gianpaolo joined Michael Page France as a recruitment consultant, being part of a team of three people put together to develop the Italian market. He started working at Michael Page Italy in 1997 as a recruitment consultant. From 2007 to 2011, he held the position of managing director, being one of the key players on the process of building the reputation of Michael Page as the most specialised recruiting company in the Italian market. As managing partner and board member at Aaron King International since 2007, Gianpaolo is still involved in middle and top management recruiting. Passionate about the world of start-ups, in 2010 he co-founded VerticalCom. The company, working with Aaron Kind International, aims to develop digital, transformation, business, re-engineering, branding and corporate image projects. Since January 2014 Gianpaolo has been a board member for three different start-ups and is CEO for HIP Hotels, being involved in the restructuring and digital transformation of the brand.
Manuela Doutel-Haghighi is currently the Complex Projects Executive for the Global Technology Services (GTS) division at IBM UK Ltd. She graduated from the Toulouse Business School in France and holds an MBA from the University of Oklahoma, USA. Manuela joined the IBM graduate programme in 2001, within their outsourcing business where she spent most of her career. She has held positions from business development manager to complex it services sales executive. She was sent on assignment to South Africa in 2007 to grow the business as part of IBM’s growth market initiatives. She came back in 2010 as an account executive to deliver and manage large multi-million dollar outsourcing contracts across Europe, the Middle East and Africa for FTSE 100 companies.
She was also a professional development manager, addressing the business and technology needs in terms of recruitment, management and development of skilled graduates, students and apprentices in the UK and Ireland. Recently Manuela was responsible for the development and implementation of IBM’s Cloud strategy in the outsourcing division. As Complex Projects Executive, she works with global clients from a wide range of industries to deliver large-scale transformation programmes, focusing on aligning cultures and sustain long-term relationships.
Manuela is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, both in and outside work, on the topics of gender, generational and social mobility. She has a very diverse international background, speaks four languages and has worked and lived in over seven countries across the globe.
Richard Hardie read history and French at Lincoln College, Oxford, and is a chartered accountant. In 1977 he joined SG Warburg & Co, which ultimately became part of UBS. His last executive role was as the investment bank’s overall COO in EMEA. Richard became a non-executive Director of UBS Ltd, the UBS Group's regulated entity in London, in 2006 and became Chair in 2011. He is a non-executive Director of UBS's subsidiaries in Paris and Milan.Richard co-led UBS’s project to set up The Bridge Academy, Hackney, a new independent state school for 1,150 students aged 11-19, which opened in 2007. From 2007-12 he chaired the board of The Learning Trust, Hackney’s then-education provider and the only not-for-profit independent LEA in the UK. Richard is a Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and is chairing the British Academy's Born Global project, which is investigating employers' needs for language skills. He chairs the development campaign for Lincoln College, Oxford, and is a member of the Circle of Patrons at INSEAD business school, Fontainebleau.
Liz Harris started her career with the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2002 as an Urdu interpreter, after graduating with a degree in Hindi and history from SOAS in 2001. She worked for three years in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir for the ICRC before moving to Afghanistan, where she studied Pashto and worked for another year. Liz left the ICRC to pursue an MA in War Studies at King's College, returning to the organisation in 2010 as a researcher. In 2011 she started in her current role as a specialist recruiter for interpreters.
Olga Helly is a lecturer of Russian with extensive experience in teaching Russian as a foreign language at all levels, both to individuals and groups. She started her teaching career as a language lecturer at the Moscow State University. Olga has extensive experience in designing courses and programmes both for students of all levels and postgraduates. Apart from her lectureship at Regent’s she has been a language consultant for the London Metropolitan University MA in Applied Linguistics for five years. Olga is also a qualified interpreter, translator and a trained radio journalist/producer. She has worked for the BBC World Service Russian service as a full-time member of staff for 13 years and is currently a freelance BBC producer.
Emilio Herrero graduated with a first-class honours degree in international business with French and a major in finance, from the European Business School London. During his degree he undertook a year- long period of study abroad in France and Canada, specialising in economics. Emilio is currently employed as an Investor Relations Executive in a foreign exchange investment vehicle start-up, where he is in charge of creating and implementing client base expansion strategies for European markets. Simultaneously, he operates as a voluntary consultant in the Grow Movement for Africa, offering business mentoring to African entrepreneurs. Emilio’s experience as a finance professional has developed through a widespread range of industries, including real estate and tourism, with an array of quantitative diagnostics and client liaison driven roles. He speaks proficient Spanish, English, Catalan and French.
Andrew Keefe is Director of National Clinical Services at Freedom from Torture, formerly the Medical Foundation. He is responsible for clinical leadership and governance and leads a department of 70 clinicians, delivering clinical services to and medico-legal reports to over 1,000 survivors of torture throughout the UK every year. From 2000 to 2010, Andrew worked in a number of roles within the mental-health service of the British Refugee Council , including leading the specialist team that developed the ‘therapeutic casework’ model. He has also been national lead on refugee mental health. From 1993 to 1997, Andrew was coordinator of the Halkevi Kurdish & Turkish Community Centre in Hackney, London and from 1997 to 2000, coordinator /caseworker at the Colombian Refugee Association in Lambeth. Andrew is a psychodynamic psychotherapist. He is a member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy & Counselling and registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy as a psychotherapeutic counsellor. Andrew has an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies from the University of Roehampton (2008) and a master’s degree in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from Essex University (1992). He has written several articles and book chapters on the subject of the mental health of refugees and asylum seekers. Andrew has published on the therapeutic casework model in the Context, the Journal of the Association of Family Therapy (October 2008 ed.). His MA dissertation was entitled ‘Absent Language: mother-infant relating in the absence of a common mother tongue’. Andrew speaks Spanish, Turkish and French fluently and has a working knowledge of Kurmanci Kurdish.
Amparo Lallana has taught Spanish as a foreign language and Intercultural communication in higher education as well as specialist courses in advanced business Spanish. Besides Regent’s and other universities in the UK, she has taught in Spain and the US. Amparo has published on the integration of study abroad learning into the degree and on students’ engagement in foreign language learning via CMC (Computer Mediated Communication). Other interests include social media and cross-cultural studies. She has an MA in Translation and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Ricky Lowes works at Plymouth University, teaching English for academic purposes. She is Senior Personal Tutor in the Plymouth Business School, where she is also a placement tutor and teaches on modules in personal and professional development for undergraduates. She is the lead organiser of the Languages Café. Ricky has a strong interest in intercultural communication and in 2013 set up the Plymouth Global Challenge. Before coming to work at the University of Plymouth in 2004, she spent one year working freelance in Gothenburg, Sweden. Prior to that she taught English for academic purposes and study skills at London Metropolitan University for four years, and trained English teachers at Waltham Forest College, where she worked for 14 years as a teacher trainer, EFL teacher and modern languages teacher. Apart from working in the UK and Sweden, Ricky has spent one year in Guangzhou, southern China, where she co-ordinated development in English language testing on a British Council-funded project, and six years in Spain, where she was a teacher and director of studies.
In 2004, Lourdes Melcion set up a volunteering scheme at the University of Roehampton, in collaboration with Wandsworth Council and funded by the Lottery Fund: 'Wandsworth Ethnic Minority Achievement Service' . From there, a ‘service learning module’ was launched first as part of the BA in Spanish in 2005. Lourdes and Jacqueline Page worked together with other colleagues in languages and the human rights department to establish links with NGOs and other non-profit organisations that offered volunteering placements to students. The module was re-launched in 2009 as Work Based Learning, a title that reflected more closely the new activities that were increasingly developing alongside the volunteering sector. Over the span of 10 years links have been established with local schools, translation agencies, publishers, museums, and other official organisations that welcomed the support of students with language skills. Students in the programme have received a number of awards and support grants from the University and Santander bank. Lourdes has been invited to present the work-based learning model to other universities in the UK and abroad.
Jacqueline Page first developed the French Service Learning module for the BA in French at the University of Roehampton in 2007. From 2007-2009 she set up placements with local translation agencies and created in-house placements (language assistant for research staff, translation team for the on-line Roehampton PDP). The module was relaunched in 2009 as Work Based Learning, a joint French/Spanish module and since then more links have been established with industry and the voluntary and education sectors. The popularity of the module with students has continued to grow.
Victoria Pastor-González is a Senior Lecturer in Spanish with extensive experience in higher education. She has taught languages and film for more than 10 years at four universities in the UK and she has also worked as a radio producer and broadcaster. Victoria has written and published on the Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski and on television programmes based on real events. She is particularly interested in issues of cultural and national representations in the Spanish media and the use of film and television to teach modern languages and culture. She is currently working on the Andalusian film director Benito Zambrano and on contemporary Spanish docudramas.
Ellie Shepherd has been working as an Employer Relations Officer for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Sheffield Careers Service January 2015. She has been heavily involved in working with the School of Languages & Cultures at the University to create links between employers and the department. Examples of the work she has completed recently include organising employer skills session in the department and arranging an alumni event which includes input from a variety of employers.
Last updated: 03 May 2018