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SOAS Alumni

OpenAir.fm has joined up with the Alumni Team at SOAS to produce a series of Alumni Podcasts. The series will ask alumni about their career and time at SOAS. It is hoped that this will provide current students, potential students and recent graduates with a mentoring tool, helping them to realise their ambitions and to follow in the footsteps of SOAS' unique body of alumni.

Professor Stephen Chan talks to Zeinab Badawi (MA Near & Middle Eastern Studies 1989) on receiving an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree at the the 2011 SOAS Graduation Ceremony, her journalistic career interviewing some of the worlds most controversial leaders, the situation in Sudan, and her advice to other SOAS graduates who want to make an impact on the world.

In an episode recorded during SOAS Graduation 2011, Professor Stephen Chan OBE talks to SOAS's outgoing President Baroness Helena Kennedy Q.C. about her time as SOAS President, the current state of Higher Education and Student activism, her career as a champion of civil liberties and human rights, and recent issues regarding freedom of speech and expression.

In this episode we speak to Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, a scholar, curator and presenter of the series Lost Kingdoms of Africa for the BBC.

Jonathan Taylor CBE, chairman of the Booker Prize Foundation, was a member of the
SOAS Governing Body for 17 years, from 1988 to 2005, and served as its chair for the last
six of those years.

In this episode of Alumni Podcasts we are delighted to be joined by celebrated Bollywood film director and producer Mr Yash Chopra. Described as ‘one of the most charismatic and powerful figures within the Indian film industry’, Mr. Chopra’s five decades of work as a filmmaker have been widely recognised and awarded, and the director was awarded an Honorary Degree from SOAS at the School’s graduation ceremony in July 2010.

Writer, Journalist and the granddaughter of former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the niece of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and daughter of Murtaza Bhutto, Fatima was born in a political family in Pakistan. She currently writes columns for The Daily Beast, the New Statesman and other publications. In this interview, Fatima speaks to Marcus Duran about her early years, the time she spent as a student at SOAS in London, and her new book, Songs of Blood and Sword.

Listen to the event held at Brunei Gallery at SOAS on 20th May 2010 where Fatima spoke about her new book Songs of Blood and Sword. Introduced by SOAS Principal and Director Paul Webley.

Blogger of all things Japanese Culture and CEO Danny Choo talks to SOAS's Sebilio about what motivated him to study a degree in Japanese and Korean at SOAS, his experience at SOAS, and what he's been up to since graduating and what the future may hold, as well as giving advice to current students wishing to find a career in Japan.

To find out more about Danny Choo and to read his blog, see his website at http://www.dannychoo.com/

In the Second Alumni Conversation, OpenAir's Sebilio talks to John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want. John talks about what led him to come to SOAS, the various developmental organisations he has worked with since, and gives his advice to current students who may wish to follow in his footsteps.

The first of in this new series of podcasts features BBC news presenter Zeinab Badawi (MA Near & Middle Eastern Studies 1989). In this interview, Zeinab talks to OpenAir's Marcus Duran about a range of subjects from her early childhood in Sudan and her family’s strong educational background; to her time at SOAS and her later life as a journalist, recounting her career highlights including interviewing the Dalai Lama, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and Bill Clinton.