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Your Future Awaits. The middle east as a lucrative career destination
The Global Careers Series is an initiative driven by five international colleges from within the University of London. United by a desire to support more of our students realize their dream of an international career, this series is another step towards your goal.
This event is intended for students and recent graduates who wish to pursue a career in the Middle East. Focusing on the UAE and Qatar, the event hopes to provide globally-minded students with a chance to:
- Network and connect with like-minded individuals and industry professionals
- Appreciate the benefits of working in the Middle East and the kind of experiences that are on offer
- Understand the challenges to working successfully in the region, and how these can be overcome
During the event you will have a chance to hear from our distinguished speakers, ask questions and network with both the panelists and fellow students across London.
Panel & Speakers
The following individuals will be speaking at the event, where they will draw from their experience and knowledge, offering you top tips on finding a job based in the Middle East.
- Professor Ijeoma F. Uchegbu - Pro-Vice-Provost for Africa & the Middle East at UCL
- David Morse - FactSet
- Professor Rob Carter - UCL Qatar
- Luna Irshaid - UCL Alumna, MSc Project & Enterprise Management, and Chair of University of London Arab Alumni Association
- Edouard Villain - UCL Current Student, MSc Management
See below for full biographies of all the individuals. We will also be joined by representatives from Clifford Chance for the networking.
Professor Ijeoma F. Uchegbu - Pro-Vice-Provost for Africa & the Middle East at UCL (Keynote Speaker & Panel Member)
Ijeoma Uchegbu is the Pro-Vice Provost for Africa and The Middle East at UCL and is responsible for assisting the Vice Provost (International) with delivering the Global Engagement Strategy. Specifically, Ijeoma chairs UCL’s Africa and Middle East Network, receives overseas visitors from the region, is interested in student recruitment from key markets and helps to facilitate research relevant to the geographical region.
Academically, Ijeoma obtained her PhD from the School of Pharmacy, University of London in 1994 and was appointed a Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience at UCL in 2012. In addition, she currently sits on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Healthcare Strategic Advisory Team, which is the UK’s largest research council.
Ijeoma has been awarded various prizes for her work, notably the UK Department for Business Innovation Skills’ Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science Engineering and Technology award, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year 2012 and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Innovative Science Award 2016.
Ijeoma is the editor of three books, a named inventor on 11 granted patents and 11 patent families. Ijeoma has also authored over 100 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters.
David Morse - FactSet (Panel Member)
David works as a DataFeed Implementation Specialist in FactSet’s London office, assisting the company’s European clientele leverage FactSet’s big data offerings for software development and quant-focused investment strategies.
Before moving to the London office, David worked as a Consultant in the company’s Dubai office serving the company’s Middle East and South African investment managers.
David was brought to the Middle East by his interest in the region and language. Having deployed to the region in the U.S. Navy and having written policy papers during an internship in the U.S. Congress, he decided to try learning Arabic. While never gaining fluency, he was able to learn enough of the “al-fuS-Ha” dialect to be selected as a WJC Foundation Scholar in January 2013 and asked to spend a semester at the American University in Dubai. While there he decided Dubai would be a great place to spend a few years, and that FactSet would be a great company to help him build knowledge of both the software and finance industries.
David is an alumnus of the University of Houston holding Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Political Science.
Professor Rob Carter - UCL Qatar (Panel Member)
Robert Carter is Professor of Arabian and Middle Eastern Archaeology, and Graduate Tutor (Taught). He coordinates the Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World MA, and lectures on the archaeology of the region from the Palaeolithic era to the coming of Islam. His main research concerns the origins of the Gulf towns, and his chief research project is the Origins of Doha and Qatar, a multidisciplinary project that combines archaeology, historical research, GIS and oral histories to explore the development of Doha. His second major research project, the Shahrizor Prehistory Project, examines settlement and complexity in northern Iraq in the 5th-6th millennia BC (Ubaid Period). Professor’s Carter’s other research includes Neolithic seafaring in the Gulf (5th-6th millennia BC); the formative role played by the pearl fishery in the shaping of the Gulf countries; and medieval urbanism and maritime trade in the Gulf.
Prof Carter holds a PhD in Bronze Age Eastern Arabia and an MA from the UCL Institute of Archaeology, London. Since 1993 he has conducted fieldwork, artefact studies and consultancy in many parts of the Gulf, including Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah, Fujairah, as well as in Iran.
Luna Irshaid - UCL Alumna, MSc Project & Enterprise Management, and Chair of University of London Arab Alumni Association (Panel Member)
Luna has a varied background in international investment, having conducted numerous advisory projects within international companies including real estate, financial services, oil & gas, technology, and start-ups.
She started her career as a project manager for foreign direct investment at London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s investment arm. At EIA, Luna led the team in managing cross-border projects between the Middle East and Europe, specialising in real estate investments. Today, she leads Wingate White's international advisory team for cross-border real estate investments, diligently building and managing portfolios for HNWI, UHNWI, family offices and institutions. Having founded the London Arab Alumni Association, she is keen on working towards intercultural and business exchange between Europe and the Middle East.
Luna is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) for International Investment and Wealth Management (ACSI). She is also a Mentor for Real Estate Economics and Finance Master's degree students at the London School of Economics (LSE), as well as a Founder Member of the Institute of Director's (London Chapter).
Luna holds a Master’s Degree in Project and Enterprise Management from the Bartlett School at University College London. She also graduated at the top of her class with a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with Business Finance from University College London and London School of Economics.
Edouard Villain - UCL Current Student, MSc Management (Panel Member)
Edouard is currently studying MSc Management at UCL's School of Management, due to be completed in September 2017. He grew up in Abu Dhabi for 17 years before relocating to the United Kingdom for his university studies and work experience. Having graduated in July 2013 from University of Leicester with a BA in Modern Languages with Management, he then completed internships at Citadel, HSBC and ADIA. He recently left his job as an Analyst at Hermes Investment Management to purse his masters at UCL full-time. He is looking to work in asset management upon completion of his programme.