Alumni Services

August 2018

We highlight alumni who have taken their Edinburgh expertise around the world.

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As performers and visitors from around the world say goodbye to Edinburgh after the festivals, we take the opportunity to highlight alumni who have taken their Edinburgh expertise abroad.

Some have returned to their home countries after university and taken on responsibilities as alumni volunteers. Others have explored new continents to pursue opportunties in fields as diverse as primate conservation and linguistics. 

Grace Guan

Grace Guan

A friendly stranger gave Grace Guan a warm impression of Edinburgh that endures today. The MSc Education graduate, who set up the Shanghai alumni club, is set to take up the post of Regional Director for East Asia in September.

Read Grace Guan's profile.

Thanks to my beautiful memories of Edinburgh, when I returned to China and realised there were no alumni associations here, I decided to set up one.

Grace GuanIncoming Regional Director for East Asia, The University of Edinburgh

Ivan Sandrea

Ivan Sandrea

By completing a masters thesis focused on energy, followed by an MBA, Ivan Sandrea gained vital technical and leadership skills that have helped him on his journey to co-founding an oil and gas company in Mexico.

Read Ivan Sandrea's profile.

I realized early that I was better at the cross point of technical and commercial and decided to take that journey after my studies at Edinburgh.

Ivan SandreaChief Executive Officer, Sierra Oil & Gas

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

The wide range of courses in Edinburgh's biological sciences programme coupled with a unique volunteering opportunity paved the way for Rebecca Smith's international career in primate conservation.

Read Rebecca Smith's profile.

In 2013 I moved to Paraguay to run the Para La Tierra Primate Project. I have now been studying hooded capuchins in the Paraguayan Atlantic Forest for five years and I have published the first primatological research from Paraguay in over 20 years.

Rebecca SmithPrimate Project Leader, Para La Tierra

Laurie Bauer

Laurie Bauer

Now retired, Emeritus Professor Laurie Bauer has had a fruitful academic career in Denmark and New Zealand, publishing numerous books and articles on linguistics.

Read Laurie Bauer's profile.

In 2017 I was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand's Humanities medal. The medal is awarded annually for research or innovative work of outstanding merit in the humanities.

Emeritus Professor Laurie Bauer

Ama Akuamoah

Ama Akuamoah

Ghana-based Africa and International Development graduate Ama Akuamoah fits being an alumni volunteer around running a business and lecturing part time.

Read Ama Akuamoah's profile.


My vision is to build an organisation that provides African solutions to the core issues that the continent faces, utilising local knowledge and expertise.

Ama AkuamoahChief Executive Officer, Mokobε

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We are interested in the role that the University has played in your life, either directly - in terms of skills and knowledge - or indirectly, via friends, experiences or chance encounters. Please get in touch and you and your experiences could feature on our website.