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Alumni Advisory Board

Alumni Advisory Board

In June 2018, UEL's Alumni Engagement team and Centre for Student Success launched the Alumni Advisory Board, with the current Chair and Vice-Chair having taking up their appointments in September 2018. The board exists to advise on university wide projects and initiatives and represents the alumni body in relations with the University and its Alumni Engagement team. The board has been a great success to date and has a wide range of activities to improve both the student and alumni experience planned for the near future.

Next meeting date

Thursday 12 December, 5:30pm-8pm, Stratford Campus, Water Ln, London E15 4LZ

For more information and to register your interest in attending the next Alumni Advisory Board please contact the Alumni Engagement team on alumni@uel.ac.uk.

Meet the Chairs of the Alumni Advisory Board

Joan Saunders-Reece, Chair of the UEL Alumni Advisory Board

Joan is a versatile and results-orientated Planning Manager with an adept facility for leading large teams and heading complex operations; driving forward efficiencies, maximizing talent, solving difficult problems and delivering success.
Joan is a versatile and results-orientated Planning Manager with an adept facility for leading large teams and heading complex operations; driving forward efficiencies, maximizing talent, solving difficult problems and delivering success. A proficient strategist, able to leverage both in-depth planning experience and logistical expertise to evaluate existing processes/systems and deliver transformational change. A `hands on` leader, with a proven record of achieving excellence from employees and enhancing on-going performance through personal vision, motivational management and proficient project management. Commercially astute, with strong analytical and decision-making ability, together with excellent communication skills that have been demonstrated in many contexts. With particular expertise within transport sector and with emergency response work.

In her current position she manages a team where she has full responsibility for operational resilience plans across daily operations, emergencies, engineering work and industrial action for London Underground (LU) and managed the team that successfully coordinated LU's network-wide plans with those of other transport providers and event organisers to ensure the smooth running of major, high capacity events, such as the IAAF World Championships, London Olympics, Tour de France and London’s annual New Year's Eve celebrations.

Jacqueline Malcolm, Vice-Chair of the UEL Alumni Advisory Board

With a career spanning some 30 years, Jacqueline Malcolm, Project & Event Strategist, is called upon by many leading national and international ministries and charities to help them fulfil their vision and company mandate.

Over the years she has served the likes of noted evangelists, Dr. Billy Graham (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association), Reinhardt Bonnke & Daniel Kolenda (Christ for All Nations) and Dr. Morris Cerullo (Morris Cerullo World Evangelism). She was one of the leading consultants on Empowered21 (Oral Roberts University) as well working to establish such effective charities as Global Forum of Women Entrepreneurs (Apostle Ufuoma Ekpecham).

Jacqueline is also the Founder, Producer, Director and Writer of two hugely successful radio shows with Colourful Radio, namely ‘Barking Mad’ which is a modern day comi-drama and ‘Jabber Talk’, an interview based show where Jacqueline is also the presenter and host. When not presenting on radio, Jacqueline has just recently secured a regular panellist/host position on Love World TV which airs LIVE every Wednesday at 1:30pm.

A published Author with New York based, Seaborn Publishing Group, ‘Slave: Escaping the Chains of Freedom’, and ‘The Trade: Only the Colour of Money Matters’ are presently available on Amazon and other US based outlets.

An Award Winning Playwright, having recently won the British Theatre Challenge 2016 with her play, ‘iDOLLatry’ and with a Masters in Theatrical Directing, her other writing credits include a number of plays which she produced and directed for the fringe theatres of London; the children’s book, ‘Adventures of Lucy the Lamb’ and many published articles written as part of her work as a columnist.

Alumni Advisory Board Sub Committees

Alumni Communications Project Lead: Jaasir Ali

Jaasir studied a BA International Business at UEL from 2011 to 2014. During his time at University he took part in the global scholars programme carrying out projects in Malaysia and Spain. Before graduating, through a university referral Jaasir was selected for an internship programme to China for several months. This experience encouraged him to travel across Asia and spend time working in Japan.

Jaasir is passionate about technology and really enjoys working with FinTech companies and those who use next-gen technologies such as big data, IoT, AI and Blockchain. All this has led to him building his own company and work on his role as a Digital Marketing and Blockchain specialist who has been blessed to be working with celebrities, top entrepreneurs and companies across the globe. 

Alumni Give Back Project Lead: Jacqui Bashford

Awarded a 1st Class BA (Hons) degree in Business Management from the University of East London (UEL) as a part time mature student from 2006 – 2011. In addition, holds a Yale University - Yale School of Management Service Management Accreditation Promoted to her current position six months after earning 1st class degree, working for AT&T, Jacqui is responsible for leading a global team that supports complex sales opportunities for the fortune 500 companies.

Jacqui has 28 –years in the Telecommunications and Technology Industry and has held positions in operations, service delivery pre-sales bids and service management at BT and Concert. Prior to establishing a career in the Telecommunications and Technology industry Jacqui worked in the Government sector, for 8 years. Jacqui is passionate about being active within her community and has been involved with several local initiatives and as held volunteer position as a Governor at Bromley Hall for children with special needs in support of BT Business in the Community Partnership.

As a founding member of the AT&T EMEA Women’s Network, Jacqui currently leads a global mentor circle. Jacqui also volunteers her time to support the Aspire program which is AT&T’s Philanthropic education outreach initiative, focusing on building competences that help participants move into the workforce with a clear competitive advantage. And is an AT&T Business Solutions  Diversity and Inclusion committee member.

Alumni Success Project Lead: Vadi Loango

Vadi currently owns and runs his own company within the field of self-development. As well as heading up the company he is also the lead Development Coach. The aim of the company is to help under 30s find their main purpose and improve their self-image; allowing them to always show their best self. Vadi also works as a Workshop Coordinator for UCL within the Medical School.

His main interest is entrepreneurship, and currently his company is working on a Fintech project for 18-24 year olds in education.