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Firoz Patel

BA (Hons) International development and ngo management, 2006

    Firoz, a former London Underground train driver, worked in the private and public sectors for a number of years before studying at UEL. He said, “I decided to take a course in international development and NGO management. It was a course that really resonated with what my family had been doing for a many years, and the course at UEL really attracted me."

    As a ‘young, idealistic student’ Firoz set up the student-led charity Global Development Links with just three interns.

    Later rebranded as Childreach International, the charity has grown and now excels in the third sector, having won many national awards along the way.

    Firoz said, “We work around three themes: education, healthcare and child protection… working with local communities across the globe. I suppose the thing that makes us different from other NGOs is that all the projects and programmes we work on are led and designed by local people. We take the lead from them.”