Hear from members of our inspiring global alumni community about their time at Essex and where life has taken them since.
The knowledge and experience Anushree gained during her Masters helped her to secure a position as Crew Biologist with The Mars Society. Straight after graduation she took part in a simulation mission in the Utah desert, a landscape as close to Mars as can be found on Earth. For her participation and contribution to the mission, she was shortlisted as a finalist in the British Council UK Alumni Awards in 2018.
Since then, Anushree has taken part in various other projects to support further research of the planet and worked for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission in the USA. She is now studying for a PhD in Astrobiology where her research focuses on understanding the saline environments of Mars.
Whitney Joseph graduated from Essex in 2012 with an LLB Law. After graduating, she worked in financial services before securing a training contract with international law firm CMS. Now a Banking and Finance Associate for Mayer Brown International, she focuses on Debt Capital Markets and Derivatives. Whitney is also a Social Mobility Ambassador and committee member for the England and Wales Law Society. Alongside her legal career, Whitney founded The City Prescription, an online platform sharing stories of people living and working with sickle cell disease to provide support and inspiration for young people with the condition.
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Simon Cox (BA in English & European Literature, 1989) - Since graduating, Simon has gone on to be an Award-Winning Investigations Editor at BBC Arabic, working on documentaries from the Middle East, Gulf and North Africa. Prior to this he was a senior investigative reporter at BBC Radio Current Affairs, presenting for File on 4, Crossing Continents and Assignment on BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service.
Nicole Widdersheim (MA Theory & Practice Human Rights, 2005) - for over 20 years Nicole has designed and managed human rights, justice and atrocity response programming in post-genocide Rwanda, Darfur, South Sudan, Haiti, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Bangladesh, Burundi, and the Philippines. She has held positions at USAID, Oxfam International and the National Security Council at the White House, and is currently senior policy advisor for the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide in the US.
Lina Maria Venegas (MA Conflict Resolution, 2016) - Head of Policy and International Affairs of the Colombian Ocean Commission for the Colombian Navy, Lina’s focus is on national public policy for oceans and coastal areas, international organisation co-ordination including with UNESCO, and the coordination of the Colombian Antarctic Programme.
Dotun Adebayo (BA Philosophy, 1987) - radio presenter, writer and publisher, best known for his work on Up All Night on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Carry Somers (MA Native American Studies, 1992) - ethical fashion designer, social entrepreneur and founder of the world’s largest fashion activism movement who has just returned from sailing around the Galapagos islands.