Our Alumni Ambassadors

Our alumni play an invaluable role by offering practical advice and support to prospective and current students. Please contact them directly to ask any questions you may have on studying at the University, living in Birmingham / UK, career pathways, living and working internationally post graduation etc.

Kenneth Okwaroh OchiengKenneth Okwaroh Ochieng

Contcat me: Africa Facebook group or okwaroh@bhamalumni.org

Country (Residence): United Kingdom

Nationality (Country of birth): Kenyan

Degree: MSc International Development 2011

Current Employment:

Okwaroh is currently an Analyst with Development Initiatives (www.devinit.org/) where he provides policy analysis and research expertise to the DI – Africa Hub, in Nairobi Kenya. His research and policy engagements aim to catalyse debate that inform and influence the trajectories of development in East Africa. He carries out routine gathering analysis and interpretation of data on resource flows earmarked for public policy, poverty reduction and development and provides technical support for DI work on poverty in Africa.

What is your favourite memory of the University of Birmingham?

Going to class everyday and learning with almost a sample of the Globe – my classes at IDD comprised almost all nationalities from Americans to Zulus; Chinese to Arabs; Europeans to Africans; Latino to Oriental. University of Birmingham was a model united nations. It was sure fun and enlightening.

What did you like most about living and studying within the city of Birmingham?

The amount and diversity of information was amazing, the lecturers were brilliant and the facilities fantastic. Every day, I learnt something new, I encountered something special and I experienced uniqueness with every passing day. As a scholar, I felt at home though very far away from home. I am so grateful for the hospitality and friendliness I enjoyed in Birmingham, this was very important to an international student like me.

What one piece of advice you would offer to someone looking to study at the University of Birmingham?

The intellectual, liberal academic atmosphere at the University of Birmingham is ideal for postgraduate study.