The Alumna of the Year for 2012 was Luciana Berger (BCom Commerce with Spanish, 2004), nominated for her achievements in UK politics.
Luciana is the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree. Elected in May 2010, she was quickly promoted to Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change by Labour Party leader Ed Miliband. In October 2013, Luciana was promoted to Shadow Minister for Public Health (including mental health).
Before entering Parliament Luciana worked for top management consultancy Accenture advising FTSE 100 companies including Barclays and BP, as well as the London Stock Exchange. She then joined Accenture’s Government Strategy Unit supporting UK Government departments including the Treasury and Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Delivery Unit.
After leaving Accenture Luciana was appointed Government and Parliamentary Manager for the National Health Service Confederation. And from 2007 to 2010 she was the Director of Labour Friends of Israel, a non-profit organisation working to achieve peace in the Middle East.
She said:“I was overwhelmed to have been chosen as Alumna of the Year in 2012. I loved my time as a student at the University and I have kept in touch with a number of academics who taught me. It was because of the opportunities on offer at Birmingham that I’m doing my job today. It was a very special occasion to come back to the campus, address the graduates and receive the award. My Dad came too and he was really proud.”
You can follow Luciana on twitter @lucianaberger