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Firas-Nadim Habach - Austrian alumni ambassador

  • Course: BSc Economics 2004-08
  • City of residence: Vienna, Austria and Zürich, Switzerland
  • Employer: Deutsche Bank AG
  • Interests: Financial markets, econometrics, history, politics and technology.
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Are you based in Austria or Switzerland and would love to get connected? Do not hesitate to get in touch!

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When were you at Warwick?
I studied at Warwick from 2004 to 2008 as an undergraduate BSc Economics student. My Tutors throughout that time were Dr. Eugenio Proto and Prof. Robin Naylor, whom I thank very much for their time and effort!

Do you have any fond memories?
I frequently look back at those years as they were, and possibly will be, the most colourful and exciting for a long time. Every day was different, making those four years feel like they were much more! It all begins with the day I arrived for “Orientation Week”, the many new – similarly excited – faces, the first walk through campus, the many hours in the library, the Students Union, and all the way to the graduation ceremony!

Where did you live while you were at Warwick?
Whilst I was at Warwick, I started off at Westwood (Knightcote Hall), then Leamington Spa for two years and finally Coventry, just around the corner from campus. Whilst Leamington Spa was full of things to do, I would definitely recommend the closer proximity to campus!

Were you a member of any societies?
I was a member of several societies including 5-a-side Football, Squash, Economics and many others. I contributed as a “Society Executive” to the Economics Society and the Economics Summit for almost the entire time at Warwick.

What are you doing now?
I am currently the Country Head of Compliance Monitoring & Testing at Deutsche Bank in Zürich, Switzerland and a DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) candidate at the Edinburgh Business School as of December 2015.

Why did you decide to become an alumni ambassador?
I was invited to the British Embassy’s Alumni Reception and was quickly amazed by the opportunity to network, see old faces and join a great community! The position also goes very much hand in hand with my current roles, but giving it the extra touch of being able to promote and represent Warwick!

What kind of people make up the Warwick alumni community in your area?
If there is one thing all of them have in common, it is definitely their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. The majority come from a diverse background, who, as in the United Kingdom, have been exposed to several cultures already. Their roles vary as much as their backgrounds, but the majority carry many important responsibilities; starting from marketing managers at multi-national firms, finance specialists at top banks, all the way to founders of high-tech businesses.

What kind of events do you run?

I organize and support events for all interests, including standard get-togethers, sporting activities and other tours. The turnout has been fairly good – especially at the Embassy Receptions, Pub Quizzes and the traditional Christmas Dinners!

Have you been back to Warwick recently?
Yes! Will hopefully keep the visits up.