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Nick Saunders - Bulgarian alumni ambassador

Course: MBA (1994-95)
City of residence: Sofia
Employer: New Europe Directories Bulgaria EOOD
Interests: I am an avid fan of new technology, particularly mobile and location based services, which I believe will really drive improvements in everyday life. So I read extensively to ensure that I am up-to-date with the latest news and views on all of this stuff. When I am not looking for new and better ways for people to get information on businesses and events, and this seems to take most of my time, I like to try the latest restaurants and cafes in my area. Great food and fine wine is a passion, particularly when enjoyed with good company in a fabulous setting. Basically I like the simple pleasures in life!
Contact details: nick dot saunders at goldenpages dot bg

Do you have any fond memories?
Academically it was the hardest I have ever worked, but also the most fun. There were a great bunch of students who mostly shared my enthusiasm for working and playing hard. Particular highlights include the MBA sailing regatta and two memorable skiing trips that I organised. And of course I met my wife at Warwick so doing the course was the best decision I ever made!

Where did you live?
I lived in University accommodation in Anchor House in Coventry.

Were you a member of any societies?
None at the time - the MBA devoured all of my time.

What are you doing now?
I am now the CEO of a local directory company in Bulgaria. Prior to this I held a variety of roles with UK companies most notably as Head of Corporate Support with Yell Group plc where I worked for seven years. Whilst there I was approached to set up and run a private equity owned directories business in Bulgaria. It was early 2006, the economy in Bulgaria (which was about to join the EU) was booming and it seemed like an opportunity to good to miss. Four years later this is still the case!

Why did you decide to become an alumni ambassador?

All alumni need to fully capitalise on their studies and subsequent experiences to fully realise their potential. An alumni group is one way to do this which also has the added benefit of promoting the university. To date there was no such group in Bulgaria despite there being close to 100 former Warwick students living in the country, so I decided to rectify this situation.

What kind of people make up the local alumni community?
I believe that most of the alumni are Bulgarian nationals. I plan to run many events, but this will be dictated by the desires of the group.

Contact Nick if you want to attend or suggest an event in Bulgaria or want to make contact with the alumni community there.