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Rajeet Sampat - Omani alumni ambassador

rajeetCourse: BSc Management Sciences 2003-06
City of residence: Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Employer: HSBC Bank Middle East LLC (2006-2014), Naranjee Hirjee & Co. LLC (Current)
Interests: Bodybuilding, kite-surfing, squash, DJing
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When were you at Warwick?

I was at Warwick from 2003 to 2006 studying Management Sciences BSc under the Warwick Business School. My personal tutor was Mr. Lyndon Simkin.

Do you have any fond memories?
All of my memories of Warwick are absolutely wonderful right from the second I landed in the UK.

I remember the warm welcome that the Orientation Week Volunteers gave me and feeling right at home once I was on campus. My first year accommodation at Benefactors (Room 207) was one of the best with a direct view of the piazza. I also fondly recall meeting all my hall-mates for the first time. They became some of the closest friends that I’ve ever had, and I am still very much in contact with them today.

The course itself was brilliant and the material I learnt has helped me incredibly in both my banking and business careers. WBS still remains one of the strongest business schools with its gifted lecturers and immense facilities. The faculty was always extremely friendly and eager to help me resolve any queries that I had. To this day, I still refer to my notes and textbooks from my undergrad to give me an edge when I need it.

I vividly remember how active campus life used to be. Right from the clubs, theme nights, professional performers in the Students Union, to the Arts Centre, Sports Complex and the Societies. I remember always being jolted by the buzz of activity and always felt eager to get involved. In particular, I started my hobby as a DJ and Radio Presenter in Warwick through its societies. I carried on with the same in Oman having run my own radio show on Oman’s first private radio station HiFM 95.9.

Overall, my memories of Warwick are some of my most treasured. I don’t think I will ever stop thinking about the great time I had there.

Where did you live while you were at Warwick?
1st Year – Benefactors (on-campus)
2nd Year – Earlsdon, Coventry (off-campus)
3rd Year – Claycroft (on-campus)

Were you a member of any societies?
Yes – I was a member of several societies during my time at Warwick. I list a few of them below:

  • Raw - Radio Warwick: ran the ‘Drum & Bass Specialists’ Show, Fridays 7pm-9pm
  • Get Decked – DJing society: held permanent residency at Rootes Bar, Tuesdays, Thursdays 7pm-9pm
  • Codpiece Theatre – Drama society: held leading roles in a number of public performances
  • One World Week: presented the student-run ‘’One World Week’’ finale show
  • Juggling Society: learnt the art of ‘’contact juggling’’
  • Break Dancing Society: learnt a whole new set of moves to ‘’own’’ the dancefloor!

What are you doing now?
When I completed my undergrad in 2006, HSBC Bank, in my home country, Oman, was hiring Management Trainees. This proved to be a great platform for a career in banking; hence I decided to move back to Oman and work for the bank. After eight years with HSBC, in 2014 I joined my family business, Naranjee Hirjee & Co. LLC, which is a commodity trading business that has been operating in Oman for over 100 years. I am currently taking over responsibilities from my senior family members, by handling our Chemicals division, and I am also expanding the business into new revenue streams.

Why did you decide to become an alumni ambassador?
My reason for becoming an alumni ambassador for Warwick is purely because of my appreciation for the University and for it having given me some of the best experiences of my life during my time there. I think the ambassador position marks a great opportunity to meet new people with whom I can share a common appreciation for Warwick.

It would be a true pleasure to help further spread word of the university to prospective students in Oman. From my personal experience, I know that local secondary school students may require some guidance particularly when it comes to travelling to and living in the UK, thus I am happy to provide help on procedure and also fill them in entirely on life at Warwick.

Also, I think it would be great to form a local Warwick network, enabling members a chance to get connected not only to those living in Oman, but also to those throughout the international network. Furthermore, should a Warwick graduate from abroad decide to visit/relocate to Oman, a local Warwick network can help provide any support face-to face, to which I am personally very open.

All in all, becoming an alumni ambassador for Warwick would be the very least that I can do for the university that gave me so much.

What kind of people make up the Warwick alumni community in your area?
I am already in touch with a number of graduates, who form a combination of expatriates and locals. The majority of them work in the banking/finance sector, with others working in consulting. There are also others who have established themselves as entrepreneurs.

What kind of events do you run? Do you get a good turnout?
In Muscat, it is possible to run a dinner, lunch or cocktail event at any restaurant/bar/lounge, or alternatively at one’s residence. Turnout is usually good given that Muscat is a small place, thus locations are easily accessible.

Have you been back to Warwick recently?
Unfortunately, I have not returned to Warwick since I graduated in 2006.