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Ingrid Warner - Swiss alumni ambassador

Course: BA Politics with International Studies 2003-06
City of residence: Geneva
Employer: O&CO Communications Consulting
Interests: Running: Completed Marseille-Cassis Half-marathon, France, fall 2008. Skiing: Telemark and cross country skiing. Travelling: Recently travelled to India. Volunteer work: worked for Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Calcutta, 2009
Contact details: ingrid dot h dot warner at gmail dot com


Who were your tutors?
Shirin Rai and Philippa Sherrington amongst others

Do you have any fond memories?
Working on One World Week throughout the year and seeing it culminate with the week itself in January each year was the most memorable experience.

Where did you live?
I preferred living on campus, as that is where everybody was neighbours. I lived in Tocil my first year and in Claycroft my third year. The second year I lived in Leamington.

Were you a member of any societies?
I was co-ordinator of One World Week, chair of the International Committee in the Students’ Union and a helper at Orientation Week.

What are you doing now?
I have just got a new job with O&CO Communications Consulting, a leadership, strategy and communications consultancy.

Why did you decide to become an alumni ambassador?

After I graduated I returned home to Norway looking for a job. I immediately contacted the alumni office to gather the contact details of Warwick alumni in Norway and activate the alumni chapter there. Before I knew it I got a job in Geneva working as a communications consultant. Moving to Switzerland I knew nobody but realised that there had to be alumni there as well. Through LinkedIn and Facebook I traced about 100 alumni and started organising regular events. It has been a great way to reconnect with old friends and meet new friends with the same Warwick spirit and energy.

What kind of events do you run? Do you get a good turnout?
Every year we host six events in Geneva and Zurich. These are casual after work drinks or more formal dinners in the autumn where we bring together alumni and students about to depart to Warwick. Each time we meet, I leave feeling re-energized. I have met a few new alumni who were excited to find out that a chapter exists here in Switzerland, new phone numbers have been saved on my phone and lunches scheduled over the next week. By the time I get home, the alumni have sent pictures from the event and I forward them to the Warwick alumni chapter – as well as saving them on my computer. All the photos look the same – whether they were taken in Geneva or Zurich – people are either laughing or in deep conversation with each other. It is as if we all graduated the same year.

Have been back to Warwick since graduation? I went back to Warwick the year after I graduated to see One World Week, but living abroad makes reunions there difficult. But the events that we have here in Switzerland for Warwick alumni are just like reunions, but abroad.

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

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