Global Alumni Ambassadors

What are the roles of a UA Global Alumni Ambassador?

A UA Global Network Alumni Ambassador is a volunteer willing to act as liaison for the University of Arizona and the University of Arizona Alumni Association (UAAA) in his/her region or country. The benefits of being an ambassador to both you and the University of Arizona are many.

Each Ambassador will play a unique role depending on individual preferences and expertise. Your roles may include:

  • Identifying and connecting with alumni, friends, and affiliates who may live in your area
  • Collecting names and contact information of these individuals in order to keep the UA/Alumni Association database updated
  • Strengthening alumni networks in your area, including promoting membership in the UA Alumni Association.
  • Serving as a point of contact for the UA president, vice-presidents, deans, faculty, staff, alumni and students who may be visiting, returning to, or moving to your area
  • Identifying opportunities for collaboration between the University and other institutions in your region, e.g. joint degrees, overseas study programs, etc.
  • Identifying employment opportunities for UA alumni
  • Serving as a local resource for study-abroad students studying in your area
  • Helping with recruitment of students from your geographic area
  • Identifying internships and study-abroad experiences in your region
  • Apprising the University of local press coverage that may help foster the UA’s presence in your region

For further information about applying to become a UA Global Alumni Ambassador, please contact either Hassan Hijazi or Nancy Yaeli:

Hassan Hijazi Nancy Daru Yaeli, JD
Director of International Alumni and Development Initiatives
The University of Arizona
Office of Global Initiatives
Phone: 1-520-626-9300
Fax: 1-520-626-9004
Hhijazi@email.arizona.edu
Sr. Associate Director, Alumni Relations
Sr. Vice President, Campus and Global Partnerships
The University of Arizona
Alumni Association
Phone: 1-520-621-9034 or 1-800-232-8278
Yaeli@al.arizona.edu

Meet your Global Alumni Ambassadors:

Country Photo Bio
Hong Kong Matthew Ryan, Hong Kong
(Matthew's bio coming soon)

Australia

Brett Moore '10, Brisbane

Brett earned a BS in regional development. While at the UA he played rugby and still follows Wildcat rugby. He is employed as a client manager for Urban Circus in Brisbane, Australia.

Brett is eager to connect with other Wildcats living in or traveling to Australia, and has created LinkedIn accounts for Arizona Wildcats Biz Networks, University of Arizona Rugby, and University of Arizona – Australia Alumni.

Contact Brett at Brettmoore587@gmail.com


Chile

Mario F. Illanes ‘74, Valparaiso

Mario graduated from the College of Business and Public Administration where he studied Labor Relations, Personnel Administration and Marketing. He also played Rugby.

Mario is now retired. He is interested in developing Wildcat alumni networks in Chile.

Contact Mario at rightdir@gmail.com


China

Si Xu ’10, Chengdu

Si graduated with an MS in Environmental Engineering. After receiving his degree he lived briefly in Texas then returned home to Chengdu. He is now an engineering consultant.

Si wants to develop a Wildcat network in Chengdu, work with new student recruitment, and be a contact for UA faculty and students who visit the region.

Contact Si at superadamhsu@gmail.com


China

Desmond Fang  ‘01, Shanghai

Desmond is employed with AKP Capital and wants to give back to the UA by expanding the university’s presence in Asia.

While studying at the Eller College, Desmond was active with Alpha Kappa Psi, Delta Sigma Phi, and the Order of Omega.

Contact Desmond at desmond.fang@gmail.com


India

Ashok Ahuja ’65, New Delhi

Ashok is self-employed as a consulting engineer. As a student he was active in sports and was named an honorary citizen of Tucson by the mayor of Tucson.

Ashok would like to facilitate partnerships to enhance UA’s presence in India.

Contact Ashok at ashahuja@gmail.com or +91.981.104.6387

Join the India network on LinkedIn.


India

Akash Jain ’10, Delhi

Akash graduated from the Eller College of Management with an MBA, entrepreneurship. While he was at the UA he was active with Net Impact, Habitat for Humanity, and Business Case Competitions.

He is co-founder of Reka Global Water Ltd. Akash would like to develop a UA Alumni Network in Delhi.

Contact Akash at akashjain.aj@gmail.com
or +91.783.827.3834

Join the India network on LinkedIn.


Indonesia

Esterlyta "Lyta" Pandjaitan '01, Jakarta

A member of the Indonesian Student Association while a student at the UA, Esterlyta “Lyta” Pandjaitan graduated from the College of Engineering in 2001 and is now a telecommunication consultant in Jakarta.

She is connected with several Wildcat alumni in Jakarta, and she would like to reach out to the rest of the country to help Wildcats stay connected and support the UA in Indonesia.

Contact Lyta at esterlyta.pandjaitan@gmail.com


Ireland

Jim Gorman ’97, Dublin

Earning a BS in Physiology from the College of Science, Jim competed on the Club rugby team and various other intramural sports.

Jim is a senior health promotion officer at Health Service Executive in Dublin. He is interested in developing an alumni network in Ireland, acting as liaison for visiting faculty and students, and helping with new student recruitment.

Contact Jim at jgorman_ua@yahoo.com


Israel
 

Lili Sehayek Niv ‘98

Lili earned an LLM in International Trade Law from the James E. Rogers College of Law. She is currently enrolled in the law school’s Doctor of Juridical Science – SJD – in International Trade and Business Law.

Lili is willing to help facilitate contacts and alumni networks in Israel. Don’t hesitate to contact her for any matter she can help with.  

Contact Lili at lilisn@email.arizona.edu


Japan

Masahiro Miki ’75, Tokyo

Masa earned an MA in Economics. As a student he founded and was the first president of the Japanese student club. Masa is now executive advisor to Daitec, and serves in advisory positions to several other businesses.

Masa would like to continue developing the alumni network in Tokyo, help with student recruitment, and be liaison for faculty and students visiting or living in the region.

Contact Masa at Masahiro@tokyo.email.ne.jp


Jordan

Ayman Abdulhamid ’85, Amman

Ayman earned a BS in Electrical engineering. As a student he established the Jordanian Club. Ayman is now CEO of Bridges Group-Jordan, and his sons are UA students.

Ayman would like to develop an alumni network in Jordan, help with student recruitment and be liaison for faculty and students visiting or living in the region.

Contact Ayman at ayman@bridgestch.com


South Korea
Ken Cahall

Ken Cahall ’00, Daejeon

Ken earned a BS in Regional Development and was engaged in a broad spectrum of activities as a student, ranging from astronomy club to comedy club and more.

Ken is now an International Relations Associate at SolAsia, Woosong University in Daejeon. He says he looks forward to connecting with UA alumni living in or visiting Korea.

Contact Ken at kencahall@woosong.org


Mexico

Melchor Ivan Angulo '99, Los Mochis

Melchor earned a BA in Economics and is now the CEO of Zima Consulting Group. As a UA student, he was active with the Mexican Student Association.

Melchor is interested in developing UA alumni networks in Mexico and acting as a regional liaison to faculty and students visiting the region.

Contact Melchor at melchor@usatic.com


Pakistan
Raza Abbas

Raza Abbas ‘’04 ’06, Karachi

An active student, Raza held leadership positions in Arizona Blue Chip, MIS Association, Toastmasters, and others. He earned a BSBA and a BA in Communications.

Raza is the CEO of Pathway Global Career Institute based in Pakistan and travels around the globe facilitating sessions for corporate executives and youth.

Raza is interested in developing an alumni network in Pakistan and helping with student recruitment.

Contact Raza at razaabbas.hr@gmail.com



Singapore and Malaysia

Azhar Abdul-Salam ‘94, Singapore

Azhar studied Journalism and Communications. As a student he served as co-editor in chief of El Independiente (South Tucson), as VP of the Singapore Student Society, volunteered at the International Student Center, and was awarded the Tucson Mayor’s award for Outstanding International Student. He is a senior lecturer at Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore.

Azhar would like to continue to develop the alumni network in Singapore and Malaysia and act as liaison for faculty and students who are studying or living in the region.

Contact Azhar at azharabdulsalam@hotmail.com


Thailand

Patamaporn “Pat” Sripadungtham ‘89, Nonthaburi

Patamaporn “Pat” Sripadungtham is an assistant professor at Kasesart University in Nonthaburi, Thailand. She graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1989 and is looking forward to meeting other Wildcats who live in Thailand. In addition, contact Pat if you are a UA faculty member or student working or studying in Thailand.

Contact Pat at fengpms@gmail.com


United Kingdom

Rimal Popat '05, London

Rimal Popat is a 2005 graduate of the Eller College of Management. He lives and works in London, where he is a management consultant. He is eager to connect with UA alumni, faculty, and students living temporarily or permanently in the United Kingdom in order to build the UA Global Network in London.

Rimal says, "I am very eager to join this esteemed network as a way of giving back to the University which has afforded me numerous opportunities."

Contact Rimal at rimal.popat@gmail.com


United Kingdom

Megan Wellington Harper '08, Cambridge

Meghan says her home in Cambridge, UK is "Wildcat Country." She credits UA’s study abroad experience with creating a wider worldview, leading her to earning a master’s degree in London. Meghan is eager to connect with UK Wildcats, help faculty and students working or studying in the UK, and help recruit new students.

Contact Meghan at meghanwharper@gmail.com