A brief history of your career since leaving the University of Birmingham

After leaving the University of Birmingham I worked in Spain and China handling marble and granite for the construction industry. The firm I worked for was the biggest natural stone provider in the world with a turnover of around 400 million Euros. After working for this company, I started my own sales and marketing consultancy bringing foreign firms onto the German speaking market. I also started lecturing at University and finished a PhD. I have also set up a charity and took over several roles as International Sales Manager and International Sales Director.

Skills and knowledge from your postgraduate degree have you used in your career so far

Language, interpersonal skills, general management are all frequently utilised.

Main work activities in your current role

I represent the Republic of The Gambia from West Africa as their Honorary Consul in the South of Germany. Because of this, the country does not need an embassy or a consulate, since I fulfil this requirement.

A typical day in your job

A typical day involves responding to E-Mails, answering phone calls, and attending meetings. Every day involves and presents new challenges.

Main challenges in your role

Solving the problems of other people can provide its own unique challenges.

Why did this type of work appeal to you?

Working with different cultures on a diplomatic level is always exciting.