The Rising Stars Issue

November 2018 Edition

This month we showcase the variety of careers and successes that our alumni are achieving. We have a Rising Star carving her own role as a business manager in the music industry; an alum who now runs his own running coaching business; and, we are delighted to announce that a New York Program alum has achieved the rare and incredible feat of being included in the Forbes 30 under 30 for Finance List.

Forbes 30 Under 30 (Europe - Finance 2018)

Ali-Reza Panjwani (New York, August 2013), whose rise from intern to Vice President at J.P. Morgan (in 3 years), has been stratospheric, has now achieved the incredibly rare feat of being included in the Forbes 30 under 30 (Europe - Finance) List This is an annual list of the brightest young entrepreneurs, professionals, leaders and stars in their fields, so to be included is very special indeed.

With a stellar career to date, JP Morgan hired Ali from London to help enhance their strategic risk assessments group in New York. He has led a number of key global initiatives and projects throughout the last few years; and has recently undertaken a new role in Asset & Wealth Management, as a Business Control Manager.

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of the Month

Sarah Anderson
New York, Sep 2010

"My friends at Musicweek featured me as a Rising Star recently, to mark that I'm one of the few business managers under 30 working in London... I am always on the look-out for bright people to come and work with me. I am currently looking for Finance Assistants (with accounting and music experience) and more experienced finance professionals that are interested in becoming Business Managers."

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Mountbatten Wedding

We are delighted to announce that Andrew Dunn (New York, May 2008) and Haileigh Meyers (London, Aug 2007) were married on October 26 in Austin, Texas.

Haileigh describes how she and Andrew met in Austin 3 years ago, "and within the first hour of our meeting we realized that we were both on Mountbatten in different countries at the same time".

Andrew is now a data scientist for Ethoca and Haileigh is a Trade & Investment Officer for the UK Department for International Trade. A number of alumni attended their wedding (see above photo L to R, Pete Greene (New York, May 2008), Andy Legg (New York, May 2008), Graham Johnson (New York, May 2008), Andrew Dunn, Haileigh Meyers, Chris Weber (London, Aug 2007), Sarah Graham (New York), Nancy Allen (New York, May 2008).

Entrepreneurial Alumni

Lawrence Avery

New York, September 2006

Lawrence was placed at the Welsh Assembly Government when on the Program. After spending a number of years working at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, where he rose to Head of Climate Investment Funds, Lawrence now works part time for AECOM, as a Consultant – Climate Finance. His passion however is running, which Lawrence took up only 5 years ago and achieved the incredible feat of running the London Marathon in 2 hours 29 minutes, placing him 52nd overall! This led to him launching his running coaching business during the summer, Run Your Best (, and he is hoping to expand his roster of clients.

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Entrepreneurial Alumni

Witsarut Duangchinda

New York, January 2007

Witsarut has gained his father's entrepreneurial spirit, now following his footsteps into his company, Astra Technology Co., Ltd ( Based in Thailand, it specializes in marketing and selling military products and services, especially to the US and the Royal Thai Armed Forces. Witsarut now holds the position of Chief Operating Officer, and shares with us his company’s expansion strategies, lessons he has learned along the way, and the importance of having a positive attitude.

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In The News

Sadie Whitelocks (New York, March 2010) - This Avid Adventurer has been hiking, kayaking and even gyming in Greenland. Writing for the Metro she gives the lowdown on a cruise not for those who like to lie down and soak up the rays.

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