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Ann Avaliani

Ann Avaliani
I was truly impressed with the use of modern technology and innovation in teaching.
Ann Avaliani

Taking on a new challenge

"After almost ten years with the leading telecommunications provider in Tbilisi, Georgia, I wanted to take on a new challenge and do something new and exciting. I decided to embark on an educational path and applied for a British Chevening Scholarship to study in the UK. It took me a while to find the right course. I was fascinated by policy making and was keen to understand the area better. Cambridge was a natural choice for me as only two universities seemed to offer a Technology Policy course back then, and the Cambridge degree combined the expertise from both of these universities - MIT in the US, and Cambridge."

Both challenging and rewarding

"The programme has proven to be challenging and rewarding at the same time. The cohort was very diverse and truly international: I had classmates from China, Malaysia, Canada and Switzerland. We all brought different experiences to the course which made the lectures very interesting! I was truly impressed with the use of modern technology and innovation in teaching. We used online discussion boards on a regular basis as well as webinars with the faculty at MIT. Courses and the electives gave me a great opportunity to explore other interest and this is exactly how I discovered the world of innovation management which has helped me make a life-changing decision and switch career. Overall, the programme was very challenging, with nine months of intense academic work, but I felt I still had time for getting to know my classmates, time for sports and clubs. I even managed to join CUTEC and helped with the conference at London's Guildhall."

My Cambridge education made this possible

"The main purpose of my job is to attract investors, tourists and students to London. It is very equally rewarding and exciting to be working for the London and to be working on projects from London House in Beijing to London Fashion Week. None of these would have been possible without my Cambridge education. The connections and networks I have acquired during my short tenure at Cambridge have already proven to be very useful - I know I can always rely on my classmates, course leaders and people I have met at Cambridge for sound advice."

Biography

Ann is currently working for the London Development Agency, the economic development arm of the Mayor of London office. She looks after a multi million pound project portfolio for International Promotion.

Programme

MPhil Technology Policy 2003

Country

Georgia

Company

London Development Agency