Craig Browne

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: NGO
Job title: Programme Policy Officer
Subject of study: Arabic & Middle East Studies
Year of graduation: 2013
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

United Nations World Food Programme

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

After Exeter I completed an MA at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. 6 years with the UN World Food Programme in Iraq, Libya & Palestine. Started a language school in Tunisia, called Taa Marbouta, to teach students from abroad Modern Standard Arabic, Tunisian Arabic, Libyan Arabic, French, Amazigh & English.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

Became fascinated by the Middle East and North Africa while studying Arabic and Middle East Studies at IAIS. And I was always interested in international affairs. The work is always very interesting, while you also feel you are contributing to something positive.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Exepose Online, Athletics Club, Arabic & Middle East Society.

Were you part of the Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme at any point during your studies?


What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

Really interesting and diverse programming, studying with other curious students. Biggest highlight was my year abroad in Syria from 2010-2011.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Really fun, interesting, and engaged students and staff.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Beautiful place, great reputation of the university in general & the IAIS in particular.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Arabic language, deep knowledge of the region I am working in.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Make the most of internships and online work experiences while you are still studying. Reach out to alumni in the sector. Be prepared to move abroad.

What are your plans for the future?

Build up the language school in Tunisia with my wife & spend more time climbing mountains! And also to continue trying to contribute positively to development in different countries.


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