We catch up with Jean-Paul Wafo, CEO of the Globalebridge Company, on his life at Kingston and what he's working on now.
After my LLM in French corporate law I wanted to pursue my further education in accounting and finance in the UK, and Kingston Business School gave me the opportunity. They were among the few universities who could see my versatility thanks to their skilful course leaders. It also had a very balanced admission process.
I was pleased to discover that, owing to their reputation and quality education, many national and international students studied there.
Hard work, resilience, achievement.
I recommended Kingston to my partner and in January 2010 I came back to attend her graduation ceremony. She graduated in journalism.
At first I kept in contact with most of them; I was one of the student reps for the Accounting and Finance MA class. However I have been a bit laid back in keeping in contact with my friends of late, but I am now resolved to be part of the Kingston global network!
In fact after my postgraduate study at Kingston Business School I worked for a short while in the banking and management consulting fields. Having already had some professional experience in corporate law I thought it was time to embrace the challenge of setting up my own business. I am currently the CEO of the Globalebridge Company and just set up a second company, The Bridge Magazine in the media industry as a co-founder.
This is a difficult one. Three really caught my attention:
Two greatest achievements up to now:
Hard work pays off but sometimes it's not always what you know, it's who you know. Be ambitious but get a grip on reality.
Last week when I stumbled on a French report about 'celebrities and their true faces'. Celebrities who lie about having plastic surgery and then don't recognise their own faces in magazines. Well we all love them, so who cares!
A weekend in Venice with my family; a bit of walking along the canals and window shopping in town before flying back to London.
I describe myself as an introvert. Because I really enjoy interactions with close friends, even with strangers sometimes, and people tend to think that I am over confident.
My daughter even at her young age, she is very creative and intuitive. She is my little star.
Saharan Survival by Dean King about an American captain and his crew in great difficulties. It shows what a human being is capable of when facing extreme difficulties, such as surviving with very little food and water. A very inspiring book – I learnt some great survival tips!
The Pelican Brief. I really liked the plot and the stars who played the characters.
My bible along with a bit of date palm and Magaria fruits. I know that I will be more resilient with a strong spirit.
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