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Catching up with... Robert Soltanie

This month we catch up with Robert Soltanie, a London-based entrepreneur, with expertise in the London property market...

Robert SoltaineWhen were you at Kingston and what degree did you do?

From 2005–2008, Business Management with Finance.

Why did you choose Kingston?

It has a great Business School – also I wanted to be in and out of London, and Kingston was close to the hustle and bustle of London yet far enough for me to feel that I am out of London.

What do you remember about your time at Kingston? In three words.

Lots of work.

Have you been back since graduation? If so when and what for?

I am still involved in Kingston Entrepreneurs so I attend various events that they hold. Additionally, a few times a year, I get together with some old friends and the new members of the society and we have a nice meal. If I am in the area I will pop down and say hi to a few teachers and staff.

Are you still in touch with anyone from your Kingston days?

OF COURSE! I have made some great friends there, friends from my course, campus, Kingston Entrepreneurs, and from the area.

What did you expect to do after graduating? Are you still doing that now?

I have always been interested in and involved in the London property market – I still am. Even when you leave uni, the learning doesn't stop – if anything it starts! Markets, trends and strategies change all the time and I try to stay ahead. Its all good fun.

Who was your favourite lecturer and why?

I have a few.

What's your greatest achievement?

There are a numerous achievements I'm proud of without wanting to sound arrogant. Founding Kingston Entrepreneurs and running as president for two years was an achievement. Taking the society from no members to nearly 500 in two years, bearing in mind we had very limited resources, was something I am proud of. Also as a society we won many national and international awards and competitions, beating top univeristies from around the world (Oxbridge, LSE, Stanford just to name a few).

Other achievements are related to propetry – acquiring and developing London property, handling and completing complex deals, etc...

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

Make the most of your time here (don't waste it), have fun but also work hard – it will pay off. Also I would have gone long on Apple shares.

What last made you laugh?

The banter I had with my mates. I've been blessed with very witty friends – put us in a room together I won't stop laughing.

What's your ideal weekend?

Doing deals, kung fu, seeing friends, eating lovely food, having lots of fun and laughter...

Tell us something we would never guess about you.

I can do the splits.

You are to live out your final days on a desert island…

Who would you take with you any why? Bear Grylls – My chances of surviving are higher.

What book would you take and why? If I have a few days to live I won't be spending time reading – however I do generally read a lot.

What movie would you take and why? I won't bother watching a film on my last days – I would probably make a movie so whoever finds it can pass on all the messages I have to say.

What food item would you take and why? My mum makes this lovely Persian meal called Baghali Polo...hhhmmmm...

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