Networks and Volunteers Working Group

Networks and Volunteers Working Group

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The Alumni Networks and Volunteers Working Group reports to the Alumni Advisory Board and offers guidance to the Alumni Relations team specifically on the network of Alumni Groups around the world.

Areas the Group is currently providing support on are:

  • Advising the Alumni Engagement team on providing appropriate support and services to the worldwide network of volunteer-led Alumni Groups. 
  • Supporting the Alumni Engagement team in its aim to recruit recent alumni to the Alumni Group network. 
  • Assisting with the planning of the Alumni Groups Global Leadership Conferences
  • Helping to identify, cultivate and, where appropriate, establish Alumni Groups. 
  • Consolidating the good working relations between the Colleges and the University.

The Networks and Volunteers Working Group members are also there to provide extra support to all Alumni Groups. Whether you are having difficulty with arranging events or have an idea but don't quite know how to execute it, the members are there for all Groups to contact. 

The Working Group meets twice a year, but also works on projects in between meetings such as the resources pages for Alumni Groups.

Antoine Huard

Mr Antoine Huard

Queens 2010, MPhil in Technology Policy, Judge Business School

  • Co-Founder and Alumni Group Contact for the Cambridge Alumni Energy Society
  • Graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) with an MSc in Engineering
  • Head of Business Development at Generale du Solaire, a french company developing, building and operating solar power plants worldwide
  • Former M&A analyst at Goldman Sachs (London) and former strategy consultant at Bain (Paris)
  • Member of the Oxford & Cambridge Club
  • Paris marathon finisher in 3h55'
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Blair Lapres

Mr Blair Lapres

Darwin, 2009, Development Studies

  • Immediately upon graduating moved to Washington DC to commence work on Food and Nutrition Security Policy in the South Asia Region of the World Bank.
  • Now works on the Bank's Trade and Competitiveness Practice in the Private Sector Development and Agribusiness linkages.
  • Played for University Lacrosse team and was awarded a Half-Blue
  • Served as an officer of the 2010 Darwin May Ball Committee
  • President of the Cambridge Society of Washington DC, overseeing the organization of the Society Board and its social outreach. 
  • Served for two years as the Cantab DC Boat Club Captain, leading the club to a victory over Oxford in the 2013 Potomac Challenge Cup.
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ralph smith

Ralph Smith

Corpus Christi 1982, Chemical Engineering MEng, Natural Sciences and Chemical Engineering

  • Alumni Group Contact for the Cambridge University Association of Madrid Club
  • International Counsel with commercial law firm Gόmez-Acebo & Pombo - specialises in intellectual property, media, privacy and new technologies
  • Legal Adviser for the British Embassy in Madrid
  • Admitted to the Law Society of England and Wales in 1993 and to the Madrid Bar in 1999
  • Member of the Board of Governors of independent UK curriculum school, King's College, Madrid
  • Vice-President of UKAN Spain; the British Council's UK Alumni Network for all UK-university graduates in Spain
Trevor Webb

Mr Trevor Webb

Wolfson 1990, Land Economy

  • MEPC Studentship
  • Chairman of Cambridge Society – Birmingham Group
  • Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer
  • Founding Director of Blackswan Property, specialist in the development of private rented sector home
  • Over a 27 year career, managed the development of around 181,000 square metres of new build space and the refurbishment of over 67,000 square metres of accommodation 
  • Keen badminton player and delight in fine art painting and photography
  • Married with two children
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