Monday, 30 October 2023

October's edition of Our Alumni features OB Ambassador for Thailand, Minerva Rojanapenkul (Fe. 2012-14).
She spoke to us about her Brighton College highlights, what she's up to now, and her love of wine... 

When you were at Brighton College, what did you want to be when you ‘grew-up’?
At the start of Brighton College, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to become a physicist, an engineer or an economist. As I progressed through my A-levels, I realised it was economics that I wanted to pursue.

Tell us about yourself now you've grown up.
Though not a full-time economist and more like a businesswoman/business strategist, having completed a BSc in Economics at the LSE and a MSc in Management at LBS, I get to apply all of what I learnt every single day at work.

What about your life now would most surprise your Brighton College teachers?
My passion in wine. I am completing the WSET Diploma in Wines and hope to become a Master of Wine in the near future.

What are your favourite memories of your time at school?
Highlights include organising a fashion show for charity under the James Bond theme (the Fenwick Fashion Show), House Song competitions, dressing up in pink with fairy wings and walking around Brighton to raise money for Cancer Research. And the little things like doing yoga on the Home Ground, birthday surprises, movie nights and BBQ on the beach.

My experiences at Brighton College instilled in me kindness and open-mindedness. I became much more culturally aware, and learnt to look more from other people’s perspectives. I was also touched by how much time and attention teachers devoted to each one of us.

What advice would you give to your school age self?
Do your best and never regret any decisions you make.

What do you do as a career?
I serve as Strategy Director at my family business: a market research and data analytics firm specialised in Southeast Asian markets.

What does your work involve?
I lead the company’s Strategy Division and oversee the application of economics and data analytics techniques in business strategic planning.

What are the most challenging parts of your job?
Leading and managing large teams of staff, some of whom have been working at the company for decades.

What are you most proud of?
Having witnessed the success of strategies and approaches we recommended to our clients on a national scale as well as international.

What are the three objects you would take with you to a desert island?
A fishing rod, a knife and perhaps a bottle of Haut-Brion Blanc.

How would you like to be remembered?
As a kind and loving person.

How long have you lived in the region you are Ambassador for?
I was born in Bangkok and lived here until I joined Brighton College in 2012. After having completed my master’s, I moved back to Bangkok in 2018. Despite having been travelling back and forth between here and London/Paris, I would say Bangkok has been my base ever since.

What do you love about the region?
Thailand and Southeast Asia as a whole have been growing rapidly in different dimensions. The region has always been rich in culture and presented opportunities for people from all walks of life and has also become increasingly cosmopolitan. It is definitely a region to watch.

What excites you about being an OB Ambassador?
The opportunity to help Brighton College build a strong reputation in Thailand and beyond.

Learn more about our global network of OB Ambassadors, and Minerva Rojanapenkul.

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