Fuad Alakbarov

Political Commentator, Advisor & Strategist and Human Rights Activist
BA (Hons) Management, Technology and Enterprise 2012

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What made you choose GCU and your specific course?

My time at GCU was undoubtedly one of the most pleasurable and formative periods of my life. I chose GCU because it had a new course in Business Management, Technology and Enterprise which was exactly what I was looking for and its proximity to my home.

The course consisted of well-delivered and interesting lectures followed by stimulating and inspiring tutorials.

What are your memories of University? 

It's always been helpful in my life to look toward the future while never forgetting "I am what I am" because of the past. I guess the same thing can be said for the Students’ Association.

I was part of the events and PR team. One of my most vivid memories is when we gathered one night at the Students’ Association building and celebrated Halloween. We all had that sparkle in the eye like children, and that happiness that couldn’t fade away.

How has your career progressed since graduation from GCU? Did your GCU qualification aid you?

After my graduation, I built a really good network, gained an in-depth understanding of the politics and human rights. My organisational and communication skills have progressed exponentially. In the end, it really all comes down to influencing people. As a result, I’ve become a public affairs consultant and advocate for human rights and social justice.

Can you tell us more about your current role?

Many jobs can get repetitive but one of the best parts about my job is that it will always be people-focused and relationship based, so the situations and people you can learn from are always changing.

My activities also includes raising media visibility and doing public awareness campaigns, workshops and seminars about human rights and lobbying institutions for laws against discrimination.

What is your greatest professional achievement? 

I believe my greatest achievement yet to come. Diplomacy is not only building relations between countries but also making interaction between humanity. It takes time to achieve warm relations but projects that puts emphasis on building relations between countries that have not had much involvement in the past is a fantastic thing. It creates bridges.

Combating hatred by defending human rights is a big part of me. In a world that is constantly changing, the implementation of human rights is a relentless process; it is a job that is never truly complete; and therefore something that I cannot reduce my efforts from. Nevertheless, I’m proud that my activism has inspired many people to help vulnerable people either in Scotland, elsewhere in the UK or overseas. One of the most important things you can do on this planet is to let people know they are not alone and give a voice to those people who are unheard.

What advice would you give to current students and new graduates?

Be ambitious and never give up hope in terms of wanting to make a positive difference. The path to success is not always a straight road and easy, but as long as there is passion, willpower and courage, anything is possible.

What are your future plans?

My future plans are to continue to grow my career and activism. I'm also strongly involved with the photojournalism; I don't put down my camera. My last exhibition was a great success and I’m hoping to have more exhibitions in the future. I am always brimming with ideas as to what I can do next and cannot wait to put them into action!

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