We’re delighted to announce the
appointment of MBA graduate, Waqas Baggia, as the first ever
President of the newly launched WLV Alumni
25 year-old Waqas is the founder and Managing
Director of Wolverhampton based digital media company, Kreative
Iron. Named as one of the Future 100 Young Social Entrepreneurs for
2009, he made a name for himself on the global stage last year when
he was invited to share his experiences of launching a business at
the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit in Canada.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Waqas moved
to Wolverhampton to study a Masters in Business Administration
after graduating with a BSc in Kinesiology & Health Science and
a Diploma in Marketing from York University in Canada.
While at Wolverhampton Waqas successfully
applied for the University’s Student Placements for Entrepreneurs
in Education West Midlands (SPEED WM) programme, which enables
students to establish their own business alongside their studies.
Along with fellow graduate, Zeeshan Chaundry, Waqas used the
programme to set up Kreative Iron. A fledgling company to begin
with, the SPEED WM programme gave Waqas the tools and resources he
needed to develop the company, and today, only one year after
graduating, Waqas is now at the helm of rapidly growing enterprise
that already boasts international clients.
An advocate for global entrepreneurship, Waqas
also undertook a voluntary internship in the University’s Institute
for Innovation and Enterprise (IIE) where he founded the Student
Enterprise Network (SEN), which promoted innovation and
entrepreneurship in students.
He said: “Being a serial entrepreneur, I
understand the challenges a young entrepreneur faces and am
passionate about developing a more
Waqas is also an Advisor to the National
Consortium of University Entrepreneurs, a member of the FlyingStart
Program by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship and
has judged the regional finals for Young Enterprise.
In 2009 Waqas was named one The Future 100
Young Social Entrepreneurs. The Future 100 Awards highlight young
people aged 18-35 who are demonstrating entrepreneurial flair and
innovation in running a responsible business venture; one which
demonstrates a balance between economic, environmental and social
goals to achieve ultimate business success.
Waqas said: “It has been an honour to be among
the Future 100 Young Entrepreneurs and to be at the forefront of
entrepreneurship promotion and to contribute to global
entrepreneurship strategy. Young entrepreneurs are key to economic
development as they contribute fresh perspectives and develop
innovative solutions to their respected industries.”
The search for a President of the WLV Alumni
Association began in December and the appointment was agreed in
March. Waqas will formally begin his duties as President in
The WLV Alumni Association was officially
launched in November 2010 and is the first alumni association at
the University to bring all Wolverhampton graduates together into
one community. For more information visit: www.wlv.ac.uk/alumni
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