Hollywood Beckons for GIS Alumna Hanneke Talbot!

Alumna Hanneke Talbot is making waves in the entertainment world. From GIS’s Class of ‘10, Hanneke is a Netherlands-born British-Canadian actress who played Lieutenant Mann in episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, amongst other up-and-coming roles across film and TV. Having attended GIS from the age of 6, until leaving Sixth Form at 18, Talbot is evidently proud of her Malaysian roots. After all, it is in Malaysia that she began to pursue a career in acting, before moving to London, where...


‘Move for Hope’: An GIS Alumni Initiative to Support Refugee Communities

Committing time to support others is a core part of our work at GIS, through our extensive service-learning programming. To hear of the work that many of our alumni go on to engage in post-GIS is therefore incredibly humbling.  No child should be left out when it comes to education. This firm belief, which we know is widely shared across our GIS community, was the catalyst for four of our Alumni dedicating their time and resources to supporting young refugees, ensuring that they receive...


Ex-GIS Admin Staff turned Children’s Author, Rhian Williams, tells us about the release of her first book!

We caught up with a member of GIS staff Alumni, Rhian Williams (nee Adlam), who made the most of the Melbourne lockdown of 2020 by using the time to write her first children's book.  Rhian worked in an admin role at GIS from 2010 to 2012. She was the Community Service and Staff Development Officer, responsible for planning Discovery Week and many other volunteer opportunities across the school. In addition, she supported staff development days, as well as working closely with members of...


Makan Malaysia UK by Alumni Susie and Kat!

Makan Malaysia UK is, a Malaysian food catering business launched by our very own Alumni Susanna Encarnacion and Katerina Perry (Class ‘09.)They produce and send Malaysian food across the UK in special chilled boxes with something to suit everyone's needs. Makan Malaysia delivers to you anywhere in the UK, so you can still satisfy your Malaysian food cravings without leaving the country! This would be wonderful news to our GIS Alumni, especially those who are residing in the UK or have...


Alumna Katrina Roshan Making Waves in the Music Industry!

Alumna Katrina Roshan from Class of 2020 is a 16 year old singer/songwriter, living in Kuala Lumpur, who has just released her debut solo single ‘YOU’. Following the successful release of ‘YOU’, her follow up single ‘Lost Again’ was released on 18th August 2020. Kat will soon relocate to the USA to further her studies and hone her skills in singing, songwriting and producing music later this month at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California.   Katrina, please share with...


Meet Alumna Mei Lian Hoe – An Artist And Animator!

Alumni Mei Lian Hoe is an animator and freelance comic artist from Malaysia. She graduated with a Masters in Character Animation from the prestigious Central St Martins, UK, as well as a BA in English Literature from UCL. Her graduation film 'Left Unsaid' has been nominated for the MullenLowe NOVA Award 2020, and her webcomic, My Husband is a Cultist, has also been shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Publishing Prize 2020.   Mei, what has been your journey after GIS? I left...


Alumni Simon Mo – Clothes are the Spirit of Fashion!

Our Alumni are creating waves across many fields, but today we reconnect with Simon Mo (Class ‘07), a fashion designer whose contemporary label has recently been shown at London Fashion Week.  After GIS, Simon studied Fashion Design in Womenswear at the prestigious Central Saint Martins, where fellow alumni include Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. He talks to us about his journey post- GIS, what he feels he gained from his experience with us, as well as offering some advice to...


Winner of GIS Learner Skills Award, Alumna Safiyyah Rafe!

Alumni Safiyyah Rafe (Class ‘20), who will soon be embarking on a BA Economics at London School of Economics and Political Science, has recently been awarded the ‘GIS Learner Skills Award’ for her inspiring work in supporting the Somali Refugee Community. Having recognised a need for the support of this marginalised group in KL, she has shown exceptional commitment to working with external organisations to ensure sustainable change.    Safiyyah could you tell us more about...


Alumna Nirmala Ramanujam, Interview on a Pandemic Punditry!

Alumna Dr. Nirmala Ramanujam (Class of ‘84) is a globally renowned leader in women’s healthcare. An innovator, entrepreneur and academic, she has earned a number of accolades, including Robert W. Carr Professor of Biomedical Engineering and faculty member in the Global Health Institute and the Department of Pharmacology & Cell Biology at Duke University, Director of the Center of Global Women's Health Technologies (GWHT) and founder of Zenalux Biomedical Inc. and Calla...


Alumna Isabelle Brouwers – First Artist at English National Ballet!

Isabelle Brouwers, Class of 2011 Current Profession: Artist, English National Ballet Attended: The Royal Ballet School and English National Ballet School   What has been your journey since you left GIS? I left GIS in 2008 to train professionally as a ballerina. I completed my GCSEs whilst at the Royal Ballet School in London, and then in 2011, I joined the English National Ballet School and continued my A Level studies privately. I was very fortunate to be offered a contract to...