Meet Alumni Nik Kalif, Malaysia’s Biggest Custom Keeb Content Creator!

Nik Kalif (Class of ‘21) is a 19-year-old content creator from Malaysia who is currently studying Accounting and Finance in the UK. His YouTube channel has over 360,000 followers and features many custom keyboard builds, making him well known across the region for his videos.   How did this initiative start? I started YouTube way back in 2013; a classmate and I decided to try to make YouTube content for fun. We had individual channels and naturally, our first videos were...


Graduation Success for Alumni Garima Malhotra, Class ‘17

Congratulations to our Alumni Garima Malhotra (Class ‘2017) who has graduated with the highest Honors possible in her Bachelor of Science degree at Houston Baptist University, Texas. Having majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Garima was also awarded the President’s Award for being an exemplary all-round student, and the Grigsby Award for the Outstanding Student in the College of Science and Engineering. We got in touch with Garima to congratulate her and to learn more about her...


TED Talk – ‘The Power of Disillusionment’ by Alumna Serena Lee!

18-year-old student, GIS Alumna Serena Lee from Class of 2020, interned with the All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) during their 2020 campaign for a stand-alone Sexual Harassment Bill in Malaysia. Between October and December, AWAM helped turn an online petition with 17.7k+ signatures into a paper petition read in the Dewan Rakyat — a first in Malaysian history. As the youngest member of AWAM, Serena had much to learn from the experience of rallying everyday Malaysians to fight for...


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...