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Featuring … the IOB ALUMNI Panel Because Exchange to change is an alumni magazine, we felt that the alumni‘s voice should echo louder! Therefore, we proudly present our alumni panel. Four alumni (re)introduce themselves and share with you their views on the topics tackled in our magazine. Firas Arafat | Toronto, Canada Master of globalisation and economic development | 2003 Living with …my partner Jennifer, my son Zein and our dog Scaramouche. Jennifer is in the final stages of her doctoral studies in public health and focuses most of her research on exploring the impact of social media and online gaming on youth and addiction. My son Zein is 10 years old. He’s a very smart and curious little guy. He was born in Canada a few short months after I finished my studies in Belgium. He’s very proud of his mix of multinational backgrounds including Palestinian, Irish and Canadian. Finally, the last member of our small family is our dog, Scaramouche, who we adopted from an animals rescue organization. His unique name comes from the song Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Tanvir Mahmud | Dhaka, Bangladesh Master of Globalisation and Development | 2010 Living with...my wife ‘Kona’ and one year old son ‘Taysir’. René Claude Niyonkuru | Bujumbura, Burundi Master of Governance and Development | 2013 Diana Méndez Ardila | Bogotá, Colombia Master of Governa nce and Development | 2013 Living with … a roommate and probably soon enough with my boyfriend. I have a lot of really good memories about my time at IOB, it is hard to pick one. However, I would say one of the most precious memories is the celebration of my birthday. My friends took me to eat pork ribs in an ‘All you can eat’ restaurant near the cathedral. After, we went to Renata and Van’s place where they had prepared a surprise which included cake, wine and bolinhos de chocolate, a Brazilian dessert cooked by my dearest friend at IOB. I had a lot of fun. 4 I prefer to come back home as soon as I complete my outside work to avoid high sound pollution and huge traffic jam in Dhaka. Generally, I used to visit frequently in my quiet and calm hometown-Rajshahi and other few parts of the country like Bandarban, Sylhet, Coxs Bazar and Kuakata, if I can manage time during weekend or holiday. Living with … my wonderful family, my wife and my 3 kids, and we are blessed to have very kind neighbours around. It’s a clean but sometimes noisy area, but we really like it. If ever you pass through Bujumbura, … do not leave out a stop at Café Gourmand for bakery and ice cream. For those who want to enjoy the beauty of nature and fresh air in the capital city, go to the“Jardin Public”, the most green and relaxing place in the capital city, or to the beach of Lake Tanganyika, one of the most precious lakes in the world where you can see hippos and many kinds of birds in their natural environment and enjoy all kinds of water sports, before eating a fresh Mukeke, a tasty fish that cannot be found anywhere else in the world except in Lake Tanganyika. 5