Rob Quartly-Janeiro (MSc International Management, 2012)

Volunteer in the Spotlight: Rob Quartly-Janeiro (MSc International Management, 2012)

'Volunteer in the Spotlight' is a regular feature which shares the stories of our fantastic alumni volunteers.

This month is the turn of Rob Quartly-Janeiro (MSc International Management, 2012), currently working as Director (EMEA) at Export Action Global (EAG). Rob volunteers as a member of the Exetra Committee (organising events and activities for recent alumni) and recently helped review Exeter’s MSc International Management course.

We asked Rob about his experience at Exeter, career and being a volunteer.


Tell us about your career journey since graduation from the University of Exeter.

I think ‘journey’ is the optimal word as things never go completely to plan. When I left Exeter I initially worked for Santander Bank before co-founding a footwear brand. I re-joined Santander before moving to hedge fund consultancy, Sussex Partners. I then led an investment intelligence and political-economic risk consultancy, before doing what I do now.

What do you do and where do you work?

I work for a firm called Export Action Global (EAG), advising businesses on international strategies and trade, depending on what is needed I can find myself working anywhere across EMEA.

What does your role involve?

It varies hugely day-to-day but some things are consistent throughout – helping clients on engagements, meeting new firms and prospective clients, corporate affairs, examining trade and investment opportunities, keeping contacts fresh, and teamwork.

How did you get into working in your field?

I think through a process of elimination - knowing what I did and didn’t like doing – and then having the right skills and contacts to do it. More than anything working on intellectually challenging issues, different markets & sectors, and being right at the forefront of contemporary global issues though short and long-term lenses is what gets me out of bed in the morning.

How long have you been volunteering for the University of Exeter?

Roughly 4-5 years, I cannot completely remember as it has been that seamless and good! I sit on the Exetra Committee and have been Vice Chair and Interim Chair at various points in the past three or so years. Exetra exists to put on social and professional events for those who graduated in the past ten years. I also help the Business School, and recently contributed to their MSc International Management Enhanced Programme Review, as an alumnus of the programme.

What inspires you to volunteer your time?

Giving back, in a nutshell. But within that it is the desire of wanting to help and connect others, guide them on their own journeys, and ensure people remain In touch with the Business School or the University – to be an alum is to be a part of something for life.

What advice would you give to other alumni interested in volunteering?

Pick your area of interest and get involved as engaged doers can be hard to find.

What are your best memories of your time at Exeter?

I guess it has to be the people you meet, and the lecturers and friends you make along the way. You find that once you’ve finished everyone goes in a million directions and then when you see people after a year or two, that time together – looking back – is really quite precious as you rarely find yourselves together in the same numbers or frequency.

Date: 15 May 2019

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