Outreach to alumni, parents and friends overseas continued in fall 2008, as Bentley administrators set a course for Thailand, the Middle East, and Greece.
Strengthening Ties in the Middle East
November 2008 brought stops in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The university representatives were President Gloria Gordes Larson; Vice President for Development, Corporate and Alumni Relations Bob Minetti; and Director of International Advancement Jennifer Aquino. During three days in each country, the three met with high-level officials and shared campus news with Bentley parents and alumni.
“It was a valuable opportunity to strengthen relationships, increase institutional visibility in the region, and introduce President Larson to influential figures in each country,” reports Aquino.
Alumni who joined the gatherings included Rajive Keshup ’06, Talha Yesilhark and Khurram Abdulla ’96 (United Arab Emirates); Abdulla Al-Khalifa ’01 and Yara Faraj ’99 (Bahrain); Fay Al-Tukhaim ’06 and Osama Bastaki ’00 (Kuwait); and Nasir Al-Sharif ’04, Aseel Kamel ’04 and Ahmed Jamsheer (Saudi Arabia).
Making Connections in Thailand
Thailand was the site of a December 2008 visit by Bentley representatives to enhance involvement among alumni who live in the country. The group that gathered over dinner included Development staff members Tom Ralston and Jennifer Aquino; Professor of Finance Jay Sultan; Nihar Patel ’89 MBA; and Kas Pathomsak ’97 MBA and his wife, Pchitra.
Promoting IT Savvy in Greece
Participants in the 2008 IT Directors Forum, held in Athens, Greece, included Bentley Professor of Information Design and Corporate Communication Bill Gribbons. He presented a session at the forum, which focused on innovation in information technology and its impact on business value. The visit was coordinated by the Bentley Club of Greece, particularly board member Michalis Boussias ’00 MBA.