Our ethos is to instill, - to gradually and firmly establish - in our visiting students an easy familiarity with and competence in UK and wider Western modes of behaviour, social interaction and industrial and entrepreneurial skills. This is achieved by a real-time project-based multi-disciplinary programme engendering confidence and innovative approaches to development and problem resolutions. The students become able to assess their own performance with the team of visiting mentors and explore new methods of improvement and production, learning to be critical and open-minded by our replacement of text-book learning methodologies with practical and interactive relations with industry professionals.
The transformation of our students into a wide variety of professionals is enabled thanks to the support and mentoring abilities of our diversely skilled and talented team of practitioners introduced here:
The transformation of our students into a wide variety of professionals is enabled thanks to the support and mentoring abilities of our diversely skilled and talented team of practitioners introduced here:
Marika enjoys a varied career as a global award winning opera crossover singer, jazz singer and cabaret artist. Having started her performance career on the concert platform performing lead roles with established opera companies around the UK, alongside being one of the resident in-house opera singers at Harrods and resident jazz crossover singer at Caffe Concerto restaurants around London, Marika has performed at prestigious venues such as the Birmingham Symphony Hall and The Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Marika moved away from the concert platform to launch her own bespoke performance packages for Weddings and high end Corporate Events for clients such as The Emirates Stadium, The Austrian Embassy, The Ritz, The Langham and The Dorchester Hotels, The Lansdowne Club, and the infamous Café de Paris, amongst many more...
Marika’s vocals soon got picked up for recording and voiceover projects by XBox, The BBC, The English National Opera, Katherine Jenkins, and Hans Zimmer himself, featuring on the soundtracks and trailers to: Madagascar 2, Spiderman 3, The Fantastic Four, King Kong, War of the Worlds, The Da Vinci Code, The Island and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as well as featuring on the original West End cast recording of Cameron Macintosh’s production – Mary Poppins and David Ian’s West End production of Flashdance the Musical.
In recent years, Marika has produced and performed her own opera crossover cabaret shows at the Brighton, Camden & Edinburgh Fringe Festivals (UK) and toured her various performance outfits in Europe, New York, Singapore, Australia and The Middle East.
Leaving no page unturned, Marika has appeared on TV, Radio and performed for Hollywood Stars, State Officials and British Royalty, accompanied by the Royal Band of Scots Guards – the performance was recorded as the official Carol Concert for the British Armed Forces and
broadcast internationally on BFBS Radio. Most recently Marika made her debut at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and has released her own Album.
Katie Turner is a professional, CELTA-certified instructor of English as a Foreign Language, training at Leeds Language College before teaching English in Japan for two and a half years, where she taught English to students of all ages. Since her recent return from Japan, she has set up a successful private tuition business in London. In addition to teaching English, Katie is studying for her Masters in Performance and Culture at Goldsmiths University after successfully completing a Bachelor’s (Hons) in Performing Arts. Her studies include the deconstruction and analysis of theatre, as well as the value of theatre as a product of sociocultural activity. She has also studied at Gordon Faith Voice Training.
Katie is an active theatre practitioner whose interests include the portrayal of gender roles on stage and contemporary English usage within a performance context. She is currently carrying out research on the importance of theatre as a cultural medium and how it can question accepted sociocultural norms. Her work at the university strives to instil in students the confidence essential for public speaking. She also works with students on pronunciation, dictation and intonation, and is currently working on a musical production for Limkokwing university.
Michelle Lewis-King is an American artist and PhD research fellow for the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute, Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Michelle’s research investigates the contemporary convergence of science, art, touch and technology as her creative practice draws upon her transdisciplinary training in fine art, performance, sonic art, medicine and clinical practices. Michelle’s research is published in the Journal of Sonic Studies, ELSE Journal for Artistic Research, Reflections on Process in Sound Magazine and in various conference proceedings. She has given numerous presentations on her research in the US, China, Germany, Denmark and at many universities across the UK.
Michelle also exhibits her work internationally; recent works have been exhibited at: the Anatomy Museum, Kings College (London), the Ex-Teresa Museum (Mexico), the V&A Museum, Spike Island, The Royal Nonesuch Gallery in Oakland, CA and at Rencontres Internationales at various locations in Paris, Madrid and Berlin. An EP of her sonic research Pulse Landscapes was released in November 2013 by the experimental music label ‘Clang’.
In addition to her research and exhibitions, she has lectured in Fine Art at Cambridge School of Art, Southampton SOLENT University, and Birmingham University. With a degree in Chinese medicine, she also has four years experience lecturing in Acupuncture in Frome, Somerset.
Mobina holds a Bachelor’s in Stage Design (Theatre) in Drama department of Fine Art Faculty Tehran University, and a Master’s by Research degree in Product design from Art University of Tehran by Focusing on User-centered and emotional design. She has been teaching Interior Design in Art University of Esfahan for two years. Then She got awarded an international creativity PhD scholarship from City University London and joined the centre of Human-Computer Interaction Design (HCID) in October 2011
She is writing her PhD thesis in Centre of Creativity in Professional Practice (www.city.ac.uk/centre-for-creativity-in-professional-practice) supervised by Prof. Neil Maiden from School of Computing, and Prof. James Hampton from School of Psychology. Her main focus is on spaces that make people creative by finding the relationship between environment and creativity through people's emotional states.
She published and presented the results of her research in some creativity and design conferences. She got awarded as one of the best papers in Kicss2013 conference.
She also works as a freelance designer and branding consultant with Supenta, a Startup tech company that creates gadgets in mobile gaming and mobile health market utilising new technologies.
Nicholas Fudge has over 5 years of experience in UK Higher Education and FE institutions and 10 years of experience in teaching and consultancy in ICT and Digital Art at various schools across the Greater London Metropolitan area. He has also worked as an Art Lecturer at Parsons the New School for Art and Design in New York City, NY, Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and University of Wales Trinity Saint David, among others.
Nick began his studies at Goldsmiths College, studying under Michael CraigMartin, and counts YBA’s Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas and Michael Landy among his peers. He holds an MFA Painting (Magna Sum Laude) from Tyler School of Art Temple University, and Bachelor’s degrees in Fine Art, and Graphic Design. Initially working as a painter, his art practice has branched out over the years to include digital art and new media.
Nick’s current research weaves together artistic and technological practices and researching new forms of dissemination for art production and education, with a particular interest in developing new pedagogical strategies for MOOC’s and the global classroom.
Paul Howard Gilliam
Paul Gilliam has been awarded degrees from London and Lancaster Universities. He has also gained a Certificate in Teaching (Higher Education), is an Associate Member of the UK’s Higher Education Authority and a Member of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has been an External Examiner at postgraduate level for three UK universities.
After completing his Bachelor’s degree, he commenced his career in market research working on a cross section of projects for high profile clients across many sectors of industry. He returned to university to complete a Masters in Marketing and progressed into senior marketing positions in the food and drink, pharmaceutical and construction industries.
He joined a UK University as a senior lecturer teaching and leading primarily on MBA programmes and launched several professional and degree programmes overseas. His appointment as Marketing Director enabled him to travel extensively.
Using his extensive experience in both industry and education he is now actively researching for a Professional Doctorate in Education. The focus of his research is maximising the international student experience with an emphasis on skills development to make best use of post-graduation employment prospects in both developed and developing economies. His conference papers presented at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge University, Durham University, Grenoble University (France), and Regensburg University (Germany).
Tom Manwell is Director of Dreamstudio Architecture, a start-up Architectural practice based in Greenwich, London. The practice carries out small scale residential works for private clients in London. Through his practice, Tom aims to develop environmentally and socially sustainable Architecture which incorporates new materials and technology and investigates new ways of working with and inhabiting space.
Tom Manwell is a fully qualified UK Architect who previous to running his current practice worked for top Architectural firms, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Studio Egret West and Mecanoo.
Tom enjoys exploring and investigating new design concepts and ideas in his Architectural work but is also aware of the limitations which reality sets in terms of budget, building regulations, planning restrictions and other statutory requirements.
In running his practice Tom has also gained experience and knowledge of Business Administration, Marketing and Finance.
Sinead Mac Manus
Sinead is CEO and co-founder of Fluency, a learning platform and skills marketplace that connects young people with work positions. With over 11 years experience in working in and running small businesses in the creative and digital sectors, Sinead is an experienced trainer, speaker and author. She founded her digital wellbeing company 8fold in 2010 and launched the Digital Academy, training low income women with digital skills, in 2011. Sinead has over five years’ experience designing and delivering classes for Bath Spa University, PANDA (Manchester), CIBAS (Portsmouth), Hackney Theatre Partnership, and the Actor’s Centre.
She completed her Bachelor’s (Hons) in Geography and History of Art and a Master’s in Urban and Rural Planning from University College Dublin, as well as a Diploma in Arts Management from Birkbeck University of London. She published The Business Yogi: How to be Happy at Work, in April 2012. She is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, the RSA, and an UnLtd Award Winner.
Laboni is a versatile and accomplished fashion business professional with unique combination of designing, buying and marketing experience in Premium Womenswear sector.
The founder and creative mind behind eco-sustainable womenswear brand
L SAHA, Laboni was born in India, where she pursued a BA in Fashion design at National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). As part of her education, she was invited to join London College of Fashion, where she did a project with Adidas & Stella McCartney for Olympic 2012.
Her Graduation Collection at NIFT has been awarded for excellence in use of traditional textiles in modern context. She was later awarded the prestigious Rajbir Singh Scholarship to pursue an MA in Fashion Business Management at the University of Westminster.
Laboni has worked as Senior Buyer/International Buyer with renown ecommerce retailer as wells multi branded retailers in both UK and Internationally.
She possesses demonstrable ability to analyse consumer behaviour, conduct market research, plan and execute integrated business development strategies to facilitate growth and international business expansion.
She is multi-lingual and able to leverage a global contact network to build business liaisons in alignment with market opportunities.
Mehrdad Borna is the Academic Coordinator and Senior Lecturer at the London campus of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, with over a decade of experience in teaching. Mehrdad oversees the university’s adherence to quality assurance and their commitment to maintaining the highest educational standards. He develops and implements new methods of teaching to promote and maintain high standards of excellence in teaching, learning and assessment, and to strengthen the academic standing and reputation of the London Campus.
Mehrdad has resided for many years in London after seven years practice in architecture in Iran. Since 2007 he has lectured and occupied the post of Academic Co-ordinator and Senior Lecturer at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology’s London campus. His speciality is sustainability in architecture and he completed his M.A. at University of East London with particular focus on the effects of the built environment upon social interaction.
His work in numerous countries has provided him with a sensitive awareness of multiple cultural perspectives. His sense of purpose, clarity and resilience is only surpassed by passion for his work. His patient, caring and supportive approach to interpersonal working relationships is notable in terms of its success in producing team and collaborative achievement. He is the main academic member in charge of students, and he is known for his caring, patient attitude and his passionate, forward-thinking approach with both students and staff members.
His ability to transform the pressures of challenge into exciting and productive creative solution is a proven capability gained through his longstanding experience in practice.
Natalia Talkowska is Founder and Chief Storyteller at www.natalkadesign.com, where she tells people’s stories through visuals. Whether through live sketching, visual facilitation, Doodleledo creative brainstorming workshops or promotional videos, she focuses on resisting the usual and using a fresh, exciting and useful way to record information.
She holds a Bachelor’s in Education, and a Master’s in Bilingual Translation, and has four years teaching experience in subjects such as Art and English for Foreigners in Poland and London to students aged 6 – 18.
Natalia has been running Natalka Design for three years working on a vast number of exciting projects. She has also started intimate get-togethers where people draw whatever comes to their minds without worrying about whether they’re doing it correctly. She wants to change the way we meet others and get people to use more visuals in their lives.
Natalia has illustrated various books, spoke at TEDx twice, and has been a visual consultant for 3 years.
Paula Amani was the previous Founder and Director of Pop Up Design Ltd, an innovative design led retail company hosting the products of new British Designers and supplying to contemporary design led outlets such as boutique hotels and galleries.
Paula comes from an Entrepreneurial background and originally from a Design discipline of Product and Packaging, with a keen interest in sustainability, having exhibited previously at the ‘Ideal Home Show’ showcasing an innovative renewable energy designed outdoor furnishing.
Presently working at the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of East London as Office Manager, Paula aspires to combine her design, management, and business acumen toward her next career move.
Paula holds a Bachelor’s in Product Design Futures and a Foundation Degree in Design and Applied Arts. She has had a long-term interest in the practise of yoga, and is presently completing the Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Course (Yoga Alliance Certification). She is guest lecturer at Limkokwing University, the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CEWE), and University of East London.
Phil King is an artist, writer and translator with experience teaching at BA and MA level at Ruskin College Oxford, Goldsmiths College and Southampton University. He has also worked as project manager for a number of arts organisations.
Phil has recently returned from the Bay Area, California, where he exhibited and worked in the industry. He was included in the major show ‘Actual Scale’ at Kala Arts in Berkeley.
A Fine Arts MA graduate of Goldsmiths College London, he has consistently written on the work of his peers including catalogue essays for the painter Glenn Brown and the sculptor Rebecca Warren. He is currently involved in a number of translation projects including a translation of the book ‘Alberto Giacometti’s Studio’. As a painter and writer he is interested in the interaction between writing and looking, at the force and work of creativity and the development of artistic voice.
Rob is young and entrepreneurial Industrial Designer who has experience working with companies from across the world. He started his own consultancy in 2014 and since then has worked extensively with start-ups in London and in Silicon Valley, helping them design, develop and launch products.
He has travelled around the world, lived and worked in many countries, helped create socially beneficial projects in developing countries and has won numerous awards for his work.
He has been featured in many on-line publications and is fast becoming the go to designer in London.
His education includes a Bachelors degree from the UK’s top Industrial Design Undergraduate course at Brunel University and additional Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses at TU Delft in The Netherlands. One of the most highly regarded schools for design in the world.
On top of design Rob is an extreme sports enthusiast and has competed in Snowboarding for a number of years. He is also a fully qualified RYA Sailing instructor and has travelled around Europe teaching this skill.
Sean lives in London. She was born to European parents, but grew up in the USA. She became involved in local politics at a young age, attending high school board meetings as a student representative. She led the high school at the YMCA Youth in Government Symposium both at the local and national level, breaking records when winning Youth Secretary of State in her second year of involvement. After finishing the high school requirements early she attended courses at Cornell University and Harvard University before pursuing a duel bachelors degree in International Relations and Economics at one of the USAs leading public policy schools, the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, which she finished with distinction. At SU, Sean attended classes at the Newhouse School, a top communications college. She interned in the communications department of the Council of Europe while studying abroad in France. Sean then moved to London to for the innovative Media, Culture and Creative Industries MA at Kings College, where she earned a Leadership award.
Enthralled with world communications, creativity and technology she gained experience with marketing positions in the financial and technology sectors. The revolutionary London multidisciplinary design studio Immersive Ltd picked up her creative flair. Her insight into frameworks of communication makes her an excellent conceptual designer. At Immersive she works on large international projects, such as for World Expo Milano 2015 and 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. Her role in Immersive grew as her diplomatic approach to business and industry understanding became apparent. She now helps the CEO oversee the communications and business development strategies of Immersive.
Despite the ease with which her biography mounts, Sean came from a modest background and had many obstacles in her path. She strongly values hard work and enjoys sharing her life experiences with those who are still finding a path. She aspires to get involved in design projects for positive social change.
Zoë is an experienced accountant, project manager and management consultant with broad, cross-sector knowledge of change management and continuous improvement, business process re-engineering and financial systems implementation. She is driven by a passion for optimising efficiency through the introduction of best practice and the effective deployment of information technology.
Advising finance directors and leading multi-disciplinary teams of programmers, contractors and business-users, she has managed high-profile finance transformation projects for organisations ranging from large multi-national companies and public sector institutions to multi-academy trusts, hotels, theatres and SMEs. Zoë delivers innovative, customised, systems solutions to large scale, technically complex, customer requirements.
As Principal Consultant with Capgemini, Zoë was a member of the transnational taskforce of 40 managers charged with exporting best practice to Asia Pacific during the Group’s establishment of a direct presence in the Far East. Concurrent to fulfilling external client projects, Zoë was responsible for the design, build and roll-out of an internal, region-wide financial information system for Capgemini Asia; she also assumed the role of Acting Country Manager, establishing the Malaysia office from the bottom up.
As Consulting Manager with CSSL Malaysia, Zoë managed a portfolio of client projects for the banking, insurance and manufacturing sectors. Her most challenging project was for Malaysian International Shipping Corporation (MISC), entailing the management of a £3M budget, a team of some 50 co-workers and the impact of change on the working practices of MISC’s worldwide agents.
For the UK’s H. M. Prison Service, Zoë has served as Senior Project Manager for the Phoenix Finance Transformation Programme (£20M) leading the standardization of financial processes across the 138 prisons of England and Wales and the implementation of an integrated, national financial management computer system (where hitherto prisons had operated a diverse range of disparate, standalone systems that could not be consolidated).
Zoë is a part-qualified accountant, has an MSc in electronic commerce, is a certified SAP applications consultant and an accredited practitioner of PRINCE2 project management method. She divides her time between her consulting practice and lecturing at the London campus of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology where, since 2009, she teaches and mentors students in the areas of business management, managerial and financial accounting, accounting information systems, risk management and project management.