Our Programme Coordinators


Sonia is the Programme Director and is an American graduate from Syracuse University where she obtained a double degree in Finance and Management from Martin J. Whitman School of Management. During her studies at Syracuse University, Sonia became a Resident Advisor for DellPlain Hall for two consecutive years and was also a member of the Greek sorority; Gamma Phi Beta. Her internship experieces include an internship with TalentCorp Malaysia under the Otak-Otak Program where she was placed in the Malaysia Diaspora Outreach department as well as an internship at the Cannes Film Festival with Double Dutch International, a sales company connecting distribution partners with producers.


Angus Hawkins is a Professor of Modern British History at Oxford University and a Fellow of Keble College. He is also the Director of Public and International Programmes at the Department for Continuing Education. One of the topics he will cover during the session is on leadership and Oxford University’s 800 years of educating well-known leaders.


A theatre director with over 18 years of experience of making theatre with young people and communities. During her career she has worked extensively with the National Theatre and Phakama, an international youth arts organisation , as Artistic Director. Her work has been performed in galleries, museums, parks, schools, children’s homes, basements, warehouses, gardens, streets, and rubbish dumps, as well as the National Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Contact Theatre, The Schaubeuhne, and The Albany. She has created international exchanges in Germany, South Africa, Indonesia and has taught at Central School of Speech and Drama, NYU Steinhardt, Goldsmiths, Queen Mary University of London and London Metropolitan University.


Marianne Talbot has had an interesting life and was thrown out of school at 15. She came back to education at 26 when she took an Open University Foundation course during which she discovered philosophy. Transferring to London University Marianne took First Class Honours then went to Oxford University to do graduate work. She taught for Pembroke College, Oxford from 1987-1990, for Brasenose College, Oxford from 1990 – 2000, and has, since 2001, been director of studies in philosophy at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education.


Carla Violante is a representative of Oxfam based in Oxford and has had many years of experience volunteering for Oxfam including a three year tenure in Malaysia. Her role at Oxfam includes conducting student workshops on eradicating global poverty and inequality