World map

Alumni Ambassador Profile - Cambodia


Name: Ilias Vamvakas '04

Became Ambassador: September 2018

Ilias studied for a Diploma in Business Administration (Hospitality). He is now General Manager at Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, Cambodia.

Ilias Vamvakas

Why did you choose to study Hospitality Management at Brookes?

A great university to gain further knowledge in the field of Hospitality. The modules are an eye opener and the mentoring is top notch.

What was the best thing and most difficult thing about studying by distance learning?

Best thing- strategically balancing my time between work, study hours and quality free time.
Difficult thing – At the time internet speed/connection was limited.

What motivates you most in your work?

Mentoring, developing and growing talent. Additionally working with a great and enthusiastic team that take great pleasure to be part in the hospitality industry.

Always listen and ask a lot of questions!

You've worked in a lot of different countries in the hospitality industry - but where do you like to go for your holidays?

Gorilla trekking in Uganda.

Has your Diploma from Brookes helped progress your career?

Absolutely…it opened a lot of doors.

What general advice would you give to someone who has just graduated?

Start from the bottom and work your way up…always listen and ask a lot of questions!

Are you excited about being a Brookes ambassador?

Yes I am.

What do you hope the Alumni network can achieve?

Stay connected and expand the networking possibilities.