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Stamatis Anthis (BA International Relations and Economics)

Biography

I graduated from Reading with a degree in International Relations and Economics. I continued with a Masters at Lancaster and quickly moved on to Luxembourg to join the European Court of Auditors as a trainee. After my "stage" I moved back to Greece where I joined the internal audit of EFG Eurobank. While at the bank I qualified as an accountant and joined the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) as an ACA. After 5 productive years at the Bank, I joined the European Commission. Being an audit manager at the Commission in Brussels I audited various projects throughout the world. Currently I am in the process of joining the United Nations and I am moving to Rome to become an auditor for the World Food Programme.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

It has a great reputation; it is in a fantastic location and it is a very welcoming university to international students.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

The international atmosphere - no one can beat that!

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Study hard and at the same time have fun! Take advantage of the international environment that Reading offers.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

Currently I am dealing with audit engagements in the EU. Mainly dealing with audits of large infrastructure projects, I am travelling all over the world making sure tax payer’s money is spent properly.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

Get a professional qualification (ACA, ACCA, CIA, CISA) and study hard while at undergraduate level.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

A "stage" at an international organisation is a great opportunity to gain first-hand experience on how this big machinery works.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

My University years are those years that changed me - from a child to an adult. I always remember times over the exam period when I had to study a lot, as well as the wild parties we had with my fellow students. Both bring a huge smile to my face!

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