Voices (ISL Stories)

Meet Davide 

Learn more about Davide Gomiero, Alumnus (Class of 2016)
Where are you living now?
I am currently based in Milan

What did you do after you left ISL?
I moved to the UK to study at the University of Exeter

What did you study at university?
I did a BSc in Economics and Human Geography. This was a combined honours degree which integrated traditional Economics with modules related to Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Globalization and Circular Economy. During my studies I developed a particular interest in Sustainable Development, seeking to understand how systems can combine economic growth with environmentally and socially sustainable models. 

What are you doing now?
I am currently a Senior Consultant working on Sustainability and Climate Change Projects at KPMG. In particular, I focus on projects related to Decarbonization and NetZero emission Strategies for companies.

Do you think that your time at ISL helped you pursue this? If yes, how?
Absolutely, ISL provided me with countless opportunities which equipped me with the right skillset, mindset and vision to confidently approach these complex global issues and understand how these can be tackled.

What advice would you give students to help them make the most of their time at ISL?
Being at ISL is a unique opportunity, which you often come to fully appreciate only retrospectively. Make the most out of all the possibilities available to you, both in terms of learning in the classroom but also pursing your interests through the numerous activities/clubs/projects available outside of the classroom. Don’t be afraid of trying something new!

Were you involved in any clubs/activities at ISL? What did you enjoy about them and what benefit do you think they have for students?
I was part of several sports teams, which included: Football, Track & Field, Skiing and Cross Country. Being closely involved with these clubs proved to be very beneficial as it provided the chance to meet new people, and develop a wide range of skills, such as perseverance, teamwork & organization, which subsequently transferred over to my studies; and now professional life.

I also took part in the Mèrite Jeunesse award, which is something I’d recommend to all students. Completing all three awards was a unique opportunity to be challenged and pushed out of my comfort zone, whilst also becoming a more engaged member of the community through the numerous volunteering activities and projects.

Describe some of the things that ISL does above and beyond teaching and learning:
There is a clear emphasis put on the development of each student, enabling everybody to find their own interests and passions. ISL also provides a strong sense of community, which gives new international students a welcoming environment, in what can otherwise be a hard transition for many. I remember in my first weeks at ISL, I was surprised by the willingness of every student to help and the availability of my teachers to listen and help me find my bearings.  

How did your time at ISL help shape you as a person?
ISL provided a strong foundation on which I could grow. Two key instrumental values that ISL has taught me have been critical thinking and a strong ambition. These have been my guiding pillars in my higher education and my professional life, for which I am extremely grateful to have nurtured during my time at ISL.

What do you think is unique about ISL?
The diversity with regards to nationalities and cultures, but also the variety of perspectives and thought.

Describe ISL in 5 words:
Engaging, International, Innovative, Challenging, Unique



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