Meet the Staff of Faraday House
Dr Troy Gordon
Dr Troy Gordon, Interim Director for 2014-15, has been involved with SUL since 2007, first as adjunct professor and since 2012 as Academic Director. He earned a BA from the University of Puget Sound, and an MA and PhD in English Language & Literature and Women's Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. From 2001-2006 he lectured at UCLA, and from 2007-2012 he served as Head of the Media & Communications Department and later as Associate Dean at Hult International Business School in London.
Dr Gordon specializes in literature, film and gender studies, and now teaches a course at SUL on James Bond and British Masculinity. In addition to editing his great-grandfather's memoirs about growing up in 19th-century Liverpool, he regularly researches and presents on his other areas of interest: the study of unconventional male/female friendships in the modernist period in England, the visual and written representation of mass atrocities and conflict, and the changing nature of work and organisational life in the 21st century.
Dr Mark Spokes
Dr Mark Spokes is the Assistant Director for Teaching & Learning. He holds a BA (Hons) History and M.Res American Foreign Policy and earned a PhD in American Studies from the University of Birmingham. Dr Spokes specialises in American identity and foreign policy, and at SUL he teaches HST414/PSC350 America: A Foreign Perspective. His classes also reflect other research interests in critical theories of social change and global ethics. Dr Spokes is the co-founder of Akasha Innovation, a social enterprise dedicated to educating young people in leadership and sustainability.
Ria Bourne is SU London's Assistant Director. She previously worked at the British Universities North America Club (BUNAC), helping students work and travel abroad. If she's not in and around Faraday House helping students, she's most likely singing karaoke.
Marco, our Assistant Director for IT & Operations, holds a B.Sc. in Computing (Software Engineering Pathway) from the University of Westminster. He has previously worked in various IT roles ranging from web and e-Learning developer to Team Leader in both the finance and education sectors.
He is bilingual (English and Portuguese) and in his free time, Marco enjoys retro gaming, classic horror movies and music.
Nada, our Program Manager, holds a BA and MA in International Relations from London's Hult International Business School. Lebanese by heritage, she was born in Sierra Leone and grew up in California. She began university in Lebanon, but left during the 2006 war, moving to Dubai and eventually to London to complete her studies. Since then she has worked in the UK Higher Education sector at three different universities. She is keenly interested in identity politics: the relationship between who we think we are and how the notion of nation, state, culture and tradition play into that.
She also enjoys film, baking and photography. Thanks to her husband, she actually enjoys football and is a Spurs supporter!
Raheel is SU London's Finance Manager having joined in November 2014. Working in a similar position for a network of independent girls' schools, he holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from London Metropolitan University and is currently an ACCA finalist. Born and raised in London, Raheel is an avid Arsenal FC supporter to some of his colleagues' dismay. He is also a fitness enthusiast and finds nothing more relaxing than an intense workout after a hard day’s work!
Olivia is SU’s Programme Office Coordinator. Olivia gained a BSc at Bristol University and spent a year studying at Melbourne University, Australia. Olivia was Human Rights and International Development coordinator for Bristol’s student-led charity Bristol Hubs, an initiative that connects students with ethical and sustainable causes. Last year she co-created a morning dance and wellbeing event, Shake Awake, where she aimed to get students out of bed before 8am!
Jovita, our Office Manager, joined us in October 2015. Graduated from Hult International Business School in June 2009 with a BA in International Relations, concentration in Gender Studies.Born in Lithuania, moved to Chicago at the age of 14, and has been in London for the last 8 years. She loves traveling, experiencing culture and all the beauty that comes along with it. On a Friday night you can find her at a concert, or at a restaurant stuffing her face with delicious food and wine. Go Chicago Blackhawks!
Eugenia Francis is the Registrar for SU London. Born in Dominica, West Indies, but a long time London resident, Eugenia has worked for Syracuse since 1986.
Linda Harkness is our Health and Wellness Manager. She has a BA (Hons) in French and European Studies from the University of Sussex. She joined the Syracuse London Program in 1998 after a long career with British Airways Cabin Services where she became a Cabin Services Director.
Linda Kalnina is the Field Studies Coordinator at Syracuse University London. Born in Latvia, she moved to London in 2007 to study Popular Music Performance at the University of East London. She has recently completed her MA in Creative Industries.
She is a trained singer and is passionate about different traditions of world music. She also enjoys dancing, Yoga and is a keen traveller.
Security Provided by Millennium Panther Security
Rustem Baysaloglu is the senior security officer for Syracuse University London Program. Rustem comes to the Syracuse London program from Millennium Panther Security, the company he directs, to provide SU London's security staff. His job is to maintain surveillance of the property and to ensure students safety at the London Center. Rustem has an extensive background in security work dating from his time in the Special Forces Unit of the Cyprus army. Rustem has also worked as a Security Officer for the Middle East Broadcasting Centre and as a private body guard and close protection officer. He is a native of North Cyprus and has lived in London since 1990.
Toks Omodunbi has recently joined the front office operations at SU London, coming from Lagos, Nigeria, where he worked in the security industry in various capacities as a security officer, site supervisor, and mobile supervisor. He was also a member of the security team at the Middle East Broadcasting Center and has attended various courses with in the industry, including Access Control, Conflict Management, and Close Protection.
Toks is a massive supporter of Arsenal FC, and enjoys reading, watching films, and digital art. He earned a degree in computer hardware installation at Ibadan Polytechnic in Nigeria.
Tim is a former Georgian national judo team member, professional wrestler and trainer. He also served at Kojori as special forces with the rank of senior sergeant. Before coming to London in 2006, Tim earned a Diploma in Law from the Georgian State University. He also works as the security manager for London Business School.
He enjoys the gym, pool, travel, watching movies and going out with friends.