Q and A with Nadeha Kamaludin
Where are you living?
Kuching is the capital and the most populous city in Sarawak. Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia, forming parts of the heart of Borneo Island landscape. The name of the city is derived from the Malay word meaning ‘cat’, and I’m personally a cat lover!
What Nadeha is doing in Kuching…
I’m working at the Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus – the only international branch campus of Swinburne Australia in Melbourne.
I’m currently responsible for the leadership, management and development of communication strategies that best convey the University brand message, in various media and markets. This is a role that works across the whole University to provide a consistent, cohesive and strategic approach to branding and marketing communications.
My areas of responsibility include media, publications, advertising, event management, corporate hospitality and protocol, for both domestic and international markets and stakeholders.
One of my career highlights was being on TV as a newsreader, broadcast reporter and part-time TV host. My coming into broadcasting happened unintentionally when I saw an advertisement on the newspaper. Being on TV is an exceptionally fast-paced profession and not about the limelight and glamour. It comes with hard work, tight deadlines, and is a great opportunity to engage with different parts of society.
What did you study at Otago and how are you using it?
I went to New Zealand under the Malaysian government sponsorship program. I graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics and Management. With my Otago qualifications and experience, I’ve ventured into several industries ranging from investment holding to civil construction, TV broadcasting, marine construction, and now, higher education.
Any fond/funny memories of Otago?
I absolutely loved every single study and life experience of my time at Otago. It was my first taste of winter, my first time living away from home and being independent, and my first glimpse of live musical theatre. I even played pool for the first time. Most importantly, I am grateful for my wonderful friends, foster families and lecturers who took care of me with love and respect.
Cumberland Hall is another profound memory of my experience – I cultivated some of my best friendships in this hostel!
Facebook is a powerful medium for making a lifetime circle of friends, and after 16 years I reunited with my Otago families and friends this year.
I’m blessed to have been a part of Otago. It’s made me who I am today – a proud alumni who is eager to venture into more challenges ahead.