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Heron Holloway '00
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CEO Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong


Upon her graduation from UWCSEA, Heron went on to study at Durham University. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Sociology and a MA in International Relations (East Asia). Heron's first job out of university was with a public relations agency specialising in charity and public sector campaigns. She joined the British Red Cross press office in 2006 and was then promoted to various different roles over the next fives years, all in a communications capacity. This included being seconded to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, reporting their work on cholera outbreaks in Zimbabwe and famine in Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti. She also accompanied Sir Bob Geldof to Ethiopia showing, more than 25 years on from the massive BandAid campaign of 1984, what had been accomplished. 


In 2011 Heron joined Habitat for Humanity, a global non-profit housing organisation, as their media relations and disaster communications manager for Asia-Pacific. She was promoted to communications director in 2014, and after taking a year off with her first child, she has returned to work with Habitat in the role of CEO of Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong. She now leads a team of 15 people to deliver programs, raise funds and recruit volunteers to achieve Habitat's vision of "a world where everyone has a decent place to live".


Heron has always managed to include volunteer work in her busy schedule. While at university, she volunteered at Durham Prison and while in London, at a homeless drop-in centre and a kitchen making meals for delivery to people living with AIDS. Heron has come back to UWCSEA several times to speak to students, was guest speaker at 2013's graduation ceremony and has been a regular participant in Alumni Careers Week since.


Heron says, “Without really being aware of this at the time, United World College sowed the seeds of opportunity that I felt the benefit of when applying for my first job and embarking on a career. United World College was responsible for motivating me to get good grades, which then got me into a good university, which then helped me stand out among the 700 applicants that had also applied for that first graduate trainee role. My interest in cultural activities, exploring new things, caring about the world and social injustices – all nurtured at United World College – impacted my choice of university degree, which in turn led to deciding on a career path. I am tremendously proud of being a United World College graduate.”


(Updated April 2017)

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