Each year, the Saint Louis University - Madrid Alumni Association honors graduates
who have excelled in their professions and contributed to the community at large.
This year’s awards ceremony opened with words of welcome from Patrice Burns, career
services coordinator, and Paul Vita, Ph.D., academic dean and campus director.
Katherine Espinosa, ’13, alumni association representative, then announced the honorees
and detailed their achievements. Chester Gillis, Ph.D., SLU's newly appointed interim
provost, joined Vita in presenting the awards.
Emerging Leader Award
Tadzoka Pswarayi, ‘10, (English, International Studies, and Political Science) has
made significant contributions to society since graduating from SLU-Madrid. She co-founded
and directs Impact Harare, a business incubator and social enterprise community center
that focuses on social good initiatives and helps to scale their impact. She also
works as an independent International Development Consultant where she has worked
on projects with USAID, FHI 360 Talent Cloud, and The World Bank Analytical Trust
Pswarayi has worked in the technology sector to work towards gender equality through programming
that teaches girls and women digital literacy and coding. She is the Zimbabwean lead
for Seedstars World, the biggest global tech competition in emerging markets, and
coordinates the Zimbabwean team for the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge. She also
works as a freelance journalist with This is Africa. She is truly the embodiment of
women for others.
Professional Achievement Award
After Andreea Niculea, ‘05, (Business Administration) graduated from SLU-Madrid, she
worked as a consultant at Interbrand before pursuing a Master of Science in Financial
Management at the University of London. She then moved into management positions at
Bankinter and Innotarget in Madrid before relocating to Beijing to serve as the managing
director at trommsdorff + drüner. She later served as their director of International
Business Development in Berlin. For the past two years, Niculea has worked at Banca March in Mallorca, first as the chief data officer, and now as
the chief digital transformation officer. She also serves as an advisor to various
startups. Niculea is truly a citizen of the world who honors the principles of Jesuit education in
Burns, who coordinated the event, commented, “I especially enjoyed Andreea's and Tadzoka's
acceptance speeches. I was aware of how they touched so many lives on our campus as
students, but I had no idea how much their experiences at Saint Louis University Madrid
— both on the campus and in our extended community — impacted their lives and helped
shape them into the people they are today.”
Following the ceremony, the honorees joined faculty, staff, students and friends in
attendance for a cocktail reception. Many thanks to Burns for organizing the event;
Jessica Erwin, Sodexo catering staff; SLU-Madrid's maintenance team, as well as all
the attendees for making the evening so special.