Academic Q&A: Alfonso Avila

Dr AlfonsoTo continue our exciting Question and Answer blog series we have a fascinating interview to share from our Course Leader for MSc in Strategic Information Systems here at Norwich Business School. Alfonso Avila is a Lecturer in Innovation Management with a background of working for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) designing and implementing technological projects in the fields of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Renewable Energy – mainly in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

1.    What would your super power be?

Stupidity terminator

2.    What do you like about your job?

I love to interact with students and colleagues, who are thinking and acting to solve challenges that have an impact either immediately or in the long term.

3.    How do you relax?

In several ways, for example: cycling, swimming, running or just being quiet.

4.    What is your favourite place on campus?

There are many spots, for instance, around the lake disregarding the weather, it might be raining or sunny but the place is extremely beautiful and peaceful.

5.    Who would play you in the film of your life?

There is no actor that can come to my mind. However, I believe that if Hollywood would like to make a film about me, someone might choose Antonio Banderas or someone like the thin version of Pablo Almodovar.

6.    Which words do you most overuse?

A German word I cannot state here or a couple of Italian words stating the same.

7.    What is your favourite book?

I have not got any favourite book, there are many I have enjoyed. I think it highly depends on my mood. I love the work of John Coetzee, Philip K. Dick, Albert Camus, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Knut Hamsen, Octavio Paz, Charles Dickens, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, Ralph Ellison, Jorge Luis Borges, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and the list would continue for several pages.

8.    What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Never underestimate the power of stupidity

See more of our Academic Q&A series here.

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