Press Releases 2014-2015

Businessman who fell in Love with Wales Honoured with Fellowship


Ali Anwar, a businessman living in Cardiff received an Honorary Fellowship (07/07/15).

Ali lives in Cardiff with his wife Karen and two daughters Lauren and Kathryn, having arrived from Baghdad, Iraq in 1977. Expected to spend only a few days in Wales, a place he didn’t know, he bought a return ticket- but he still hasn’t used the return part! As an ‘accidental incomer’ he fell hugely in love with Wales, its myths and its people.

Graduated in 1988 with a Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) in Software Engineering, a joint research degree between Cardiff University and West Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education – now known as University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Ali worked as a lecturer for 5 years at the Department of Electronics.

He has been theManaging Director of The CAD Centre since 1989, an Information Technology company. Its head office is in Swansea, and operates from 8 offices in Wales and England. It employs 90 staff.

Ali started the H’mm Poetry Foundation with several of his close friends and Welsh poets and writers including: Nigel Jenkins, Menna Elfyn and Jon Gower. The aim of the Foundation is to build links between the business and the arts communities. Over the past 2 years, the H’mm Foundation published several books including: Encounters with R.S. Thomas, Encounters with Dylan Thomas, Encounters with Nigel Jenkins, Encounters with Osi Rhys Osmond and A Fiction Map of Wales.

Ali feels that his good fortune brought him to these shores. Whenever he visited Nigel Jenkins at his home in Mumbles Nigel always greeted him with his genuine warmth ‘Croeso, mae lle yn y tafarn’ (there is a room at the inn). Although Ali’s late mother’s last words to him as I left Baghdad were: ‘Mind your own business, and be careful with foreigners.’

I came for a day/ Setlo am oes’ (stayed a lifetime), written by Nigel Jenkins, speaks poignantly of Ali Anwar’s own situation.

Note to Editor

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  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014