Lakshana Mohee, Co-President ASCU; Co-Chair, Africa Together Conference
Lakshana Mohee, from Mauritius, did her undergraduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering and Master's degree specialising in biomaterials, both at the same institution in France (INSA Rennes), where she was awarded a merit-based scholarship by the French government. She was then offered a Cambridge Trust Scholarship to pursue a PhD in Medical Materials at the University of Cambridge. She has carried out research internships on biomedical-related applications at the University of Waterloo, Canada and at the National University of Singapore. Her aim is to have her own biomedical startup in Mauritius, which she hopes will contribute to the advancement of medical progress in her country. She is the Co-President of the African Society of the University of Cambridge and Co-Chair of Africa Together 2018, together with Femi Ojambati.
Femi Ojambati, Co-President ASCU; Co-Chair, Africa Together Conference
Femi is a Nigerian and is proud of his Yoruba cultural heritage and African cultures in general. Femi believes that Africans, more than anyone else, have a great role in building a new Africa where there is economic prosperity and where peace and tranquillity are the order of the day. It is his great pleasure to serve on the board of ASCU this year.
Femi grew up in Nigeria where he did his undergraduate studies and thereafter went to Germany for his master degree under a German government scholarship. He obtained his PhD from the University of Twente, in the Netherlands and his research was on controlling and enhancing light energy density inside complex nanophotonic systems. Presently, he is a postdoctoral research associate at the Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics and his current research that is funded by the Rubicon Fellowship focuses on strong light-matter interaction in a nanoplasmonic cavity with single molecules.
Femi is passionate about developing and contributing to science research and education in Africa. Aside from science, he has avid interests in politics, history, and development in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
Sharon Kabubi, President, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) African Society; ARU Liaison for ASCU
Sharon is a proud Swedish-Ugandan passionate about African Development. Sharon particularly believes in the significance and value of the annual Africa Together conference for the fact that they encourage, inspire and most of all motivate Africans in the Diaspora to contribute to and be part of the solutions to many of the continents issues. She is keen to see the youngest continent enjoy the fruits of its own talent and abundance in the coming years, through enterprise, innovation and common vision.
Sharon was formerly a communications officer for the ARU Enterprise Society and a member of the European African Treatment Advocacy Network where she was part of the team that advocated for access to health care for Africans in London, UK. Sharon also this year with the ARU African Society and the founder launched the African Library Project, a charity that aims to build community learning spaces across Africa. She is also a passionate advocate for young women voices and volunteers with the Womens Federation for World Peace in London, UK where she was awarded the Peace Ambassador Recognition award in 2017. Sharon will be completing this year her Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) studies at Anglia Ruskin University.
Warren Arinaitwe, Finance Officer
Warren is a Cambridge-Africa scholar studying a PhD in Molecular Virology at the Department of Plant Science, University of Cambridge. He has 12 years’ work experience in Sustainable Agriculture across 30 Sub-Saharan Africa countries. Had worked with CIAT-Africa and he owns a Community-Based demonstration farm in Uganda which offers a range of services, including Climate-Smart Agriculture consulting. Warren is passionate about agribusiness and ICTs for development.
Elfadil Osman, Communications Officer; Chair, Publicity Committee
Elfadil Osman is a first-year Ph.D. student in Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, studying gene regulation and gene expression in the malaria parasite, Plasmodium.
He is from Sudan, and he serves as Communications Officer for the African Society of Cambridge University and chairs the Africa Together Publicity Committee.
Sandile Mtetwa, Chair, Africa over Coffee; Panel lead, Women Empowerment
Sandile serves as the Chair for Africa over Coffee, a platform that discusses trending topics within the African continent. She is a Gates Scholar and student at the University of Cambridge, studying an MPhil in Chemistry.
She is the founder of a NGO-Trust, based in her native country, Zimbabwe called Simuka-Arise Initiative. The Trust aims to empower girls and young women in their academic and socio-economic lives. She identifies herself as a women empowerment advocate, and continually works towards the support of young women to build better life paths for themselves.
Olamide Oguntoye, Co-Chair, Know Your Africa; Co-Chair Logistics Committee
Olamide is a doctoral researcher and Cambridge-Africa scholar at the Centre for Industrial Sustainability, University of Cambridge. He has a background in mechanical engineering and a Master’s in Design & Innovation for Sustainability. Before Cambridge, Olamide was a consultant in sustainable systems design working with clients in the retail, construction, and fashion industries on a diverse range of high-profile projects. He is passionate about applying sustainability tools and principles in addressing longstanding socio-economic challenges in Africa. At ASCU, Olamide is helping to improve student awareness of African fun-facts through the Weekly Quiz Challenge. Please join us for the next round!
Peter Nyamweya Omiso, Co-Chair, Know Your Africa
He has extensive experience as a teacher and educational administrator. Has worked with UNESCO in curriculum designing and development within Africa. He is an active member of UNESCO Community of Practice in Curriculum Development and Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE). His research focuses on restructuring the school climate and culture to enable access to equitable and quality education. This is in tandem with the call for Education for All.
Dennis Mukuba, Co-Chair, Know Your Africa
Cristina Mayebe, Social Chair
Cristina is from Equitorial Guinea and she is a 3rd year biomedical student at the Anglia Ruskin University. Together with her role in ASCU, she is also the social chair and event coordinator of the ARU Africa Society.
Aisha Wamala, Debate Moderator
Aisha Wamala was brought up in both Uganda and UK and is currently completing her master’s in Public Health at City, University of London and has BSc in Biomedical science from Anglia Ruskin University. She was the first Africa Society president at Anglia Ruskin University and, has participated in the Africa Together Conference at Cambridge University for the past 5 years since 2014. Aisha has a strong passion for health communication and awareness and has radio presented and broadcasted at CamFM 97.2, where she had a show called “Aisha Talks” that specifically investigated health awareness and promotion. Additionally, Aisha has hosted and acted as panel lead in the women in leadership panel in last year conference. In her spare time, she volunteers as a community mentor and assists with conference preparations. Lastly, Aisha loves to investigate Africa proverbs meanings and has a daily update of an African proverb of the day on her social media’s.
Charles Prempeh, Panel Lead, Peace and Conflict Resolution
Charles is a first year PhD student at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. He had his first and second degrees in African Studies from the University of Cape Coast and University of Ghana respectively.
He taught at the University of Ghana as a teaching assistant for three years, and later taught African Studies as a full lecturer at the African University College of Communications, Accra. His research interest focuses on the intersection between religion and politics.
David Chukwuma Izuogu, Panel Lead, Education/Research in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
David’s PhD in Theory and Computational Chemistry is funded by both Cambridge-Africa and IDB-Cambridge Trust. He is using computational techniques to investigate molecular designs in metal-organic frameworks, supramolecular chemistry and single-molecule magnets as well as the overall electronic structure of these classes of compounds which hold promises for gas absorption, separation in petrochemical industries, increasing storage capacities in electronic materials for quantum computing as well as pollution control which are lacking in Nigeria and most Africa countries. He hopes to return to his country and use his findings to redesign research for synthetic chemists in these cutting-edge areas. David is also the International Officer of the Graduate Union of the University of Cambridge for the 2017/2018 session where he is currently leading campaigns to increase the number of minority international students that are admitted to the University of Cambridge.
Mary Ononokpono, Panel Lead, Pan-Africanism
Mary Ononokpono is a Nigerian-British writer and artist. She is the winner of the 2017 Black Letter Media Short Story Prize and the winner of the 2014 Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books. A two-time finalist of the Morland Writing Scholarship, Mary's work draws upon the rich cultural legacies of the African continent. Mary reconstructs narratives rooted in the African past as a basis for examining present and future. Central to her writing and research is an exploration of the complexities of supernatural syncretism, predominantly within Ibibio and Efik contexts. Mary is a graduate student at Lucy Cavendish College.
Imoro Mohammed Za-yan, Panel Lead, Anti-Corruption
Zayan is an MPhil Development Studies candidate at the Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge. He holds a BA in Sociology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. His main research is on governance reform and institutional change in Sub-Saharan Africa. He also does research on the political economy of industrial policy and international trade. Zayan is keen about institutional reform in Africa, exploring existing entry-points based on the different political settlements across countries. He is currently the Organizer for the Cambridge University Ghanaian Society (CUGS).
Allan M. Gregory, President, University of Cambridge East African Society
Allan is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge studying Genetics. Broadly, Allan is interested in how we can leverage the power of next generation sequencing technologies and the principles of molecular genetics, to both control and ultimately eradicate some the biggest infectious diseases that continue to burden Africa, but that now also pose a significant risk to global health. Previously Allan completed a Wellcome funded post graduate fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK and holds a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from Makerere, University Uganda.
Folajimi Babalola, President, Cambridge University Nigeria Society
Folajimi is in the third year of his undergraduate degree, studying Mechanical, Instrumentation and Control Engineering at the University of Cambridge.
He was born and raised in Nigeria and moved to the UK in 2013 for further studies. He remains deeply interested in the development of technology in and for Africa and hopes to contribute greatly to it in future.
Sabastine Eugene Arthur, President, Cambridge University Ghanaian Society
Sabastine holds a BSc degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from the University of Cape Coast (Ghana) and an MS in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Arkansas (US). He is currently in the second year of his PhD at the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge. He is a Cambridge-Africa Scholar and a member of Downing College. His research is focused on identifying human cellular pathways involved in the human norovirus life cycle with the aim of identifying cellular targets for therapeutic intervention (Supervisor: Professor Ian Goodfellow). Outside academia, Sabastine enjoys playing and watching football games and has a passion for singing. He is presently the president of the Cambridge University Ghanaian Society (CUGS).