ASCU 2019 TEAM PROFILES

Sandile

Sandile Mtetwa, PhD Chemistry

President, ASCU

Sandile Mtetwa is the President of the African Society of Cambridge University. She is a PhD student in the field of Chemistry with focus on conductive metal-organic frameworks as materials that harvest sunlight energy, split water and produce hydrogen. She is passionate about relieving certain communities from lack of renewable energy resources & dedicates her future work to this cause. Sandile is also an advocate for girls and women's empowerment with special focus on eliminating gender-based violence in Zimbabwe. She is a Tuwezeshe fellow, selected on the basis of her work towards conscientising especially the youth on issues related to GBV in her home country. Apart from her busy work schedule, Sandile loves to relax whilst listening to some good ol' 70's music vibes.

Country of origin: Zimbabwe

Elfadil

Elfadil Osman, PhD Biochemistry

Vice President, ASCU

Elfadil Osman is originally from Sudan and serves as the Vice President of the African Society at Cambridge University (ASCU). He is a Gates-Cambridge Scholar and a second-year PhD student in Biochemistry. He studies organellar gene expression in the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. The aim of his work is to better understand the biology of the parasite which will inform novel anti-malarial development. This is Elfadil’s second year serving on the ASCU leadership team and the Africa Together Conference team. He previously served as Communications Officer and Chair of the Publicity Committee. Before arriving to Cambridge, Elfadil completed his BSc in Physiology and Neurobiology and a minor in Creative Writing at the University of Maryland, College Park in the United States. Elfadil is deeply passionate about the social and economic development of Africa.

Country of origin: Sudan

Co-Chairs of the Africa Together 2019 conference

Onyinye

Onyinye Okakwu, MPhil Public Policy

Co-Chair, Africa Together Conference 2019

Onyinye is a Nigerian, the Black and Minority Ethnic Officer at University of Cambridge’s Graduate Union and currently an MPhil Public Policy Candidate at the department of Politics and International Studies. She is an international development enthusiast who has worked on a broad range of development projects in Africa for years. In her most recent role at BBC Media Action, the international development charity of the BBC World Service, she led strategic content and program development, and implementation to engage and improve knowledge and participation towards governance, health, security, justice, youth and gender themes in Nigeria. Onyinye holds a BSc degree in Mass Communication, graduated best in her class, served as editor-in-chief of her University’s newspaper publication and was named a Star Google Student Ambassador in Africa by Google during her undergraduate days. Onyinye has interests in governance, policy and advocacy around equality, inclusion, health, gender, children and youth themes.

Country of origin: Nigeria

Oliver

Oliver Mawuse Barker-Vormawor, PhD Law

Co-Chair, Africa Together Conference 2019

Oliver Barker-Vormawor is a PhD Candidate in Law at the Faculty of Law. Prior to commencing his doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge, Oliver held various governance and policy roles in Africa, in the United States and within the United Nation’s System. For instance, Oliver has worked as a Diplomat in the Foreign Service of Ghana, as Senior Legal and Policy Officer at the Office of the President in Ghana, as Judicial Fellow to the Vice President of the International Court of Justice, as Legal Officer at the United Nations Headquarters in New York USA, and as Global Law and Policy Advisor at the headquarters of the international law firm Covington & Burling LLP in Washington DC, USA. Oliver has also consulted for various international and multilateral institutions such as the World Bank, UNDP, DFID, OSIWA, ClientEarth etc. He is frequently engaged to interface with private businesses, legislators, governmental ministries, agencies and departments in several countries, and in various capacities including in the law and policymaking process or to obtain regulatory or governmental approvals required for various international transactions.

Country of origin: Ghana

Lesego

Lesego Letlape, MBA

Co-Chair, Africa Together Conference 2019

Lesego Letlape is an MBA Candidate at the Cambridge Judge Business School. Prior to joining Cambridge, she ran Nkiruka Management Consultants, a boutique management consulting firm operating out of Johannesburg, South Africa. She founded the firm after a few years at McKinsey & Company in Johannesburg and Lagos. Lesego holds an Mcom: Industrial Psychology and Bcom honours: Human Resource Management both from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She is passionate about African development and changing the lives of the poorest in the African continent and diaspora.

Country of origin: South Africa

ASCU 2019 Executives

Iyeyinka

Iyeyinka Omigbodun, MPhil Political and Economic Sociology

Chair, Know Your Africa

Iyeyinka Omigbodun, who hails from Nigeria, is studying for an MPhil in Political and Economic Sociology at the University of Cambridge. She completed her undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology and African Studies from Harvard University in the United States of America in 2016. She is passionate about the sustainable development of Africa especially with regards to harnessing the potential of African youth. She started a community project called Readers are Leaders in 2011 to promote reading among youth in her home city of Ibadan and started a free annual summer school in 2013 in the same city. She is currently studying the quality of employment of youth entrepreneurs in Nigeria so that youth can be supported better to build businesses that will curb the unemployment crisis in the country.

Country of origin: Nigeria

Kwaku

Kwaku Busia, MPhil African Studies

Social Chair

Kwaku Abrefa Busia is a Ghanaian currently studying an MPhil in African Studies at Cambridge. Kwaku is a Ghana Education Trust Fund Scholar with a previous academic background from the University of Oxford, where he obtained an MPhil in Development Studies. Mr Abrefa Busia had his undergraduate education at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where he completed with a First-Class Honours in 2014. Mr Abrefa Busia is a fellow of the African Young Leaders Fellowship Program (AYLFP) and an associate of the Council for Poverty Alleviation, Local Governance and Sustainable Development (CoPALGSD). As an interdisciplinary scholar his research interests include rural development, decentralisation, history and politics of Africa and family sociology. He aims to combine research and policy to promote rural development and decentralisation efforts in his country.

Country of origin: Ghana

Cynthia

Cynthia Okoye, PhD Pharmacology

Communications Officer

Cynthia moved to Cambridge after completing her B.A. in Chemistry at Williams College, MA. Her PhD in Pharmacology aims to design and optimize therapeutics that harness a protein degradation mechanism. In addition to research, Cynthia is keen about science education especially in Nigeria, and envisions an amalgamation of her interests in a career where she is able to conduct cutting-edge research and mentor a younger generation of scientists. She hopes to combine her scientific expertise and leadership skills to transform the state of biomedical research on the continent.

Country of origin: Nigeria

Yoseph

Yoseph Kiflie, BA History

Communications officer and Undergraduate representative

Yoseph was born in Britain and lived has lived in it his whole life. However, both his parents are from Ethiopia, and so he visits the country frequently and has a strong attachment to it. He is interested in Ethiopia's wellbeing and hopefully in the future, will contribute to its national development. His main aim for ASCU this year is to increase the reach of the society, especially among undergrads

Country of origin: Britain/Ethiopia

Afia

Afia Addai, BA Law

Undergraduate Representative

Afia Addai is a second-year law student at Trinity College. She is particularly interested in International law, as it is the area of law, she feels most represented in, given that the course predominantly focuses on English law. Besides being the undergraduate rep for the African Society of Cambridge, Afia is the college rep for SolidariTee, a student-led campaign which raises funds to provide legal aid to refugees. She is also an ambassador for the May Week Alternative, a society which raises funds for the Against Malaria Foundation as a way of celebrating the end of the academic year. In addition, she loves fashion and photography and draws portraits in pencil as well.

Country of origin: Ghana

Charity Bhebhe

Charity Bhebhe, PhD Pharmacology

Treasurer

Charity Bhebhe is a Pharmacology PhD student whose research is focused on investigating the mechanisms of hypersensitivity in gastrointestinal disease. Charity has a passion for biomedical research, and it is her goal to apply her medical research skills in investigating and preventing diseases to improve healthcare standards and give people from disadvantaged communities a fair chance to fight against disease. Charity enjoys reading African literature, yoga and trying out different foods from all over the world.

Country of origin: Zimbabwe

Grant

Grant Simpson, PhD Chemistry

Treasurer

Grant Simpson is a second-year PhD student in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge’s Christ's College, and his research is focused on developing more effective and safer ways to treat cancer and other diseases. His studies are supported by the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. He is from the United States of America. He serves as the co-treasurer for the African Society of Cambridge University and is a part of the Africa Together Funding Committee.

Country of origin: USA

Thabo

Thabo Lenneiye, MBA

Chair, Africa Over Coffee

A student in the Cambridge MBA, Thabo is the recipient of the 2019 Judge Business School Regional Africa Scholarship. With 7+ years’ experience in the Washington DC office of a global architecture, design and real-estate consulting firm, she has industry experience in operations, business development and project management. She has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and was instrumental in setting up the firm’s Africa practice, where she worked directly for the Co-CEO on growing business in the region. Following the MBA, Thabo would like to set-up a business focused on real-estate in east and southern Africa.

Country of origin: Kenya/Zimbabwe