2021-22 British Postgraduate Award grantees

Nwamaka Agbandje-Boyce

Nwamaka Agbandje-Boyce

Postgraduate Award at Indiana University Maurer School of Law - LL.M.

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Nwamaka Agbandje-Boyce

Nwamaka Agbandje-Boyce

Postgraduate Award at Indiana University Maurer School of Law - LL.M.

Amaka is a born and bred Londoner who graduated with a degree in law from the University of Kent in 2021. With aspirations of becoming a barrister, Amaka has become fascinated with what she describes as "People Law". Compelled by her need to use her knowledge and experience to help others, she hopes to specialise in an area of law that features a very strong human and emotional element that will allow her to fulfil her role as a "legal linguist".

Truly dedicated to a career at the Bar and lawyerly skills, in the final year of her undergraduate studies, Amaka was elected into the role of Mistress of the Moots, in which she vowed to increase the level of advocacy opportunities available to her fellow law students. During her time in the United States, Amaka hopes to use what she has learnt on her LLM course to widen her expertise and become an all-around, well-versed lawyer in the years to come. She hopes this opportunity will open the doors for her to become dually qualified in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Sarah Barrington

Sarah Barrington

Elsevier Data Analytics Award, UC Berkeley - Information Management

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Sarah Barrington

Sarah Barrington

Elsevier Data Analytics Award, UC Berkeley - Information Management

Sarah is an Engineer & Data Scientist working at the intersection of advanced analytics and emerging technologies. Having grown up with a passion for solving problems, Sarah attended the University of Cambridge on an IMechE Scholarship before graduating with a First Class master's degree in Manufacturing Engineering. She worked at McLaren Applied Technologies implementing novel machine learning techniques from Formula 1 into industries like healthcare and energy. Realising the power of these technologies worldwide, Sarah co-founded two start-ups exploring applications within digital media and blockchain infrastructure. Through also pursuing a consultancy career across a range of industry-led Data Science projects, she observed a gap between the potential industrial benefit and actual implementation of advanced analytics. Sarah’s ambition is to be a leader in a world in which artificial intelligence algorithms are developed equitably, securely and for social good. Pursuing a master's degree at the UC Berkeley School of Information, Sarah plans to develop a robust framework for the implementation of modelling techniques in complex engineering and societal problems. Sarah is excited to be a part of the Berkeley and Fulbright communities, as well as exploring the local mountain biking opportunities and experiencing Silicon Valley in real life.

David Bernard

David Bernard

All Disciplines Award, UC Berkeley - Economics

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David Bernard

David Bernard

All Disciplines Award, UC Berkeley - Economics

David is a PhD student at the Paris School of Economics where his research focuses on methods for estimating the long-term impacts of public policy. Before his PhD, he completed a Masters in Public Policy and Development, also at the Paris School of Economics, and a bachelors in PPE from the University of Warwick. He is interested in understanding the most pressing global problems and what can be done to solve them. Having previously worked for Rethink Priorities, Giving What We Can, the Centre for Effective Altruism, Academics Stand Against Poverty, and the United Nations Development Program, he will use his Fulbright at UC Berkeley to continue his career within academia by further developing his work on new methods for estimating long-term impacts. He is excited to join the international Fulbright community since global challenges can only be dealt with by bringing diverse perspectives and ideas to the table. Having previously studied abroad in Sweden and France he is excited by the opportunity to spend time in the USA and experience American culture, especially the jazz scene and the natural wonders of California.

Lylaah Bhalerao

Lylaah Bhalerao

All Disciplines Award, New York University - Ancient World Studies

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Lylaah Bhalerao

Lylaah Bhalerao

All Disciplines Award, New York University - Ancient World Studies

Lylaah was raised amidst love, laughter, stories, and multi-cultural pride in North London by a mixed family of British Indian Hindus and British Indo-Guyanese Muslims. She naturally advocates for all these communities and her background guides her commitment to fostering cultural exchange. She intends to channel this into her doctoral research and broader activities as a Fulbrighter. As an academic activist, Lylaah is committed to taking critical, cross-cultural approaches to ancient art and heritage. She earned a BA (with double first-class honours) and an MPhil in Classics at the University of Cambridge. Whilst there, she also held numerous leadership positions including Students’ Union President at Murray Edwards College and Co-President of Cambridge’s ‘Mastana’ (annual charity South Asian Cultural Variety Show). Most recently, she has led the campaign for race equality measures and decolonisation in the Cambridge Faculty of Classics. Her academic thesis - “Displaying Greece in the British Museum in the Era of Decolonisation” - built further on this activism. She is now excited to start as a PhD student in the USA and to serve her new families of Fulbrighters, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, and the wider New York University community.

Mario Carandente

Mario Carandente

Entrepreneurship Award, MIT - Business

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Mario Carandente

Mario Carandente

Entrepreneurship Award, MIT - Business

Mario's aspirations to make an impact in our society with technology and innovations have been the key drivers for him to undertake a career in engineering. Driven by enthusiasm for research and desire to specialize in automotive engineering, he has earned an Engineering Doctorate from WMG – University of Warwick. During his doctorate, Mario worked on a research project sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) developing a new methodology for the design and assembly of lightweight vehicles. Mario has built his career in the automotive industry with experience ranging from R&D and product development, to manufacturing operations and programme management. Since 2018, he has been working at McLaren automotive leading the design and engineering workstreams of body components across all the vehicle platforms. Driven by the compelling need to make our planet sustainable, Mario is motivated to take on a leadership role driving sustainable transformations in urban mobility. The Fulbright Entrepreneurship Award will allow him to undertake a Sloan Fellows MBA at MIT focussing on the technological and infrastructural innovations that will be at the forefront of the future of mobility and transportation.

Christopher Carter

Christopher Carter

Postgraduate Student Award at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs - Environmental Policy

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Christopher Carter

Christopher Carter

Postgraduate Student Award at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs - Environmental Policy

The scientific consensus is overwhelming: climate change is real and it is an urgent threat. Having spent four years studying Geophysics at Imperial College London, Chris is acutely aware of the scientific basis for anthropogenic climate change and is frustrated with what he perceives as a lack of political courage among governments and other bodies reluctant to enact necessary and achievable changes to safeguard our planet’s future. Chris is approaching the Fulbright programme and his Master’s degree in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy with that mindset; he hopes to translate his scientific background to real, workable policy solutions that can be implemented on local and global scales to protect our planet and limit the impacts of our past inaction. Chris’ undergraduate career was a time of great personal and professional development; moving to London gave him, for the first time, the opportunity to grow beyond the expectations of others and to define himself on his own terms. He worked throughout his university career to ensure that every student had that same opportunity as part of a strong, inclusive student community and he can’t wait to put those values into action as a Fulbrighter.

Ramana Carthigesan

Ramana Carthigesan

Lloyd's Postgraduate Award, MIT - Finance

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Ramana Carthigesan

Ramana Carthigesan

Lloyd's Postgraduate Award, MIT - Finance

Having grown up in London during the recession of 2008, and more recently having worked as a financial services-focussed strategy consultant, Ramana has seen the outsized effect that the UK’s financial sector has on its people. He is convinced that the key to making this competitive strength for the UK a positive force for the wider population is smarter and more effective regulation that enables a competitive dynamic while still ensuring the public good is served – this will be especially important following Brexit. To this end, Ramana is hugely excited to undertake a Master’s at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the home of much of the foundations of financial engineering and host of a world-renowned research group in Systemic Risk. He is keen to apply his quantitative background from studying Physics at Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge to an area where he can positively affect the lives of everyday people across the UK. Outside of the classroom, Ramana is looking forward to getting involved with US sports culture (both as a player and part of the audience) and exploring the country by train.

Karl Dudman

Karl Dudman

All Disciplines Award, North Carolina State Climate Office - Social Anthropology

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Karl Dudman

Karl Dudman

All Disciplines Award, North Carolina State Climate Office - Social Anthropology

Growing up between urban East London and the rural East Midlands, Karl developed a sensitivity to the diverse ways that political identities form across regional, economic and cultural contexts. Deeply interested in the social fragmentation of recent Anglo-American politics, he believes that current democratic processes – in particular the governance of global climate change – must better understand and accommodate that diversity. This is the basis of Karl’s PhD research at Oxford University’s Institute for Science, Innovation, and Society, drawing on professional experiences from community-based environmental management to UN climate dialogues. With support from Fulbright, Karl has partnered with the North Carolina State Climate Office to undertake a year of fieldwork in flood-prone communities of the US southeast. Working alongside climate scientists, community campaigners, and coastal resilience practitioners, Karl will observe how bipartisan, place-based conversations about sea-level rise are being built from the bottom up in the Carolinas. Karl hopes his research will yield valuable lessons for community-led efforts in the UK, and advance our understanding of the complex relationship between local communities and global north climate governance. Passionate about non-academic forms of communication, Karl also hopes to tell the stories of his fieldwork as a writer and photographer. 

Melanie Etti

Melanie Etti

Nursten Award in Medical Studies, Harvard University - Global Health

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Melanie Etti

Melanie Etti

Nursten Award in Medical Studies, Harvard University - Global Health

Melanie Etti will be completing a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on Global Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her interest in Global Health began during her time as junior doctor where she worked in some of the most culturally diverse areas of London. She is also passionate about infectious diseases, having obtained a BSc in Pathology and Microbiology at the University of Bristol and the RCP Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2017. In 2020, she took up a research fellowship in Microbiology with St George's, University of London based in Kampala, Uganda where she worked on research projects focused towards improving rates of neonatal sepsis and understanding the spread of COVID-19 among pregnant women. Melanie hopes that her time in Boston will help her gain a wider perspective of solutions for overcoming global challenges in infectious disease control, particularly in resource-limited settings. She is particularly looking forward to enjoying some seafood on the Boston piers during her time in the US. 

Ndakuna Fonso Amidou

Ndakuna Fonso Amidou

Sir Cyril Taylor Memorial Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Harvard University - Public Administration

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Ndakuna Fonso Amidou

Ndakuna Fonso Amidou

Sir Cyril Taylor Memorial Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Harvard University - Public Administration

Ndakuna started his career as a mental health nurse. He later studied Engineering, while working full-time, night shifts, to fully fund his education at Brunel University. Ndakuna has also completed MSc and MBA programmes at Oxford University, led global projects and teams, and worked across five industries (Telecom, Healthcare, Automobile, Construction and Government), while building a chain of self-sustaining healthcare clinics in parallel, for the last 14 years. Ndakuna intends to both contribute and learn from the Harvard University community, offering the lenses of a nurse, engineer, and social entrepreneur to various discussions such as mental health and data privacy. While not policy-oriented, these are areas of knowledge a policy-maker must have. Data privacy is today a human right issue, and Ndakuna hopes to use the MCMPA to understand end-to-end value creation in the policy design process, as well as build a network of UK and US organisations involved in data transfer, to establish a collaborative data privacy environment. One of Ndakuna's ambitions (post-Harvard) is to found a data privacy think tank in the UK.

Toby Frampton

Toby Frampton

British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award - Business Administration

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Toby Frampton

Toby Frampton

British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award - Business Administration

Toby graduated from the University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. For the past three years, he has worked for the consumer goods company Procter & Gamble in various Sales and Brand Management roles. He joined the company in Sales as a National Account Manager working with the UK’s largest retailer Tesco, before progressing into Brand Management, where he has most recently worked as a Senior Brand Manager in the company’s Oral Care division (Oral-B™, Crest™ and Fixodent™). At Harvard Business School, Toby will be studying for an MBA with a General Management focus. He is especially interested to learn from real-world practice and develop his knowledge in areas outside of his Sales and Marketing specialism, including in Finance and Supply Chain. When he is not studying, Toby plans to explore Boston and travel throughout the US as much as possible. He is an avid skier and hopes to enjoy much of the varied skiing the US has to offer.

Jennie Graham

Jennie Graham

Sir Cyril Taylor Memorial Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Duke University - Entrepreneurial Studies

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Jennie Graham

Jennie Graham

Sir Cyril Taylor Memorial Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Duke University - Entrepreneurial Studies

Jennie grew up in Milnathort, Scotland, and graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies. Passionate about advancing gender equity, she volunteered for an interfaith organisation in Amman, Jordan, and helped to launch the Women for Coexistence initiative, an open forum bringing together women of all faiths to discuss coexistence and promote cross-cultural understanding. She went on to work with Oxford Entrepreneurs, leading their women’s outreach and building a mentorship programme for aspiring female entrepreneurs at the university. Most recently, Jennie worked at Turquoise Mountain, a non-profit supporting entrepreneurs in the creative manufacturing and handmade sector, most of whom are women, in Afghanistan, Myanmar, and the Middle East. As Head of Communications, she has supported female artisans and business leaders to market their handmade products worldwide. Jennie is going to Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business to pursue an MBA with a focus on social entrepreneurship and impact investing. She plans to work in impact venture capital, supporting female founders in the social enterprise space. She is a Forté Fellow and former competitive kickboxer, captaining the Oxford University team.

Harun Khan

Harun Khan

Nursten Award in Medical Studies, Harvard University - Public Health

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Harun Khan

Harun Khan

Nursten Award in Medical Studies, Harvard University - Public Health

Harun is a physician and public health researcher. He graduated from Imperial College London with an MBBS, BSc (First Class Honours) and two academic prizes. He is interested in health inequities, particularly the intersection between health outcomes and social identifiers, such as race, social class, and immigration status. Harun has worked in a research capacity for several institutions including London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the World Health Organization in Geneva. His research and his commentary on race and health has been published extensively and featured on various media platforms such as Audible, Media Diversified and The Huffington Post. A recipient of a joint award from the Kennedy Memorial Trust and the UK Fulbright Commission, Harun will pursue the Master's of Public Health at Harvard University where he will explore policy solutions to health disparities in the UK and USA. He will also develop his qualitative analysis skills for maternal health projects that focus on asylum seeking women in Birmingham, UK. In his own time, Harun enjoys travelling and learning foreign languages. He is keen to use the upcoming year in the United States to improve his proficiency in Spanish - his sixth language.

Marina Kovaleva

Marina Kovaleva

Global Wales Visiting Student Award, Sandia National Laboratories - Engineering

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Marina Kovaleva

Marina Kovaleva

Global Wales Visiting Student Award, Sandia National Laboratories - Engineering

Marina found her passion for renewable energy during her undergraduate projects in Mechanical Engineering at Cardiff University, at a time when Cardiff University, Oxford University and SIEMENS were collaborating to develop a one-of-a-kind, £1.5m UK government-sponsored green ammonia power demonstrator. After graduating, Marina spent a year as a research student in ammonia combustion at Tohoku University, through the Japanese MEXT Programme. Her recent travel experience has helped her establish a new, early-career researcher conference in ammonia energy, with the second edition of the event scheduled to be held at Cardiff in the summer of 2022. As a Fulbrighter, Marina will complete part of her PhD at Sandia National Laboratories, California. For her project, she hopes to bridge together the ammonia energy expertise from the UK with high-performance computing and numerical modelling - a known speciality of Sandia National Laboratories. In her free time, Marina enjoys fitness and running, so, while in the US, she would love to try morning dance parties through Daybreaker, as a fun and alternative way to start the workday.

Shayna Lewis

Shayna Lewis

All Disciplines Award, Columbia University - Human Rights Studies

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Shayna Lewis

Shayna Lewis

All Disciplines Award, Columbia University - Human Rights Studies

As a daughter of the Windrush generation, Shayna’s parents and grandparents instilled in her the importance of working against the constraints of society to build a better future for those to come. This vision has guided Shayna to her career in human rights. Shayna’s research in the field of transitional justice aims to reposition survivors of human rights atrocities at the centre of accountability processes to ensure that transitional justice responses serve the needs of affected communities. Shayna aims to spend her career working to increase accountability for human rights atrocities from the ground up, helping survivors overcome the injustices they have faced to build a more just future. Since graduating from Exeter University in 2020, she has worked for Human Rights Watch in Geneva, monitoring and speaking at the UN Human Rights Council. In January 2021, Shayna relocated to Asia to research and conduct advocacy on the intersecting impacts of conflict, COVID-19, and climate change in Myanmar. Prior to her international advocacy work, Shayna volunteered with women’s empowerment charities to tackle domestic abuse and help women leaving the criminal justice system to find work. She also contributed to her diaspora through her work with the Jamaican High Commission.

Heena Mohammed

Heena Mohammed

All Disciplines Award, University of Chicago - Public Policy

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Heena Mohammed

Heena Mohammed

All Disciplines Award, University of Chicago - Public Policy

Through her early experiences as a young woman from an immigrant background in the North of England to studying Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester, Heena has been inspired by one key objective: using her lived experiences as a woman of colour to influence policymaking to better serve marginalised communities. Through her early career as a civil servant, she has worked on key social issues including welfare, housing, and criminal justice policy. She has worked on the front line at Jobcentres in Manchester and closely with local communities in the aftermath of the Grenfell tower disaster. Having worked on police powers policy in the immediate Covid-19 response and tackling racial disparities in police powers, she is committed to using this experience to explore innovative solutions to eliminating racial disparities in crime and policing policy. Studying Public Policy at the University of Chicago is an ideal opportunity to complement her real-world experience with a grounding in rigorous academic standards, whilst also taking advantage of living in Chicago to engage closely with crime and social policy - whether through the Crime Lab or by working directly with non-profit organisations in the South and West sides of Chicago.

Lynda Nwike

Lynda Nwike

British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award - Business Administration

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Lynda Nwike

Lynda Nwike

British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award - Business Administration

Lynda will be completing a Masters in Business Administration at Harvard Business School and a Masters in Public Administration - International Development at the Harvard John F Kennedy School of Government. Whilst in the US, she aims to join and learn from an international network of change agents focused on enabling greater energy equity, using energy as a means for driving economic development whilst navigating the challenges of climate change. A creative at heart, Lynda was first inspired by a career in the energy industry at the age of 14 when she attended an “Energy Challenge” in Scotland. Inspired by the scope, impact, challenges and possibilities in the industry, she later received an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship and went on to receive a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering at King’s College London. She has worked across the globe for oil and gas companies including ExxonMobil, Schlumberger and Royal Dutch Shell in roles spanning Public & Government Affairs, Engineering & Operations and Coaching. During this time, she acted as Chair of the Europe, Russia and Israel Student Operating Board of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and as a STEM mentor, ambassador and advocate with the Arkwright Trust.

Bella Okuya

Bella Okuya

All Disciplines Award, The New School - Photography

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Bella Okuya

Bella Okuya

All Disciplines Award, The New School - Photography

Bella is a London born and based photographer and educator, with a socially engaged documentary approach and a curious portraiture practice. Most of her work presents ongoing personal projects. She has a BA in English Literature, a PGCE from the University of London, and a City & Guilds Diploma in photo image making.​​​​​​​ Her research interests include exploring contemporary documentary practice and working with underrepresented communities using participatory photography. She will be exploring this on the MFA Photography programme at Parsons School of Design, New School, New York.

Morwenna Osmond

Morwenna Osmond

Global Wales Postgraduate Award, The New School - Modern History

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Morwenna Osmond

Morwenna Osmond

Global Wales Postgraduate Award, The New School - Modern History

Morwenna was raised in the coastal town of Penarth in Wales. Educated bilingually in Welsh and English, she is passionate about the survival and flourishing of minority languages. At 15, she was awarded a scholarship to the United World College of Costa Rica, where she joined a community of 170 students from over 70 countries. Later she studied History at Bristol University, graduating with first-class honours. She is fascinated by histories of social movements and contentious politics. Her final-year dissertation explored the relationship between the Indigenous women leaders of the Red Power movement and the second-wave feminist movement in the US from the 1960s to the 1980s. Subsequently, Morwenna joined the Warrior Women Project, a group of activists, historians and multimedia storytellers who collect oral histories recording Indigenous matriarchy and movement building. During her time studying an MA in Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research, New York, Morwenna aims to deepen her understanding of the dynamics of social movements. She is also keen to explore the role that artists can have in affecting community change. Outside of her studies, Morwenna is eager to explore upstate New York’s hiking trails.

Genevieve Ryan

Genevieve Ryan

All Disciplines Award, University of Houston - Social Work

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Genevieve Ryan

Genevieve Ryan

All Disciplines Award, University of Houston - Social Work

Genevieve is from Leeds and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh in History & History of Art and an MSc from the London School of Economics in Criminal Justice Policy, for which she received the university’s Titmuss and Delia Ashworth prizes for outstanding achievement. As a Fulbrighter, Genevieve will undertake a Master’s of Social Work at the University of Houston, Texas. She is interested in forensic social work, mitigation and different forms of justice. She plans to concentrate her studies on Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO), a restorative initiative used in a number of states across the US and predominantly in capital cases. Studying in Houston, Genevieve will have access to specialist trauma modules, a legislative internship and a field practicum which will further develop her awareness of the setting in which DIVO operates. She expects that the time she spends stateside will provide a fresh perspective on state systems and will inform the doctoral study she intends to undertake examining the DIVO initiative in a UK context. Whilst studying in Texas Genevieve is excited to visit the rodeo, go on road trips and is looking forward to enjoying live bluegrass and country music.

Rhea Saksena

Rhea Saksena

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Global Health

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Rhea Saksena

Rhea Saksena

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Global Health

Rhea is an NHS medical doctor and a passionate health advocate. She is particularly interested in the way global health structures intersect and contribute to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and obesity prevalence worldwide. She graduated from UCL with First Class Honours in Global Health where she was also nominated for the Faculty of Life Sciences Medal for her dissertation analysing obesity policies in the UK. She has also worked for Public Health England design and implement strategies to reduce childhood obesity. Rhea is currently training as an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Oxford, a role which enables her to continue to develop both her clinical and academic interests in obesity and diabetes. Rhea is thrilled to undertake the Masters in Public Health (MPH) programme at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she will develop the skills and understanding required to design health systems that ensure that a high standard of health is a certainty for all and not a privilege for a lucky few. 

Sarah Santhosham

Sarah Santhosham

Executive Master of Public Administration Award at NYU Wagner - Economic and Political Development

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Sarah Santhosham

Sarah Santhosham

Executive Master of Public Administration Award at NYU Wagner - Economic and Political Development

Sarah is an HM Treasury official passionate about solving complex global public policy challenges through stronger international collaboration, greater interdisciplinary work and a better understanding of the impact on citizens. As a former community organiser and MP’s caseworker in an inner-city London borough where she grew up, she has seen the impacts of short-term policies on people’s lives and long-term outcomes, and is motivated by a desire to improve policymaking. Tackling tough international, economic and social policy challenges across the UK and in Brussels – including negotiating across the G20 to mitigate COVID-19’s impact – has given her an understanding of the impact of global dynamics on citizens, and the importance of nuanced social policies to improve resilience. She is excited to spend a year at NYU and UCL to learn about new policy ideas from expert practitioners, form a network of public servants from diverse cultures, and reflect on ways to use her experience to make an impactful contribution to policy making, with a particular focus on addressing regional inequalities. Sarah completed her undergraduate degree in Classics at Oxford University, where she was elected Vice President of the student union.

Sadaf Sohrabi

Sadaf Sohrabi

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Dermatopathology

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Sadaf Sohrabi

Sadaf Sohrabi

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Dermatopathology

Healing skin leaves scars. We have all experienced this throughout our lives but in serious cases, such as burns, skin can heal with large contractures impairing breathing. Wounds can even fail to heal at all – leaving patients with chronic infections, limb amputations, and even death. As an academic surgical trainee working in Edinburgh, Sadaf has sought to investigate the mechanisms behind skin wound healing using human scar and Dupuytren’s disease tissue. She will join the highly collaborative and world leading Harvard Stem Cell Institute dermato-pathology research group to investigate why our skin heals by scarring, and better understand the mechanisms which can go awry in skin regeneration. Beyond the lab, Sadaf is looking forward to experiencing the New England way of life, immersing herself in the community, and lending her jazz saxophone skills to the local jazz band.

Megan Spoor

Megan Spoor

All Disciplines Award, Tulane University - Architecture

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Megan Spoor

Megan Spoor

All Disciplines Award, Tulane University - Architecture

Megan is an architectural assistant passionate about climate change adaptation and community-focused design. Born and raised in the Welsh Valleys, Megan's decision to enter the field of architecture was driven by a desire to help low-income communities like her own. After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Nottingham, Megan worked in Australia and the UK on affordable housing and low-carbon construction. Megan has also collaborated on a Cyclone-proof housing prototype for communities in the South Pacific, contributed to research in sustainable design, and is currently part of a charity striving to support locally-led development in Vanuatu. These experiences exposed her to the impact climate change will have on low-income communities globally, instilling a passion to act. Tulane offers Megan an exciting opportunity to study in a city at the forefront of climate change and work directly with communities challenged by rising sea levels in New Orleans, India, and Ethiopia. She hopes to use her degree to develop inclusive adaption strategies that can be implemented globally, prioritising those most at risk. She is excited to experience the vibrant culture of New Orleans and plans to become involved with the University equestrian team.

Cian Wade

Cian Wade

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Health Policy and Management

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Cian Wade

Cian Wade

All Disciplines Award, Harvard University - Health Policy and Management

Cian has always been drawn to projects with ambitious aims of improving the quality of patient care and population health. Whilst at school, he founded a charity which raised significant funds for a children’s heart unit. An eclectic range of sporting, academic and even theatrical experiences whilst at medical school further honed his skills in drawing together and leading groups of talented individuals towards achieving complex goals. He led an international research group which designed and implemented Kenya’s first neonatal analgesic guidelines, exemplifying the collaborative approach required to ensure that medical evidence and guidelines actually translate into improved patient care. Working on the clinical frontline and in national healthcare organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cian has a clear appreciation for how good leadership and strategy can impact upon the nation’s health. Whilst at Harvard, Cian hopes to progress his work into understanding why some patients are at higher risk of harm from healthcare than others, and how we can act to reduce these inequalities. Having previously led the University of Oxford football team on a tour of Ivy League schools, he is also looking forward to playing some more “Soccer” whilst at Harvard.  

Fatima Wardy

Fatima Wardy

Fulbright-BAFTA Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin - Film Production

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Fatima Wardy

Fatima Wardy

Fulbright-BAFTA Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin - Film Production

Fatima is a writer and director who works across both fiction and non-fiction mediums.  Her career started as video journalist at BBC News, where she made it her mission to increase the number of stories commissioned about black British life. From there, she transitioned to documentary production at BBC Studios, where she got to work on the landmark film 'Whoever Heard of a Black Artist?', introducing audiences to the criminally overlooked artists of African, Caribbean and Asian descent who shaped modern British art. At the University of Texas at Austin, Fatima will further hone her writing and directing skills to produce films that illustrate the complexity of immigrant experiences. Fatima draws inspiration from her Sudanese heritage, especially the oral storytelling traditions of the Nubian tribes of her grandparents. She is passionate about imaging the interior life of black British Muslim girls through her stories because "the level of representation we get compared to how funny we are is not high enough!" In her spare time, she looks forward to becoming an expert on Mexican cuisine and finding out what exactly keeps Austin weird.