Chibugo (Chi) Okafor is co-chair of the Oxford Women’s Leadership Alliance. As one of the 25 young Nigerian women champions for UN
Women Beijing +25, she has over 5 years professional experience working on gender-focused
projects across communities, governmental and non-governmental organisations.
Chi’s passion and commitment to driving gender parity has led to key engagements between
the Houses of Parliament London, Senate of Nigeria, United Nations Addis Ababa and TEDx.
She is also the Founder-President of The Walk with Women and Children; an organisation
that leverages off the ‘power of the collective’ to advance the personal, social, health,
education and economic rights of girls and women and the CEO of Kendake Honey, a social
enterprise focused on utilising the apiculture sector to provide job opportunities for
women and youth turning them into sustainable income generators, enforcing food security
and wealth creation for the African economy. She is a qualified pharmacist from
King's College London.
An ambitious Pre-MSc Diplomacy student at the University of Oxford, between 2014 to 2020,
Mauro collected more than 6 individual academic awards including 2 times student of the
year. He is a Student Representative at the University of Oxford, having served as
Ambassador at City University of London, and representing international students in the
UK at the 'All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Students' meeting at the House
of Commons in 2020. In addition to his studies, Mauro competes as an athlete since 2014 –
participating and representing UK football clubs in official competitions, and currently
captains the Oxford Broncos football team.
In January 2021, Mauro became the Liaison Officer for the Model United Nations department
at the United Nations Association Youth Platform.
Naomi Mburu is currently reading for the DPhil on the Rhodes Scholarship. Her research
investigates novel materials for nuclear fusion reactors. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree
in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is
passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration, and has conducted research at a
plethora of institutions around the world on topics including biomedical engineering,
astronomy, particle physics and supply chain finance.
Naomi has served as an executive board member for two national organizations, the
Association for Black and Minority Engineers (AFBE) in England and the National Society
of Black Engineers (NSBE) in America, both aimed at increasing diversity in engineering.
She currently serves as the lead tutor for the undergraduate chemical engineering
elective at Oxford and tutors maths at a local secondary school. In her free time,
Naomi enjoys writing for her personal blog, spending time in nature, volunteering with
a local homeless shelter, and participating in pro-bono consulting projects within the
Shaan Pattni is a Pershing Square scholar currently pursuing an African Studies MSc and
an MBA. His professional experience involves providing data analytics insights from
public data sources, satellite imagery, and household surveys for commercial, development,
and security clients in the U.S. and Africa. After working with some of the most exciting
energy start-ups on the continent, he hopes to dedicate his career to delivering universal
electrification in African countries that is reliable, sustainable, and cost-effective.
Recently, he assisted with providing COVID-19 data and modelling expertise to organisations
and governments across Africa to support pandemic responses. Previously, he worked at
Bates White Economic Consulting in the healthcare practice analysing the competitive
effects of hospital and insurance mergers and acquisitions in the U.S.
Outside of work, Shaan co-founded and facilitated an After School Club for Girls Who Code
in Washington D.C. Previously he was a board member on the International Model United
Nations Association, a UN-affiliated education non-profit, and Director General of the
largest Model United Nations conference in the world for high school students.
Murja is a lawyer with experience in litigation and governance. She started her career
in private legal practice representing clients on a wide range of issues including
criminal offences, contractual disputes and human rights protection. She engaged in
legal practice for some years before fully transitioning into a career in the public
Whilst in the public sector, she found interest in the principles that guide government
and its agencies in the management of public affairs. Under her most recent role in the
Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria, she was part of the
Rule of Law Advisory Unit, which worked on the production of referral guidelines for
gender-based violence response in Nigeria. She has also worked on a Technical Review
of the Nigerian Police Bill and made recommendations on police reform which have now
been passed as Law. Now, she is focused on reforms in the education sector in light of
the global learning crises.
Murja holds a LLB law degree from the University of Liverpool and have been duly called
to the Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She speaks
English (Expert), Hausa (Native), Ebira (Advanced), French (Beginner) and Arabic (Beginner).
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in nature, reading novels and binge-watching
videos on YouTube.
Motivated by his passion to use data and technology to drive and inform positive social
impact, Daniel Kandie is currently pursuing an M.Sc. degree in ‘Social Data Science’ at
the University of Oxford as ‘Standard Bank Africa Chairman’s’ scholar. Prior to this,
Daniel completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of British Columbia majoring in
Economics and minoring in Computer Science with a research focus on the effects of
digital loans on poverty in Kenya. During his time there as an ‘International Leader of
Tomorrow’ scholar he led the student union elections as the chief returning Officer
(2017-18); served as a student senator in the UBC senate and was an avid debater taking
part in a variety of debate competitions.
Outside of academia, he has worked as a data scientist with TONIT, a start-up
organization seeking to nurture and grow the motorbike community as well as interning as
a business/investment analyst with Stanlib Kenya. Daniel Has a strong belief in the power
of youth, technology and entrepreneurship in changing the future of Africa.
In his free time, Daniel enjoys listening to good music, running and dancing to Kizomba
Sharon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from
Georgia State University in Atlanta Georgia. She is a Certified Public Accountant,
licensed in Georgia and Washington D.C, USA, and also a member of the Institute of
Chartered Accountants Ghana.
Before coming to Oxford, Sharon worked for six years at KPMG, leading and participating
in assurance engagements in a variety of industries for clients in Ghana and the USA.
For two of those years, she specialised in federal audits for the United States
government. Sharon is also a co-founder and the Vice President of Finance at SGA Farms,
an impact-driven agriculture company focused on filling the voids in the Ghanaian
agriculture sector and promoting export of agriculture products from the African
continent to the rest of the world. Sharon has a particular interest in social impact
as she seeks to educate small to medium scale farmers on good financial management
processes, and sustainable agriculture practices.
She is also co-chair of the Social Impact Oxford Business Network, and as part of her
role, she liaises with other student clubs, the school Faculty, university centres, and
alumni to help build a global community of individuals who share a common interest in
social impact and responsible business.
When Sharon isn’t crunching numbers, you’ll find her travelling, taking pictures,
posing for the camera, listening to music or reading an inspirational book.
Norbert is a management analyst from Ghana with over eight years’ experience across
public, private and non-profit sectors. He has interned with Ghana’s Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. He was a Public Service Fellow at Ghana’s Office of the Head of the
Civil Service, where he advised on policies and reforms. He has keen interest in
education, economic and climate change policies. As a Global Schools Advocate, he is passionate about the Sustainable Development Goals
and the Paris Climate Agreement.
Besides his professional work, Norbert loves to give back to my community through
youth-led initiatives, volunteering activities and impactful community service.
He co-founded Menarche Initiative Ghana, an impactful non-profit health organisation
dedicated to reducing the rate of absenteeism and school drop-out associated with poor
menstrual hygiene. This initiative has garnered recognition from the Clinton Foundation,
the John Agyekum Kufuor Foundation, the Resolution Project, and the Girls’ Opportunity
Alliance, an initiative of the Obama Foundation.
Norbert is a member of the 2020 Global Leadership Initiative at the Oxford Character
Project. He is an alumnus of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Kufuor Foundation
Scholars' Programme. Norbert is a 2019 Presidential Medal recipient.
Emeka is a 25-year old Nigerian passionate about driving energy transitions geared
towards economic growth in Africa. He has a background in electrical engineering from
the University of Nigeria. He is always keen to use his knowledge to drive innovation
and address challenges within and without his scope of expertise.
In 2017 he co-founded Greenage Technologies, a renewable energy company, where he
served as the COO from 2017-2020. In this period, He created energy systems designs
and implemented renewable energy projects, delivering over 1MW of power to schools,
hospitals, and small businesses in partnership with USADF, USAID, All On, Genesys Tech
Hub South East, South-South Angel Investment Network.
In addition to his work and passion, Emeka engages in social development projects.
He is a trustee of the Africa Impact Finance Initiative, an organisation that raises
funds for socially impactful projects providing access to clean water, community
education, and improved healthcare. He also collaborates with the Oxford Africa
Society to provide academic and professional mentorship to African youths, building
the next generation of scholars and leaders.
Emeka is a fun-loving person. He loves football, Basketball, afro music, reggae,
movies, nature, and good food. Above all, he cherishes the virtues of love and
kindness and believes that they are the keys to unlocking a better world.
MaryJane is a Nigerian board-certified Medical Doctor, Global Health
practitioner, Activist, and Public Speaker with a deep-seated focus on sexual and
reproductive health and sustainable development goals in Nigeria. She is a strong
advocate for women’s health and founded GAMAC Foundation, a Non-governmental
Organization which promotes sexual and reproductive health awareness by engaging in
sexual and reproductive advocacy and education for adolescent girls and young women.
A recipient of the ExxonMobil Global Health Scholarship, she is currently studying to
obtain her MSc Degree in International Health and Tropical Medicine at The University
MaryJane is very accomplished having worked in the fields of clinical and global health,
youth and women development, and health advocacy. She also has experience in health
communications and utilizes social media and digital media tools to lend her voice to
health advocacy and awareness. MaryJane was awarded an MBBS degree from Enugu State
University in Nigeria where she graduated 2nd best in her class with a distinction.
She is also an alumna of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Emerging Leaders
Programme West-Africa as well as the African Changemakers Initiative.
Daniel Ogoloma is currently a student at Oxford University and an Officer in training
at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He’s professional experience involves
political consulting; providing data analytics, communication and policy strategies
for some of the most exciting politicians in the UK and Nigeria. He is also a community
leader and public speaker, well known for his activism and goal to re-engineer society
and change the narrative for young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds both in the
city of London and Southern Nigeria.
Daniel is also the Founder of New Generation Africa, a digital media platform created
to host intellectual and sometimes controversial discussions on current affairs with
industry leaders across Africa in Politics, Law, Business and Entertainment. Since March
2019 the online platform has increased engagement drastically streaming to 400,000
viewers in total.
He contributes regularly on mainstream news outlets and blogs with comments centred
around politics in the UK and Nigeria, African development, and the causes and prevention
of youth violence in London. He also has been featured on various national and global
TV stations including Sky News, BBC and CNN speaking first-hand about his experiences
and insights on key issues.
Temitope was born in southern Nigeria. He moved to Italy at the age of 7, where he
spent most of his life before enrolling into Oxford in 2014. He holds a bachelor in
mathematics from the University of Pavia and an MSc in Mathematics and Foundations of
Computer Science from the University of Oxford. Temitope is now a member of Wolfson
College and a DPhil candidate in the department of computer science, where he researches
computational logic and its applications in semantic web technologies and artificial
He was General Secretary of the Africa Society between 2017 and 2018, and organised
the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Society.
When he is not doing science, he is busy writing and enjoys creating both essays and