Oxford Africa Conference 2021

Meet the Conference Team

Chibugo Okafor africa nigeria uk

Co-Chair - Speakers & Progamme Manager
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Chibugo Okafor

MBA, New College

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.

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Co-Chair - Speakers & Progamme Manager
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Mauro César

Pre-MSc in Diplomacy, Rewley House

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.

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Co-Chair - Finance Manager
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Naomi Mburu

DPhil in Engineering Science, University College

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 Oxford community.

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Innovation Fair Manager
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Shaan Pattni

MSc African Studies and MBA, St. Anthony's College

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.

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Social Media Manager
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Murjanatu Audu

Master of Public Policy, Harris Manchester College

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 sector.

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.

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Innovation Fair Manager
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Daniel Kandie

MSc Social Data Science, Wadham College

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 and Bachata.

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Co-Chair Finance Manager
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Sharon Gyesi

MBA, St Hugh’s College

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.

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Co-Chair - Events & Media Manager
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Norbert Agbemenu

Master of Public Policy, Exeter College

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.

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Communications Manager
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Godwin Chukwuemeka Nwangele

MSc Energy Systems

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.

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Co-Chair - Events & Media Manager
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MaryJane Nweje

MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine, St. Cross College

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 of Oxford.

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.

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Communications Manager
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Daniel Ogoloma

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.

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Temitope Ajileye

Dphil Computer Science, Wolfson College

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 intelligence.

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 short stories.