Beacon Away Country Mentors

Each current Beacon Scholar at University is paired with a Beacon Away Country Mentor for pastoral support in the country where they are attending University.

The following are currently Beacon Away Country Mentors: 

RBrazel smallRosemary Brazel is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and is currently a Design Manager at Atkins Ltd, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group. She graduated from the University of Bristol with a MEng in Civil Engineering. Since joining Atkins as a Graduate Engineer, Rosemary has worked on large infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas, including the Elizabeth Line in Central London. Rosemary has also worked in Kenya, advising the Kenyan Government on renewable energy policy at a domestic level, and in Sri Lanka, mitigating against flood and drought risk in 10 river basins across the country. She mentors junior members of staff at Atkins and spends her free time triathlon training or playing classical music. 

2023 Arthur smallArthur Ddamulira was a Beacon Scholar who graduated from Cardiff University in 2023 with a First-Class Honours degree in Law. He is currently working in the disputes practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Dubai, and will commence his SQE in March 2024, and start his legal career at Freshfields London office as a trainee associate. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Arthur is already making a difference in people’s lives, leading by example and mentoring others. He sits on various panels, on the board of a charity in Uganda and is passing on his experience to others through events on career paths, leadership and his own journey into law. At Cardiff, he organised socials to help first years to settle into halls, and as Corporate Relations Officer for the 93% club, he hosted panels and helped raise money by securing long-term partners for the cause. His work with students from the Sutton Trust has encouraged more than 30 students this year to apply for university places, and his contact with Pro Bono Uganda has led to facilitating book clubs remotely and encouraging partnership with Aga Khan schools. 

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Areeg Emarah was a Beacon Scholar who graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in June 2021. She studied towards an MEng in Information and Computer Engineering, achieving a Distinction for her Master’s project on image compression and graduating with a Merit overall. In 2021, she received the Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Award for her access initiatives and student activism and was part of the founding committee of May Week Alternative (MWA), a student-led charity initiative that places giving at the heart of May Week celebrations in Cambridge. During her involvement with the MWA, the movement grew to a community of over 400 strong, raising £110,000 for the Against Malaria Foundation in 2020. Areeg also co-founded the Cambridge University Women in Engineering Society, where she helped create an inclusive and empowering space for women in her field. As Cambridge University Engineering Society’s first Access Officer, Areeg organised their inaugural Access Day, hosting 50 students from backgrounds under-represented at Cambridge. She also mentored young African undergraduate Cambridge applicants and has been involved in the Students’ Union Shadowing Scheme, Target Oxbridge, and the Islamic Society of Cambridge. Areeg is now working as a Software Engineer at Cisco Systems, Inc. In her free time, she continues to mentor current university students, goes on runs and meets up with friends.

Peter Gerstrom smallPeter Gerstrom was born and brought up in Kenya, moving to the UK after university. With an Engineering Science degree from Oxford University, he started his career in water engineering, developing water resource and wastewater projects around the world in the 1980s. Following an MBA at London Business School, he then moved into new business development having identified the environmental sector, and waste in particular, as a changing and growing sector.  At Balfour Beatty, he set up a joint venture with the large German Utility RWE.  Moving next to Veolia, he ran Hampshire Waste Services then SELCHP, their new London business.  Following a short spell spent at Cleanaway as Director of Municipal Services, he joined Cory Environmental in 2003 to help it transform itself from a landfill-focused company to offering waste treatment and technology services, including developing London’s largest Energy from Waste facility.  After five years as CEO he retired in 2016, and is now spending much of his time travelling and touring, usually in classic cars, whilst keeping an eye on a small family property business.

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Farzana Huysman was a Beacon Scholar who graduated in 2019. She attended Trinity College Cambridge and graduated with an MEng in Engineering, achieving a Distinction and winning the Sir George Nelson Prize in Applied Mechanics (top mark in Mechanical Engineering). Farzana joined McKinsey and Company in London as a Business Analyst in January 2020 and is now an Engagement Manager based in Singapore, working on sustainable finance. In her 6 months between university and work, Farzana taught English to high school and university students in Japan, coached football at a youth programme in Uganda and backpacked through North India. At McKinsey, Farzana has been active in leading voluntary consulting support for a global NGO and taking on core roles in the annual summer intern programme.

Ifenya HuysmanIfenya Huysman is a master’s graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham.  He was born in Kenya and lived there up until the age of 18 when he moved to the UK. While at university, he was actively engaged in the Shell Eco Marathon - an engineering competition seeking to create ultra efficient vehicles. He was part of this team for 5 years and overcame many technical hurdles to create race ready vehicles. He is currently plying his trade as a mechanical design engineer at the engineering consultancy eg Technology. He creates bespoke solutions to a wide range of problems within the field of medical device development and consumer product development. He considers himself a creative individual and prides himself with coming up with novel and elegant mechanical mechanisms within devices.

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Dr Barbara Hughes-Moore is an Early Career Researcher and Lecturer in Law at Cardiff University. She graduated with an LLB in Law in 2014 and was awarded a PhD in Law and Literature in 2020, both from Cardiff. Subsequently, she worked as an Associate on the Health Law in Wales project, led by Professor John Harrington and funded by a Welsh Government Sêr Cymru award. The project investigated whether Welsh health law can be invented on the basis of values. Barbara’s research interests include law and literature, criminal legal theory, and Gothic fiction, and her work has been published in the Journal of Law and Society and the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. She has co-designed and taught on law and drama in collaboration with Professors Harrington and Ambreena Manji and the Sherman Theatre’s community programme. She is also the Reviews Editor for the Cardiff-based literary journal, Romantic Textualities, and is a published theatre critic.

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Katie Kironde is originally Ugandan but grew up in Eswatini, Botswana and Lesotho before moving to South Africa where she studied Econometrics at the University of Pretoria. She went on to work in Johannesburg as a Quantitative Analyst at a retail bank and then in Cape Town as an Investment Analyst at an Asset Manager. She moved to London to study a Masters in Economics and Finance at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has since joined Citibank in London and now works as an Emerging Market Macro Economic Strategist and Economist. Katie is extremely passionate about Macroeconomics and its intersection with Finance in Emerging Markets. 

Kendi photo2Kendi M’Marete attended boarding school, high school, and university in Kenya, qualifying in Community Development, Projects Planning and Management. For 17 years she worked in the NGO, iNGO and public sectors in various parts of Kenya, including the infamous Dadaab Refugee Camp with UNHCR, the slums of Nairobi and rural Kenya where she empowered local women and girls on human rights, helped set up SMEs for poverty eradication and established projects to support disadvantaged and disabled children and young people. She moved to Cambridge over 10 years ago where she worked with various disability inclusion charities whilst pursuing Inclusive Education research-based studies towards her International Development qualification at Cambridge University’s Madingley Hall. Her career has predominantly centred on the International Development and charity sectors with a focus on Disability Inclusion, Education and Socio-Economic Development. Kendi is currently the Head of Disability Inclusion Policy and DWAT Team Leader in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. She recently graduated with a postgraduate qualification in Public Policy Analysis from King’s College London's International School for Government. During her career in the Civil Service, Kendi has worked on labour market issues, private pension policy and international labour policy through tripartite engagements at the ILO with the aim of improving global labour standards; including elimination of indecent work, child labour, modern slavery/forced labour, and promotion of workplace equality and safety working practices. She mentors young people in and outside the Civil Service, and enjoys reading, travelling and hiking. 

Ted Mose smallDr. Tedd Moya Mose is a qualified lawyer, academic, and consultant with over 15 years of transaction, advisory, strategy, and dispute resolution experience in energy, ESG, technology, trade, and sustainable development. He is also a board member of conservation, education, philanthropy, and technology ventures in the UK and EMEA. As an Oxford Martin Fellow at the University of Oxford, he examines the role of law, policy, and regulation in the transition to a low carbon future. His current focus is on addressing the legal challenges to sustainable development in emerging economies and the role of technology in enhancing sustainable energy, agriculture, and intra-African trade. He has taught and held various multi-disciplinary research positions at Queen Mary University of London; The London School of Economics; the University of St. Andrews; at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, and Mineral Law and Policy at University of Dundee; the University of Michigan; and the University of Cape Town. In his spare time, Tedd likes travel, sports, photography, and technology. He sometimes thinks he can dance.

Zawadi MwambeyuZawadi Mwambeyu was a Beacon Scholar who graduated in 2023 and is now a Graduate Structural Engineer at Ramboll UK Ltd, undertaking initial professional development towards chartership. She achieved a first-class honours MEng in Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol, and was awarded the Werthemier Memorial Prize for her 3-year contribution to the life of faculty and students as course representative. Following her undergraduate research in regenerative materials and 4th year design project on Design for Manufacture, Assembly and Disassembly (DfMA-D), she joined Ramboll's Buildings Technical Excellence network. She has been a guest speaker at the WiP South-West awards 2022 and at the National Awards 2023. She is a member of several professional institutions. She was the 2021 National and South-West winner of the Women in Property (WiP) National Student awards. At Bristol, she was East African Society President, secretary of the Civil Engineering Society (CivSoc) in her fourth year and Senior Peer Mentor for the 2022 first-year cohort. At CivSoc, she helped run the 7th annual Graduate-Undergraduate Recruitment Evening. In her free time, she mentors university and secondary school students, travels locally and explores the Kenyan music scene.

Rachel Nabirinde smallRachel Nabirinde is a two-time master's graduate from The University of Edinburgh with a Masters (MSc) in Psychology of Mental Health focused on Clinical Psychology, and an MSc in Mind, Language, and Embodied Cognition. She is currently studying for a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East Anglia. She aspires to expand the scope of the mental health sector in Uganda, create awareness, and provide accessible and affordable mental health services. Her career to date has included work in the Ugandan and UK mental health sectors; work with refugees; children with disabilities; HIV/AIDS patients with psychiatric illnesses, and substance and drug abusers. In 2020, she started a mental health service in Uganda – Emotiva - to provide affordable and accessible mental health services to Ugandans.

Zibah photo2Zibah Nwako was born and raised in Nigeria, then moved to the UK in 1990 after her first degree. She worked in numerous roles at the British Council and the London Borough of Croydon until 2000 when she set up her own business as Director of TOP Kids Company Limited. She co-ordinated five OFSTED-registered out-of-school clubs and nurseries in Croydon and Sutton, employing over 30 members of staff. Zibah also served as a primary school governor, consultant for the Croydon Day Nurseries Business Forum, organiser of the Out-of-School Providers Network and member of the Training Bids Panel for the Croydon Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership (EYDCP). In 2008, Zibah shifted careers to birth AFFIRM Consulting, Training and Coaching Ltd, and became the pioneer licensed trainer in Nigeria of the Springboard UK Women’s Development Programme. Over the next 6 years, she facilitated Springboard and other training programmes for women associations, youth groups and corporate organisations across the country. Returning to the UK in 2014, Zibah started a Master’s degree at the University of Bristol in Educational Leadership, Policy and Development. She obtained a distinction for her dissertation on the experiences and aspirations of female secondary students in rural Nigeria. Currently a doctoral researcher, Zibah is exploring the wellbeing of female undergraduate students in Nigeria and Kenya. She also has a portfolio career as an academic administrator, graduate teaching assistant, trainer of the Sprint Development Programme for female university students and trustee of the Professor Festus Nwako Foundation. She is a member of several international, professional and research networks.

Chris smallDr Christopher Obwaka until a few years ago resided in Nairobi and holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, and graduated with a distinction in his Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the University of Nairobi. He has also successfully completed his MBA in Health Leadership and Management from the United States International University (USIU-Africa) and is well on his way to becoming a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG-UK). Chris is on a mission to play his part in the elimination of maternal mortality on the African continent and beyond. His passion stems from his natural affinity and love for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the immense value he places on human life and the critical role he believes mothers play in the world right from conception. Beyond playing a key role in the elimination of maternal mortality by the provision of personalized, well researched and outstanding healthcare, his vision is to have every mother leave the health facility happy and with a healthy baby in her hands. As part of the 2020 Young Executive Leaders (YEL) program run by the International Hospital Federation (IHF) headquartered in Geneva, Chris undertook a year long international collaboration with 16 other healthcare leaders from 9 different countries looking at the role of young leaders in the COVID pandemic under two main themes: “The Challenges of Being a Digital Leader in Times of Covid-19” and “Towards postCovid-19: Lessons Learned and Challenges for Hospital Leaders”. In keeping with the biggest pandemic of our times, he is now a trained and active workplace vaccinator in his exoclinical time helping to prepare and administer the Pfizer-BioNTech at the St Richard’s Hospital vaccination hub to the population of West Sussex and beyond.

Gabriel Onagoruwa smallDr Gabriel Onagoruwa is a co-founding partner and chair of the Finance and Project Development practice of Olaniwun Ajayi (UK) LLP, Africa’s first international law office in the city of London. Prior to this, he was a senior lawyer at the London office of the international law firm of White & Case LLP. His practice focuses on advising development finance institutions, national and international oil companies, sponsors, developers, commercial banks, multilateral lending agencies and export credit agencies, in project, banking and international finance transactions across the power, oil and gas, mining and metals and real estate sectors. He has advised clients on financing transactions with a cumulative value of over US$50 billion. He obtained his LLB degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria graduating with a First Class Honours. He is a Gates Scholar of the University of Cambridge, having obtained his master’s degree in law (LLM) and Ph.D. from Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. He is a recipient of numerous international laurels and awards. Gabriel is widely published in reputable international journals and has honoured several speaking engagements. He is a member of the International Law Association; the International Bar Association; the Nigerian Bar Association; and the Law Society of England and Wales. He is happily married to Ayo Onagoruwa and they are blessed with children.

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Vanessa Sadler is an Executive Coach specializing in leadership development. She has worked with senior leaders of many different nationalities in global and national corporates in financial services, recruitment, non-profit, consulting, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and oil and gas sectors. For the last 15 years she has also worked with INSEAD, London Business School and Cranfield delivering workshops, facilitating group learning and coaching MBAs, and as a Leadership Solutions Associate with the Center for Creative Leadership® (CCL®). She is an Associate partner with Leadership Choices GmbH and a certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach (MGSCC®). Vanessa lived for over 13 years in Singapore, The Netherlands, Gibraltar and is now based in the United Kingdom. Prior to training as a coach she worked as a Strategy Consultant for The LEK Partnership, a Project Manager with Schiphol Management Services, and a Marketing Manager for AT&T. She began her career as a chemical engineer working for Shell. She gained her MBA from INSEAD in 1989 and graduated in chemical engineering from Sheffield University in 1984.


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