Emerging Alumni Leader Award Winners 2024
Introducing your 2024 winners
Alex Tourre (MSc Computing 2009) is on a mission to light up the homes and businesses of Western Africa. By listening closely to communities and offering an affordable, sustainable commercial proposition, Easy Solar is providing power to 200k homes across Sierra Leone to transform the lives of millions – and, already, it’s diversifying and expanding into neighbouring countries.
Dr Giuliana Di Martino
Dr Giuliana Di Martino (PhD Physics 2014) is a renowned expert in low-power, sustainable electronic devices. She has won awards, been recognised with fellowships, received prestigious grants, and become the head of a research group at a remarkably young age. All while balancing her academic responsibilities with raising her two young children.
Lola Aworanti-Ekugo (MBA 2019) is a digital and innovation expert with over 17 years of experience. Her focus is on steering organizations towards an innovative and sustainable future using technology within the private and public sector. Through advocacy and mentorship, Lola is also determined to boost diversity within technology and support upcoming female leaders.
Emerging Alumni Leaders 2024
Miroslav Gasparek (MEng Biomedical Engineering 2019) is excited by the potential of synthetic biology and bioengineering to create treatments that can help millions of people. It’s been a driving factor in establishing Sensible Biotechnologies, a company developing novel mRNA production technology with the potential to bring mRNA medicines to tackle a whole palette of ailments – from rare diseases to chronic illnesses.
Professor Phebe Vayanos
Professor Phebe Vayanos (MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering 2007, PhD Computing 2012) is motivated by a strong desire to positively impact society by helping marginalised communities and by training the next generation of professionals and researchers. An expert in optimisation, she uses her skills to design trustworthy AI suitable to deploy in high-stakes settings and to help public service organisations make more effective and equitable decisions.
Dr Wareed Alenaini
Over 50% of us will develop a chronic disease by the age of 45, reducing the number of healthy years of life. Dr Wareed Alenaini (MRes Chemistry 2014) is on a mission to change this statistic with AI biotechnology that detects chronic conditions related to aging and frailty such as diseases of fatty deposits affecting vital organs, to prolong the duration of healthy performance for these vital organs as long as humanly possible.