MEET THE 2020 MENTORS

Stephen Ajadi is a doctoral scholar at the University of Cambridge with focus on Architecture, Planning, Land Economy and Sustainable Development. He is  a Development Economist at BT Telecommunications, United Kingdom, a British multinational telecommunications holding company headquartered in London, England with operations in around 180 countries and is the largest provider of fixed-line, broadband and mobile services in the UK. The company also provides subscription television and IT services.

 

Stephen Ajadi also currently works as a Finance Consultant at the University of Cambridge Thinklab, a community that strives to create research impact at scale, by collaborating on bigger picture projects with University partner organizations and bringing together interdisciplinary research expertise from across the University of Cambridge.

Cynthia Okoye is a Pharmacology PhD Candidate and a Gates Cambridge scholar at the University of Cambridge. In 2018, she earned a BA (Hons) in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Williams College, Massachusetts where she completed a year-long honors research project on characterizing the effect of clinical and synthetic missense mutations on an enzyme that confers resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics.

 

In 2017, she was a summer undergraduate fellow at Upstate Medical University. She has also interned at National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she optimized a low-cost and sensitive protocol for mycoplasma detection in malaria parasite cultures.

 

In addition to her research background, She has served on various committees. She was the 2020-21 co-president of the African Society of Cambridge University (ASCU) and also co-founded and led Africans in STEM, an organisation that aims to highlight scientific contributions by Africans in STEM disciplines and provide avenues to connect, share ideas, support and collaborate. 

Femi Gbede is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge with a Master of Civil Law. He currently works as an Investment Fund Attorney at Fried Frank, New York. A 2016 delegate at the International Young Leaders Summit at the United Nations, Femi is also a Weinfeld fellow at NYU and advises on a wide range of market-defining transactions, traversing finance, M&A, and energy. 

 

He currently advises on the formation and operation of U.S. and offshore hedge funds, fund of funds, venture capital and private equity funds. Also a delegate at the Global Youth Leadership Conference at the World Bank in 2017, Femi, in addition, routinely advises start-ups, and emerging growth companies, providing them with legal insights, and creative solutions to critical issues that push their businesses throughout their lifespans, from start-up to exit. He is very thorough, and detailed in his work.

 

He always pushes the envelope, and punches above his weight. His leadership credentials are stellar, as he has at different times been saddled by his peers, with responsibilities of leadership. Although a man of simple mien, Femi performs; he delivers; and you can always count on him.

Aisha Yusuf is a Doctoral student and a Gates Cambridge scholar at the University of Cambridge. Her interest in cancer research developed during the latter part of her undergraduate education. With cancer being a global disease and a major cause of mortality worldwide, there is an urgent need to speed up diagnosis and improve treatment. Her PhD project at the Medical Research Council cancer unit involves the identification of candidate biomarkers that could be used in patient risk stratification for oesophageal cancer.

 

As an aspiring Medical Oncologist, she wants to bridge the gap between scientific research and medicine to contribute to the global efforts of improving the clinical outcomes of cancer patients. Beyond her educational pursuits, she hopes to work on projects directed towards positively impacting the lives of people in her home country, Nigeria and by extension, the world at large.