2014-15 Steering Committee
Coordinator and Communications Chair
Anthony is currently an MBA student at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and a member of Fitzwilliam College. Prior to attending Cambridge he worked as a Senior Manager at Safaricom (Vodafone Company in Kenya) where he was responsible for detecting irregularities across the company by developing and implementing effective early warning systems, processes and controls. Anthony has over eight years experience in ethics management, corporate Intelligence/ Integrity due diligence, forensic accounting, special audits and investigations. Prior to joining Safaricom, he worked at Standard Chartered Bank and KPMG. Anthony has conducted assignments and projects in eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Anthony is a Kenyan and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Nairobi. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He loves athletics and football and currently plays for the Cambridge Judge Business School football team.
Speaker Series Chair
Richard hails from South Africa. He is currently an MBA student at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School is a member of Darwin College. Growing up in South Africa developed within him an appreciation for diversity, and the opportunities that this can bring. Trained as a geologist, his previous employment was at Anglo American in the mining sector. He has a passion for developing people and sharing knowledge, and as such will be spearheading the CABN Speaker Series.
Dr Yemisi Bokinni
Yemisi is a medical doctor who qualified with an MBBS degree and BSc (Hons) in Human Genetics from King’s College London. Her primary interests lie in Africa-focused healthcare policy and investments in health and biomedical infrastructure. Over the past 7 years, Yemisi has developed a portfolio of experience in medical technology for eye care, healthcare financing and public health at institutions in the United Kingdom, China, Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria.
She recently began her career as a Junior Doctor in Gastroenterology at the Cambridge University NHS Foundation Trust for a short period, prior to orientating her efforts towards projects targeted towards facilitating the further development of medical infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa.
She is the Founder of ‘Daily Run Africa’, a health promotion initiative focussed on nutrition via highlighting the nutritional value of indigenous agriculture and local produce, as well as sports and fitness in Africa through online discussions, interviews, local events and video documentary.
Carel is a South African currently enrolled in the MPhil in Real Estate Finance programme at the Department of Land Economy. He is passionate about urban development in sub-Saharan Africa, and intends to work in this sector upon graduating from Cambridge. Prior to coming to Cambridge, Carel spent two years working across several African jurisdictions for a pan-African investment banking group. His undergraduate studies in Economics (summa cum laude) were split between Stellenbosch University and the University of Hong Kong. Carel serves on the Board of the South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP), is student-President of the Cambridge University Real Estate Finance and Investment Society and is involved as an organiser for InkuluFreeHeid – a youth led, non-partisan political lobby group in South Africa.
Akosua is reading for a MBA degree at Cambridge Judge Business School. She is from New York, USA by way of Ghana and is a member of Downing College. She carries a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and French & Francophone Studies from Columbia University. Prior to arriving in Cambridge, Akosua worked at J.P Morgan for three years in Foreign Exchange Prime Brokerage, but she’s always had a passion for music. She is a poet/songwriter and the founder of Meraki Magazine, an online platform that promotes all types of African music & entertainment.
Mariam is commonwealth scholar, currently pursuing a Masters in Commercial Law (LL.M) at the University of Cambridge and is a member of Clare College. She is from Nigeria and obtained her law degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Prior to attending Cambridge, she worked at Olaniwun Ajayi LP, a leading commercial law firm in Nigerian, where she was primarily involved in the dispute resolution and power and infrastructure practices of the firm. Mariam is passionate about international trade, business and entrepreneurship in Africa, thus she has a global and multidisciplinary approach to business, which complements her legal background.
Creative Industries Panel
Elena is a graduate student in Environmental Law and Economics. Before commencing her postgraduate degree, Elena worked in in the automotive industry and renewable energy research in Johannesburg,South Africa. While doing so, she immersed herself in Joburg’s cultural scene and made the most of being part of history-in-the-making of a world-class African city. Besides her interest in African music and film, Elena follows with great interest the rapid developments in African fashion and design. Elena is manager of this year’s Creative Industry Panel.
Abraham Audu is a PhD Student in Engineering at University of Cambridge. His research focus is to evaluate major/megaprojects and improve project resilience by identifying key schedule performance drivers within BP and applying standard schedule forensics techniques to understand variance from plan and benchmarks.
He has experience of cross-functional process development, model analysis and optimization, utilising techniques for the aggregation and composition of data, mapping business processes at various levels of detail to show key tasks and activity flows; developing models that support backward and forward-looking process analytics. He has experience of stakeholder engagement and management.
Prior to joining the Engineering Department, Abraham worked as an Analyst for Royal Bank of Scotland (Markets and International Banking) and Cameron Ltd (Oil Servicing Company). The roles involved developing competitive, market and business intelligence dashboards, including econometric analysis that will help forecast and understand business results.
Toni Oki is in his second year studying BA Economics at the University of Cambridge, Gonville & Caius College. Over time he has developed a strong interest in economics, public policy and business, particularly in West and Central Africa. Before starting at Cambridge, he spent some months in Burkina Faso and Senegal working with micro-enterprises. Since then, he has also worked as an intern at McKinsey & Company and as a research assistant on the Evidence for Policy Design research programme at the Harvard Kennedy School. After university, Toni aspires to be involved closely with both the public and private sectors across African countries.
Dr. George Mgomella
George holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Harvard University, USA, and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is also in Certified Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), USA. Before joining Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, he worked as the Country Director for FXB-Tanzania, an affiliate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, USA. Prior to that, he worked as Research Officer at African Population and Health Research Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. He also worked as a Medical Officer at Muhimbili National Hospital, Dar es salaam and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. George—a Gates Cambridge Scholar—is currently a PhD Candidate at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge. He is also a Visiting Scientist at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Genome Campus), Hinxton, UK. George is reading the epidemiology of hepatitis C virus infection in Sub-Saharan Africa. He enjoys traveling, movies, swimming and running.