2013-14

Martin Banjo

Co-Chair

Martin BanjoMartin is currently pursuing his MBA degree at Cambridge Judge Business School and is a member of Queens’ College. Prior to attending Cambridge he worked as an Associate at Dean & Company, a strategy consulting firm to Fortune 500 and high growth businesses, based in the Washington D.C. area. He has worked across a variety of industries, including Telecommunications, Private Equity and Education, helping clients to strategically grow and understand their businesses.He previously worked at the International Monetary Fund as a Research Assistant in the Middle East and Central Asia Department. Martin was born in Nigeria to a Tanzanian mother and Nigerian father and spent his teens living in Zimbabwe. He holds an M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins University, USA and a B.Bus (Hons) in Economics and Finance from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He is an avid sportsman, poet, and optimist who dreams of the day Nigeria will win the World Cup.


George Thomas

Co-Chair

George ThomasGeorge is currently pursuing his MBA degree at Cambridge Judge Business School and is a member of Jesus College.  Prior to attending Cambridge he worked as an Engagement manager for Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa where he was responsible for strategy advisory and product management in the telecommunications industry.  He has worked with businesses, executive teams and government officials in over 15 African countries promoting the rate of socioeconomic growth through technology advancement.  Prior to Ericsson, he worked for Deloitte as a Consultant in the Information Security industry.  George was born in Nigeria and raised in South Africa, and holds a M.Eng in Technology Management and a B.Eng in Computer Engineering from the University of Pretoria.  He is passionate about making a difference and is a keen connoisseur of Thai and South Indian food.


Nungari Mwangi

Panel Chair

Nungari MwangiNungari is currently pursuing her MPhil in Development Studies at the Cambridge Centre for Development Studies and is a member of Wolfson College. Before joining Cambridge, Nungari worked as a strategy consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisors based in Nairobi, Kenya. She worked mainly in Agriculture sector investment and coordination strategy with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a range of public and private sector actors including the Ministries of Agriculture in Tanzania and South Sudan. She also worked in Ethiopia with the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency on organisational strategy. Prior to Dalberg, she worked at Christian Aid in Ethiopia and Northern Kenya implementing emergency humanitarian projects as part of the Humanitarian Leadership Development Program. Nungari is proudly Kenyan and holds a B.A (hons.) in Comparative and International Politics from Brown University, USA. She enjoys hiking, the literary arts, debates on African development and was part of the novice women’s rowing team at Wolfson.


Rushil Vallabh

Communications Chair

Rushil VallabhRushil is reading for an MBA degree at Cambridge Judge Business School and has a background in Aeronautical Engineering from Wits University. After graduating in 2009 he went on to work for a research institute with a focus on aerodynamics and solar energy. Prior to moving to Cambridge, he worked at First National Bank in South Africa, specialising in mobile money and payment products. He has worked on a range of projects, from retail mobile money integrations to cross border payments and has grown to appreciate the potential that mobile money offers Africa. Outside of the work setting Rushil is passionate about all things automotive. He has recently joined the Hughes Hall rowing team within Cambridge and is an avid golfer.


Alexander Magnus Schmid

Communications Chair

Alexander Magnus SchmidAlexander is reading for a MBA degree at Cambridge Judge Business School. He has strong intercultural expertise and a background in general management. Most recently he has been engaged as Assistant General Manager for the China operations of an Austrian leader in renewable energy controller solutions. Alexander is keen in leveraging his diverse experience in Europe and Asia and welcoming the opportunity to apply the same to CABN. Outside of the work setting Alexander is passionate about all cultural topics. He has recently joined the Hughes Hall rowing team within Cambridge and is an avid basketballer.


Sudhanshu Datta

Sponsorship Chair

Sudhanshu DattaSudhanshu is currently pursuing his MBA degree at Cambridge Judge Business School and is a member of Wolfson College. Prior to attending Cambridge he worked as a Divisional Manager with Jawad Business Group for Al Safi Danone in Bahrain, which is the middle eastern arm of French dairy giant Danone. Prior to Danone, he worked with Olam International Limited as Senior Branch Manager in agricultural commodities domain in Ghana, Ivory Coast and Tanzania. He has worked on projects in 7 African countries and worked with government agencies, regulatory authorities and senior management of other companies. Sudhanshu was born and raised in India, and holds an Honors degree in commerce from University of Delhi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from one of the top business schools of India. He is a keen cricketer and passionate about theatre.


Celeste Macauley

Panel Chair

Celeste MacauleyCeleste is an MPhil candidate in Development Studies and a member of Darwin College. She is a young professional with an interest in international development and all things Africa. At the undergraduate level, Celeste graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in the United States, where she had pursued a double major in Economics and French and a certificate in International Relations from the Five College Consortium in Western Massachusetts. During the course of her degree, she worked in finance (Investment Management) for Goldman Sachs and Databank Financial Services, and in communications/media for the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI). She currently volunteers for the Africa’s Voices Interactive Radio Project, SOS Children UK and co-manages a Scribe column for Mount Holyoke’s “Alumnae Quarterly” magazine. She enjoys long walks, learning new languages, poetry, travelling and self-taught tech projects (a.k.a messing around with codes, apps and gadgets). She shamefully admits to being the only Ghanaian on earth with no interest in football.


Priya Shah

Panel Chair

Priya ShahPriya is from Mumbai, India and has worked as an equity analyst at Bloomberg; a Programme Manager at Asia House; and a development consultant in India. She holds a B.A. in Modern European History from Brown University and is currently pursuing an MBA at Judge Business School.  She has a keen interest in social enterprise and impact investment, and will be spending her summer working with Acumen’s Impact Team in India.