Science and education

Chinwe Ohajuruka

Green Architect; CEO & Founder, Comprehensive Design Services

Chinwe Ohajuruka is a green architect who has developed an innovative approach to tackling issues of housing, and sustainability in Nigeria. By designing affordable houses that use natural ventilation and solar energy, and can be built in only 12 weeks, Chinwe provides sustainable housing that tackles Nigeria’s water, energy and sanitation crises, while confronting global climate change issues.

In 2012, Chinwe founded Comprehensive Design Services (CDS), a Green housing company, which uses her architectural designs to provide innovative housing for Nigerian families, relocating them from their previous, unsatisfactory living conditions.

Her Masters of Architecture from Heriot-Watt University, gained through a Chevening Scholarship in 1991, paved the way for Chinwe’s ground-breaking work and many subsequent awards. These include the National Geographic ‘Great Energy Challenge Innovator’ grant, the Cartier Women’s Initiative Sub-Saharan Africa Laureate Award, and the GSBI Online Social Entrepreneurship Incubator award.

Dr Hania Mohamed Sholkamy

Associate Research Professor at the American University in Cairo

Chevening gave me the chance to continue graduate work in the UK and work with some of the most prominent professors in my field.

As well as her ongoing role at the American University in Cairo, Dr Sholkamy is a lead researcher of the Egyptian Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme which aims to transform social protection for women in Egypt. She has been a Centennial Carnegie Visiting Scholar at Yale University, Junior Research Fellow at St. Anne's College, Oxford University, and has published numerous articles on political and social topics in Egypt and the region. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1996 with the help of a Chevening Scholarship.

Marcondes Moreira de Araujo

Senior Science and Technology Analyst with the MCTI, Brazil

Marcondes has a vast amount of experience in policy planning, dialogue, and programme management for science, technology, innovation, and education as well as environmental management for public and private sectors, sustainable development projects, and infrastructure engineering. He is an active contributor to the UK in Brazil Science and Innovation network. He graduated from Imperial College London with an MSc in Environmental Technoloy through a Chevening Scholarship. 

Beatriz Serato

Chartered Marine Scientist, Chartered Scientist and Coastal Engineer at CH2M, Brazil

The Chevening Scholarship has given me the chance of having the best education available in my field, and the alumni network provides a great opportunity for career growth.

Beatriz Serato was a Chevening Scholar at the University of Southampton in 2013/2014, graduating with an MSc in Coastal Engineering. After Chevening, she was awarded a Chartership in Marine Science by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and is now a qualified Chartered Marine Scientist and Chartered Scientist.

She has become an international expert in estuarine and coastal geomorphology, sediment transport, and hydrodynamics, as well as having been involved in a number of environmental impact assessments, evaluation of wastewater treatment plants, and sewage dispersion in coastal and ocean areas. Beatriz is currently working as a Coastal Engineer at CH2M.

Rajamanohar Somasundaram

Founder of Hexolabs Interactive and Head of Socialabs

Rajamanohar Somasundaram uses his entrepreneurial skills to address global inequalities through technological innovations. The company which Raja founded and runs, Hexolabs Interactive, develops grounded technological solutions for the rural masses. His vision continues to grow with his current role heading Socialabs, a Hexolabs Interactive spin-off that advises non-profits/social businesses on technology foresight and appropriate technology development to reach out to marginalised groups across the world.

Raja’s impressive social entrepreneurship has been deservedly recognised: his team was named among the TR35 - TOP 20 Young Innovators in India and won ‘Social Innovator of the year 2012’ by MIT Tech Review India for the development of speech-enabled mobile solutions for the Indian market; he became a ‘TED Fellow’ in 2009 for his accomplishments in ‘Mobile4Good’ initiatives in emerging markets; World Economic Forum recognised Raja as a ‘Young Global Leader in 2012’; and in 2016, he was offered a Draper Hills Fellowship at Stanford's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

He also co-founded Aqua Connect, South Asia’s largest aqua farmers’ network. Aqua Connect champions the United Nations ‘Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)’ and supports Aqua farming communities on sustainability goals, technology transfer, and training.