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Susanna Kempe

CEO, Laidlaw Foundation
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Charles Thiede

CEO and Co-Founder, Zapnito Ltd.

My background is in technology, professional services and digital media. I co-founded Zapnito due to a number of related observations from my time in these sectors: 1) the social web is creating a huge amount of noise 2) expertise that brands have built up over decades is being drowned out and hidden from those that need it 3) these brands are therefore losing their audience to often undeserving and unhelpful sources, and 4) people are finding it harder to access the expertise that they truly value. I therefore decided to create Zapnito, a white-label platform to help trusted brands reclaim their audiences via expert-driven knowledge networks.
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Collins Mokua

Research Scholar, Columbia University

Looking for opportunities that will help me grow as a professional, intellectual, and individual. I am invested in Public Global Health and issues around capacity and policy building in Low and Middle Income Countries.
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Deirdre Donohue

Psychology Student, Trinity College Dublin

I'm a third year psychology student with a particular interest in developmental psychology.
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Jude Hanlon

Student, Durham university

(he/him) Hey! I'm a first-year scholar whose research will investigate perceptions transgender and cisgender (non-trans) people have about their gender identity and how this effects their well-being and attitudes. I study Psychology at Durham university and my work experience background is in education and mental health care.
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Matthew Fackrell

Laidlaw Undergraduate Research Scholar, Durham University

Anthropology and Sociology Undergraduate; from Bristol, UK. I am completing a Laidlaw research project on narrative transmission and reproduction, looking at how oral accounts of geological events are passed down accurately over generations. By understanding how narratives are constructed I am keen to explore interdisciplinary approaches to Anthropology, Linguistics, Computer-Human Interaction, and Cognition. Other interests include literature, art and photography, architecture, and outdoor pursuits.
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Giammarco (he/him)

Student, Durham University

I think that happiness is about being committed to something that helps and supports others, and this is why I am so fascinated by research and leadership. They give us the opportunity and responsibility to support and protect our people, especially the most vulnerable. I began my journey in children's homes back in Rome, in Italy. Since then I have been volunteering with children and young people trying to facilitate resilience and recovery from early adversities as my main focus point. My Laidlaw Scholarship research project is all about our social identities and the way they interact with our possible selves to drive our self-control. The ultimate aim is to be able to design, implement, and evaluate an effective intervention to enhance the academic achievements of children growing up in alternative care, and conclusively reduce the achievement gap between them and other children. If you have any questions about my project, if you think that your research and mine somehow overlap or are committed to solving similar issues through different disciplines, or if you just want to chat, please drop a line at giammarco.di-gregorio@durham.ac.uk! :)
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Janet Eniraiyetan

Student, University of Leeds

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Yufeng Tao

Student, The University of Hong Kong

With enthusiasm in developing my career in quantitative finance, I had the pleasure to join the Laidlaw scholar program to conduct undergraduate research related to statistical trading. Solid training at HKU and my genuine interests in statistics and programming have equipped me for greater challenges in the analytically demanding finance environment. I look forward to entering exciting conversations with like-minded scholars.
I am currently in my final year of an integrated Masters degree in Biochemistry at University College London. I was amongst the first cohort of Laidlaw Scholars at UCL which provided me with an invaluable opportunity to investigate mitochondrial DNA abnormalities (mtDNA) in a mouse model that were present due to a deficient mitochondrial protein (MPV17). The mtDNA abnormalities manifested in a pathology that affects the brain, liver and muscle. Research throughout my degree has led to an interest in computational biology and I am specifically interested in how we can use technology to enhance research, as well as to improve human wellbeing through the digital health sector.
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Stephen Davies

Clerk to the Trust

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Agoston Horanyi

Laidlaw Scholar, Durham University, Durham University

Hullo! My main interest these days is Chinese tea culture and, with this research, I am wanting to explore the process of an active tradition invetion. Chinese tea ceremony as a singular entity does not exist and has never existed (at least not in the way it does, say, in Japan). Nonetheless, there is a strong notion for creating a uniquely Chinese approach to tea, an authentic Chinese tea ceremony. By way of looking into the ways how a historically non-existent tea tradition is being invented and tailored to the needs of current-day China, I hope to gain insight into current social, cultural, and political trends, which shape China’s contemporary and future profile. I will be analysing Chinese literary products, tea-related artefacts, religious & philosophical oeuvres, records of drinking fashions, etc., in order to investigate in what ways the Chinese government drives and supports a large-scale process of social engineering and global self-branding with the vehicle of tea.
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Ngoc Chau Tran

Undergraduate Student, Hong Kong University

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Farida Augustine

Undergraduate Researcher , University of Leeds

Hello! I am a 2nd year French and Politics student at the University of Leeds with the drive and tenacity to effect positive change on a global scale. My research is on identifying West African resistance fighters during WW2. I have also developed a keen interest in the Francophone world, Global North and Global South relations and Post-colonial Feminist security studies. Currently looking for a work placement in a francophone country and flatmate(s) in Paris from September 2020 so please feel free to contact me if you are interested!
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Patrick Laske

Student, University College London

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Martha

Third year PPE student, Univeristy of York

I am a third year PPE student, my interests lie in peace-building, immigration policy and diplomacy. As an aspiring diplomat, my aim is to reform the 'existing' EU migrant crisis system, as the current system is not sustainable for the climate migrant crisis coming in 2050. During my time at university I have been press and publicity in club of PEP, president of Amnesty International as well as having an internship at Amnesty international. I am currently the president of International Development Society. The ambition I have as a president is to reform the society to become a common platform for students that do not necessarily know what they want to do, but know they want to have a positive social impact on the world. Knowing you want to do this, should be. drive enough to get any job (in my opinion). We are planning various of creative, as well as informative events. The biggest event we are planning at the moment is to host the a student run networking conference where our aim is to demonstrate to students across the UK that you can do 'good' in every profession. I am therefore currently looking for speakers, if you are interested, please do get in contact!
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Paul Burgum

CEO & Founder , BCT Aspire CIC

I have spent the last 10 years working on the concept of mental fitness, as counter to the old stigmatized concept of mental health. I am hugely interested in how people can develop resilience and endurance. This has led me to studying applied psychology. My Laidlaw scholarship research project has been looking into the effects of emotion on the performance of Ultramarathon runners at distances of both 60 miles and 110 miles. This is the first sports psychology study that has attempted to measure this actually within-race rather than just pre and post race. Since suffering a nervous breakdown in 2009, and finally admitting to himself his own mental health and alcohol problems. A period of his life that is now looked upon as the positive beginning of a new chapter. Paul has gone on to build an awarding social enterprise BCT Aspire CIC, completed numerous high-profile endurance challenges and applied his learning to helping others and now supporting his academic journey as a mature student. BCT Aspire CIC has over the last decade delivered thousands of successful youth sessions and activity programmes for local children & young people on Teesside. Currently BCT Aspire delivers five youth sessions every week in Billingham including; Youth clubs, fitness sessions, music lessons, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and community events all with a voluntary team. A former talented Rugby player who represented England North at his peak, Paul’s attempt to get to grips with his problems led him to begin walking. This resulted in a 3000 miles adventure spanning the length of Europe, from the Southern Tip of Italy to the edge of the Orkney Islands, also passing through France, England & Scotland. All completed without support and relying on the human kindness of strangers. This has been followed up by running single stage ultramarathons up to 160 miles and last year completed the Wainwrights Coast to Coast completely barefoot to raise funds for his work and supporting his belief in positive thinking. Paul’s first two EBooks from the “Jumping the Cliff” series have topped the Amazon EBook charts for both Depression, Anxiety & Mental Health sections, with his next book from his six-week journey across Italy now out in paperback. Paul started his speaking career talking to pupils at a school with children who had behavioural problems, a place where Paul gained the courage to talk about his own way of trying to reset his own learnt behaviours. Since then he has given talks to a cross section of people including business people, professional sportsmen, youth groups, colleges & universities. Paul has also won numerous Business & Community Awards for his diverse range of work including; Entrepreneurs Forum Emerging Talent 2012; Evening Gazette’s Community Champion for Children & Young People 2012; Gazette Community Awards Finalist twice (Ambassador & Fundraising), Teesside Philanthropic Charity – Teesside Hero Paul is a qualified outdoor leader with BCT Aspire CIC who enjoys sharing these skills with people aiming to build confidence and also relaxing on the hills with his dog Molly and now his young son Pavel. Paul currently mixes his role as Managing Director of BCT Aspire, with speaking work, and studying applied psychology at Durham University. This also includes holding a prestigious Laidlaw scholarship for emerging global research talent, currently researching the mental approaches of endurance athletes. Furthermore, a trustee of Catalyst Stockton on Tees the VCSE infrastructure body for the area.
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Navya Lobo

Research Scholar in Geography at Laidlaw Foundation, Naturvation

Londoner studying Geography, interested in Community Gardens and their wider impact in society. Interested in Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Cities. Passionate about product design, gender equality and co-founder of the Amazon Rainforest Initiative.
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Alexander Stanley

Leadership Developer, University of St Andrews

Alex is the Leadership Developer at the University of St Andrews where he is responsible for several programs aimed at developing leadership. Most notably these are the development of students on the Laidlaw Scholarship Programme, and sporting leaders through the Saints Leaders Programme. In addition, Alex guest lectures internationally on subjects of strategy and leadership. Prior to his full-time return to academia, Alex travelled extensively and lived, visited, and worked in several countries around the globe, giving him a unique opportunity to explore and experienced different cultures and working environments. This includes several management positions in the luxury hospitality industry, working for companies such as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the Rocco Forte Collection, and Silversea Cruises. Alex has also spent several years working in management research, much of which focused on leadership. Amongst others, Alex holds a leadership-focused MBA from the Open University, a Masters in Research in Management from the University of St Andrews, and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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Hira Khanum

consultant, Columbia Business School

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Georgina Sánchez

Digital Content, The Laidlaw Foundation

Hi! My name is Georgina and I was one of the people responsible for creating the Laidlaw Scholars Network. I am also a former Laidlaw Scholar and soon to be a graduate from University College London. It's a pleasure to meet you!