Nikol Chen (She/Her)

Design and Development Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Wen, The University of Hong Kong

Amy Moore

Partner, NA

Sabrina Yegela

Founder, Bantu Vegan

Akankshi Vaishya

Student, London Business School

Ryan Oatley

Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Student, University of Leeds

I am a Chemical and Nuclear Engineering student at the University of Leeds, originally from London. 

I will be researching nanoparticle based therapeutics to combat antibiotic resistance and biofilms in chronic wound infections, under the supervision of Dr Zhan Ong.

Naveen Kler

Associate , McKinsey & Co

Emma Hwang

Undergraduate Researcher, University of Toronto


Student, The University of Hong Kong

Audrey Chung

Administrative Assistant I, Horizons Office, The University of Hong Kong

Audrey is Administrative Assistant I of the Horizons Office at the University of Hong Kong. Audrey has been working in the field of international education in Hong Kong since 2010; her portfolio of work spans from programme development and implementation at the undergraduate, postgraduate and faculty level, marketing and promotion, organisation of international conference and events, and providing secretarial support to various committees pertaining to scholarships, fellowships and international mobility schemes. 

Her current portfolio includes management of the HKU Laidlaw Scholars Programme, Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programme, short-term experiential learning programmes outside of Hong Kong, and HKU-Common Purpose UK leadership development programmes in Bangalore, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Hanoi.

Currently she is setting up two new initiatives, namely EUREKA and The Hong Kong Project, where students will have the opportunities to undertake research methods online course and conduct a EUREKA research project in the former, and collaborate with community partners by proposing practical solutions to real-life problems in the latter.

She graduated with a bachelor's degree in TESL and has an MA (Hons) in Translation from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

Amarni Newman

Biological Sciences undergrad, University of Leeds

Hello there! I’m Amarni, and this is where I will be documenting the most exciting opportunity of my life. 

I am originally from Essex, UK and am currently studying Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds. I thoroughly enjoy my degree, and have developed a fascination with bacteriology. I will be specialising in infectious disease in my second year. Although my degree is focused on molecular and cellular biology, I am interested in dipping my toes into marine biology - no pun intended! That is why I am over the moon to begin my project about mussels and crayfish this summer. My favourite animal is the octopus, because I believe they have endless knowledge for us to uncover.

Outside of my studies, I am part of the hiking society, and plan to join the scuba society in my second year. I also keep up a textile design practise, including knit, crochet and sewing, which I developed in my Art & Design Foundation Diploma at Leeds Arts University. I am also an avid reader of anything and everything!

Sorcha Mulcahy

Acting Director, Trinity Careers Service, Trinity College Dublin

Maja Anderson

Manager of Undergraduate Programs & International Experiences, Coordinator of the Laidlaw Program, Cornell University , Cornell University

Adrianna Montgomery

Adult Nursing , University of Leeds

Hi, I am Adrianna and I am part of the 2023 Laidlaw cohort at the University of Leeds. 

I am currently studying Adult Nursing. I am passionate about everything to do with nursing. There are many pathways that I will be able to explore throughout my career. However, currently I am mostly interested in genomics and would like to explore this further throughout my studies. I also have a huge passion for women’s health, especially for different ethnic groups to be able to provide education and break through the taboo barriers. Working as an adult nurse is challenging but satisfying. It is a vital role where you will make a real difference to people’s lives. 

I am working on a pre-defined research project: ‘Evaluating Interdisciplinary 'Welcome, Induction, and Transitions' Support in the Undergraduate Curriculum.’ I will be working alongside academics and other students to understand the outcomes associated with successful transitions, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. I am excited for this project as I will be able to develop further knowledge outside of healthcare. The project allows us to build on leadership skills due to being student-led.  

Outside of my studies I love to paint and have a huge passion to attend galleries & exhibitions. I enjoy spending time walking in nature and doing yoga. Also, I love to bake and find good places to eat with my family and friends.  

If anyone has any interest in anything relating to myself, my course or the research project then please reach out 😊 

Angelos Koutsoukos

Student, University of Leeds

I'm currently a first-year student at the University of Leeds, studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering

My research project is on Electric Vehicle charging point infrastructure planning, addressing a critical aspect of the transition to sustainable transportation. It seeks to optimize the design of EV charging infrastructure in public spaces. Through the evaluation of diverse charging configurations and the application of local/regional datasets, I will generate optimal location and capacity guidelines. These findings will aid local government authorities in establishing efficient and equitable public EV charging infrastructure.

Trinity College Dublin joined the Laidlaw Network in 2018. The Laidlaw Programme offers undergraduate students at Trinity the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and experience to become active global citizens and future leaders.

Laidlaw Scholars work with an academic supervisor on a self-directed, independent research project and take part in a suite of integrated leadership development activities which culminate in a challenging applied leadership experience. Laidlaw Scholars join a community of learning, driven by curiosity and collaboration, which enables diverse voices to make a meaningful impact.

The Laidlaw Programme at Trinity is open to undergraduates in the second year of a four year programme or the second/third year of a five year undergraduate/integrated masters programme.

Elizabeth Stanton

International History and Politics Undergraduate, University of Leeds

  Hi! My name is Lizzie and I am in the 2023 Laidlaw Scholar cohort.

  I am an International History and Politics student at the University of Leeds. Throughout my first year of studies, I have found myself gravitating towards the field of East Asian History and Politics. In particular the politics of South Korea, especially the leadership of the 21st Century and the corruption that is rife in the government. 

  I have chosen to complete a self-defined project which will focus on how the actions of the South Korean government has affected the youth. I will be largely discussing the Sewol Ferry Tragedy and the Itaewon Crowd Crush disaster. I will be investigating the influence of chaebols and top-down culture and the roles they played in the aforementioned events. I shall also be analysing the roles of both Park Geun-hye and Yoon Suk-yeol in both disaster, respectively.  As my project is self-defined, I have a lot of leeway in what I choose to include, therefore I may touch on other topics such as the rise of anti-Feminism, particularly in young South Korean men.

  In addition to my core studies, I have a passion for language learning (especially wrongly labelled 'dead' languages) and for Islamic history, particularly the role of women in Islam. 

Linked are articles and videos that are related to my research which give a general overview of both tragedies.

Documentary about the sinking of the Sewol Ferry

Washington Post article regarding circumstances of Itaewon Crowd Crush

Washington Post article which shares the names and stories of some of the victims of the Crowd Crush

NYT article about the ongoing pain of the families following the Sewol sinking

Andrew Singleton (he series)

Administrator, Office of the Provost, Tufts University

Andrew Singleton has recently joined the Tufts-Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Programme team as a Programme Administrator and is excited to continue to elevate the Laidlaw Programming for current and future scholars. He joined the programme from Venture Café, which connects and educates the entrepreneurial and innovation community in Boston through programs/spaces/events and many other cities around the world. He has a B.S. from MIT in Biology and a background in social-impact enterprises, wind-power, user-computer-interfaces, as well as computer network design. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys travel, hiking, and wildlife photography.
Sebastian Glasper

Student, University of Leeds

Sophia Lu

Researcher, Georgetown University

I'm a rising sophomore at Georgetown University majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) with minors in Economics and Film & Media Studies.

Sarah Pattison

Associate Director, Academic Programs, Cornell University