Meet the individuals who make the Rhodes Incubator tick behind the scenes.
Fuaad is completing an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Oxford. He is a co-founder of Presto Academy, a South African publishing company which makes educational materials for high school and university learners. His interests are in building organisations in the developing world, tackling problems together with the public sector. He is a 2017 Rhodes Scholar.
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Aryn is a Rhodes Scholar from Silver Spring, Maryland. She recently completed her Masters in U.S. History at Oxford, and is currently completing a second Masters before beginning law school. Aryn served as the Deputy Campaign Manager and Chief of Staff on the Krish for Maryland campaign, and has worked in strategy, policy, communications, finance, and organizing for political campaigns in Maryland, Virginia, and Georgia. Aryn has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Teen Vogue, and various other publications, and has academic specialty in American racial justice movements, increasing civic engagement, and the role of juries in furthering American democracy. She got her start in this work as a Black Lives Matter campus organizer in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia, where she received her B.A. in Politics and African American and African Studies.
Ngoni Mugwisi is an electrical engineer and cofounder of Solar Water Solutions, and is pursuing a PhD in Engineering Science. An impassioned energy engineer, he is researching power electronics solutions for low carbon energy applications in bottom-up microgrids. Ngoni is a Resolution Fellow, three-time CGI U commitment maker, and a Leading for Impact Fellow in a Said Business School’s initiative. He is passionate about developing entrepreneurial problem solvers who will shape the world’s future. Ngoni is a 2017 Rhodes Scholar.
Sizwe is a Rhodes Scholar reading for a DPhil in Education at Oxford. His research focuses on Entrepreneurship Education in universities of South Africa and Kenya, with a special focus on collaboration and building entrepreneurship education ecosystems. Sizwe also holds an MSc in Entrepreneurship, and has five years of experience in lecturing in Business Management and working in entrepreneurship projects led by his former university department. While in Oxford, Sizwe enjoys learning about different approaches to entrepreneurship education and models shared by the many people he meets in the entrepreneurship education space.
Bogdan is a PhD student looking at how big data, genomics, and machine learning can come together in drug discovery. He has worked as an Associate at Frequency Therapeutics, a biotech start-up out of Harvard/MIT, where he helped the team raise a $33M Series A investment round. Bogdan is a strong believer in cross-disciplinary collaboration; he is excited about being at the leading edge of tech, health, and business ventures in order to help build, implement, and grow innovative ideas that generate meaningful impact. Bogdan is a 2015 Rhodes Scholar.
Tinashe is studying for a DPhil in Surgical Sciences at Oxford combining medicine, “Lean” and ergonomic science, to improve surgical team performance under crisis. He’s now transferring the same relentless energy that allowed him to complete a marathon, three Ironman 70.3 distance events and a medical degree in the span of a year towards Rhodes Incubator. Tinashe wants to use entrepreneurship to solve Africa’s imposing developmental problems. He is a recipient of the South African President’s Gold Award for Youth Empowerment (2010) and recognised as one of the Top 200 ‘Young South Africans to Watch Between 25 and 35’ (2016). Tinashe is a 2015 Rhodes Scholar.
Jessica hopes to work at the intersection of clinical medicine, health policy and social
entrepreneurship to improve healthcare in low-resource settings. She is currently studying a DPhil in Primary Health Care at Oxford. Her research looks at barriers to seeking care that contribute to child deaths in South Africa. Previously she has served on the leadership bodies of multiple NGO’s, and represented student interests on university committees whilst studying in Cape Town. Jess is a 2015 Rhodes Scholar.
Jade brings extensive experience in the social enterprise and not-for-profit sectors. She is COO of New Zealand's first impact investment Fund Soul Capital; co-founder of education social enterprise The Learning Collaborative; a trustee and former CEO of youth anti-poverty movement P3 Foundation; and a founding trustee of the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute. Jade also heads up the Rhodes Artificial Intelligence Lab and acts as Vice-Curator for the Oxford Global Shapers hub. She is exceedingly passionate about applying entrepreneurship as a set of principles and a mindset within areas such as governance, policy and sustainable development. Jade is a 2016 Rhodes Scholar.
Jonas is a PhD student in Genomic Medicine and Statistics at Oxford. Previously, he graduated top of his class in Medicine from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and completed three years of post-graduate clinical work as a physician. As a student, he founded a campus-based social enterprise and also served in several student leadership positions. Jonas was co-founder of JUCRISA, a venture aimed at supporting junior medical researchers in South Africa, and is passionate about problem-solving and innovation in health care. He is a 2016 Rhodes Scholar.
Charles is the Warden of Rhodes House, the global CEO of the Rhodes Trust and the Rhodes Scholarships. His career has spanned time in Silicon Valley as a technology entrepreneur and working as an environmental foundation manager and grantmaker. He sits on the boards or advisory committees of Patagonia, the Arcadia Foundation, the Oxford Internet Institute, and the Atlantic Salmon Foundation. He was formerly a Partner at McKinsey & Company.
Sophie is an Executive Director and CAO of Morgan Stanley's Legal and Compliance Division in EMEA. She was previously Head of Group Treasury (Legal) at Virgin Money and Senior Associate at global firm Baker McKenzie. Sophie is a recipient of many industry awards and has featured in the Financial Times and Sunday Times. She is Co-founder and Chair of Judges of the Black British Business Awards.
Roy is the Head of Bloomberg Beta, a venture firm investing in the future of work. He was Co-founder and Chairman of a venture-backed startup (OUYA), as well as an executive at News Corporation. He was named one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business. Roy is also a lecturer teaching media at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He has served in government, non-profits, media, corporate, and startup roles.