Inspiring PhD student from the University of Edinburgh Business School, James Turing, set up a charity to send computers to African villages – all in the name of his great-uncle, Alan Turing, the father of modern computing.
The Turing Trust has installed more than 2,500 computers in rural schools across Ghana, Malawi and Kenya, and helped train 15,000 rural students with ICT skills. These people would otherwise have no access to the knowledge and opportunities fostered by the digital world.
James taught himself and others to refurbish old machines donated by organisations. For the descendent of the man who cracked the enigma code and paved the way to Nazi defeat, James knows he has big shoes to fill. We helped get his story into The Huffington Post.
For Natalie Bishop, Account Executive at BlueSky Education, Maike Willems had a great story.
“Maike’s story is pretty unusual in the business education world,” Natalie said. “She used the Sports Leadership program at Nyenrode Business Universiteit to further her knowledge and expertise in managing the Dutch sailing team and consequently led them to two gold medals at the Rio Olympics.
“Her thirst for learning and desire to push herself are both inspiring traits and, combined with her continued hard work, are responsible for her successes. This really demonstrates the breadth of expertise and value specialised subjects can offer.”
Maike is a great example of the diamonds in the classes of business schools and universities. They take so many incredible journeys that we get learn about. Santosh Marrivagu, for instance, travelled to South Africa to help entrepreneurs expand their businesses out of the slums during his MBA at ESMT Berlin. We helped him talk about his travels for a great business school student profile in The Economist.
Senior Account Manager Kerry Ruffle, on the other hand, picked Eki Izevbigie, a graduate of Msc in Management, Organisations and Governance at the London School of Economics’ Department of Management.
Eki organised the LSE Africa Summit, an annual conference which gathers African leaders and political figures at LSE to discuss social and economic challenges facing the continent, boost investment in African ventures, influence policy, and challenge stereotypes.
“The event is organised entirely by LSE’s African student population. This year, Eki was responsible for 23 students working together, hosting more than 400 guests each day. She sourced the speakers, raised thousands of pounds to fly them to London and, for the first time, organised follow-up workshops and meetings for students to meet with African business leaders,” Kerry said.
“It was a huge undertaking which required a lot of time, patience and perseverance, but her enthusiasm was unwavering and completely infectious. We were able to secure coverage of the event, and profile Eki’s own journey with a number of high-profile African press outlets including Business Day and Independent Nigeria.
“Her conference was such a success that she was invited to stay on at LSE in an advisory capacity for next year’s event!”
We also helped a Georgian producer studying an MBA get into Georgia Today, an Indian entrepreneurial MBA student into The Times of India, and the MiM mastermind behind Cambodia’s revolutionary bus-ticket site into the Financial Times.
Now we can’t wait for next year when we’ll have a whole new host of students ready to tell us their stories.
Personally, I’m hoping that 2017 business school student profiles feature an astronaut, a deep-sea diver, and a circus performer. While Natalie thinks that a beekeeper or a fashion designer studying MBAs would be interesting ones to promote – wait and see!
Think the exceptional students at your business school or university have stories that should be covered by the press? Get in touch.
Author: Stephanie Mullins