Congratulations to the new Executive Committee
Posted by oxford on July 2, 2020 in Blog
We are excited to announce the members of the 2020/2021 executive team. Under the leadership of President Elisha Ngetich we hope that they will achieve great things. To learn more about the continue reading their profiles below.
President; Elisha Ngetich
Dr Elisha Ngetich is medical doctor and a Rhodes scholar currently pursuing a Dphil in Surgical sciences at the University of Oxford. His research involves working with patients with vascular diseases and is keen on understanding how and why vascular diseases develop. Through using advanced molecular technologies like RNA sequencing and Nanostring, he hopes to identify novel therapeutic targets for the management of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms, a common vascular disease with great mortality implications. Before joining the University of Oxford, Elisha worked as a junior doctor at the Nakuru provincial General hospital, Kenya and is a member of the Kenya Medical Association KMA. Elisha also works with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in delivering a Diploma course in East Africa for Junior doctors from all over the world. Outside the hospital and the laboratories, Elisha enjoys travelling and mentorship. He is the co-founder of the Oxford Swahili classes, one Afrisoc’s most successful initiatives that has been running for two years now.
Vice President; Tatenda Magetsi
Tatenda is a current MSc African Studies student and a Master of Public Policy candidate (2020- 2021). He is also a Rhodes Scholar and an Oxford-Linacre African Scholar. Tatenda has been a member of the Junior Parliament of Zimbabwe. He has also served on the Student Representative Council (SRC) at Bindura University and has been an avid debater. Tatenda was selected as a Change Maker for the African Leadership Institute’s Project Pakati on Youth Inclusion in Africa in 2019. He is also the inaugural Zimbabwe National Winner for the World Bank #Blog4Dev Essay Competition. From this development he joined the World Bank’s Youth Transforming Africa Program. Tatenda is a Civic Leadership alumnus of the Young African Leadership Initiative (RCL) and UNISA. He is actively engaged in addressing local social problems and co-founded the Open Mind Initiative Africa, a Foundation to provide training and empowerment to youths who may otherwise not afford a traditional education. He is a Co-Convener for the Linacre Africa Network, was Chair of Communications Committee for the Global Scholars Symposium. Tatenda is interested in the politics of Africa, with a particular focus on how politics and underdevelopment are inextricably interwoven.
Treasurer; Claudia Kahindi
Claudia is a 2019 Rhodes Scholar from Kenya reading Jurisprudence (L.L.B) at Exeter College as a senior-status student. Prior to this, she worked as a Development Assistant for Legal Outreach, an educational non-profit in New York City. She graduated from Wesleyan University with an African Studies Minor and Honors from the College of Social Studies – a multidisciplinary major of History, Government, Economics, and Social Theory/Political Philosophy (its equivalent to P.P.E. at Oxford). While at Wesleyan, Claudia launched an educational project in her hometown Kilifi and served as; Senator of the Wesleyan Student Assembly, Residential Advisor, President of Kenya Scholar Access Project (KenSAP), Member of the Patricelli Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Board and the African Students Association (ASA) Board as Vice President 2015-2016, Treasurer 2016-2017, and President 2017 – 2018. While ASA President, she launched the first ever Africa week at Wesleyan University which featured a conference, an African film, and a food and cultural show. As treasurer of AfriSOC, she hopes to use her leadership experience to push for more programming in order to support the welfare of African students at Oxford and thus create an even larger and cohesive community.
Social secretary; Arnold Nteranya
Arnold holds bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Macalester College, Minnesota, USA. As a believer in the power of paying it forward, he has also worked as an ALA Global Scholars Program (GSP) 2016 Alumni Educator, facilitating a platform for youth to learn entrepreneurial leadership. He has also taken on roles as a Teaching Assistant for Political Theory and as a Peer Career Counselor, to support both the learning trajectory of others. Currently, he is completing a masters degree in Development Studies. In his personal time, he explores how the creative sectors can be powerful tools for learning, reconciliation, unity and positive change. He is likely to be found in the middle of a good book or dancing to good music.
Welfare Secretary; Annette Riziki
Annette Riziki is a Congolese-Canadian with an Honors undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology, from the University of Manitoba. Riziki’s work has focused on understanding the trajectories of refugees in Canada, from an individual and institutional perspective. Through this role, she has devised ways of approaching erudition from a humanitarian lens. This is seen in her research work and volunteer experience with different immigration organizations around the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Such as, ICE sector table that addresses a multitude of challenges immigrants face from racism to campaigns encouraging immigrants to participate in voting. Currently, Riziki is reading for a Master of Science in Education (child development). Although, one would argue that her passion for children is the main reason she is in this program. She hopes to work with minority children within the educational sector and create opportunities and programs that promote not only their cognitive but overall development. Riziki spends her free time singing, baking different types of loaves and trying to understand humanity.