Executive Board
Nike Folayan MBE (PhD, CEng, FIET) Co-founder AFBE-UK, Chairperson AFBE-UK

Dr Nike Folayan is Chartered Electronics Engineer with a doctorate in Electronics engineering focusing on electromagnetic bandgap antennas for mobile applications.

Nike is currently Associate Director and the Technical Discipline Leader for Communications and Control within WSP, an engineering consultancy where she leads a team of telecommunications engineers in the UK and India working on a variety of projects within the transport industry including railways and the highways projects in the UK, Australia, South America, Middle East and Africa. She is also a Technical Blogger on SMART technology systems. Nike is chair and Co-founder of AFBE-UK a not for profit organisation AFBE-UK promotes higher achievements in education and engineering particularly among people from black and minority ethnicity (BME) backgrounds.

Nike was featured in Britain’s 100 most influential people of African and Caribbean heritage 2012 Powerlist. In 2019 Nike was named in the Financial Times published 100 most influential women in engineering. She is also a Trustee at the Engineering Development Trust (EDT). She is also on various Diversity steering groups including the Science Council and Transport for London amongst others. She was recently a judge at the IET Young Woman of the Year 2019 Award. She is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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Ollie Folayan (PhD, CEng, FIChemE) Co-founder, Chairman, AFBE-UK, Scotland

Ollie Folayan is an chartered process engineering consultant with a doctorate in the environmental effects of fuel combustion. He is also a fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. Ollie leads the Scottish arm of AFBE-UK which set up stall in Aberdeen in November 2011.

Ollie has worked various projects to provide front end engineering design and detailed design in the power generation, refining , LNG production and offshore oil and gas industries.

At AFBE-UK, Ollie has helped to create a number of key initiatives currently implemented by AFBE-UK including Transition a program that aims to prepare university students for life as professionals. Ollie has also worked as a part-time private tutor of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics helping students from GCSE to A-level.

Ollie is an Arsenal supporter and an avid tennis fan. Other hobbies include reading and gospel singing.

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Reneth McKenzie-Schoetz (MPhil, MSc, BEng) Director - AFBE-UK

Reneth McKenzie-Schoetz is a Mechanical Design Engineer and Director at AFBE-UK. She is the current schools programmes Manager for the AFBE Schools Outreach programmes.

Reneth assists in recruiting volunteers and liaising with professional organisations that may have BME professionals. She proactively markets events by making contact with prospective organisations, schools and colleges who wish to engage their young people in the world of engineering. Reneth is also responsible for quality control and planning to ensure projects are delivered to time and are of high quality.

In her spare time, Reneth enjoys running, yoga and tending her allotment where she grows fruits and vegetables.

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Maryam Adeleke (MEng, MICE) MEH Subgroup Lead - AFBE-UK England

Maryam is a Structural Engineer and member of the ICE. She is a University of Warwick alumnus, where she graduated in 2015 with a 2:1 Master’s degree in Civil Engineering.

She joined Arup as a Structural Industrial Trainee in 2013, between her third and final year at university. She has also had past summer experience in structural design for London Underground. She returned to Arup after graduating and has since gained 3.5 years’ experience in structural design, working on a range of international projects including the Statue of Unity in India and a Mercedes-Benz manufacturing plant in Russia. In recent years she has focussed on rail projects and is currently working on the redevelopment of Euston Station, during which she has developed a keen interest in station design.

Outside of work, Maryam has a passion for live music, the arts and community.

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Mara Makoni (MPhil, MEng) Communications and PR Subgroup (External Relations Lead) - AFBE-UK England

Mara is a consultant with international experience (USA, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, SA) and over 10 years of professional experience.

She is a qualified Systems Engineer who has managed and implemented complex projects in energy and transport, from feasibility to completion.

She brings a wealth of experience of operation monitoring and due diligence advisory across sustainable development, renewable energy and transport.

Mara is an active and contributing Member of the Institution of Engineering Technology and plays an active role in, Intelligent Transport Systems UK and AFBE activities. .

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Thaddeus Anim-Somuah (MEng, CEng, MIChemE) Communications and PR Subgroup - AFBE-UK England

Thaddeus has a MEng Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester, graduating in 2012. He received a scholarship from P&G for his studies, and during study breaks he worked for P&G as Process Engineering Intern across several production locations in the UK.

Since September 2012, Thaddeus has worked for Croda in various Engineering and Operations roles across Europe. His current role is Engineering Manager Projects. In this role he's responsible for long term strategy and strategic projects.

Aside from Engineering, Thaddeus is also active in humanitarian volunteering and startup advising. He has also held regional board positions in IChemE and Nederlandse Procestechnologen (Dutch Process Engineering Society).

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Chihurumanya Felly-Njoku (BEng, MSc, MIET) University Events Lead - AFBE-UK England

Chi Felly-Njoku graduated with a First Class Bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Covenant University, Nigeria before moving to Aberdeen, Scotland where she obtained a Masters in Subsea Engineering from the University of Aberdeen. She currently works for Arup as a Graduate Electrical Engineer. She has 1.5 years’ experience in the Water industry as an electrical designer of clean and waste water assets.

She is a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and joined AFBE in 2015 as a student. She has been actively involved in organising Transition events held in Aberdeen and is excited to continue organising Transition events for the wider AFBE-UK network. She aligns with and supports AFBE’s commitment to promoting diversity in the Engineering and Technology sector (with a focus on increasing the number of involvement of BME women).

In her spare time, Chi enjoys reading and playing football for the Arup Cardiff Ladies Football Club.

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Noah Arthur (MEng, AIMechE) University Events Subgroup - AFBE-UK England

Noah is currently a graduate engineer at WSP. Noah studied mechanical engineering and graduated from the University of Leicester where he achieved a 2:1. Noah is currently working within the Systems Engineering team within WSP’s Railway division where he has worked on notable projects such as HS2 and Crossrail. Before Noah was accepted onto WSP’s graduate scheme he attended multiple transition events which gave him the skills and confidence to successfully acquire a graduate engineering role at WSP

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Allegria Bwitonzi (BEng, EngTech MIET) University Events Subgroup- AFBE-UK England

She is part of the software development team within Siemens and works on innovative supervisory control and data acquisition solutions for rail projects.

She graduated with a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Leeds Beckett University in 2018 and completed a year-long placement at Siemens as part of her degree.

She decided to joining the board to help students who are in the position she was in few years ago. She believes AFBE-UK provides an opportunity to network and be inspired by other professionals from the BAME community.

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Demi Ademuyewo (BEng, AMIMechE) Mentoring Lead- AFBE-UK England

Demi Ademuyewo studied mechanical engineering at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She has worked in various industries such as in oil and gas, waste and currently, rail.

She actively volunteers as a STEM Ambassador, encouraging school children to enjoy science and maths.

She recognises and understands the value AFBE-UK adds to the engineering industry and wants to share that knowledge with all. In her free time, Demi enjoys outdoor walks, cooking and travelling.

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Rahman Mustapha (MEng, CEng, MIET) Mentoring Subgroup- AFBE-UK England

Rahman Mustapha is a chartered Engineer with a masters degree in electrical & electronic engineering. He has over 5 years experience in the railway industry as a Signalling Design Engineer, working on various major capital projects such as Night Tube and the Northern Line Extension.

Rahman is the Chair of Trustees for a local community charity called Options 4 Change, which aims to resolve problems in the community caused by inequality and exclusion. He also volunteers as a mentor to college students and apprentices, encouraging them to become aspiring engineers.

In 2012 Rahman was featured in Powerful Media’s Future Leaders Magazine as 100 of the UK’s Most outstanding students of African & Caribbean heritage.

Outside of work, Rahman has recently created a podcast that will provide a platform for young people to learn from ethnic minority professionals and their experiences in their workplace.

Rahman recognises the impact of AFBE-UK and thinks its wonderful to have an association that aims to encourage and support engineers from diverse backgrounds.

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Femi Omoniyi (PhD, MSc, BSc, AIChemE) Mentoring Subgroup - AFBE-UK England

Femi is a Process Engineer with a background in clean energy. He currently work as a Higher Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory focusing on solving measurement challenges relating to clean energy gases, such as biomethane and hydrogen for transport.

Femi has a Masters degree in process systems engineering from the University of Surrey and a doctorate in Chemical, Environmental and Materials engineering from the University of Leeds with his core research on a sustainable and optimised means of producing hydrogen using process intensification measures.

AFBE is a platform to support, motivate and inspire engineers of diverse backgrounds and he is keen to support that vision whilst also developing as a process engineer.

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Samuel Elegbede (MEng, CEng, MIET) Industry Events Lead - AFBE-UK England

Samuel is an energetic and enthusiastic multi award-winning engineer who has shown excitement and commitment to learning and has immersed himself in full-consultant responsibilities early in his career. He has been diligent in planning, designing and delivering technology services on a large and complex rail and highways projects.

Many young professionals struggle to progress in the industry, Samuel regular organises young professional forums to discuss industry matters. A lot of programmes that he has been involved with has inspired peers and helped students gain employment in engineering firms.

Samuel graduated from the University of Leeds with an MEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Engineering and Technology which he achieved at the age of 25

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Adekola Lawal (PhD, CEng, MIChemE) Financial Officer

Adekola Lawal is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with over 10 years’ experience helping companies in the energy, chemicals and pharmaceutical industries innovate, troubleshoot and improve their processes. He has led diverse teams delivering these solutions in Europe, North America and Asia.

Adekola has a doctorate in Process Engineering from Cranfield University where he carried out research towards making deep cuts in carbon emissions from power generation. He has authored 20 journal publications on the topic. He also served a term as the first African President of the Cranfield Students Association.

Since he joined in 2017, Adekola has been inspired by the stories and achievements of the BME professionals and mentors he has met through AFBE-UK. He would like to see more diversity in mid to senior management level. In his spare time, Ade enjoys cycling, playing tennis and travel.

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Ayomide Ukpong (BEng.) Finance Subgroup

Ayomide is a graduate engineer with EDF Energy. She is currently working on a nuclear generation power station and supporting electrical and control systems projects that support the efficient and reliable generation of electricity. Ayomide graduated from University College London in 2019 with a degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering. She is enthusiastic about the future of sustainable energy globally.

Having attended the first transition event in London in 2016, AFBE-UK has become more than just an organisation that helped Ayomide develop her career. She views AFBE as a wonderful community which has provided opportunities for her to serve students seeking a career opportunity in STEM.

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Sheila Sousa (MEng. MIET) 2021 Conference Subgroup Lead

Sheila Sousa is a Senior Telecoms Consultant at Arup. She graduated with a Masters degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Kings College University London.

She has been involved with AFBE-UK since 2015, helping in events and supporting some social media aspects.

Sheila has found AFBE-UK inspiring and much needed to support and promote engineering to BME students and help BME engineers transition into the working environment.

In her spare time, Sheila enjoys travelling, dancing and spending time with friends.

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Sidiq Raji (BEng,MSc, CEng., MICE) 2021 Conference Subgroup

Abubakar Sidiq Raji is a chartered civil engineer with the institution of civil engineers. He has a first degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s in Project and Enterprise Management.

Sidiq currently works at WSP UK as Project Manager and Assistant Engineering Manager. He has had experience working on a variety of infrastructure projects across the U.K. He is currently working on HS2 and Highways Englands major tunnel upgrade programme.

Sidiq has been involved in various activities as part of AFBE for the past 5 years. He is also a STEM ambassador where he organises events which support the development of young adults and informing them on the benefits of STEM subjects. He is passionate about the promotion of AFBEs core principles and goals and continues to be an active member of the association.

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Ina Colombo (PhD, CEng, MCIBSE, MInstR) Head of Research- AFBE-UK England

Ina Colombo is a chartered mechanical engineer with a doctorate in mechanical engineering. Ina currently works as a research fellow in sustainable refrigeration energy at London South Bank University (LSBU). She is the Deputy Director at the International Institute for Refrigeration (IIFR) in Paris.

As Head of Research and Engagement, Ina provides strategic advise on how to enhance the profile of the organisation and engage current and prospective members.

Ina is in charge of the dissemination of activities’ outcomes for publication purposes. In her spare time Ina enjoys travel, going to the gym and attending networking events.

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