Executive Board
Nike Folayan (PhD, CEng, MIET) Chairperson, AFBE-UK

Nike Folayan is a chartered engineering consultant with a doctorate in electronics engineering (Antenna Design). Nike chairs the London Chapter of AFBE.

Nike has worked on a vast array of transportation projects in the UK and Africa providing telecommunication network designs that meet clients needs. As Chair, Nike represents the organisation on local, regional and national levels. Nike has been the project manager on various AFBE-UK’s projects and has participated and presented in seminars on diversity and inclusiveness.

Nike was featured in Britain’s 100 most influential people of African and Caribbean heritage 2012 Powerlist. She is a mentor at Croydon Supplementary Education Project and has won awards for her community involvement. In her spare time Nike enjoys reading, singing and salsa dancing.

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Ollie Folayan (PhD, CEng, FIChemE) 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) Schools Outreach Programme Manager - AFBE-UK London

Reneth McKenzie-Schoetz is a Mechanical Design Engineer. 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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Yinka Bankole (MSc, DIC, CEng, MIChemE) Mentoring Lead - AFBE-UK London

Yinka Bankole is a chartered engineer from the IChemE, with over 16 years experience as a Process Engineer in the oil and gas industry, after graduating from Imperial College London. He has held roles covering the full project development life cycle from Conceptual projects to Operations Support and troubleshooting.

Most recently, he has provided flow assurance engineering services to Fluor Ltd / Kuwaiti Oil Company on a large scale greenfield gas development project. He also is a Microsoft Certified Professional in SQL server databases and has created interactive IT applications for front end use in the oil and gas industry amongst many other things.

He is passionate about AFBE as he feels although diversity has significantly increased since when he started, there is still a long way to go especially at mid to senior management level.

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Anwar Abdi (BEng) Mentoring Manager - AFBE-UK London


Anwar is an experienced electrical engineer with over 5 years’ demonstrated history of working in project delivery and design at design consultancy and contractor levels in the railway, construction, airport and highway environments. He has experience in railways systems engineering and adopts a systematic engineering approach to all projects.

Anwar has a passion for community engagement with a focus on the next generation of engineers. He has excellent networking and relationship management skills and has previously shadowed Phil Pavitt CIO of HMRC.

He was guest speaker in the National Mentoring Consortium award ceremony alongside MPs, CEOs and members of the House of Lords where he received an award for his contributions to mentoring upcoming engineers.

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Damilola Fari-Arole (BEng, MSc., DIC, AMIChemE) Real Projects Coordinator - AFBE-UK London


Damilola Fari-Arole is a graduate of Chemical Engineering with a Masters degree from Imperial College London. Prior to this, she graduated with a first class honours degree from the University of Surrey. She has since joined Network Rail as a Graduate Engineer in Safety, Technical and Engineering, which encompasses railway asset management, engineering assurance, safety and sustainability.

As Real Projects Coordinator, Damilola helps to organise and host AFBE-UK’s Real Projects programme in London. She has previously assisted in planning a number of other AFBE programmes including the first Transition event at London South Bank University.

Passionate about promoting engineering, she believes AFBE-UK is making a concerted effort to promote and encourage ethnic diversity in the UK’s Engineering sector. She is also a committee member for the IChemE London and Southeast member group.

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Abisola Ajani (BEng, MSc, AMIChemE) Transition Lead - AFBE-UK London


Abisola Ajani is currently studying for a PhD in Chemical, Process and Energy Process Engineering at London South Bank University in collaboration with University College London. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Chemical Process Engineering from University College London and First Class honours degree in Chemical and Process Engineering from London South Bank University.

She joined AFBE-UK as a student member in 2015. Since joining the organisation, she has been actively involved in planning and executing key events one of which was the first Transition event in London. Abisola is also a student representative of AFBE-UK.

According to Abisola, AFBE-UK is the perfect platform for Engineers of Black and Ethnic Minorities to come together to inspire each other and grow as a group in the UK’s engineering sector; as well as to motivate, mentor and build the future generations of engineers that needs role models that they can aspire to be in the future.

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Madeleine Osei-Baffoe (MEng, AMIChemE) Roundtable Lead - AFBE-UK London


Madeleine Osei-Baffoe is a Safety Engineer for Risktec Solutions providing safety solutions for clients in various industries. She is currently seconded full time as an Assistant Safety Manager for Crossrail.

Madeleine is an associate member of the IChemE (AMIChemE) and a qualified Science teacher after completing the Teach First scheme and teaching in a school in Lewisham. Prior to this she studied Chemical Engineering with Management (MEng) at Loughborough University.

Madeleine resonates with the values and purposes of AfBE since she is passionate about getting young people into engineering and engineering for international development.

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Tolulope Osobu (MEng., AMIChemE, GradEI) Comms Manager - AFBE-UK London


Tolulope Osobu is an associate member of the IChemE (AMIChemE) and a member of the Energy Institute. She studied Chemical Engineering (MEng) at the University of Surrey , worked for Pall Corporation and is starting in new role at Johnson Matthey in 2018.

She has over 2 years’ experience as a technical sales engineer in the biopharmaceutical industries and has worked on a variety of filtration and separation projects in the UK and the Nordics.

She strongly shares the values and purpose of AFBE-UK.

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Ikram Hamud (BSc, GMICE) Financial Officer


Ikram Hamud is an Associate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She studied Civil Engineering (BSc) at the University of Derby and worked as a Hydraulic lab technician at the London College UCK. She is currently working for CH2m Jacobs on the largest construction project in Europe to protect the Tidal River Thames from pollution.

She has over 6 years’ experience supporting young girls in the community; offering them both educational and emotional advice. She has mentored these young women and provided them with a safe and inclusive environment; acting as a role model has been an incredibly fulfilling experience for her. She actively seeks extra-curricular endeavours. This includes volunteering on the Engineering Education Scheme, the London Youth Rowing Club and the Speaker Parliamentary Placement scheme.

Ikram strongly believes there needs to be more representation of BME females in engineering as this will encourage young women to develop a sense of belonging.

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Riad Mannan (BEng, MIET) External Relations Officer - AFBE-UK London


Riad graduated with a civil engineering degree from University of London before working for a major engineering consultancy on various projects in the UK. After 7 years, he switched careers to become an events professional organising conferences and training courses in the construction, power, and renewable energy sectors amongst others.

He has recently spent 10 years in Dubai working on various large scale events in the construction and oil and gas sectors. Returning to the UK in 2016, he now combines his passion for engineering and events, by working at the Institution of Engineering and Technology as the Events Portfolio Development Manager.

He is an ardent proponent of greater diversity in engineering with a keen interest in seeing more BME professionals in leadership positions.

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Demi Ademuyewo (BEng, AMIMechE) Media Manager


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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Taiwo Oyewole (MEng., DIC) Committee Member - AFBE-UK London


Taiwo Oyewole currently works as the Global Manufacturing Lead for Bitumen & Sulphur Business for Shell.

Taiwo has held various technical and non-technical roles within Upstream, Unconventionals and Trading. While working in Unconventionals she also led the $0.6bln divestment transition of the Eagle Ford asset from Shell to Sanchez.

Prior to joining Shell, Taiwo gained her Master’s Degree (MEng) in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London.

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Ina Colombo (PhD, CEng, MCIBSE, MInstR) Head of Research and Engagement - AFBE-UK London

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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Edney Ndumbe (MEng, MSc, CEng, MIStructE) Committee Member - AFBE-UK London

Edney Ndumbe is an Associate Director at Elliott Wood Partnership LLP. Edney graduated from The University of Leeds with a Masters in Architectural Engineering.

He is passionate about good design and has worked on a wide variety of structurally demanding projects, ranging from the sympathetic renovation of historic buildings to more contemporary sculptural steel and glass structures.

Edney also runs an IT consultancy, advising on the strategic use of technology in a business environment.When he has a spare minute he fits in gardening and cooking for friends and family. He has a keen interest in jazz and in particular 1970s jazz fusion.

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Courtney Blythe (BEng) Committee Member - AFBE-UK London

Courtney has spent over 15 years as an Electrical Design Engineer, his portfolio of work has been quite varied with a mixture of small and large scale building projects.

He enjoys a healthy life style and regularly works-out in the gym. He would like to see developing countries investing in and training their country men to better their country’s roads, manufacture and delivery of food and water, and provide comfortable housing.

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