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Ozak Esu

In celebration of Africa Day on the 25th May, this week MCA are highlighting the achievements of inspiring young Africans who are having a global impact in their field:

Science

Esu grew up in Nigeria, where she often didn’t have electricity but moved to the UK in 2008 when she was 17.  Esu graduated with a first from Loughborough University with a BEng and then started work as a graduate engineer whilst finishing her PhD.  In 2017, she won the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year and was also one of the Top 50 women in Engineering Under 35.

Ozak is passionate about sustainable design, agriculture, renewable energy, and international development. She works with schools and organisations in Nigeria to prove that poverty can be eradicated through engineering, knowledge-sharing, and the empowerment of women.  

“There is an assumption that I am less competent because I am young and a woman. I simply shrug this off by reflecting on my achievements and personal journey, from where I began to where I am now in my career.”