Introducing our 2021 Fellows, the fourteenth cohort. This group of 23 changemakers bring unique and varied experience to the programme as we navigate through the pandemic and beyond.
The Fellows will spend five months immersed in frontline services across London while learning to apply service design and social entrepreneurship to some of the toughest issues facing the country.
If you’re interested in applying to join a future cohort, register your details. We run two programmes each year.
Rilee’s vocation started as a fundraiser for multiple charities including UNICEF and the NSPCC, before shifting to the corporate sector working in business development for tech and marketing start-ups.
Charli is an active community builder, speaker, writer and advocate for accessibility. She is particularly interested in an intersectional approach to disability justice.
As an artist and curator, Alex is especially interested in working with LGBTQ+ youth and supporting them to raise their voices in a society that still discriminates based on gender and sexuality.
Ayan is a gender equality consultant who founded advocacy firm Voicing Voices. Ayan has previously worked as a secondary school and sixth form science teacher locally in inner London and abroad in Africa and the Middle East.
As a firm believer in the importance of fair access to education and nurturing mental health, Shenji aims to leverage his business and tech skills to harness technology and innovation to drive systemic change at scale.
With a background in applied linguistics, Kelly’s career has been in higher education and academic development where she co-created the internationally recognised Thinking Writing programme.
James has a degree in Acting with Collaborative & devised theatre. He is intrigued by personal and national narratives and how these stories shape our present and future situations.
Ben joins Year Here with a degree in Economics & Politics having worked across with some of the UK and Ireland’s largest grocery retailers, delivering first-to-market innovation and projects to help combat food waste.
Nathalia is an entrepreneur with a social impact mindset who believes businesses can cause positive change while profiting and contributing to the global economy.
Alex joins Year Here from social and economic consultancy, supporting organisations to deliver projects and programmes to benefit local communities using data and research.
While studying Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, Daisy focused on the systemic inequalities that women experience. She wrote her dissertation on the gendered biases that exist in criminal justice systems.
Graduating from Bournemouth University with a degree in Advertising, Michael worked as a marketing assistant. Feeling unfulfilled, he moved into work as a live-in carer.
Genevieve joined LEK Consulting’s Global Education Practice in India before returning to a UK in-house corporate strategy role and developing its ESG strategy.
With a background in Data, Dan is passionate about social mobility and exploring alternative ways of doing business to empower workers and distribute wealth fairly.
Jaskiran holds a degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Financial Risk and Investment Analysis from the University of Sussex, where she was a Widening Participation mentor and Teach First ambassador.
Roxana ran a centre that raises awareness about climate change in Edinburgh. She also worked in international organisations, government and NGO’s in various countries.
Elitsa has a background in sales and finance. Before making London her home, she lived and worked in countries as different as Myanmar and Argentina.
Oliver joins Year Here from a career in documentary distribution, where he worked with filmmakers and broadcasters to bring new documentary content to global audiences.
Jon has worked in postgraduate education focusing on creating peer-to-peer learning communities. He has an MSc in Sustainability and a postgraduate certificate in Biodiversity and Conservation Management.
Kirsten worked for the International Rescue Committee, developing partnerships that aided refugees, and immigrants to find employment. Most recently Kirsten worked with Médecins Sans Frontières.
From Newcastle West, Ireland, Rossa joins Year Here having worked as a product consultant in the private capital markets for the past two years.
After graduating and researching the effectiveness of charities overseas, Sarah spent time volunteering in Borneo with Raleigh International, a youth and sustainable development charity.
Jodienne has a degree in Industrial Design & Technology. She has worked in various roles, from teaching Design Technology, Catering and Construction to Technical and Support positions in schools.
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