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Edu-Cater Global is a social enterprise that exists to Establish, Nurture and Enhance a world where Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) is experienced by diverse individuals across the world, consequently bridging the gap between STEM education and industry – offering equal opportunities. That’s our commitment.

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Alex Makalliwa

Chief Operating Officer (COO) – Africa

Alex is a budding engineer, entrepreneur and academic. He’s currently serving as General Manager at Solar E-Cycles Kenya – an organisation that designs and assembled light electric solar-powered tricycles. The organisation’s larger vision is to provide off-grid communities with affordable access to mobility and renewable energy. Alex’s aspiration is to develop technology whose adoption across Africa will have demonstrable social impact. Away from startups, you’ll find him reading, writing or trying to restore classic cars.

Achievements

  • 2017 shortlist for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation – RAEng

Darren Williams

Director of Strategic Partnership and Finance

Dr Darren Williams is a Chartered Fellow of Engineering (IET), who works for TWI Ltd and Lancaster University.

TWI Ltd (The Welding Institute) is one of the world’s foremost independent Research and Technology Organisations, with expertise in materials joining and engineering processes as applied in industry. His role is the Welding Systems Manager, which has a focus on R&D of novel Digital Technologies for implementation into manufacturing industries.

At Lancaster University Darren’s role is the Director of the Joining 4.0 Innovation Centre, this role focuses on Developing and implementing Industry 4.0 focused joining and advanced manufacturing techniques and systems, enabling smart and digital based manufacturing solutions.

Recent awards:

  • 2019 Paul Fletcher Award – The Institute of Engineering Technology
  • 2018 British Black Business Award (BBBA) Winner – Science Technology Engineering Maths: Rising Star

Frida Nzaba

Founder & CEO of Edu-Cater Global

I work as an Overhaul Manufacturing Engineer in Rolls-Royce Plc, Engine Overhaul Services. This role consists of developing and implementing methods that can be used to repair various components from a jet engine and methods that can be used to strip and assemble the engine in a timely and safe manner. I am directly supporting the shop floor and resolving any technical issues that arise, while continuously improving our processes and the way we work.

I am proud to contribute the WISE Young Professionals Board by informing and advising the WISE campaign on how to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

I founded Edu-Cater Global as a vehicle to bridge the gap between education and industry, by equipping individuals with knowledge, exposure and networks in order to empower them into STEM careers.

Achievements

  • Professionally registered as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) by the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology)
  • Shortlisted for the We Are The City Rising Star Award 2019 – Science and Technology Sector