MEET OUR TEAM

Putting your faith in someone can be scary so we want to make sure there is 100% transparency between the team and our mentees. 

 

Want to know more about our mentors? Read about them below!

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SIMRAN SANGLA

Co-founder/Mentor

I am a Chemical Engineering graduate and am currently working at BP in their Trading & Shipping division. I completed my undergraduate degree at UCL followed by a Master's in Advanced Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. I have taken opportunities to gain experience in a variety of industries, ranging from technology to consulting to the energy sector.

Stepping into university and constantly hearing about careers was an overwhelming experience, however with the support from my peers and university network, I was fortunate enough to expand my knowledge and have access to many useful resources. Therefore, I have co-founded Accelerate with the intention to motivate and to help students get a head start on their university or career journey.

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JASNEET KAUR TAAK

Co-founder/Mentor

I am a 2019 QMUL Physics graduate and am currently starting my funded Master's in the Physics department at Imperial College London. I have obtained work experience in a variety of sectors including AI, defence, finance and healthcare in companies and universities such as GlaxoSmithKline, InvestIN, Imperial College London and Northrop Grumman.

After seeing the consistent lack of equality of BAME candidates in top jobs, and being lucky enough to receive help from my personal mentors, I have understood the importance of guidance and education. Therefore I have co-founded Accelerate to educate and support other BAME students with the aim of closing the diversity gap.

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ANUP PATEL

Events Lead/Mentor

I’m a Strategy & Consulting Analyst at Accenture where I’ve been working on large-scale technology transformation projects. I graduated with a Master's in Mechanical Engineering with Sustainable Energy Systems and I’ve taken on countless projects in the renewable energy/electric vehicle industry. I’ve previously worked in the charity sector and having first-hand experience of how much my mentor supported me, I’d like to use this platform to give back and support students wherever possible!

Since graduating and beginning work, I’ve been determined to continue developing and learning where I can. As a student from a social mobility background, I’ve seen the difficulties in finding opportunities. Thus, I’m really excited to join the team to shape future initiatives in hopes of encouraging students and supporting their growth.

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KEVAL PATEL

Events Lead/Mentor

I am an Operations Consultant at Arup who has graduated from both Imperial College London (Master's) and the University of Surrey (Bachelor's) in Chemical Engineering. My previous experience includes a year-long placement as an engineering intern at Rolls-Royce and a summer internship with a petrochemical consultancy firm in Beijing, China.

Since getting involved with Accelerate as a mentor, I have found the vision and wider cause of the organisation to be inspiring, particularly as I felt such a platform would have been useful to me when I was a bit younger! Hence, when the opportunity came to increase my involvement and join the team in a more active capacity, it was a no-brainer for me and I am really looking forward to helping out and adding as much value as I can for students.

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SINGH BINDRA

Mentor

I am a Dentistry BDS graduate from King's College London with a keen interest in Craniofacial Sciences. I am currently a Foundation Dentist, aspiring to be an Endodontic specialist. Happy to help with anything related to Dentistry!

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RAFAT

AHMED

Mentor

I am currently a Physics Master's student at Imperial College London, specialising in atmospheric Physics. I am keen on a career in data science as I have enjoyed completing various projects around data analysis and data visualisation.

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AAKANSHA

VERMA

Mentor

I am a Futures and Options Analyst at Macquarie Investment Bank within the Commodities and Global Markets Division. I graduated in June 2019 with a degree in Economics from Queen Mary University of London. I'd love to advise and help students on applications and a career within Banking.

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MOHAMMED ALTAB

Mentor

I have just completed my degree in BSc Geography with Economics at LSE. I will be starting my graduate role at Deutsche Bank, in October, as an Investment Banking Analyst. Prior to LSE, I took a gap year where I worked as a Market Research Analyst for Plan-Net and then a Private Equity Summer Analyst at OpCapita. I have served as a Student Ambassador for LSE and have been involved in a lot of marketing material for the University, such as creating a YouTube vlog and working with UCAS. 

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HASHIM

SHAMSI

Mentor

I am an Electronic Engineering graduate from the University of Surrey, now working within Cyber Security. I have experience in security architecture, control systems/ wireless, and general engineering. I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, and creating work forces representative of the societies we live in. Happy to help!

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KATHARINE

NSIAH

Mentor

I am about to start my 5th year of medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. I have recently graduated from Kings College London with an intercalated degree in Primary Care. Coming from a family with no medical background, I struggled to get “insider information” about the application process. So, I am excited to be part of an initiative which provides support to those aspiring to reach their goals!

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AHMED

ALI

Mentor

I am a third year Chemical Engineering student at UCL entering my final year, pursuing a masters in Advanced Chemical Engineering. I have had internship experience within Asset Management and engineering research. I also possess a keen interest in the strategy consulting sector. I am more than happy to help students get into those fields.

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SHAHID

ZADRAN

Mentor

After studying towards a degree in Chemical Engineering at UCL, I began my next chapter at University of Cambridge through an MPhil in Chemical Engineering. In my final years, deciding between a career in engineering and my newly found interest in Quantitative Finance, I pursued the latter which led me to accept an Analyst role with BlackRock. With a diverse set of career paths and life experiences, I look forward to sharing my perspectives and tips on making that next decision.

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GAVRA

NWAMADI

Mentor

I studied Chemical Engineering at University College London. I've done several Investment Banking internships at banks such as JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and BNP Paribas and I will be starting my career at Bain & Company as an Associate Consultant in their London office. I'm really passionate about helping people achieve academic and career success and so I'm really excited to be a part of this amazing program!

GURVINDER

RIYAIT

Mentor

I am currently an Associate working in PwC’s Cyber Security Division. I graduated in December 2019 with a Maths Degree (First Class) from the University of Birmingham. I’m more than happy to provide guidance on Maths itself as well as Maths related careers!

HARI KUMARAKURUPAR-AN

Mentor

I am a third year Master's student at Imperial College London, and currently studying Chemistry. My passion for Chemistry, I hope will be applied in the legal sector, more specifically Patent Law. Feel free to ask any questions!

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AURORA

Mentor

I am currently studying Dentistry at the University of Bristol. My three years at university have been a rollercoaster but regardless of the tough days, I am excited to go back and learn more at dental school! Clinical hours have highlighted the importance of listening to others in order to provide the best
support to the patients attending the dental hospital. I aim to listen to and support students in the
same way through this programme.

PREEYENHA ELANGO

Mentor

I’m a soon to be Maths graduate from King’s College London. From taking a gap year before starting university to pursuing an extremely rigorous degree, my overall experience has definitely been unique, yet rewarding. I was part of Rothschild & Co’s first ever women’s Spring Insight Programme in Global Advisory during my second year of university. I myself am looking into changing career paths. I am more than happy to help students applying to university - be it for Maths or in general - with advice! I’m also happy to help university students interested in gaining experience in the Corporate Finance sector.

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SABEEKA QUERESHI

Mentor

I am a Computer Science graduate from the University of Birmingham. I have interned at BT, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. I will be returning to Deutsche Bank to complete a technology graduate scheme!

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SAATVIK

POTLURI

Mentor

I'm currently completing MRes Biomedical Research from Imperial College London. In 2019, I graduated from QMUL with a BSc Biomedical Sciences degree and have completed research projects in various fields. I'm happy to assist anyone with getting into biomedical programs!

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AVINASH 

BHATTI

Mentor

I am a third year Physics student at Imperial College London with a keen interest in the defence & space, aviation & aerospace, and engineering & technology sector. I would love to help students with their applications within the aforementioned fields.

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MYTHILI SUTHARSON

Mentor

I have a degree in chemical engineering at UCL and am now studying a masters in chemical engineering & biotechnology at the University of Cambridge. I have experience in a variety of industries. I have worked in engineering with Procter and Gamble, strategy and management consulting with Strategy and investment banking division with Rothschild & Co. I will be starting my graduate job at Bain & Company in January 2021. I am happy to provide advice on applying to any of the aforementioned industries!

RIYA
PATEL

Mentor

I am a King's College Mathematics graduate and have now completed my first year working at Deloitte in Tax Management Consulting. I am also currently studying to become a Chartered Accountant through the ICAEW. I'm looking forward to supporting students that want to apply to one of the big 4 firms, or looking at a career in the finance sector in the future!

ELSIE
ALKO

Mentor

I am about to start my final year of my physics degree at Bristol. During my time at university, I have been involved in several volunteering projects, started a SU society and I currently mentor for IntoUniversity. I have also had several job roles and completed internships at Lloyds Banking group, the FCA and for TeachFirst. I'm really passionate about making STEM more accessible and I look forward to sharing everything I can regarding do’s and dont’s of university and job/internship applications!

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ZARA

HAIDER

Mentor

I’m in my 5th year of MBBS Medicine at UCL. My experience so far has been exciting but also very tough.  Starting my clinical years and seeing how all the theory learnt in the pre-clinical period is applied to real life situations and to helping real people is definitely the best part of the educational experience. I would be so happy to help those considering applying to Medicine this year.

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KHATTAK

Mentor

I graduated from UCL in 2019 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and I am currently working as a technology consultant at Accenture. My most recent role is as a sales enablement analyst whereby I help the firm sell large tech transformation deals. My interests, however, lie within trading and more specifically the oil market. Along with a passion for coding and building machine learning models, it is an area I can see my future in. More than happy to help students interested in consulting or trading!

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HALEEN

KURANA

Mentor

I’m a medical student at Imperial College London now progressing onto my intercalated year where I will be completing a BSc in Pharmacology. Having been through the application process and a significant extent of the course and now using this to explore my future options, I would be happy to help in answering any medicine queries and applications!

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DEVYANI

SAINI

Mentor

I graduated from Imperial College this year with a First Class Honours in Biochemistry, and am continuing there on the MRes Molecular & Cellular Biosciences course. I am really excited to share my experience with anyone leaning towards academia and research.

MARCO 

WONG

Mentor

I just graduated from MSc Investment and Wealth Management at Imperial having done BEng Chemical Engineering at UCL. I have experiences across consulting (PA Consulting & Monitor Deloitte) and banking (Citi S&T). Happy to help with anything from CV/Cover Letter to interviews, or even if you just want someone to talk to!

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SARAPARAN

SAHADEVAN

Mentor

I am currently in my 4th year of Medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical school. Getting into medical school is tough, emotionally draining and a nightmare. However, with the right support, it can be made much easier. I am hoping to support my future mentees so that the whole process is not as stressful. I have learnt so much from my course, the good, the bad and the ugly and I am so excited to share these experiences with you!

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ZUMER

MALEK

Mentor

I am currently moving to Deloitte on the Technology Risk Advisory graduate scheme in Reading after working for a year in SSE Plc, Utilities and energy provider, on the engineering graduate scheme. I studied MEng Chemical Engineering at UCL. During my past 5 years I have gained a variety of experiences, from volunteering in a hospital, spent summer coding within the research engineering department to designing a foundational CCS model another summer. Past year I experienced the working life surrounding a waste disposal power plant near Leeds and how 5G would optimise the safety systems.

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AMAN

GROVER

Mentor

I'm currently studying for my Master's degree in Climate Change: Environment, Science and Policy at King's College London, with a Bachelor's in Geoscience from Keele University. I'm hoping to pursue a career in climate policy, with an avid interest in disaster risk and resilience. I'm very excited to be working with Accelerate Mentoring, and keen to support students from a variety of STEM backgrounds (especially environmental!). 

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DAVID

OKORO

Mentor

Hi, my name is Chukwudi David Okoro and I am an MEng Chemical Engineering graduate from UCL. I recently interned this summer in the investment banking division at Barclays Investment Bank, specifically within a sector M&A team and I was fortunate to receive a full-time offer for February 2021. I have also been fortunate enough to have prior internship experiences including my summer internship within ECM at Barclays Investment Bank and my equity research spring internship at Goldman Sachs. Interestingly, I am using the free time I have before starting the full-time job next year to travel and gain some other valuable skills. 

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SIMRIT

KAUR

Mentor

I am a student at Imperial College London and am studying Mechanical Engineering. In getting here I have had opportunities to complete work experience at engineering consultancy Mott Macdonald and BA. I am looking forward to working with mentees and helping wherever I can in pursuing engineering!

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MAATHUSHA JEYARAJAH

Mentor

I'm a final year medical student at Barts and The London and I previously took a year out to do my intercalated degree in Global Public Health. Currently, I also sit on the Barts medical interview panel for prospective students as a student interviewer. Medicine has been a tough but extremely rewarding journey thus far, and I am looking forward to using my experience to help students with their medical applications and answer any questions!

ABDUL

MILAD

Mentor

I have graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where I completed an LLB in Laws. I recently co-founded a social enterprise, called Transcend Education LLP. Moreover, during my three years at the LSE, I took on a plethora of different roles. For instance, I was a Student Ambassador, Pathways to Law Mentor, and a Course Assistant for the LSE Widening Participation department. If there is anything I could help on, particularly on the UCAS application process, please feel free to give me a shout!

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HARPREET MANN

Mentor

I graduated in 2017 with a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering. During my studies and since graduating from the University of Surrey, I have worked in the Engineering (Utilities, Oil and Gas sectors) and Consulting industries. I am happy to advise students considering a degree/career in these fields.

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ELMA MARY

BABU

Mentor

I am a Biochemistry graduate from the University of Surrey, currently working full-time at a leading pharmaceutical company in the Health Economics and Outcomes Research team. I am also studying part-time for an MSc in Economic Evaluation in Healthcare at City, University of London. I have 3 years of experience within the pharmaceutical industry and spent a year working in healthcare communications. I am happy to share my experiences if you are considering further study/ a career in healthcare related fields.

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MOHAMED

ZAMDI

Mentor

I will be starting as an Analyst with Accenture this year following my Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath. I have experience as an engineer in the Oil & Gas industry and as a voluntary consultant within the third sector. I am really excited to share my experiences and help students interested in consulting or engineering career paths.