Olalekan Olatunde Joda

Year group: 2011

Degree: MPhil, Engineering

College: Robinson

Home country: Nigeria

Olalekan obtained his BSc degree (with First Class honours) in Civil Engineering from the University of Lagos in Nigeria where he received a University of Lagos Endowment Scholarship, an Ogun State Scholarship and a Federal Government of Nigeria Scholarships.

Before going on to study at the University of Cambridge, Olalekan was a Civil/Structural Engineer with Mott MacDonald Limited.  He is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and his professional experience cuts across the oil & gas, building, water and construction industries in Nigeria helping to deliver major projects and facilities for Covenant University, the Ford Foundation, Chevron, Total and Nestle Nigeria Plc among others.  He has also been involved in charitable missions helping remote communities and promoting the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) across Nigeria.

Olalekan then was awarded a Commonwealth Shared Cambridge Scholarship to undertake an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development.   His research interests include engineering design, systems dynamics, climate change and sustainable development.

Whilst at Cambridge, Olalekan interned with Mott MacDonald Limited, served as an Executive Adviser to the Cambridge University Nigeria Society (CUNS), was a member of the Cambridge University United Nations Association (CUUNA) and the Cambridge Commonwealth Society, and was chosen as an Ambassador for the Global Poverty Project (GPP), UK (in conjunction with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Cooperatives, UK).

Writing about Cambridge, Olalekan says “studying at the world’s best University, sharing ideas with the world’s leading thinkers and walking on the same historic paths as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Ernest Rutherford fills one with deep inspiration of the vast possibilities of human endeavour.  I am grateful to the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and I hope to use the skills acquired at Cambridge to solve critical infrastructural problems and transform the future of my home country”.