The AMOS Bursary Celebrates Top Royal Academy of Engineering Award for George Imafidon

We are so proud to announce that Extreme-E racing pioneer, social mobility advocate and Amos Alumni Ambassador George Imafidon has received two of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s highest accolades – Young Engineer of the Year and the Sir George Macfarlane Medal.

The award and medal, recognise the potential of engineers working in the UK who have demonstrated excellence in the early stage of their career. George received the medal – named after wartime radar pioneer Sir George Macfarlane – at the Academy Awards Dinner in London on Tuesday 12 July 2022.

George Imafidon is a Performance Engineer working with Sir Lewis Hamilton HonFREng’s Team X44 electric racing team to design Extreme-E race cars. The motorsport team, founded in September 2020, aims to draw attention to environmental issues by racing in remote locations affected by the climate crisis.

George’s fascination with mechanics stems from his formative years spent fixing bikes for his friends in South East London, a pastime that would eventually lead him to graduate from University College London with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

In addition to his E-racing career, George is also CEO and co-founder of Motivez, an app designed to help young people from underrepresented backgrounds access personalised opportunities, particularly within science, technology, engineering and maths.

George’s commitment to platforming underrepresented voices was further evidenced by his appointment in September 2020 to the Board of Commissioners for Sir Lewis Hamilton’s Commission set up jointly with the Royal Academy of Engineering to address the underrepresentation of Black people in UK motorsport. As a young Black engineer, George was able to advise and guide the Commission’s work, introduce the research team to key stakeholders and young engineers for interviews and steer the final report that enabled the Commission to achieve high public profile and political attention for this issue.

George took a gap year during his university studies to fundraise for the #AB1Million campaign, raising £1 million for the Amos Bursary to ensure talented young people of African and Caribbean descent have the opportunity to excel in education and beyond.

George has received many prestigious awards and accolades including a Princess Diana Award, Accenture Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, Top 10 Future Leaders Award, UK Top 10 Black Students award and features in the 2021 Powerlist. He is also featured in the 2021 series of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s This is Engineering videos, designed to encourage young people from all backgrounds to follow what they love doing into a career in engineering.

Colleen Amos OBE, CEO and co-founder of the Amos Bursary, says “George is passionate about building products that improve lives and communities and over the past five years, he has worked across engineering, technology, consulting, and finance with firms such as Google, Rolls-Royce, J.P Morgan, BCG and now with Team X44. He is a firm believer in creating opportunities where people see obstacles and ensuring everywhere he goes is better than he found it.”

Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi CBE FREng, Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Awards Committee, says: “Our Young Engineers of the Year are pushing back the boundaries of modern engineering and creating genuinely new economic opportunities in the process. They are also fantastic role models for any young person considering whether to join the engineering profession. I congratulate them all.” 

George speaks about receiving the award on ITV News 3rd Aug 2022

To find out about the other four RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineers of the Year take a look at the website https://raeng.org.uk/news/academy-celebrates-outstanding-young-engineers-of-the-year

Find out more about George’s journey with The AMOS Bursary here https://www.amosbursary.org.uk/george-imafidon-changingthenarrative/

Kenny and Burphy listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2022

Kenny & Burphy Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2022

Great news to start the month. Forbes 30 under 30 Europe lists Amos Alumni, Kenny Imafidon and Burphy Zumu under the category of Social Impact.

The list recognises the top 30 most impactful entrepreneurs under the age of 30 in Europe. It shows the power young leaders have to transform business and society.

Both Kenny and Burphy are humbled to be named on the list. Kenny commented on social media, “It’s always a blessing to be recognised for the work that we do. Although we don’t do it for the recognition, but to make an impact.” Burphy echoed his sentiments, “It is truly a blessing to be recognised in such a manner. Even more so in the month that marks an important anniversary for us!”

Burphy and Kenny, along with Leonie Bellio founded ClearView Research in May 2015. The company specialises in working with groups that are usually underrepresented in research.

Here at The AMOS Bursary, we have first-hand experience of the social impact of these two young men from our 2010 and 2012 cohorts. They both serve as “big brothers” to our younger students, motivating and supporting them on their journeys. They are also regular speakers on the AMOS Excellence Programme, offering insights from their personal experiences. Most recently they have taken the AMOS Bursary value of community spirit to the next level, as ClearView Research has become one of our corporate partners.

Forbes says, “The 30 Under 30 offers an annual opportunity to embrace the optimism, inventiveness and boldness of youth.” We say they couldn’t have picked two better people to represent those values than Burphy Zumu and Kenny Imafidon.

Find out how you too can become an AMOS Bursary Corporate Partner here https://www.amosbursary.org.uk/partners/

Discover more about the impactful work of ClearView Research on their website https://www.clearviewresearch.co.uk/

Check out the full list of 30 under 30 Europe 2022 honourees here https://www.forbes.com/30-under-30/2022/europe/

What’s on Your Bookshelf?

We’re always eager to share the knowledge so this World Book Day some of our alumni gave us an insight into their top reads.

The answers were nothing less than insightful so get ready for a bookshelf restock after you check these out.

  1. What book has had the biggest impact on your life to date and why?
“Since 2019, I’ve re-read this book over 4 times, bought it for my entire team and lived by all the teachings. It helped me pin down my purpose and taught me how to prioritise and win in all areas of my life (spiritually, physically, emotionally, professionally and financially). It came at a time when I would always get burned out. Thankfully since reading and taking the actions, that hasn’t happened again.”
“This showed me how ADHD can be a superpower!”
“This opened my mind to the wide range of aspects within the world of investing. It provides many great ideas on how to successfully invest in the stock market. There’s something in here for both new and experienced investors.”
“This book reinforced my understanding of how to embrace my versatility.”
“Reading this made me understand how detrimental limiting beliefs are to your capability of reaching your potential and taught me one of the mindsets universal to high achievers.”
“It’s more a business leadership book, however, in the abstract, the principles are applicable in leading one’s self to greatness. After reading it, I could instantly see the principle play out in real life.”

2. What is your number one must-read recommendation for all AB Students (other than Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which we all know is an AMOS Bursary staple!)?

3. What was the last book you read?

“We couldn’t have a book recommendation list without mentioning this staple of The AMOS Bursary”

So like we said, time for a bookshelf re-stock! If you do pick up any of the recommendations above share your own review with us in the comments. Happy Reading!

Making Black History

Making Black History

This October we will not only be acknowledging our inspiring black history, but #ChangingTheNarrative and celebrating our very own Black History Makers!

Everyday AMOS Bursary alumni are #PromotingExcellence and #ShapingFutures that will be written about in history books to come. Throughout the month we will be spotlighting a number of our pioneering alumni and introducing you to the people that inspire them to excel.

#AmosBursaryAlumni

#MakingBlackHistory

Kenny Behind BBC £10 million over 10 years

Kenny is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of ClearView Research Ltd, which specialises in research focussing on young people and underrepresented communities. The only black person on the board, In July he was instrumental in securing £10 million over 10 years making a difference to improve the lives of young black people in the UK. He said “I am excited about this new fund and I truly believe that this is the beginning of greater things to come as we continue on our mission to support children and young people most in need and create a greater focus on the challenges faced by young black people in the UK.”

In addition to his role on BBC Children in Need’s Board of Trustees, Kenny is a Trustee of several other charities, a member of the advisory board of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and co-founder of a prison programme called ‘My Brother’s Keeper’.

AB Alumni joins Lewis Hamilton to grow diversity in engineering and F1

George Imafidon, Co-founder of Motivez, and Royal Academy of Engineering Scholar said: “I’m excited about The Hamilton Commission and I truly believe that this is the beginning of greater things to come, as we continue on our mission to support more young people into engineering. Inclusion and excellence go hand in hand. Lewis Hamilton has used his platform as the first driver of colour and six-Time Formula One World Champion to advocate for greater diversity in motorsport and I’m very pleased to be working with him to make this a reality.”

Official Website: https://www.hamiltoncommission.org