• shapingfutures2021

Meet our team!

Updated: Apr 15, 2021

Behind the scenes, the Shaping Futures team is working hard to bring you the best conference possible. Want to find out more about who we are inside and outside of academia? Keep reading ...

Mila Zudina


I am a 2nd year PhD student in Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (FHMS). When not crunching data, I do printmaking, go cycling and hiking.

Khushboo Borah

Vice Chair

I am an ECR in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (Biosciences) researching on infectious diseases and metabolism. Outside research, I do outdoor activities and sports such as running, cycling and badminton.

Emily Charles


I am a 1st year astrophysics PhD student in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Outside of academia, I enjoy hiking in the beautiful Surrey countryside.

Emily Clifford

Financial Officer

I am a 1st year Radiation and Medical Physics PhD student in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. In my spare time I enjoy running and playing hockey.

Mukunthan Tharmakulasingam

Programme Officer

I am 3rd year PhD Student. My research focuses on Machine learning approaches in health care domain with a particular focus on predicting Antimicrobial resistance.

Jing Yu (Iris)

Programme Officer

I am first year Business Transformation PhD student in Surrey Business School. I used my part-time as researcher in FT and Radio host Broadcasting station in China.

Jeetendra Sahani

Marketing & Comms Officer

I am 3rd year PGR from Global Centre for Clean Air Research, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. My research involves utilising nature to manage risk of natural hazards. I love cooking, swimming and travelling.

Cheima Bouchrara

Marketing & Comms Officer

I’m a final year PhD student in Forensic Linguistics (FASS; CTS).Outside academia, I’m a tennis player, a certified Zumba instructor and a language teacher. I’m also fluent in four languages.

Jonathan Otty

Committee Member

I am a first year PhD researcher in the Department of Strategy and International Business. My research seeks to explain the rationale behind the use of third-party consultants in lobbying operations, with a specific emphasis on political risk and uncertainty.

Giuseppe Di Donato

Committee Member

I am a 3ʳᵈ year PhD student in Roman Law (FASS). In my scarce free time I like to practice martial arts, go to the dog pound, and listen to music.

Emilia Olsson

Committee Member

I am Research Fellow in the Chemical and Process Engineering Department (FEPS). My research uses computational materials modelling to understand atomic scale phenomena in energy materials to optimise the next generation of batteries.

Jenny Suno Wu

Committee Member

I am a 1st year PhD student in sustainable tourism policy (FASS) and lifelong learner! As a polyglot (9 languages) I teach languages and organise tours. I’m also a qualified yoga and mindfulness teacher.

Caroline Uncles

Committee Member

I am a first year PhD student in MiNMaT (FEPS). My research focusses on polymer vibration dampers. Outside of research I am an active member of the Scout Association.

Creating this conference for you has been an incredible journey so far, and we can’t wait to see you there. DCC 2021 edition, 22-23 June, online!

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