Finding True North

Sharing the pivotal lessons and moments that can help you navigate your career.

What is Finding True North?
Finding True North is a virtual series of inspiring career stories delivered through interactive YouTube Live sessions. Students and early professionals are all welcome to join!

Every Wednesday at 3:30pm (UK time) for May, moving to 5:00pm (UK time) from June 2020.

Sanaya Khambatta

May 6th 2020 | 3:30pm (UK time)

Sanaya Khambatta | Digital Strategy and iX Consultant | IBM

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Sanaya currently works at IBM as a Technical consultant, however, she has undertaken a variety of roles, both business and technically orientated, that have enabled her to understand technical feasibility and discussions, whilst applying business acumen and processes within a project. 

Sanaya has also worked with IBM at Wimbledon for 4 years as part of the technology deployment and support team. She also undertook her placement year at IBM where she sat in business operations across multiple industries, whilst studying Information Technology Management for Business at university. 

Matthew Carver

May 13th 2020 | 3:30pm (UK time)

Matthew Carver | Technology Engineer | GSK

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Matthew is a Technology Engineer at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where he builds technical solutions that support the research and delivery of cell and gene therapies to patients.

Matthew joined GSK straight out of school almost 5 years ago as a Degree Apprentice, and graduated from Queen Mary University, London in July 2019. He’s a real computer nerd who loves any technical challenge that is thrown at him. 

Hannah Forbes

May 20th 2020 | 3:30pm (UK time)

Hannah Forbes | Founder and Consultant | The Funding Crowd

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Hannah is the Founder and CEO of The Funding Crowd, a consultancy helping start-ups get funding via alternative routes such as crowdfunding. After studying Mechanical Engineering at University, Hannah found an interest in working with and in technology start-ups. This initially led to her starting her career as a Software Developer at Sky before deciding to start her business in October of 2018.

As well as supporting businesses,  as part of her PhD studies Hannah also conducts research into crowdfunding at Cambridge Judge Business School at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.

Sina Haghighat

May 27th 2020 | 3:30pm (UK time)

Sina Haghighat | Team Lead | Shell

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Sina started working for Shell in 2013 as a graduate and has had exposure to different areas of the business (Exploration, Production, Retail), which included international assignments in Norway and Canada. He then went on to lead a global team of Business Analysts; delivering projects for Shell Canada in the retail space.

 In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports, keeping fit and volunteering at student events. 

Jessica Dowdall

June 3rd 2020 | 5:00pm (UK time)

Jessica Dowdall | Data Operations Manager | Dyson

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Jessica currently works at Dyson as their Data Operations Manager. Jessica studied a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Social Science at University, yet it was when she worked for Apple during her studies where she realised her real passion for technology innovation. After graduating University, Jessica went on an around-the-world trip before she moved to London to start her technology career without a Computer Science degree. With lots of resilience, new skills, and support from technology networks, she successfully landed jobs in Cybersecurity, SAP, Emerging Technologies, and Cloud. Jessica’s Global Innovation role at Capgemini was based in Wales, yet gave her opportunities to work and travel to India, Spain, France, and more. Jessica has since navigated herself to undertake a new challenge - working on Global Data Services at Dyson. 

Emma Cheshire

June 10th 2020 | 5:00pm (UK time)

Emma Cheshire | Senior Account Executive | Propeller Group

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Emma is a Senior Account Executive at PR agency Propeller Group, where she works with multiple B2B clients across the technology, retail and media industries. She graduated from the University of Southampton with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature in 2015.

After graduation she completed an MA in English and American Literature at the University of Kent, studying part of her degree in France at its Paris School of Arts and Culture. Prior to Propeller Group, she interned at various consumer PR agencies, a film office and the Times Educational Supplement.

Maheen Choonara

June 17th 2020 | 5:00pm (UK time)

Maheeen Choonara | Diversity and Inclusion Advisor | Cancer Research UK

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Maheen is a Diversity and Inclusion Advisor at Cancer Research UK (CRUK). As part of this role, she is responsible for communicating the organisation’s diversity agenda and strategically supports 7 employee resource groups and 40 inclusion champions across CRUK. Before becoming a Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, Maheen previously managed the communication channels for CRUK’s Early Diagnosis Programme run in partnership with the NHS and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Maheen attended University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s English and a Master’s in English Literary Studies. During her Master’s, she completed a Communications internship at CRUK within their Corporate Partnerships Team. More recently, Maheen created @ourkeyworkers, an Instagram initiative to showcase the people, their stories, and efforts of ethnic minority key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Sam Jellard

June 24th 2020 | 5:00pm (UK time)

Dr Sam Jellard | Co-founder and CTO | Mane Biotech

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Sam completed his BEng Electronic Engineering degree at University, before continuing to do a PhD which investigated converting the kinetic impact energy of falling water droplets into electrical energy. He completed two years of his PhD in Singapore at the Institute for Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR.

After returning to the UK and finishing his research, he was accepted into the leading talent investor, Entrepreneur First, which supported him in the creation of his first start-up company where he is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Sam co-founded Mane Biotech, a company which aims to unlock the natural regeneration potential of the human body in order to tackle different health issues -starting with the development of a unique solution to combat hair loss.