An inspirational entrepreneur famend for her passionate dedication to equality, range, and inclusion has been named College of the West of Scotland’s Chancellor-elect.
The college made this recognized by way of an announcement on its web site.
Yekemi Otaru, a tireless passionate supporter of girls in enterprise and an energetic mentor of enterprise homeowners on this planet’s poorest international locations, will formally take up the position of Chancellor on the College of the West of Scotland on 1 September 2021, succeeding Dame Elish Angiolini.
Yekemi, 42, holds 4 levels and has appreciable industrial expertise in engineering and advertising. She is Co-Founder and Government Director at Doqaru Restricted, a distinguished Aberdeen-based gross sales and advertising consultancy.
She can also be a board member of Interface, which connects a variety of organisations from nationwide and worldwide industries to Scotland’s universities, analysis institutes and faculties, matching them with world-leading tutorial experience to assist them develop. A bestselling creator and social media knowledgeable, Yekemi can also be recognized for her modern use of platforms comparable to LinkedIn.
As Chancellor, Yekemi will maintain formal powers to confer levels, diplomas and different tutorial distinctions, and can symbolize UWS at key occasions as an advocate and dignitary.
Yekemi mentioned, “I’m honoured to have been appointed Chancellor-elect of College of the West of Scotland, following within the footsteps of a exceptional particular person in Dame Elish Angiolini.
“We’re all dwelling by difficult occasions, and better schooling performs a significant position in society and for our economic system. I eagerly sit up for being a part of the College, because it continues to hold out world-class analysis and information switch initiatives comparable to within the areas of healthcare and sports activities science.
“Now could be the right time for me to be becoming a member of the College’s journey in inspiring and educating the subsequent era of graduates, geared up with the talents wanted to assist society get better from the pandemic.
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at UWS, added: “I’m delighted with Yekemi’s appointment because the College’s Chancellor-elect. Yekemi’s values very a lot align with these of UWS, from her ardour for advancing equality, range and inclusion (EDI) to her dedication to enterprise, and her appointment is reflective of our strategic mission to make a constructive distinction to wider society.
Yekemi is a exceptional instance of entrepreneurship and an incredible position mannequin for our college students and wider College neighborhood. I’m delighted to welcome her to the UWS household.
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at UWS
“I might additionally wish to pay tribute to Dame Elish Angiolini, who has been an impressive Chancellor and ambassador for the College. I’m deeply grateful for the dedicated and inspirational position she has performed in our UWS neighborhood.”
The appointment represents one other essential second in UWS’s historical past, because the position of Chancellor passes from one main determine to a different.
Dame Elish, who steps down from the position, mentioned: “It has been an awesome honour to symbolize UWS as its Chancellor, and I’ve actually loved every one in all my eight years on this position. Yekemi has my highest needs and I’m positive that she’s going to take pleasure in being a part of the very welcoming UWS neighborhood.”
Ellie Gomersall, President of the College students’ Union at UWS, mentioned, “Yekemi is a superb match for the position as Chancellor of the College. UWS is a twenty first century college and, with Yekemi’s spectacular background in social media and as a girl in engineering, her trendy method might be actually welcomed. I sit up for having the chance to work together with her and see what we are able to obtain collectively.”
Yekemi’s appointment comes at an thrilling time for UWS, and follows final yr’s launch of Technique 2025 – a daring imaginative and prescient laying out the foundations for the College to attain even better excellence on the world stage.
Yekemi is the primary of three youngsters of Dr Raphael and Mrs Sarah Awoseyin of Ayedun in Oke-Ero Native Authorities Space of Kwara State. Her youthful siblings are Mrs Adenike Onyia (a geologist and educationist based mostly within the UK) and Raphael Segun Awoseyin (a software program skilled based mostly in France).
She attended Auntie Rose Main Faculty at Ugborikoko in Warri and from there proceeded to Federal Authorities Faculty, Warri, the place she did solely JSS1 earlier than going to Oman together with her dad and mom in 1990.
She attended American British Academy (ABA)-a multi-racial highschool in Muscat, Oman and returned to Nigeria in 1994 to finish her secondary schooling at Larger Tomorrow Secondary Faculty (GTSS), Benin Metropolis.
From there, she proceeded to the College of Benin the place she studied and graduated with a Second Class Higher Division in Chemical Engineering in 2002.
She bought married to Gabriel Oghie Otaru-a Petroleum Engineer with Shell Petroleum, in Port Harcourt in March 2003 throughout her NYSC.
On finishing her NYSC, she was chosen by TotalFinaElf in Nigeria to be one of many 20 pioneer intakes into the collaborative MSc Petroleum Engineering programme of France’s Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP) and College of Port Harcourt.
She was one in all solely six graduates of that programme pioneer set provided a everlasting employment by TotalFinaElf. She quickly moved to the UK when her husband – a Petroleum Engineer with Shell was transferred to Aberdeen.
In 2016, Yekemi teamed up with Sarah Downs to determine Doqaru Restricted, offering knowledge-driven gross sales and advertising consultancy companies to a wide range of industries.
In 2016, Yekemi was named among the many prime 40 under-40 enterprise innovators by Scottish Enterprise Information. In September 2018, she was appointed to the board at Interface, a public sector backed institution serving to Scottish companies work extra carefully with tutorial establishments to drive modern tasks.