Daiwa Scholars 2016

The Foundation is delighted to announce Daiwa Scholars 2016.

For this year’s intake, the Foundation has selected six Scholars.

In total, they have studied at five different universities and their subject areas encompass Aeronautical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, History, Music and Chemical Engineering.

Daiwa Scholars 2016 will depart for Tokyo in September 2016.

Their profiles with photographs can be found via the following link:

Daiwa Scholars 2016 profiles with photos, PDF

About the scholars

Monib Baber

Monib Baber was awarded an MEng (Hons) in Aeronautical Engineering by Imperial College London in 2014. He consequently worked at Rolls Royce plc as Kawasaki Heavy Industries Integration Manager, leading and developing the design engineering relationship for the two major engineering firms. He visited Japan for the first time in autumn 2015, on a business and holiday trip. Monib’s interest in Japan was initially sparked through traditional origami and Nintendo. His academic interest is in turbulence modelling and his professional interest is in strategic management. He aims to pursue a career developing strategies for research into emerging and advanced technology.

Olaseinde Jegede

Olaseinde Jegede was awarded a BEng (Hons) in Aerospace Engineering in 2012, and is currently completing a PhD in Aerospace Engineering, both at the University of Manchester. He has an interest in learning Japanese and has been teaching himself kanji. He enjoys Japanese anime and has been a long-standing member of the University of Manchester Japan Society. He seeks to gain experience in the Japanese aerodynamics and space systems design sectors. Thereafter, he would like to pursue a career in the aerospace departments of organisations such as JAXA whilst working in Japan. With the experience from these sectors, he aims to establish himself in an international corporation and contribute towards their dealings with the Japanese aerospace industry.

Kelly Maddox

Kelly Maddox was awarded a BA (Hons) and an MA in History in 2008 and 2012 respectively by Lancaster University. She continues to study at Lancaster where she is currently completing a PhD in History. Kelly has a long-standing interest in Japanese culture and history. She has practised Shotokan Karate since the age of 13 and her undergraduate dissertation compared American and Japanese imperialism in the 20th century. She took a beginner's Japanese language course at Manchester University and completed a six-week intensive language course at Sophia University in Tokyo in 2013. She aims to pursue a career in academia, specialising in her PhD topic on the nature of violence in the Japanese Empire (1937-1945) in the context of recent research conducted on mass violence in European Empires.

Benjamin Sykes-Thompson

Benjamin Sykes-Thompson is completing a BSc in Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. His long-standing interest in Japan was sparked by the fact that his great grandfather worked in Japan and that his grandfather and father were born and also worked in Japan. Ben was a teaching assistant in Japan for three months during his gap year in 2012 and visited Japan again with his father and brother in summer 2015. He seeks to further his knowledge of Japanese architecture, much of which he feels exhibits great simplicity in form and a beautiful sensitivity to spatial moments, to qualify and then continue practising as an architect.

Euan Taylor

Euan Taylor is completing a BMus (Hons) in Jazz Double Bass at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has an interest in Japanese music and has composed music inspired by Japanese folk music. Joe Hisaishi and Ryuichi Sakamoto are two of his musical heroes. Euan visited Japan for three weeks in July 2015, and attended live music events during his time in Tokyo. He hopes to create ties with local artists and musicians while in Japan during the Scholarship and to further his knowledge of Japanese music, particularly the koto. He would then like to apply his expertise in jazz and koto into creating improvised music along the lines of Aya Asakura and Michiyo Yagi. He aims to become a professional musician with a focus on composing scores for theatre and film.

Alisha Wong

Alisha Wong is completing an MEng (Hons) in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. Her long-standing interest in Japan was sparked at the age of eight by her interest in anime and manga. She travelled to Japan in 2003 with her family, where trips to Japanese baths and a Hello Kitty exhibition made an impression. She has a professional interest in Japan as a world leader in pharmaceuticals. Her aim is to make connections with Japanese pharmaceutical companies in order to gain professional experience which could then facilitate a global career in an international pharmaceutical company, drawing upon her training as a chemical engineer.