We have an extremely talented network of tutors who have joined us on our International Enrichment Programs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and London Scholar’s Program.
Our Executive Team
James Cetkovski | Program Director
Dr James Cetkovski is presently Lecturer in English at Trinity College at the University of Oxford. He holds a doctorate in English from the University of Oxford, where he researches twentieth century literature from a sociological perspective. Originally from Canada, James was elected to Phi Beta Kappa after graduating with highest honours with a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in the United States. He earned a master’s degree with distinction from Oxford prior to beginning his DPhil work. He has served in both Program Director and Academic Director roles and has worked as an educational consultant in Hong Kong. Next year he will be Lecturer in English at St Peter’s College, Oxford. In his spare time James plays squash, in which he has represented his county as well as the University of Oxford in two Varsity Matches against Cambridge.
David Pettitt | Academic Director
Dr David Pettitt is a medical doctor and academic surgeon. He graduated from the University of Liverpool with the highest award of honours, obtained a degree in Management from Imperial College London’s Business School and was the SENS Research Foundation Scholar at the University of Oxford during his DPhil (PhD) research. He undertook postgraduate training in London and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery training in the Oxford Deanery, and was recently appointed as the Sir David Cooksey Fellow in Healthcare Translation and Digital Health at the University of Oxford. He is the recipient of over twenty-five academic awards, has published in numerous high impact journals and regularly presents to national and international audiences. He has been a member of teaching faculty at Imperial College London and Oxford Medical School, and regularly serves as an advisor in the entrepreneurship, education and healthcare sectors.
Lin Li | Program Director
Dr Lin Li has more than ten years of experience teaching Academic English and English Literature in Singapore and the UK. In 2015, she received the Tan Kah Kee Postgraduate Scholarship (Singapore), awarded to scholars in recognition of their excellence in academic research and contribution to the community. She has also served as a specialist assessor for GCE examinations and the English Literature Admissions Test for the University of Oxford. In 2017, she graduated with a PhD in English without corrections from the University of Cambridge, Queens’ College, for her research on residual figuration in theatre and visual art. Presently, she is working on a book on classical piano music, contracted for publication in end-2018 by World Scientific. She performs the piano regularly and holds a Licentiate in Piano Performance from ABRSM.
Gauri Ang | Academic Coordinator and Neuroscience (Advanced) Tutor
Dr Gauri Ang graduated from the University of Oxford where she completed her doctoral studies in Neuroscience as a Wellcome Trust scholar. She was part of the Sleep and Neuroscience Institute where she investigated the role of genes in disrupted sleep and cognition. She also holds a first-class BSc in Biomedical Sciences from University College London, where she received yearly examination prizes and awards, and graduated as the top finalist in her course. Gauri has multiple years of experience teaching Neuroscience, Medicine, and Global Health to students from various countries aged between 13 and 21.
Victoria Ingram | Welfare Director
Victoria Ingram graduated from Kings College London in 2009 with a first-class honours degree in Physiotherapy, and the King’s myScholarship Award for the highest performing graduate in her year. Vicki has since worked for leading teaching hospitals in central London and currently works as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist for the British Civil Service. She regularly teaches and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students, and has experience leading a team with responsibilities including welfare, management and program co-ordination. Alongside work she enjoys playing badminton, having previously represented England internationally.
Zeeshaan Arshad | Medical Sciences Tutor
Zeeshaan currently reads Medicine at the University of Cambridge having completed the preclinical portion of his degree at the University of St. Andrews where he achieved a first-class honours degree. He has developed research interests in artificial intelligence, financial modeling, healthcare translation, and regenerative medicine whilst working at numerous institutions around the world including the University of Oxford and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He has authored over 12 peer-reviewed publications in top journals including Nature Biotechnology. In addition, his work has been presented at international and national conferences. Zeeshaan is the recipient of over 15 academic prizes and scholarships including the Wolfson Intercalated Degree Research Fellowship, which is awarded to top performing medical students in the UK by the Royal College of Physicians.
Andrej Vasilj | Mechanical Engineering Tutor
Andrej is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. He researches on steam turbine development for General Electric, specifically non-equilibrium condensing flows in steam turbines using state of the art physical and mathematical models. Andrej finished his bachelor and master’s degrees among the top 1% in his generation and has taken on a broad range of engineering opportunities in multinational corporations such as Airbus GmbH and Shell. Some of his other research interests include particle deposition, blade liquid film formation, coarse water droplet generation and modelling of turbine losses.
Aaron Wade | Petrochemical Engineering Tutor
Aaron has recently completed his Masters in Chemical Engineering at University College London. This year he completed a research project modelling the effect that diet has on Type 2 diabetics. Outside of his studies, he is passionate about sports and has recently been competing in powerlifting at national and international events. During his time at UCL, he has been President and Captain of the powerlifting club and Chairman of the Chemical Engineering society.
Shabaaz Tariq | Financial Engineering Tutor
Shabaaz is currently studying a MSc in Engineering with Finance at UCL. Having majored in Mechanical Engineering for his bachelor’s degree, he has a multidisciplinary background that spans diverse interests in current and emerging technology in Financial Engineering. He also has extensive practical experiences, including a year-long attachment with the Power Generation Research Department of the US Conglomerate General Electric in Switzerland. As the recipient of many prizes in Engineering, such as the Crown Cork and Seal Prize for excellence in design engineering and the Jaguar Land Rover First Prize for structural engineering, he loves sharing his knowledge with like-minded people.
Miragshin Abutalibov | Cryptography & Cybersecurity Tutor
Miragshin is a Red Team analyst and a part-time MSc student at the University of Oxford, where he is majoring in Software and Systems Security with GCHQ pathway. He has more than 5 years of professional experience in the offensive side of cybersecurity. Currently, Miragshin is founder of a cybersecurity laboratory in Azerbaijan and trains specialists in the field. Every year he is invited by the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan to give talks and presentations in various universities across the country.
Justin Rhodes | Coding & Computer Programming Tutor
Samuel Martin | Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science Tutor
Samuel Martin is a first-class Computer Vision student from Cardiff University. His final year project specialised in vision and autonomous robotics. This achieved a mark of 97% and was awarded the 2017 European Undergraduate Award for Computer Science. His hobbies include wearable technology, lighting, robotics, tutoring and media. With a year and a half of commercial experience, he is now working freelance in 3D printing, wearable tech and software development. His two main goals in life are to make stuff and help people.
Tom Paine | Mathematical & Physical Sciences Tutor
Tom is currently a PhD student at the Computer Science faculty at Oxford, after having completed an undergraduate Masters in Mathematics (also at Oxford). His currentwork involves using a categorical approach to understanding the combinatorial games present in finite model theory. Outside of his work, he is a keen fan of board games and card games, and he also plays squash for the university team.
Ryan Alleyne | Academic English Tutor
Ryan completed his undergraduate degree in law at Queen Mary University where he is currently studying towards his LLM in Tax Law. His research interests include the international taxation of intangible assets, with particular focus on intellectual property and domestic tax rules relating to patent boxes. His passion for teaching and learning extends to his professional environment; he founded a freelance company in 2015 wherein he offers appraisals for written works and shares insights gained from an extensive amount of experience in written and digital communication.
Salah Sharief | Academic English Tutor
Salah Sharief is currently undertaking a PhD in Law at the University of Leeds, researching on drones and the dehumanisation of war. Although born and raised in Manchester, England, Salah’s family is originally from Iraq, so this research is of particular personal significance to him. Salah utilised his expertise in writing to found Wordsmiths Editing Ltd., a proofreading company that specialises in editing academic work. In addition, he has created a Udemy.com course that helps students improve their exam preparation and technique. Salah also enjoys studying and teaching the Islamic sciences within the UK and overseas in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Morocco. Upon completion of his PhD, Salah intends to expand his business while furthering his academic career and giving back to the community.
Sandra Sullivan | Medical Sciences (Foundation) Tutor
Sandra Sullivan is a PhD candidate at Imperial College London researching key molecules involved in cancer pathogenesis. Her academic background includes a Masters in Molecular and Cellular Biology Research which she graduated with a First after achieving distinction in all three research projects. Prior to that, Sandra achieved the highest accolade with her BSc in the Biomedical Sciences by graduating with a First and winning the Institute of Biomedical Science’s ‘President Prize’, awarded to the best graduating student. In tandem with her research career, Sandra has nurtured a passion for teaching and undertook training in teaching methods in preparation for fellowship with the Higher Education Agency. Sandra has also worked as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) at Imperial since 2016.
Charlotte Johnson | Medical Sciences (Advanced) Tutor
Charlotte moved to Cambridge in 2012 to study for a BA in Natural Sciences at Emmanuel College, before going on to complete her clinical medicine training at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine. She has recently worked in Uganda, supporting doctors and midwives in a rural hospital, and in Nepal, where she helped to run clinics in remote Himalayan villages. Charlotte supervises undergraduates in physiology at the University of Cambridge, as well as teaching students on the hospital wards. She is also a senior tutor for a UK based organisation that provides interview and exam preparation courses for prospective medical applicants.
Sandra Adele | Neuroscience (Foundation) Tutor
Sandra completed her undergraduate degree in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience and went on to study Pharmacology at the University of Oxford. Sheis passionate about how advances in science can be used to address healthcare issues in developing countries. Since 2017, she has been working on a program funded by Roche Pharmaceuticals in Tanzania focused on innovative and cost-effective ways to combat health issues. Prior to this, she had interned with the Desmond Tutu HIV foundation and UNICEF Ghana. She plans on making her return to the lab in Fall, where she would be studying for her PhD in Clinical Neuroscience at Oxford, focusing on biomarkers against Parkinson’s disease. In her spare time, she loves playing rugby, traveling and experimenting on recipes.
Sanjana Choudhury | Systems Biology Tutor
Sanjana is a devoted researcher in the field of Infectious Diseases. She was previously a Lecturer at the Department of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology at Jagannath University, Bangladesh and a visiting Research Scholar at Harvard Medical School. While at Harvard Medical School, she worked with WHO on antimicrobial surveillance systems. Along with her peers, she built a non-profit charity organization called ‘Shwapnochari’ in Bangladesh which provided free education to underprivileged children in Dhaka. She holds an MSc degree from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a bachelor’s degree with first class honours from the University of Dhaka. She is currently working with Public Health England in a joint project on Clostridium difficile infection.
Lizzie Wadsworth | Biotechnology Tutor
Lizzie is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, working on the parasites that cause African sleeping sickness. During her work, she combines laboratory experiments with bioinformatics (computer programming). Outside of research she also has experience working in food safety testing and STI testing. This year, Lizzie was awarded an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in recognition of her teaching. Sheenjoys knitting and playing the flute in her spare time and has taken part in sponsored hitchhikes across Europe.
Jenjira Jaimunk | Coding & Computer Programming Tutor
Jenjira is a PhD student in Computer Science at King’s College London. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Software Engineering from Chiang Mai University, where she also lectured before moving to London. She has won several awards including the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship under the E-link projects at Università degli Studi del Sannio (2009) and the cLINK project at Bournemouth University (2015), and has received Best Paper Awards at the International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Management. In her free time, she enjoys cycling and reading.
Chenhao Wu | Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science Tutor
ChenhaoWu is a PhD student and teaching assistant at the University of Sheffield. She has degrees in Computer Science, Linguistics and Electronic Engineering, and combines her love for these fields in her work on machine learning, algorithms and coding. In addition, she has demonstrated for over 10 different Computer Science courses and was the recipient of Best Female Tutor for this program last year. Recently she designed 6 GCSE lessons on Automatic Speech Recognition for British high-schools and invented a customer-product-prediction system for her industrial work. Chenhaois an avid traveller and enjoys being creative in many fields.
Parvin Sadigova | Cryptography & Cybersecurity Tutor
Parvin is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at King’s College London, specializing in cyber security and human behaviour. As a winner of the ACM Turing Award Scholarship, she received an offer for the project ‘Security of Smart Buildings’ sponsored by GCHQ and has participated in major events such as ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Computing’s Greatest Achievements’organized by ACM in San Francisco. She also has more than 4 years of professional experience in penetration testing. In 2017, Parvin’s expertise was called upon by the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan to train and prepare specialists in the field of Cyber Security and Digital Forensics. In October, she will be named one of the young role models of Azerbaijan.
Hatwan Galali | Chemical Engineering Tutor
Hatwan graduated with a MEng Chemical with Biochemical Engineering from UCL in June 2017. Her final year research project looked at the engineering of an industrial biocatalyst to synthesise a novel pharmaceutical drug. As a student member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, she has participated in numerous programs and events, including an internship with Awamedica and speaking for the International Dialogue Institute. She has also been an avid educator at ICCUK for the past three years and has played a key role in various activities, such as interviewing and filming refugees in Iraq and Greece for the Children in Crisis documentary to raise funds. She looks forward to starting her new role as a Process Development Scientist to help make regenerative medicine candidates a reality. In her free time, Hatwan enjoys mountain hiking and travelling.
Leanne Durkan | Mathematical & Physical Sciences Tutor
Leanne is going to start her PhD later this year in Dublin. She will be modelling gravitational waves produced by colliding black holes to aid experiments in future decades. She is currently completing her Masters in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Originally from Ireland, Leanne grew up in the North of England but has also lived in the US, Canada and Vietnam. When she is not designing wormholes, she enjoys mountaineering and cycling, or playing the guitar and creating art. She has cycled across Ireland and has completed a number of expeditions in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Norway, North Vietnam and the Himalayas. In addition to teaching, one of her plans for the summer is to make a video series explaining the concept of gravitational waves so that more people can enjoy them!
Raquel Henriques Vaz | Space & Rocket Science Tutor
Raquel is teaching Space and Rocket Science for the second time on this program. She is currently in her last year of PhD at the Department of Mathematics in Imperial College London. Before joining ICL she studied Aerospace Engineering at IST in Lisbon. During her master’s dissertation, she worked on a European project that aimed to apply microwave radiation on a large-scale to the industry. Currently, her research interests are Fluid Dynamics, namely buoyancy driven flows and magnetohydrodynamics. In her spare time, driven by curiosity, she started learning about Data Science and Machine Learning techniques. She also enjoys going to the cinema and to the theatre, and sport-wise she has a lot of fun bouldering and playing squash.
Dania Badran | Academic English Tutor
Dania is a medical student at Imperial College London. She has worked on projects with top UK clinical research teams, including the UPBEAT and POPS studies which investigate clinical questions on pregnancy. As Member of the UK Youth Parliament, she has debated in the House of Commons twice to successfully alter the national curriculum for youth across the country. Dania is President of the Academic Society at Imperial, and founder and instructor of the university’s first ever Arabic Beginners course. She consistently helps students with university applications and has run three courses in Medicine Admissions.
Hafsa Meho | Academic English Tutor
Hafsa has a keen interest in design with a greater focus on Architecture. She obtained her Part I RIBA Architecture qualification from Kingston University, following which she volunteered in earthquake relief and construction work in Nepal. Subsequently she did her Part II RIBA Masters in Architecture at the University of Liverpool where she has been involved in designing urban planning and community projects relating to the arts, community and wellbeing. Hafsa has been an active tutor since she was 15 and has attained qualification in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).
Aislinn Le Fevre | Academic English Tutor and Student Welfare Officer
Aislinn graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Sociology from Sheffield in 2016, where she completed a final year project on substance misuse and gender. She then did a Masters in Social Work at Durham, where she worked with a Children’s social services team and a Complex Mental health team. Aislinn aims to combine her expertise and volunteering work to seek employment in the mental health field, especially to support individuals who require assistance to live independently in the community. She enjoys keeping fit, playing the piano, and travelling.