Our Team

Dr. Aakeen Parikh

Dr. Aakeen Parikh

Director & Founder

Aakeen holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London, is an Arkwright Engineering scholar and a fellow of the RSA (FRSA). She has worked in development innovation for several years. She has a diverse project portfolio in design led innovation and sustainability as well as technical engineering projects, leading user research and prototype development.  

“At Minazi, we develop engineering & design solutions that are respectful our natural world. We envision a world that has an equal distribution of resources – a world that is collaborative, communal and just. A world where everyone has access to their basic needs, such as water, health and education. A world without exploitation of people or our planet. A world where enterprises put people before profits, are restorative in nature, and care for our ecosystem. Is such a world possible? Perhaps. Can we engineer it? Absolutely.”

Naa Ayorkor Harding

Naa Ayorkor Harding

Design Consultant

Naa Harding is a third year Mechanical Engineering student at Imperial College London. Naa has gathered useful analytical experience doing primary research in Rwanda. As well as being a design consultant for Minazi, she has a passion for marketing and undertakes several marketing positions, including being the manager of The Boiler Room, for her course at Imperial College.

Soren Vines

Soren Vines

Co-Founder

Soren has worked in the humanitarian-sustainable field for the past four years and is a co-founder of several initiatives focused on creating vibrant communities to leverage student potential and bring tangible social impact, and a winner of several awards such as the prestigious Diana award and CGCU Student Activity Award.

Victoria Tully

Victoria Tully

Lead Impact Consultant

Victoria is a graduate of IDS, from the University of Sussex in Globalisation, Business, and Development. She has worked several years in the development sector and handled multiple projects related to sustainability, community development, gender equality, and economic empowerment. Additionally, she has knowledge and practice in project design and implementing, programme management, M&E, and business development.

Jinal Parekh

Jinal Parekh

Strategy Consultant

Jinal is a graduate of the University of Oxford (MSc Modern South Asian Studies) and Royal Holloway (BA History and International Relations), having also been awarded Best Joint Honours Finalist. As previous Assistant Director of an international charity, she managed education, healthcare and protection-focused projects. Her role also included internal strategy; organisational, operational, and knowledge management; business development; and impact measurement and evaluation. 

Connor O'Donnell

Communications and Engagement Lead

Connor is currently undertaking a Master’s in International Relations at the University of Warwick and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations from Goldsmiths University of London. Connor has spent over a decade understanding international perspectives around the world. He is looking forward to bringing his passion for global politics and humanitarianism, as well as web development and content creation to Minazi.

Joshua Richardson

Joshua Richardson

Funding Manager

Joshua’s professional journey has been deeply rooted in the realm of charitable endeavours, reflecting his lifelong dedication to making a positive impact. Raised in an environment steeped in altruism, he has consistently gravitated towards roles that allow him to contribute meaningfully to society. With a diverse background encompassing community engagement and fundraising, Joshua is eager to further explore the realm of International Development, driven by his genuine passion for humanitarian work.

Ash Shaikh

Ash Shaikh

Project Research Assistant

Ash is a post-A-level student who will go on to study chemistry at Imperial College London in September 2024. He led several activist causes at his previous school, particularly focusing on racial injustice and transgender rights. He was an active member of his school’s branch of Citizens UK, creating several resources such as assemblies, internal research papers, presentations outlining and explaining important topics and more, in celebration of diversity and raising awareness about social injustices, as well as leading workshops and talks

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