The Laidlaw Scholarships profiles


Exceptional future women leaders of tomorrow.

Recipients of the Laidlaw Scholarships are extraordinary women who come from a range of backgrounds but share a passion for gender equality. Our scholar profiles provide a taster of the work they have undertaken and their plans for the future.

2022-23 Class

Mowale Ajose-Adeogun

Green Templeton College

Mowale is an accounting graduate from the University of Lagos. Passionate about gender parity and economic development, she plans to pivot from investment banking and financial advisory into impact investment and development finance to contribute meaningfully towards the global change she seeks.

Maral Gankhuyag

Hertford College

Maral comes from a non-profit background where she worked to address entrenched social issues through education and entrepreneurial initiatives. She is pursuing an MBA to develop herself further and deliver a more scalable and sustainable impact in her community.

Laís Naoko Higashi

St Cross College

Cofounder of Litre of Light team in Sao Paulo and President of the organisation in Brazil. Litre of Light brings solar lighting to those who live without adequate access to electricity and has directly impacted 20,000 Brazilians in low-income communities throughout the country.

Aki Higuchi

Kellogg College

Aki is an education entrepreneur, where her start-up has worked closely with 4,000 children and parents. She is passionate about delivering quality education and improving gender equality beyond cultures. Aki is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, enthusiastic tennis player, and enjoys playing the piano.

Shruti Jain

Mansfield College

Shruti has spent eight years deep-diving into food systems. She founded Kaze Living, a farm-to-fork venture empowering 1500+ farmers to build first-to-market brands. She aims to harness her experience in AgTech and interest in carbon markets to advance food sustainability in India.

Nitya Harish Nangalia

St Hugh's College

Co-founder of Women's Enterprise Support System (WESS), at SEWA Bharat, an intrapreneurial initiative which supports businesses promoted by women. Nitya endeavours to use the skills and networks from the Oxford MBA to upscale WESS to a national platform, which will support poor women in India to enter the formal economy as business owners, managers, and users.

Lucy Nyamaah

St Antony's College

Lucy chose Oxford because of its commitment to developing women as part of the next generation of responsible business leaders. She hopes to leverage her experience in the mining and energy space to contribute towards the development of sustainable energy policy on the African continent.

Shwe Yee Win

St Antony's College

An entrepreneur leading her family business in the garment sector and clothing retail. Shwe Yee is passionate about empowering young women and social entrepreneurship. Through the Oxford MBA, Shwe Yee hopes to improve her management skills and expand network to improve the lives of Myanmar people.

Laidlaw Scholars Network spotlights

As recipients of the Laidlaw Scholarship, our scholars join the Laidlaw Scholars Network, a growing network of cross-generational peers from other leading institutions around the globe. The Laidlaw Scholars Network facilitates connections for leaders across industries who will reinvest their skills, knowledge, and experience to help students, peers, and colleagues.

Through this network, they have been able to share their stories and how the Laidlaw Scholarship will help them to become better future leaders. 

Alumnae scholars

Listed below are some of our alumnae scholars. They are organised by the academic years the scholarship covered.

2021-22 cohort


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