My doctoral research at Cambridge University is in the rapidly advancing field of stem cell biology focussing on understanding the early stages of development of haematopoietic (blood) stem cells. My long-term career plan is to carry out clinically useful research and thus contribute significantly not only to science but also society at large.
I spent most of my childhood in a small Kenyan town before being awarded the opportunity to pursue my tertiary education at Cambridge University, UK. I then joined Microsoft at the Redmond headquarters and my most recent success has been in the corporate citizenship arena amalgamating Microsoft research efforts with my technical standards work for developing countries. But even though, I have been exposed to great advances in science, I keenly believe that humanity’s greatest advances are not in its discoveries – but in how these discoveries are applied to reduce the atrocious disparities of health, and wealth, and opportunity that condemn millions of people to lives of despair. It is, consequently, my fervent hope that the Cambridge MBA will give me a cavernous multifaceted insight into business economics to design business models that can make market forces work better in applying the existing technologies to solve the world’s deepest inequities.
Jaya Savige is a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the New College of the Humanities in London, and Poetry Editor for The Australian newspaper. He is a prize-winning poet who read for his PhD on James Joyce at Christ’s College, Cambridge, on a scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Cambridge Trust (2009-13). Savige's first collection of poetry, Latecomers (UQP 2005), won the NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize and the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, was highly commended for the Dame Mary Gilmore Prize and was shortlisted for several other awards. His second volume, Surface to Air (UQP 2011), was shortlisted for The Age Poetry Book of the Year and the West Australian Premier’s Prize. His work appears in The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry, Thirty Australian Poets and in seven instalments of The Best Australian Poems (2008-14). He has given readings by invitation in London, New York, Berlin, Prague, Verona, Bali and throughout Australia, and he has held Australia Council writing residencies in Rome (B.R. Whiting Studio) and Paris (Cité Internationale des Arts). His most recent collection is a chapbook, Maze Bright (Vagabond Rare Object Series, Sydney, 2014).