I am a PhD student at the Engineering Department working with a material called graphene (2D version of graphite). My project focuses in understanding and optimizing the synthesis of CVD graphene and its transfer to materials for applications as a transparent conductor. Alongside my academic work, I’ve been able to engage with fascinating entrepreneurial and educational projects within the University and the Gates community. I was director of operations at CUTEC (Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club), part of the Global Scholars Symposium 2015 executive committee and co-director of the Gates Cambridge Learning for Purpose program. I have also been involved with a couple of startups in the tech and education arena over the past few years. These practices combined with my teaching experience (I have been teaching since I was 15) have shown me the power of education. I strongly believe that education -both inside and outside a classroom- is a key aspect for the development of a society, but challenging to put in place given its complexity.