Two new ambassadors join the Mayor’s Fund
We’re delighted to welcome two new ambassadors to the Mayor’s Fund for London; Amina Aweis and Peter Bakare.
Amina is a neurodivergent accessibility advocate leading and shaping conversations about what it means to be digitally inclusive, receiving recognition from multiple industry leaders. Last year, she received the Rising Star award at the 2021 DevelopHER Awards and was shortlisted in ComputerWeekly.com’s Top 100 UK Influential Women in Tech list. She is also the founder of RecipeMate – a platform tackling inaccessible food recipes, equipping disabled users with the skills and tools to cook with confidence and independence.
Amina said: “Following two years of pandemic-induced reliance on digital solutions, there are more exciting opportunities than ever in the tech sector. Our young Londoners are the children of this increasingly-digital age – but they can only shape the sector’s future by being a part of it.
As an ambassador, I want to help make the technology sector more accessible, nurturing young people’s ambitions and talents, whatever their background.”
Peter represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics playing volleyball and is now a great ambassador for the sport. Formerly from Canning Town and a student at St Bonaventure’s School for Boys, Peter left college in 2008 after studying the Art & Design Foundation Diploma and A-Levels in Media, Graphics and Maths.
He went to Sheffield Hallam University, where he studied Animation and became involved in scriptwriting. He has since worked as a scriptwriter for Channel 4 drama Skins, acted, and performed stand-up comedy. Peter now runs his own company, Nutri Troops, a ground-breaking programme that encourages primary age children to achieve positive goals. The goals are achieved through exercise and healthy eating in a programme inspired by the Olympics, with a cast of animated heroes and villains.
Peter is also a motivational speaker and works with young people through his work with the Ideas Foundation, Sports for Schools and various other brands.
Peter said: “As a Canning Town boy, I’m excited to join the Mayor’s Fund for London as an ambassador.
Growing up in the capital, I benefitted from the city’s variety of opportunities. London put me on a path that’s resulted in a career in the arts, the founding of my company Nutri Troops, and a place on one of world sport’s grandest stages at the 2012 Olympics.
I look forward to working with the Mayor’s Fund to ensure all young people in London can enjoy those same opportunities and thrive, regardless of their background.”
We welcome Amina and Peter to the charity and look forward to working with them in the coming weeks and months.