Ryan Nduma

Ryan Napo large20 years old, attending Imperial College London, UK. Ryan was awarded a Beacon Scholarship for University in June 2022, and a Beacon Scholarship for Schools in June 2019.

Ryan is studying towards a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to that he attended Hillcrest International School, Nairobi. He took a gap year, during which he remained a Beacon Scholar, participating in all Beacon activities. He did some further study and also obtained two months’ work experience in the logistics and the design industries.

He completed the 75 Hard and Live Hard challenge programmes, ran at least 100km per month (300km in May) and hiked up 5 hills in Kenya, including Mt Kinangop and Ol Donyo Lesatima. He played tennis twice a week and took up touch rugby and soccer. He improved his digital skills, creating an Adobe Behance Portfolio.

At school, Ryan was head of Peer Counselling and in his final year was awarded the prestigious Head’s award, recognising his outstanding citizenship and charity work. A keen environmentalist, Ryan brought 20 new students into the youth committee at the Friends of Nairobi National Park, clearing 123sq km of invasive species together. He mentored village children during their seven-week holiday, then returned for the whole summer, working with 32 primary students daily, consulting with their teachers, and introduced a home-to-home mobile mentoring service.

Beacon Workshop Participation

Ryan’s Summer 2022 Beacon Citizenship Project was about ‘Using Technology and Open Educational Resources to Improve Learning Outcomes in Kenyan Schools - a model pioneered at St. Thomas Amagoro Girls, Busia, Kenya’.

In Leadership Workshops, Ryan is an intelligent, analytical, and active participant with the ability to capture group attention.