UCL Students And Staff Named In Forbes 30 Under 30 List
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UCL Students And Staff Named In Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Several UCL (University College London) students and staff have been named in the iconic Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

It was revealed on Thursday, May 12, 14 individuals feature in eight of the ten total categories, which span Art & Culture through to Science & Technology of the prestigious list.

Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Forbes 30 Under 30 is a set of lists of people under 30 years old issued annually by Forbes magazine and was first launched in 2011 under the direction of Randall Lane. The American lists recognize 600 business and industry figures, with 30 selected in twenty industries each.

It first launched in the UK in 2016 and back in 2019 Letitia Wright and Tom Holland were among those named in the UK.

The 30 Under 30 list has drawn some criticism, including for under-recognition of young racial minorities and women, and in response to this, in 2020 they launched Power Rising: These Are The Women To Watch along with publishing a list of the world’s 100 most powerful women.

Staff and Students rock the list

Among the 14 students – current and former – and staff from UCL named on the list current PhD student in Machine Learning in UCL Computer Science and alumnus Raza Habib (MSc Machine Learning & Computational Statistics 2016) was named in the Technology category.

He is the co-founder of Humanloop, which helps businesses to solve problems through human-artificial intelligence (AI) cooperation, based on research from the UCL AI Centre.

Another was alumna Arya Taware (BSc Urban Planning Design & Management 2015) who made the Finance list as CEO of the Futurebricks platform, which provides funding for small and medium-sized homebuilders in the UK, managing a portfolio of £32.7m across 22 projects.

She initially set up the platform as RealFunds, supported by UCL, with her fellow student Robin Karlsen, for which they won a UCL Bright Ideas Award in 2014.

Dr Kathryn Walsh, Executive Director, UCL Innovation & Enterprise, said she was ‘delighted’ to see so many current and former students have been recognised for their work

She said: ‘I’m delighted to see more enterprising individuals from our community being recognised for their creativity, hard work and determination. These exceptional leaders are transforming their chosen areas and their ideas are already having a tangible impact on industry and society at large. I’m excited to see what they can achieve in the future.’

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