The Adnan Jaffery Educational Trust, trading as One Degree, is made up of volunteer mentors, former students, teachers, education specialists and London professionals, who mentors GCSE students in London. Since 2009 we have worked with over 400 pupils below the floor standards for educational attainment, and helped them improve their GCSE performance by up to 40%. This educational boost not only opens professional doors for our students, but increases self-confidence, ultimately changing their life direction. Read more about our story here.
CEO | Development Board Chair | Collaboration Board Chair
Roger leads the One Degree programme multi-tasking as an operations manager, fundraiser and volunteer engagement.
Prior to joining One Degree, Roger ran two social enterprises focusing on educating and empowering struggling communities in South Africa.
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Chair of Trustees | Corporate Lead
Riaz is a senior partner with EY, the global professional services firm, where he is currently responsible for the learning and development of over 70,000 people. He is also part of the AMP coaching faculty for senior executives at Harvard Business School.
He is a passionate about social enterprises, and is also a board member of the Prince of Wales’ Mosaic program, Common Purpose, as well as the the Bright Ideas Trust, which supports NEETs in becoming entrepreneurs.
Riaz studied at a comprehensive school in Luton’s Marsh Farm estate, Bradford University Management Centre and Harvard University.
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Trustee | Treasurer | Financial Lead
Syed’s early work experience was in banking, finance and corporate development with major blue-chip multinational companies, Vivendi, KPMG and HSBC. In 2000, he successfully raised around £10m of private investment capital to start and build new healthcare businesses, for which he received a business award sponsored by Lloyds TSB.
He was previously the part-time CEO of the One Degree mentoring charity, which he has been involved with since 2009.
Trustee | Technology in Education Lead
Madiha is passionate about the integration of technology into education. She brings with her a wealth of mentoring ideas and insight into the new era of education.
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Founder - Deceased
Adnan founded One Degree in 2009 with an aim to give back to students from deprived areas. Having grown up in Brent, London, he had a passion for not only this part of London, but students who grew up from similar backgrounds to him.
Adnan became a successful banker with City Bank and HSBC before passing away in 2011.
His legacy continues with a growing mentoring charity and the school One Degree Academy.
One Degree Graduate 2015 | Alumni Trustee
Graduated One Degree: 2015
Trustee | Mentoring and Marketing Lead
Laura has been a One Degree mentor since 2010. She is currently Director of Strategy and Innovation for Pret a Manger and a 2011 London Business School MBA graduate.
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Trustee | Social Enterprise and Alumni Development Lead
Louis is the Founder and Director of Exponential Marketing Limited and Co-Founder of Revolution Hive Education.
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