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Centre for Environmental PolicyImperial College London

Habiba is a PhD researcher at Imperial College London, where she is part of the Centre for Environmental PolicyCentre for Process Systems Engineering, and the Grantham institute for Climate Change (below). Her research focuses on the integration of negative emissions technologies into the broader energy system. Negative emissions technologies (NETs) are technologies that can, directly or indirectly, remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This has led to discussion about their potential to mitigate climate change by removing historical greenhouse gas emissions. However the proposed technologies pose engineering, economic and sociopolitical challenges. As part of Habiba's research, she looks at these challenges and how they can be overcome.

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Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment

The Grantham Institute is one of the global institutes at Imperial College London. Their mission is to produce interdisciplinary research on climate change and the environment that will shape decisions made by business and industry leaders, and policy makers. Habiba is part of Cohort 3 of the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training partnership (SSCP DTP), funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. The SSCP DTP seeks to tackle global climate change by preparing postgraduate students from a range of different academic disciplines to become effective policy makers, entrepreneurs and business leaders. 

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Institution of Chemical Engineers - Associate Member, Future Energy Leader

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is a global professional membership organisation for chemical and process engineers. Habiba specialised as a chemical engineer from 2012-2016 at St John's College, University of Oxford (below). Upon graduation, she was granted an Associate Membership of the IChemE (AMIChemE). Today, she is part of the Future Energy Leaders programme within the IChemE Energy Centre, where she is working to expand the network of young professionals in the energy industry to Nigeria and other developing countries. This global network will work to identify and create awareness on crucial energy issues, and apply chemical and process engineering knowledge to offer solutions.

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British Institute of Energy Economics - Member

The British Institute of Energy Economics (BIEE) is a membership organisation that brings together a network of energy experts and professional from academia, government, industry, finance and public sectors. Habiba has been a member of the organisation since 2016.

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St John's College, University of Oxford

Habiba obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Oxford, one of the world's oldest and most prestigious academic institutions, from 2012 to 2016. She graduated with a First Class Honours in Engineering Science, during which she specialised in Chemical Engineering in her final two years. During the course, Habiba completed projects in process and energy system design and modelling. Her Master's thesis that sought to understand the behaviour of microbial communities that produce biogas from organic waste won her the IChemE Prize for the Best Performance in Chemical Engineering. She received the BP Prize for the Best Chemical Engineering Project in 2015 for her design project titled Fuelling the hydrogen Economy.

Habiba is a keen sportswoman. During her time at Oxford, she represented her college — St John's— and the university in football. She received the Sportswoman of the Year award from St John's in 2014. She captained the Oxford University Women's Association Football Club (OUWAFC) Furies team during their 2014/15 season, earning the Man of the Match award in their varsity match against the University of Cambridge.


Fawley Refinery, ExxonMobil

During the summer of 2015, Habiba worked within the distillation unit at ExxonMobil's Fawley Refinery in Southampton. She worked with the team to improve the performance of a crude residue cooling circuit. She proposed a series of tests to identify faulty instrumentation. To optimise the circuit and minimise losses of valuable distillate product (blended with the residue to meet product specification), Habiba designed new instrumentation and routing for residue supply to be implemented in the plant. This will save the refinery millions. After her internship, Habiba served as an ambassador for ExxonMobil's Women's Interest Network (WIN). 

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BAE Systems

BAE Systems is a leading defence, security and aerospace company. Habiba worked within their Shared Services department in Farnborough in 2014, as part of a Windsor Fellowship. Her project focused on early careers and education; she developed a campaign to encourage young girls to pursue careers in STEM. She also did some programming to help the company build their new website. 

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St Mary's School, Cambridge

Habiba attended St Mary's School, Cambridge for sixth form where she received awards for being the best student in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in 2011 and 2012, amongst others. She completed five A-levels (Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Extended Project), achieving A*s in all. Habiba still holds the record for the best A-level results ever achieved by a student at St Mary's. During her time, she held several leadership positions including Deputy Head Girl, Head of Mentoring Committee, and Finance Secretary of school’s Young Enterprise company. Her interest in energy began during her Extended Project, in which she explored the possibility of a world solely dependent on renewable energy.

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Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja

Habiba completed her secondary education at Loyola Jesuit College from 2005 to 2010. She captained the women's football team and was a keen athlete. She excelled in academics, receiving many awards during her time there, and served in several leadership positions.


Ruby Model School, Maiduguri

Habiba completed her primary education at Ruby Model School, Maiduguri, from 1999 to 2005. She excelled in academics, receiving many awards during her time there.