Natalie Cheung (OB 2005-2012) was selected as one of the TED-ED speakers at YMCA175, a four-day event held at ExCeL London with attendees from over 100 countries to commemorate the YMCA’s landmark 175th anniversary year in 2019. Speaking to an audience of over 3,000, including the President of the UN General Assembly and leaders from across the global YMCA movement, Natalie’s talk focused on women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and the importance of STEM for all who want to see change in the world. Natalie volunteered on a YMCA overseas programme with the International Citizen Service and Y Care International in 2017, during which she led a team of British and Togolese volunteers to deliver skills programmes to economically empower young people in Lomé, Togo.
For her voluntary work, Natalie has been awarded the YMCA England & Wales Young Leader of the Year 2018
, The University of Manchester Alumni Volunteer of the Year 2019 Award
and University Medal for Social Responsibility.
More recently, Natalie has also been awarded the Amy Johnson Inspiration Award
for working to further the diversity agenda within engineering and applied sciences.
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