Nanchella Makokha and Yara Al Wazir have been elected as your next Employability and Enterprise Development Officer and Ethics and Environment Development Officer on your Union Executive for the coming academic year.

After no candidates applied for the positions during the DO elections back in May, the elections were taken to Union Council last Thursday to elect the final members of the 2013-14 Union Executive.

Firstly, Nanchella Makokha has been elected as your new Employability and Enterprise DO after taking a majority victory in the first round of voting over Lemuel Valdez and now four-time Union Exec candidate Maz Haidar. Makokha is currently the President of the Engineers Without Borders society, Enterprise Rep for the Chemical Engineering department, and Involvement Rep for the Loughborough University Mature Students Association.

Makokha told Label, "As this is a new position, I see my first task as consulting with fellow Union Exec members, the Careers & Employability Centre, Student & Graduate Enterprise and other stakeholders in order to carve out a clear identity for LSU Employability and Enterprise. Then comes the most important task: Engagement. I'll work to drive home the following message: LSU Employability and Enterprise is here and available to you by virtue of being a Loughborough student or graduate. You can be creative as you want within it, your guide is your passion and the limit is your imagination."

In a far more even affair, Yara Al Wazir was elected as your new Ethics and Environment DO, meeting the voting quota in the first round of voting over Sam Minnitt. Wazir is currently studying Environmental Protection and Chemical Engineering, but has a wealth of experience in environmental activist work. At sixteen, she became a British Council Global Changemaker, and was the founder of the Green Initiative ME in order to raise awareness about climate change, which has now expanded across seven countries!

Yara later spoke to Label, saying: "I'm delighted that I've been given the opportunity to take this position, and I'm excited to move forward and work with existing societies and departments to raise awareness about key issues that affect student life. I particularly look forward to involving more people in Green Impact, and working closely with FREEC and Action reps, as well as involving town students in shaping Loughborough's green future."

Congratulations to our new Union Executive Development Officers from all of us here at Label Online!


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