UK-based Ghanaian Sherah Beckely just won the WeAreTheCity Rising Start Award in 2018 Media and Journalism Category last week at the United Kingdom. The Rising Star Awards were introduced to showcase the UK trends of female talents that are below management and to create 100 female role models across different industries and professions.
Sherah was born and raised in Ghana but moved over to the United Kingdom for her education. She holds a BA honors degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Kent and has worked in third sector, NGOs and financial services.
In 2013, Sherah was part of the Five Rare candidates that spent their five weeks of summer volunteering for the London Citizen’s Summer Academy which included building relationships with cleaners, volunteering for Whithall project and writing letters to ministers concerning the various areas that are lacking. This gained her popularity and prominence as she was featured on Channel 4 News and in the Evening Standard newspaper.
The Award was entered by 1,250 individuals and was judged by a panel of 54 independent judges. Over 35,000 public votes were received for the 200 shortlisted nominees. The award was sponsored by The Times and Sunday Times and supported by 3M, Accenture, Aon, Barclays, Bloomberg, Cancer Research UK, CMI Women, Edit Development, EPAA, Jessica Huie Public Relations (JHPR), Jobbio Kier, Lloyds Banking Group, Lloyd’s, Northern Trust, PedalSure, Reed Smith, Royal Navy, SAGE and Sodexo.
Sherah is the Sustainability Specialist for Thomson Reuter and part of their Global Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion Team. She has a passion for International Development particularly in Africa.