As CDI develops and grows as an organisation, our pool of experience from past committees and volunteers widens. Our alumni have gone on to pursue a wide range of careers in the charitable sector, consultancy, teaching and more.
Past UK and Tanzania volunteers tell us about their time with CDI and how its helped them with their future career:
Matt Hopgood (Director UK, 2015/16)
Highlights as a volunteer: Speaking at the House of Lords, meeting the UN secretary general Ban-Ki Moon, creating partnerships with Tanzanian government officials, and leading a team of 60 extremely talented university students
Current profession: Global Graduate Associate - AstraZeneca (Pharmaceuticals)
How did CDI help you with your career?: Working with CDI boosted my career by at least 5 years. Conventionally it takes many years to earn a first line-management role in your career, but with CDI, students gain this opportunity way ahead of the game. The level of responsibility and ownership over projects which CDI volunteers are given is second-to-none, and is highly impressive to any employer.
François Renaud (Education project, 2015/16)
Highlights as a volunteer: The challenge of establishing a functional and stable collaboration between members of a team from different horizons and cultures.
Current profession: PhD in Mathematics
How did CDI help you with your career?: Through CDI I was introduced to East Africa and the development sector. My time as a volunteer gave me much to think about my future career and what I want to be involved with and how.
Abdus Samad Arshad (WaSH project, 2015/16)
Highlights as a volunteer: Learning from the volunteers about their experiences and passions
Current profession: Engineer at Cambridge Medical Robotics
How did CDI help you with your career?: Although the job is mainly software engineering, my employer wanted to hire me because of my 'breadth of experience' to which CDI contributed greatly. My appreciation for the organisation has also lead me to help with CDI's expansion in Kite International by designing a knowledge transfer system.
Jonathan Nkungu (Director TZ, 2015/16)
Highlights as a volunteer: Having the opportunity to work within the social development sector alongside like-minded young committed individuals to deliver 4 successful projects.
Current profession: Founder and Executive Director at EEDS organization
How did CDI help you with your career?: CDI has equipped me with technical, managerial and organizational skills that are invaluable in my role as founder of EEDS, an organisation which hopes to scale social impact on community members in Tanzania.
Adelgiza Marcus (Education Project Director, 2015/16)
Highlights as a volunteer: Working within a dynamic team and being exposed to different cultures.
Current profession: Banking, Sales
How did CDI help you with your career?: CDI enabled me to develop key transferable skills into my career such as confidence, time management, leadership, teamwork and a hard work ethic.
Petro Mwamlima (DAREnterprisers course participant, 2015)
Highlights as a volunteer: My personal development over the course of the project through my time management, business knowledge and ability to work within a diverse team
Current profession: Researcher at COET and Eawag, and CEO of Peyam Entrepreneurship
How did CDI help you with your career?: I was able to enhance my research and business development skills, ones which I now apply daily in my career.
The Alumni Network
The Alumni Network offers CDI an open dialogue between past and present volunteers to share expertise and experiences.