Basirat Razaq Shuaib is a graduate of the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, where she gained a BSc in Economics followed by an MBA. She then joined Guaranty Trust Bank as a Senior Banking Officer. She was the first Mansion House Scholar to have been appointed from Nigeria and took an MSc at the University of Exeter, graduating in 2009. She joined the London branch of the United National Bank of Pakistan as Financial Controller, UK, and subsequently became Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Basirat writes :
“A key benefit of my appointment as a Mansion House Scholar was the help I received from a mentor who facilitated my honorary membership of the Company of International Bankers. He also provided me with very helpful advice during my job search, including the reference I needed to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments.
In 2016 I founded a charity in Nigeria, the Winford Centre for Children & Women, that supports children with developmental disabilities and helping them to achieve their full potential. Over the years, we have trained more than 200 teachers to support children with disabilities, and assisted more than 500 children to access therapy and other support.
I became a published author in 2019 and have written three books that educate children, parents and teachers on disabilities, empathy, kindness and inclusiveness. Also in 2019, I co-founded The Winford Centre International, the biggest online retailer of special needs toys and learning aids in Nigeria.
The Mansion House Scholarship Scheme really is a unique institution. Not only does it provide funding for studies, but it also remains engaged in the progress that its Scholars make post-study. It afforded me significant access to a network that I might not otherwise have been able to draw on. The Scheme’s core idea of ‘building others to build oneself’ finds an important expression in my humanitarian work.”