Doctoral College Institute of Directors Virtual Event: Employer Insights and Employer Mentoring Session

5pm- 6.30pm Thursday 18th November 2021

We are delighted to be joined by two of our fabulous Employer Mentors; Achilleas and Shakar, who will share their career insights into life beyond academia. As well as describing some of the benefits of employer mentoring and how the programme can help build connections and broaden your horizons within and beyond Surrey. Achilleas and Shakar will each speak for 10-15mins and allow plenty of time for your questions and we’ll also have the opportunity to hear from one of our researchers on their experiences as a mentee.

Like all our IoD events, this will a great opportunity to meet other researchers and develop your virtual networking skills whilst gaining insights into different industries. We hope you can join us and meet these two inspirational employer mentors – spread the word!

Achilleas Sesis – Founder & CEO, ARCUS NEWS

Achilleas is the founder of ARCUS NEWS, an innovative AI driven-publishing platform that helps businesses and academics to generate productive and sustainable business networks through the medium of content posting and communication. Prior to ARCUS NEWS, Achilleas founded 4Delta Education, a technology education company that generated e-learning content for digital engineering skills (CAD and 3D Printing). Achilleas has also been a technical and business advisor in several startup projects, examples include air-quality monitoring, IoT wearable devices and a health tech app, he has also contributed to large scale multi partner EU industry research projects in the field of applied AI for cybersecurity and training purposes. Achilleas holds a post-graduate student mentoring position at the University of Surrey (UoS) and has helped students and researchers at various universities to achieve their professional, academic or entrepreneurial dreams. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, he was a higher research scientist at the National Physical Laboratory, investigating and leading advanced materials projects in a variety of industries. Achilleas is an Aerospace and Astronautics Engineering graduate (Kingston University, 2006), and a postgraduate in Nanomaterials (Imperial College London, 2007) and Ionising Radiation (UoS, 2008). He also holds a Doctorate in Micro and Nano Materials technology (UoS, 2012).

Dr. Shakardokht Jafari – Founder and CTO of TrueInvivo LTD, Visiting Research Fellow and Clinical Scientist

Dr. Shakardokht Jafari (Shakar) is the first woman from Afghanistan who has PhD in medical physics and a chartered clinical scientist working part-time in radiotherapy at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth. She is passionate about using science and research outcomes to make a difference to people’s lives. That is why she founded TrueInvivo LTD to rescue her PhD findings from the library shelf and bring them to life. During her PhD research, she discovered that low-cost commercial glass beads can be used as excellent radiation detectors – far better than other devices used now. She is in the process of commercializing the technology and has won various awards of: SIRIUS (£28k funding) from UKTI, ICURe (£50k) from SETSQUARED, Grant Thornton Entrepreneurial Excellence Award of 2015, Best Game Changing Award at the University of Surrey, Finalist at Santander competition of 2016 and the InnovateUK “women in innovation award” in 2016 (£50k) and many more. Shakar also works in the Physics department of Surrey University as a visiting researcher. Her focus is on research, development and commercialization of new technologies in applied/medical physics and improvement of existing ones – not only for clinical use but also to apply it in other industries such as nuclear, food, and Space. Finally, she mentors and supervises students in the UK, and other countries.

The event is open to all Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers. You do not need to be an IoD Student Member to join and you’ll be able to find out more about the IoD student membership benefits at the event.

Please register for the free event here:

Any questions please contact Emma Francis