2024 UC Alumni UK Charity Gala

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 About Our Speakers

 Keynote Address: Daniel Mouen Makoua, UC Berkeley 

Black and white image of Daniel Makoua, keynote speaker for the 2024 UC Alumni UK Gala.

Daniel is one of the Co-Founders of Zulu Ecosystems where he leads the firm’s Product Innovation, Strategic Partnerships and US Corporate Development.

Zulu Ecosystems is an award-winning climate technology business based in London that combines science, software, and finance to provide an end-to-end solution to deliver to all stakeholders, restored forest ecosystems that generate high-integrity carbon credits, with enhanced biodiversity, social co-benefits, and financial returns.

Daniel began his career in quantitative finance; he held the positions of Chief Investment Officer and Chief Operating Officer at AXA Investment Managers in London. 

 Prior to founding ZE, Daniel was advisor to Multi-Lateral Agencies, Corporates and Governments on Rural Development, Financial Services, and Energy in West Africa.

 Daniel received an MEng degree from the University of California at Berkeley and from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. In 2012, he was awarded “Alumnus of the Year” of International House at the University of California Berkeley for his efforts at addressing issues of food security and unemployment in Northern Nigeria.


Student Speaker: Nicole Calbreth, UC Davis

Nicole Calbreath

Nicole grew up in San Bernardino County, raised by a family of educators who instilled the importance of all forms of learning in her from a very young age. Coming from Southern California, learning Spanish was always something she prioritized. Studying abroad in college became a priority the moment her mother, a high school Spanish teacher, shared stories of her year in Spain with UCEAP.

Once getting accepted into UC Davis, she immediately scheduled an appointment with the Global Learning Center to find out how to make a year abroad happen. After two years of double majoring in History and Sociology at Davis, summer school courses, and the help of a Global Learning scholarship, going to Barcelona for a year became a reality.


About the UC Alumni UK Charity Gala Committee


An event developed by the UC Alumni UK Board, the Charity Gala is coordinated by a committee of dedicated alumni volunteers, with support from the University of California Trust.

The 2024 Committee Members are

  • Sabrina Bohedba (UCSD)
  • Sabrina Cai (UCLA)
  • Cheryl Campbell (UCI)
  • Rachel DeAngelis (UCSB)
  • Claire Frost (UCSB)
  • Victoria Frost (UCLA)
  • Kara Goslin (UCSB)
  • Francesca Lazzaro (UCSD)
  • Bobbie Makoni (UCB)
  • Jorge Medina (UCI)
  • Susanna Mkhitaryan (UCSD)
  • Greta Paa-Kerner (UCSD) (UC Trust)
  • Heena Patel (UCLA)
  • Sabrina Pieraccioli (UCLA)
  • Todd Shelley (UCSB) (UC Trust)
  • Romy Stein (UC Trust)


Questions? Please contact alumni@californiahouse.org.uk


Photos from the 6th Annual UC Alumni UK Charity Gala