Awais grew up in East London and Milan. After a very non-linear educational experience due to poor health, he ended up at Imperial studying master's in Chemistry. His master’s project is centred around functionalising hydrofluorocarbons and recycling the fluorine content. He is passionate about education and teaching chemistry and spends a little bit too much of his free time tutoring and volunteering at his old school. Outside of that, he enjoys cycling and going on very long walks and is learning how to play the cello.