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GLOBAL SCHOLARS
HANDBOOK
SYMPOSIUM 2015
Cambridge Union, Cambridge, May 21-24
BUILDING IMPACT: LISTEN, LEARN,ACT
WELCOME
TO GSS
www.globalscholars.co.uk2
Dear Scholars,
The largest and most persistent global issues require a commitment...
3 3
HANDBOOK CONTENTS
SPONSORS 4
THE SCHOLARSHIPS 5
THEME: BUILDING IMPACT: LISTEN LEARN ACT 7
LISTEN, LEARN, ACT: GET REA...
www.globalscholars.co.uk4
SPONSORS
Special thanks to the McCall MacBain Foundation for their generous
support of GSS 2015
...
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SCHOLARSHIPS
Chevening Scholarship Program
The Chevening Scholarship Programme
funds international postgraduate
students...
Fulbright, who set forth an inspirational
global exchange programme in the
aftermath of World War II to promote
leadership...
7
‘Impact’ is a word that is thrown around a lot, particularly in the post-graduate scholars
community. It is something th...
Innovative formats
Speaker Sessions
We plan to have more than one speaker speak in each session. We hope that the
speakers...
LISTEN, LEARN, ACT:
GET READY FOR GSS 2015
Tara Paterson, a member of the GSS 2015 Executive Committee, reflects on
the pu...
www.globalscholars.co.uk10
For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 11
SCHEDULE
21 - 24 May, 2015
Cambridge Union, Cambridg...
SCHEDULE
www.globalscholars.co.uk12
Time Activity Location
14.50 Afternoon Tea Bar
15.10 Keynote – Dr. Selim Jahan
Directo...
SCHEDULE
For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 13
Saturday 23 May (continued)
Time Activity L...
SCHEDULE
www.globalscholars.co.uk14
Time Activity Location
09.30 Introduction Main Chamber
09.40 Keynote – John McCall Mac...
For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 15
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Athene Donald
Dame Prof Athene Dona...
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
www.globalscholars.co.uk16
David Inglis
Prof David Inglis is a sociologist with a
diverse range of intere...
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 17
Stephen Lewis
Stephen Lewis is the ...
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
www.globalscholars.co.uk18
Francesca Martinez
Francesca Martinez is an award-winning
wobbly* comedian, wr...
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 19
Jaideep Prabhu
Prof Jaideep Prabhu ...
www.globalscholars.co.uk20
Wole Soboyejo
Dr. Wole Soboyejo is a scientist driven by
the needs of people. A guiding princip...
THEMATIC GROUPS
For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 21
The breadth of topics at GSS can be ...
FACILITATORS
www.globalscholars.co.uk22
Sally Apokis (Religion & an Ethical
Life)
Sally Apokis is the University Chaplain ...
For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 23
Max Harris (Leadership)
Max is an Examination Fellow...
Silja-Riin Voolma (Public Health &
Social Change)
Silja-Riin Voolma is a behavioural scientist
and a designer of public he...
PANELISTS
Sara Clarke-Habibi
Sara Clarke-Habibi is a Gates
Scholar and consultant in
post-conflict peacebuilding.
Original...
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Andrea Cabrero-Vilatela
Andrea studied physics engineering in
Mexico City and then moved to the UK to
...
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Tara Paterson
Tara Paterson is an MSc student in Nature,
Society and Environmental Policy at
Oxford’s ...
ORGANISING COMMITTEE
Jessica Wamala (Director)
Jessica Wamala is currently pursuing an
MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Stud...
Mubashir Latif
Mubashir Latif is currently pursing an MSc
in Social Policy at the University of Oxford's
Department of Soc...
ORGANISING COMMITTEE
Arif Naveed
Arif Naveed is PhD candidate at
Cambridge, studying the role that
schooling plays in disr...
Logistics Committee
Michelle Teplensky (Director)
Michelle Teplensky is a first year PhD
student in the Department of Chem...
Stephanie Lopez
Stephanie Lopez was born and raised in
California and is currently completing an
MPhil in Latin American S...
Irene Falk
Irene Falk is a first-year PhD student in the
department of Clinical Neurosciences. Her
graduate course will ex...
Social Committee
Sonya Davey (Director)
Sonya Davey, from a suburb of
Washington DC, is pursuing an MPhil in
Geography at ...
Afrodita Nikolova
Afrodita Nikolova is a PhD candidate at
the Faculty of Education, University of
Cambridge (Gates Cambrid...
Alice Wang (Director)
Alice Wang is a “Chiwi” (a Chinese Kiwi)
from New Zealand currently studying
towards an MSc in Econo...
Joanne Cave
Joanne Cave is originally from
Edmonton, Canada and currently
completing the Masters in Public Policy at
Oxfor...
DELEGATES
Gregory Akall
University of Cambridge
Gregory is a third year PhD candidate
in Geography at the University of
Ca...
Dana Baddar
University of Manchester
Dana is an MSc student in International
Business and Management at Manchester
Univers...
Claudia Bernal
University of Aberdeen
Born and raised in Mexico City, Claudia is
a proud chilanga passionate about travel,...
Rebekah Carpio
Guildhall School of Music and
Drama
Rebekah, from Virginia, US, is a clarinettist
studying on the Orchestra...
Adam Cowden
University of Cambridge
Adam is an MPhil student studying
Planning, Growth and Regeneration on a
Gates Scholar...
Nicholas Dowdall
University of Oxford
Nicholas is an MSc student in the
Department of Social Policy and
Intervention. He h...
Ugochukwu Ezeh
University of Oxford
Ugochukwu is a Weidenfeld scholar and
postgraduate law student in the Faculty of
Law a...
Miranda Germani
London School of Economics
Miranda is completing her MSc in Health
Economics, Policy and Management at
the...
Leila Hartford
London School of Hygiene and
Tropical Medicine (Public Health
in Developing Countries)
Dr Hartford is an MS...
Owain Johnstone
University of Oxford
Owain is a DPhil student in Oxford's
Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. Owain is
researc...
Neha Kinariwalla
University of Cambridge
Neha is an MPhil student in Modern
Society & Global Transformations at the
Univer...
Thanit Leerahateerapong
University of Bradford
Col. Thanit Leerahateerapong is an MA
student in Conflict Resolution at the...
Charles Masaki
University of Oxford (Neuroscience)
Rachel McCallister
University of Cambridge
Rachel is currently enrolled...
Samuel Mosonyi
University of Cambridge
Samuel is an MPhil student in Criminology
at Cambridge. His research is examining
s...
Toby Norman
University of Cambridge
Toby is a graduate student in
management passionate about applying
management science ...
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GSS-2015-Handbook

  1. 1. GLOBAL SCHOLARS HANDBOOK SYMPOSIUM 2015 Cambridge Union, Cambridge, May 21-24 BUILDING IMPACT: LISTEN, LEARN,ACT
  2. 2. WELCOME TO GSS www.globalscholars.co.uk2 Dear Scholars, The largest and most persistent global issues require a commitment to work across disciplines and generations to connect current expertise with ideas and action for tomorrow. The Global Scholars Symposium (GSS) aims to generate dialogue between prominent leaders and engaged scholars to address pressing global challenges. Since 2008, GSS has brought together international scholars studying in the UK to share their wide variety of interests and knowledge. Each year, the conference has called on the delegates to pose the questions, explore the topics and identify ways to tackle today’s hardest challenges. In this tradition, we are excited to welcome you to Cambridge this year for the eighth annual Global Scholars Symposium. The theme of GSS 2015 is ‘Building Impact: Listen, Learn, Act’. We know that building impact requires a lot of learning, listening, and even failing, and so we are inviting speakers and delegates to start a conversation about the process - not just the outcome - of building impact. In doing so, we hope to offer a more thoughtful understanding of what it means to live an impactful life as well as a clearer idea of how to start building impact in one’s own area of interest. This conference is one of those rare opportunities in academia to learn about and discuss issues that transcend individual fields of study. We are particularly excited this year to have opened up some places at the Symposium for all post-graduate UK students as well as the places reserved for students studying on the traditional nine supporting scholarships. We are also fortunate enough to have Skoll Scholars joining the Symposium for the first time. We look forward to the diversity of ideas and opinions which will be present at this year’s GSS. As ever, GSS 2015 is built upon a legacy of collaboration and partnership across various scholarship programs. We are very grateful to the 2015 GSS Organising Committee for their hard work and dedication. We would also like to thank our major sponsor the McCall MacBain Foundation and in particular John McCall MacBain for his energy and ideas, as well as the Rhodes Trust, Gates Cambridge Trust, Clarendon Fund and the Skoll Scholarships for their time, support and generous contributions. We offer a very warm welcome to all delegates and speakers to GSS 2015. With best wishes, The 2015 Global Scholars Symposium Executive Collin VanBuren Andrea Cabrero-Vilatela Louis Chambers Tara Paterson Zoë Stewart
  3. 3. 3 3 HANDBOOK CONTENTS SPONSORS 4 THE SCHOLARSHIPS 5 THEME: BUILDING IMPACT: LISTEN LEARN ACT 7 LISTEN, LEARN, ACT: GET READY FOR GSS 2015 9 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 11 SPEAKERS 15 THEMATIC GROUPS 21 FACILITATORS 22 PANELISTS 25 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 26 ORGANISING COMMITTEE 28 DELEGATES 38 THE CAMBRIDGE UNION 61 MAP OF THE CAMBRIDGE UNION 62 SOCIAL EVENTS 63 WELFARE 69 SOCIAL MEDIA 69 NOTES 70 SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE 74 For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk
  4. 4. www.globalscholars.co.uk4 SPONSORS Special thanks to the McCall MacBain Foundation for their generous support of GSS 2015 THE MCCALL MACBAIN FOUNDATION (MMF) IS A GRANT MAKING ORGANIZATION ESTABLISHED IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND BY JOHN AND MARCY MCCALL MACBAIN OUR MISSION IS TO IMPROVE THE WELFARE OF HUMANITY THROUGH FOCUSED GRANTS IN HEALTH, EDUCATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT. Thank you to following scholarships for their continued support
  5. 5. 5 SCHOLARSHIPS Chevening Scholarship Program The Chevening Scholarship Programme funds international postgraduate students who want to study in the UK for one academic year. The scheme commenced in 1984 and is funded by the British government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The scheme annually provides funding for around 700 scholars selected for their outstanding leadership potential. Winston Churchill Memorial Trust As the establishment of a new college in Cambridge was becoming a reality, Sir Winston Churchill met with American friends to ask them to create a mechanism for young Americans to study at the college. The first three Churchill Scholarships were awarded in 1963 and currently, at least thirteen one-year scholarships are awarded yearly. The Clarendon Fund The Clarendon Fund is a major graduate scholarship scheme at the University of Oxford, offering 100 new scholarships every year. In 2012-13, there are more than 300 Clarendon scholars at Oxford from at least 50 different nations. Awards are made based on academic excellence and potential across all subject areas. Since being launched in 2001, it has enabled over 1000 international scholars to study at Oxford University. Commonwealth Scholarship Founded in 1959, the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan is an international programme through which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. It supports around 700 awards annually and has funded 27,000 individuals since its establishment. Gates Cambridge Scholarship In October 2000, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated $210 million to the University of Cambridge to establish the Gates Cambridge Trust, which aims to build a global network of future leaders. Ninety new scholarships are awarded every year from to students from across the world, identified by academic excellence, leadership potential, and a commitment to improving the lives of others. Currently, there are about 230 scholars from more than 80 countries studying in Cambridge, and over 1000 scholars and alumni. Fulbright Commission Created by treaty in 1948, the US-UK Educational Commission (Fulbright Commission) fosters mutual cultural understanding through educational exchange between both nations. Its prestigious Fulbright Awards Programme has a distinguished history built on the legacy of the late Senator J. William For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk Now in its eighth consecutive year, GSS was first held in 2008 at the University of Cambridge. Its founding mission was to connect Churchill, Clarendon, Commonwealth, Fulbright, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, and Rhodes scholars in an environment that challenged them to draw upon their wide variety of interests and expertise. In 2011, GSS expanded to include the Chevening and Weidenfeld Scholarships. This year, we are expanding the conference to all students pursuing postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom. From the beginning, GSS has been jointly organized by the scholars themselves from a range of fields and scholarship programmes. These scholarships continue to play an integral role in GSS.
  6. 6. Fulbright, who set forth an inspirational global exchange programme in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning, and understanding between cultures. US-UK Fulbright grants allow British and American scholars to study, lecture, and research in the US and the UK in any subject. Marshall Scholarship Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, Marshall Scholarships fund up to forty American scholars each year to study at a UK institution in any field of study. Its goal is to motivate scholars to act as ambassadors from the USA to the UK and vice versa thus strengthening mutual understanding between the two countries. The Rhodes Scholarship The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting all- round students from diverse countries to study at the University of Oxford. Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes is the oldest international scholarship program in the world, encouraging scholars to “fight the world’s fight”. Each year, class of 83 scholars is selected from 15 geographic constituencies around the world. The Weidenfeld Scholarship The Weidenfeld Scholarship cultivates the leaders of tomorrow from transition and emerging economies. In its first phase, the programme focused on Europe’s wider neighbourhood including Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Russia, the Middle East, and North Africa. To date, 113 scholars have taken part from 37 countries. The Skoll Scholarship The Skoll Scholarship is a competitive scholarship for incoming MBA students who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. The Scholarship provides funding and exclusive opportunities to meet with world-renowned entrepreneurs, thought-leaders and investors. SCHOLARSHIPS www.globalscholars.co.uk6
  7. 7. 7 ‘Impact’ is a word that is thrown around a lot, particularly in the post-graduate scholars community. It is something that we as students are often encouraged to strive for, and many of the world’s celebrated thinkers, reformers and leaders are prominent because they are perceived to have made an impact with their lives. This year’s GSS is designed to look behind the stories of success to understand how speakers have achieved impact in their chosen field. We hope that speakers will share stories of the struggles they have faced, the people who have been there along the way, and the things that have kept them going when the going was tough. Each day of GSS 2015 will explore one element of the process by which scholars can build impact – both in thinking about how they can be of service and also understanding the hurdles and challenges to be overcame in living a life of impact. These elements will be mirrored by the keynotes and also in each of the thematic group sessions. THEME GLOBAL SCHOLARS SYMPOSIUM 2015 BUILDING IMPACT: LISTEN,LEARN,ACT DAY ONE: LISTEN DAY TWO: LEARN DAY THREE: ACT A Life of Impact Reflection & Inspiration Risk, Failure & Struggle Understanding Service Embracing Difference Persistence & Passion For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk
  8. 8. Innovative formats Speaker Sessions We plan to have more than one speaker speak in each session. We hope that the speakers will be keen to engage with each other as well as the delegates in the discussion period following the talks. Fireside Chats On Friday night speakers will engage in ‘fireside chats’ with small groups of delegates interested in getting to know them better. Small Group Sessions All delegates will be assigned to a small group, which will be an opportunity to meet people with a similar subject area of interest and explore a thematic issue in detail across the three days of the Symposium. Delegates will introduce themselves through a short presentation reflecting on their own background, why they have chosen that particular thematic group, and how they understand the challenge or issue that the thematic group is designed to explore. Delegate-Run Open Sessions We believe that one of the greatest strengths of GSS is the knowledge, skills and passion of the delegates. On Sunday, the thematic groups will culminate in delegates taking turns to host thematic sessions for other delegates. Sunday afternoon will see further delegate-led sessions, including Irish Dancing and Tai Chi Workshops. BUILDING IMPACT: LISTEN,LEARN,ACT www.globalscholars.co.uk8
  9. 9. LISTEN, LEARN, ACT: GET READY FOR GSS 2015 Tara Paterson, a member of the GSS 2015 Executive Committee, reflects on the purpose of this year’s Symposium: Living in Oxford was once described to me as “a series of tragic choices.” The number of exciting speakers and events means that on any given day you may have to make the “tragic” choice between seeing Al Gore deliver a lecture on the six drivers of global change or watching Kofi Annan and Mary Robinson debate the role of media in promoting peace. Cambridge is no different. In the last two years alone, Sir Roger Moore, Dr. Cornel West and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, speaking at GSS 2013, have all brought their wisdom to the Cambridge community. Getting to hear from such impressive people is certainly a huge privilege. But these speeches can sometimes be just as overwhelming as they are inspiring. The speakers’ narratives are fully formed. Their stories are well crafted. And the impact they’ve had in their fields is extraordinary. So much so that when it comes time to trying to apply their insights to your own work, you’re often left wondering,“where do I even start?” Our hope for GSS 2015 is to try to answer that question. We know that building impact requires a lot of learning, listening and even failing.Yet when we hear from the types of speakers that a conference like GSS attracts, we rarely hear about the pit stops and detours that preceded their success. We only hear about the success itself. This year, we’re inviting speakers and delegates to take a step back and reflect on the process—not just the outcome—of building impact. What practical steps are required to create a life of impact? How do we begin? Where can we learn? What do we do when we get stuck? What does impact even mean? Of course, like the speakers, many GSS delegates will have already had experience doing “high-impact” work. They may have taken on particular projects in their communities, universities, professional organisations, or faith groups. No matter how experienced any GSS attendee is – listening and learning, as both actions and values, are central to this year’s theme. So, we invite you to be open to what promises to be a dynamic, challenging, and unique symposium. Most GSS 2015 speakers will have been on long journeys already. We’re asking them to start at the beginning and share the stories and insights that are so often obscured by the immensity of their accomplishments. Ironically, these are frequently the stories and insights that made their accomplishments possible. Join us. Let’s listen, learn, and act together. For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 9
  10. 10. www.globalscholars.co.uk10
  11. 11. For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 11 SCHEDULE 21 - 24 May, 2015 Cambridge Union, Cambridge Time Activity Location 18:00 Delegate Arrival in Cambridge 19.15 Registration and Welcome Drinks Welcome from GSS Executive and Performance Bar Thursday 21 May Time Activity Location 09.00 Introduction Conference & Day One Overview Main Chamber 09.25 Keynote – Prof David Inglis Professor of Sociology, University of Exeter Main Chamber Keynote – Medha Patkar Social activist and reformer 10.45 Morning Tea Bar 11.15 ‘Listen’ Thematic Groups Delegate introductions; sharing & exploring perspectives on thematic group issue 1-4: Main Chamber 5-6: Dining Room 7: Mount Batten Room 8-9: Bar 10-12: Library 13-14: Fairfax Rhodes 12.50 Lunch Bar 13.45 Keynote – Prof Dame Athene Donald Professor of Chemistry, University of Cambridge Main Chamber Keynote – Prof Wole Soboyejo Professor of Engineering, Princeton University Friday 22 May
  12. 12. SCHEDULE www.globalscholars.co.uk12 Time Activity Location 14.50 Afternoon Tea Bar 15.10 Keynote – Dr. Selim Jahan Director, United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report Office Main Chamber 15.45 ‘Listen’ Panels & Workshops Panel – Does aid hinder development? Dr Selim Jahan, Prof Jaideep Prabhu Main Chamber Panel – The impact of science Dame Prof Athene Donald, Dr Sanduk Ruit, Prof Wole Soboyejo Library Workshop – Beatboxing and spoken word Dining Room 17.30 Fireside Chats Dr Selim Jahan, Stephen Lewis, Medha Patkar, Dr Sanduk Ruit, Prof Wole Soboyejo, David Inglis, Prof Jaideep Prabhu Various pubs & restaurants around Cambridge 18.30 Break 19.30 Informal Dinner Bar Friday 22 May (continued) Saturday 23 May Time Activity Location 09.00 Introduction Overview of the day ahead Main Chamber 09.20 Keynote – Stephen Lewis Co-Director, AIDS-Free World Main Chamber 10.00 ‘Learn’ Panels & Workshops Panel – ‘Alternative measures of progress’ Nic Marks, Max Harris Main Chamber Panel – ‘The role of failure’ David Inglis, Ian Desai Fairfax Rhodes Room Panel – ‘Racism and white privilege’ Brian Kwoba, Annie Teriba, Nico Montano Library
  13. 13. SCHEDULE For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 13 Saturday 23 May (continued) Time Activity Location 11.20 Morning Tea Bar & Upstairs Foyer 11.40 ‘Learn’ Thematic Groups Understanding the challenge and attempts to solve it 1-4: Main Chamber 5-6: Dining Room 7: Mount Batten Room 8-9: Bar 10-12: Library 13-14: Fairfax Rhodes 13.15 Lunch Bar 14.20 ‘Learn’ Panels & Workshops Panel – ‘Our relationship with nature’ Main Chamber Panel – ‘Religion & the good life’ Sara Clarke-Habibi, Sally Apokis, Cameron Taylor Library Workshop – Walking tour of Cambridge Union entrance 15.35 Afternoon Tea Bar & Upstairs Foyer 16.00 ‘Learn’ Thematic Groups Preparing for Sunday sessions hosted by small groups 1-4: Main Chamber 5-6: Dining Room 7: Mount Batten Room 8-9: Bar 10-12: Library 13-14: Fairfax Rhodes 16.30 Keynote – Francesca Martinez Main Chamber 16.55 Delegates photo 17.15 Book Signing by Francesca Martinez, Open Space Collect all personal belongings before dinner Bar & Dining Room 19.15 Formal dinner commences St. John’s College 21.30 Evening social activities Stand-up comedy, Silent Disco & Ceilidh Cambridge Union and around Cambridge
  14. 14. SCHEDULE www.globalscholars.co.uk14 Time Activity Location 09.30 Introduction Main Chamber 09.40 Keynote – John McCall MacBain (by video link) 10.00 Keynote – Amy Goodman Journalist, Host of Democracy Now! Main Chamber 10.55 Morning Tea Bar 11.15 Open Sessions hosted by Thematic Groups Racism & White Privilege Ethical Investing Leadership (A) Public Health & Social Change (A) The Impact of Science (A) Main Chamber Library Bar Fairfax Rhodes Room Dining Room 11.50 Open Sessions hosted by Thematic Groups Our Relationship with Nature Does Aid Hinder Development? (A) Leadership (B) Public Health & Social Change (B) The Impact of Science (B) Main Chamber Library Fairfax Rhodes Room Dining Room Bar 12.25 Open Sessions hosted by Thematic Groups Inclusivity & Diversity Does Aid Hinder Development? (B) Religion & an Ethical Life The Internet Age Library Dining Room Fairfax Rhodes Room Main Chamber 13.00 Lunch Bar 13.15 Global Scholars Group AGM Main Chamber 13.50 Creative & delegate-led Workshops Mask & Empathy; Tai Chi Class; Irish Dancing Class; GSAN Ideation Workshop Fairfax Rhodes Room Library Dining Room Main Chamber 14.35 Keynote – Dr Sanduk Ruit Ophthalmologist, Co-Founder Himalayan Cataract Project Main Chamber 15.15 Closing Session & Farewell 15.50 Afternoon Tea Bar 16.00 GSS 2015 Closes Collect all personal belongings and depart from Cambridge Main Chamber Sunday 24 May
  15. 15. For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 15 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Athene Donald Dame Prof Athene Donald completed her first and second degrees at Cambridge in Natural Sciences (Theoretical Physics). After 4 years working at Cornell University she returned to Cambridge where she has been ever since. Her research area is soft matter physics and physics at the interface with biology. She became a Professor in 1998, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999 and appointed a DBE (Dame) in 2010. In 2009 she won the L'Oreal/UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate for Europe. From 2010-14 she was the University's Gender Equality Champion and also Chair of the Royal Society's Education Committee. She currently serves on Royal Society Council and is a Trustee of the Science Museum. In October last year she took up the position of Master of Churchill College. She continues to speak out about issues for girls and women, particularly where these impede the entry of girls into subjects like physics and engineering. She regularly writes on science and gender issues for the Guardian science blogs and her own personal blog. Amy Goodman Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,300 public television and radio stations worldwide. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard honored Goodman with the 2014 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize' for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.” Goodman has co-authored five New York Times bestseller and has received the American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Award; the Paley Center for Media’s She’s Made It Award; and the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship.
  16. 16. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS www.globalscholars.co.uk16 David Inglis Prof David Inglis is a sociologist with a diverse range of interests who aims to keep his intellectual horizons as broad as possible. Blending the empirical and theoretical in his work, he is especially interested in long-term social and cultural change. He also studies changing modes of consciousness, as well as the ideas of globalisation and cosmopolitanism. Notorious for becoming a ‘conference celebrity’, Inglis is sure to be a highlight of GSS 2015. Selim Jahan Dr. Selim Jahan is currently the Director of the Human Development Report Office (HDRO) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York, and has held various other positions in the UNDP since 1992. During his time in HDRO, he was a member of the Core Team that authored nine global Human Development Reports (1993-2001). Before joining UNDP in 1992, Dr. Jahan held different positions in universities, national governments and other international organizations. He has taught in Bangladesh, Canada, and the United States. Dr. Jahan served as the Economic Adviser, Planning Commission of the Government of Bangladesh and has also worked as an Adviser and Consultant to various international organizations including ILO, UNDP, UNESCO, and the World Bank during the 1980s and the early 1990s. Dr. Jahan holds a Ph.D. in Economics from McGill University. He is the author of 10 books and more than 150 articles in various national and international academic journals. His latest book entitled Overcoming Human Poverty – Essays on the Millennium Development Goals and Beyond, came out in 2014.
  17. 17. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 17 Stephen Lewis Stephen Lewis is the co-founder and co- director of AIDS-Free World, an international advocacy organization that works to promote more urgent and more effective global responses to HIV and AIDS. Stephen Lewis’ work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades. He was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations. Mr. Lewis serves as the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in Canada, and he is a Senior Fellow of the Enough Project. He is an immediate past member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and Emeritus Board Member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Stephen Lewis is a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honor for lifetime achievement. In 2005, Mr. Lewis was named by TIME magazine as one of the ‘One hundred most influential people in the world’ (he was cited in the category which included The Dalai Lama, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Nelson Mandela). Mr. Lewis is the author of the best-selling book, Race Against Time. He holds 37 honorary degrees from Canadian universities, as well as honorary degrees from Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University in the United States. Image Credit: Farhang Ghajar Nic Marks Nic Marks is the founding director of Happiness Works, a company that focuses on science-based, responsive analytics to kickstart new ways to happiness and productivity within the workplace. Nic is also a fellow of the UK think-tank, the New Economics Foundation where he founded the award-winning Centre for Wellbeing as well as a board member of Action for Happiness. A ‘statistician with soul’, Nic is perhaps best known for his trailblazing work on the Happy Planet Index, National Accounts of Well-being and the Five Ways to Well-being which is used extensively within health and education institutions as well as within governmental policy.
  18. 18. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS www.globalscholars.co.uk18 Francesca Martinez Francesca Martinez is an award-winning wobbly* comedian, writer and speaker who has toured internationally with sell- out runs around the world including The Melbourne Comedy Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. A regular face on TV, Francesca is well-known for starring in five series of Grange Hill. Ricky Gervais is a big supporter of her work and wrote a starring role especially for her in Extras, opposite actress Kate Winslet. She is currently developing her own sitcom project. Her first book, called What The **** Is Normal?!, was published in May 2014, and is garnering rave reviews from both critics and the general public. In 2005 she was nominated for the 'Motivator Of The Year' Award along with Sir Bob Geldof. Last year she was nominated a Top Ten Game Changer in BBC 4's Woman's Hour Power List, recorded a Tedx talk, was nominated Hero Of The Year in the European Diversity Awards and collected 100,000 signatures for the WOW campaign, which led to a historic debate on welfare cuts in the House of Commons. * Oh yeah, she has mild cerebral palsy but she much prefers the word ‘wobbly’. Medha Patkar Medha Patkar is a social activist and reformer. Born to social activist parents in India, she grew up to be highly motivated, exceptionally brave and fearless to speak out stand social causes. While pursuing doctorate studies in the Department of Urban and Rural Community Development at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, she became involved with adivasis, farmers and others to be affected by the Sardar Sarovar Dam in the Narmada River Valley Project. She abandoned her doctoral work in order to plunge into the Narmada Movement, leading Narmada Bachao Andolan (the “Save Narmada Movement”), which won the Right Livelihood Award in 1991. She founded Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao (GBGB) in Mumbai and has helped mobilize thousands of slum dwellers to challenge corruption, getting private distribution systems for water and amenities in slums. The GBGB movement has contributed to evaluation of alternative housing scheme, exposing corruption and exploitation of slum dwellers and their land. She has significantly contributed to a process of alliance-building among various organisations of the urban poor. In 2014, Medha was awarded a Mother Theresa Award for Social Justice.
  19. 19. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 19 Jaideep Prabhu Prof Jaideep Prabhu is Professor of Marketing, Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business and Enterprise, and Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has a BTech degree from IIT Delhi and a PhD from the University of Southern California, and has held positions at Cambridge, Imperial College London, Tilburg University (the Netherlands), and UCLA. His research interests are in marketing, innovation, strategy and international business. In particular, he studies various cross-national issues concerning the antecedents and consequences of radical innovation in high-technology contexts. His current research is mainly on how multinationals are using emerging markets in Asia, Latin America and Africa as a lab to do affordable and sustainable innovation for global application. He has published in and is on the editorial board of leading international journals such as the Journal of Marketing and the International Journal of Research in Marketing. He is the co-author of Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth, described by The Economist as “the most comprehensive book yet” on the subject of frugal innovation. Sanduk Ruit Dr. Sanduk Ruit is a co-founder and a Director of the Himalayan Cataract Project. Born in the far eastern part of Nepal, Dr. Ruit studied medicine in India, completing a residency in Ophthalmology. In the past 25 years, Dr. Ruit and his team continuously struggled to fight against the barriers of bringing modern cataract surgery to those communities that are the most marginalized and in need. This work would ultimately increase the large target group to come under the bracket of modern cataract surgery. In the late 1980s, Dr. Ruit and his team first simplified the cataract surgery and made it appropriate for local conditions. For Dr. Ruit, There were four areas of priority (a) simplifying the technique, delivery system and team building (b) finding very effective system for training (c) working on affordable medical consumables and (d) trying to solve the complexity of financial issues. Dr. Ruit and his colleagues have been spreading this technology to many parts of the world, particularly in Asia and Africa. This technique of modern cataract surgery and philosophy has been passed onto more than five hundred eye surgeons from around the world and they are now applying it for the benefit of patients in their own areas.
  20. 20. www.globalscholars.co.uk20 Wole Soboyejo Dr. Wole Soboyejo is a scientist driven by the needs of people. A guiding principle behind his research is to use materials science for the promotion of global development. His research focuses on experimental studies of different materials with applications in developing regions, and his group is involved in numerous development and outreach projects both locally and abroad. As he puts it,“Technology, applied to change our world.” KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
  21. 21. THEMATIC GROUPS For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 21 The breadth of topics at GSS can be overwhelming. This year we have introduced thematic groups to give delegates the opportunity to focus on an area of interest to them and to dive deeply into the topic through facilitated conversation with other delegates with a similar interest. The full list of thematic topics is below. Although you have already chosen your thematic group, Sunday will see groups hosting sessions for other delegates. We hope that the further information below will inform delegates’ choice of thematic groups on Sunday morning. 1. The Internet Age: Has IT changed the way we build impact, and how? 2. Does aid hinder development? To the extent that it does hinder development, are there certain models of aid that do not hinder development? What alternative models exist to ameliorate development and raise living standards for countries in the global South? 3. The Impact of Science: What is the balance between applied science and pursuing pure research? 4. Leadership: Is leadership a useful concept for thinking about impact or is it overly individualistic? What alternative models are there for thinking through questions of ethics, responsibility and impact? What does this mean for us as post-graduate students in the UK who are often told we are “future leaders”? 5. Religion: How can perspectives from the world’s religions shape an ethical life? This group will explore common threads between different schools of religious thought and the role that these can play in informing and developing personal ethics - both for the group’s participants and for others. 6. Our Relationship with Nature. Warning calls about humanity’s impact on nature abound, but is there something deeper going on in the way we think about nature and our place in it? How might we reconceptualise a less destructive relationship with nature? 7. Inclusivity & Diversity: When can groups harness diversity rather than being hamstrung by it? Do groups that harness diversity have certain features in common and what can be done to build more groups like this - both on the micro and macro scale? 8. Ethical Investing: Should investments profit-maximise or should they do more? With the rise of ethical investing, it seems time for a critical examination of where ethical investing offers a socially desirable alternative and where it is merely window-dressing. 9. Public Health & Social Change: Are these issues the responsibility of government, the general public or the private sector? How should we balance investing in prevention programmes and solving urgent issues and what different models of intervention are there? For whom are we responsible? 10. Racism and White Privilege. What does racism and white privilege look like in professional, academic, activist and/or personal spaces? Is privilege an effective way of framing discussions about race? How might we (and others) best combat racism in our working and personal lives?
  22. 22. FACILITATORS www.globalscholars.co.uk22 Sally Apokis (Religion & an Ethical Life) Sally Apokis is the University Chaplain at the Medway Campus for the Universities of Kent, Greenwich and Canterbury Christchurch. Over an 18 year period she has specialised in educational chaplaincy and teaching from nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary education both here in the UK and in her home city of Melbourne, Australia. She was born Methodist, trained at a Catholic teachers college, then at an Anglican theological college, married a Greek Orthodox man who is an Anglican priest, her sister is of the Siddha yoga faith and her best friends are an Iranian Muslim and Christian couple. She has spent her life's work immersed in the wonderfulness of life, its people, its faiths and philosophies and think nothing sorts out the worlds problems better than sitting around a café table with Italian coffee, French pastries then Japanese sushi and Thai red curry! Fun fact: she uses origami as a teaching tool with academics and scholars! Andy Casey (Science & Impact) Andy Casey is a post-doctorate researcher at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge. Before switching to research astrophysics he says he “actually did something useful” – he was an aerospace engineer in Australia. Although the transition to a new field can be daunting, having an engineer's perspective has been a benefit to his astronomy research. He has a keen interest in entrepreneuring, intellectual property, applied research, and translating pure research into practical real-world results. Pepe Clarke (Our Relationship with Nature) Born and raised in Australia, Pepe Clarke has fifteen years experience as a public interest lawyer and environmental advocate. His passion for protecting the natural world has led me to work with a range of environmental organisations, including the International Union for Conservation of Nature, WWF and the Wildlife Conservation Society. From 2010 to 2014, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Nature Conservation Council, one of Australia’s leading environmental advocacy organisations. He is currently completing a Masters of Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge. Scott Hale (The Internet Age) Dr Scott A. Hale is a Data Scientist at the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford. He develops and applies techniques from computer science to research questions in the social sciences and is particularly interested in human- computer interaction, the spread of information between speakers of different languages online, and collective action. Katie Hammond (Leadership) Katie Hammond is currently finishing up a PhD at the University of Cambridge with the Reproductive Sociology Research Group, and is also a fellow of the Arizona State University Embryo Project. Her background is in Legal and Gender studies. She studies the markets and regulation of new reproductive technologies, particularly gamete donation and surrogacy. She is interested in regulation and policy-making that better reflects people's lived experiences. She has done policy-advising with a number of organizations including Cambridge public health start-up Polygeia, and with the World Health Organization. She’s been on the organizing committee for GSS for the past two years, and is excited to get to facilitate this year!
  23. 23. For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 23 Max Harris (Leadership) Max is an Examination Fellow at All Souls College. He works primarily on issues in law and political theory, and is also doing freelance writing. He is interested in the idea of leadership (both its appeal and its drawbacks), and has helped to develop materials for retreats at Rhodes House on the concept of leadership. He really enjoys dancing and is a twin. Nico Montano (Racism & White Privilege) Nico is a 2013 Marshall Scholar studying Gender, Media, and Culture at the London School of Economics and Political Science focusing on Latin American war film. Last year, Nico worked with asylum seekers in Manchester and Liverpool, documenting their experiences in UK detention centres, and researching the racialization of refugees by police. Nico has also done research regarding youth exposure to violence in New York, youth involvement in MS-13 and Albanian organized crime, policing in the South Bronx, and Latin American migration to the US during the Cold War, placing an emphasis on the intersection between race and gender. Also an avid photographer, Nico hopes to incorporate multimedia into his future work tackling issues of race and gender in the US criminal justice system. Ellen Quigley (Ethical Investing) Ellen Quigley is a core organiser with Positive Investment Cambridge (PIC) and has worked with the Newton Centre for Endowment Asset Management, Preventable Surprises, and the Cambridge Society for Economic Pluralism (CSEP). Her MSc at Oxford concerned the structure and resilience of the Canadian banking system, and her PhD (in progress) is on the education of economists. Fun fact: With one exception, in the last ten years Ellen has not flown in an airplane except to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Approach her for tips on train/bus travel in North America and Europe! Julia Radomski (Does Aid Hinder Development?) Julia is an MPhil in Development Studies this year with a background in economics and anthropology. Within development, she is interested in the relationship between international development efforts and demographics, reproduction, and family planning, particularly in Latin America. Julia has completed research in Ecuador and Cuba on these topics, and is excited to hear more about other students' experiences with the efficacy of aid in sparking meaningful social and economic change. When not thinking about aid and development, Julia is also into electronic music, contemporary dance, reggaeton, and ice cream. Amirah Sequeira (Inclusivity & Diversity) Amirah Sequeira is completing an MPhil in the history of science, and focus on the intersections between class, race, sexuality and gender with health and policy. As the National Coordinator for the Student Global AIDS Campaign in the United States, her activism work has focused on organizing and empowering young people to take political action against social injustice, and guiding political campaign strategy to hold governments and corporations accountable for ending the AIDS pandemic by ensuring access to medicines for all who need them. She lives and dies by Winnipeg Jets hockey and Man United football. FACILITATORS
  24. 24. Silja-Riin Voolma (Public Health & Social Change) Silja-Riin Voolma is a behavioural scientist and a designer of public health interventions. Her work aims to empower a generational attitude change in young people's health choices by using the power of mHealth. She consults on national public health campaigns for reducing alcohol consumption in Estonia, develops national eHealth interventions and co-manages a public health social enterprise, the Healthy Estonia Foundation. As a PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge, funded by the UK Medical Research Council, Silja promotes value- driven lifestyle changes in the young people of Estonia using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Silja is a keen student of Ashtanga yoga, a fledgling belly dancer and interested in all things on the mind-body connection. Marie Yurkovich (Science & Impact) Marie Yurkovich is a 3rd year PhD in Peter Leadlay’s group at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, investigating how to uncover and engineer novel bioactive molecules from bacterial genomes. She is interested in how these new chemical scaffolds can reveal surprising molecular targets and how these findings can be translated into new therapeutics. As a researcher who has worked in both basic and applied science Marie hopes to challenge the public opinion of each, explore how science can become more open to the public, and discuss how we can combat scientific fallacies. Marie loves exploring new countries and trying out local cuisines. FACILITATORS www.globalscholars.co.uk24
  25. 25. PANELISTS Sara Clarke-Habibi Sara Clarke-Habibi is a Gates Scholar and consultant in post-conflict peacebuilding. Originally from Canada, Sara has worked with partners in a diverse range of countries on initiatives in peacebuilding, intergroup healing and reconciliation, interfaith dialogue, and youth empowerment. Brian Kwoba Brian Kwoba is a doctoral student in African-American history at Oxford University. His research focuses on the unsung "father of Harlem radicalism" in the early 20th century, Hubert Harrison. He has been an activist on issues ranging from immigration to LGBT equality for over 10 years, and is the organizer of the Oxford Pan-Afrikan Forum. Cameron Taylor Cameron Taylor is a practitioner of Mahayana Buddhism. He is director of the upcoming event Dialogue with the Dalai Lama: Growing Wisdom, Changing People hosted by Lord Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. 25For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk
  26. 26. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Andrea Cabrero-Vilatela Andrea studied physics engineering in Mexico City and then moved to the UK to pursue an MPhil degree in Micro and Nanotechnology Enterprise at the University of Cambridge. She is now studying a PhD at the Engineering Department working with graphene, a 2D material that is flexible, transparent and stronger than steel. She is also interested in topics such as education, entrepreneurship and sciences. In her free time she enjoys traveling, cycling, dancing flamenco and being with friends and family. Louis Chambers Louis grew up on a farm in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, studying Law and Economics degrees at Otago University before coming to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. He studied the Master of Public Policy last year and is currently reading an MSc in Economics for Development. His thesis uses Sri Lankan micro-enterprise data to investigate how access to capital grants affects firm energy efficiency. He is especially excited about the GSS thematic groups focused on Religion, Our Relationship with Nature, and Leadership. www.globalscholars.co.uk26
  27. 27. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Tara Paterson Tara Paterson is an MSc student in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy at Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment. Her dissertation research looks at employer sponsored egg freezing in California. Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, Tara holds a BA in Political Science and Gender Studies from the University of Victoria and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Oxford. Zoë Stewart Zoë is a doctor from Melbourne, Australia. She is interested in obstetric medicine and is currently completing a PhD looking at new treatments for diabetes in pregnancy. More broadly, she is interested in the intersection of medicine, research, and policy with a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Collin VanBuren Collin grew up in LaSalle, Illinois and has a B.S. from Western Illinois University and an M.Sc. from the University of Toronto. His PhD research at Cambridge focuses on the uses of amphibian skin anatomy and evolution for the conservation of these very sensitive and severely threatened animals, with a focus on Southeast Asian amphibians. Outside of his PhD work, he is also interested in science education, palaeontology, and LGBT+ rights and advocacy. For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 27
  28. 28. ORGANISING COMMITTEE Jessica Wamala (Director) Jessica Wamala is currently pursuing an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. Her research interests include international relations, gender empowerment, Islamism, and political participation in the Middle East. Previously, she worked at the US Embassy in Belgrade and at the Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. As such, she promoted women’s empowerment, human rights, and embassy security as well as coordinated regional evacuations. Jess earned her MA in political science from Villanova University. She also holds a BA from Villanova University in political science and Arab and Islamic studies. Ben Abraham Hailing from the great continent of New Zealand, Ben is currently reading for the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy at Oxford's Department of International Development. He is interested in the broad challenges of international cooperation, particularly with regards to reconciling at times competing agendas of global environmental governance and economic development. Ben is also an avid sports fan, supporting NZ teams across all codes and anyone playing Australia. Delegates Committee www.globalscholars.co.uk28
  29. 29. Mubashir Latif Mubashir Latif is currently pursing an MSc in Social Policy at the University of Oxford's Department of Social Policy and Intervention. His prior academic background is in Economics and Finance. Longer term, he aspires to bridge the gap between finance and social entrepreneurship by employing traditional financial frameworks and models (like the Private Equity framework) to support social enterprises, sustainable businesses and charities. He is immensely interested in Cricket, Football, Cinema and keenly follows global and international affairs. Ahmad Nasir Ahmad is a 2014 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, studying towards a MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar. He was recently commissioned as a U.S. Army officer and enjoys learning about international relations, strategic studies, South Asia, and the Middle East. In addition to his research interests, he hopes to better understand the future role of the U.S. military in shaping global affairs. ORGANISING COMMITTEE For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 29
  30. 30. ORGANISING COMMITTEE Arif Naveed Arif Naveed is PhD candidate at Cambridge, studying the role that schooling plays in disrupting the intergenerational transmission of poverty and inequality in rural Pakistan. As a policy analyst, he has previously worked at the leading think tanks in Pakistan and has been involved in educational reforms and poverty reduction programmes in the country. His previous academic training includes an MPhil in Educational Sociology at Cambridge University, a Master of Research in International Development at Bath University and a Masters in Economics at the Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. Talia da Silva Talia is a Gates Cambridge Scholar pursuing a PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Her research is in geotechnical engineering and investigates through the use of experimental models the behaviour of geosynthetic-reinforced soils in areas of subsidence or where there is the potential for subterranean voids to form. www.globalscholars.co.uk30
  31. 31. Logistics Committee Michelle Teplensky (Director) Michelle Teplensky is a first year PhD student in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Her research focuses on utilising metal- organic frameworks as a means of drug and siRNA delivery. This technology would allow for more effective and less invasive slow-release, long-term treatment for patients. Michelle's excitement about interdisciplinary technology and the merging of chemical engineering, materials science, and pharmaceuticals is evidenced by her involvement in diversified internships at Corning Incorporated and Genentech. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical-Biological Engineering from MIT. Songqiao Yao (Director) Songqiao studies the nexus of indigenous knowledge, global production systems and sustainable development as a human geographer. Prior to Cambridge, she has worked for International Rivers and helped established the organization's office in China. Songqiao is also a food entrepreneur and has started an ethical juice company in Beijing. She is currently writing about emerging economy's global environmental footprint, and how social entrepreneurship could contribute to social justice and sustainable development. For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 31 ORGANISING COMMITTEE
  32. 32. Stephanie Lopez Stephanie Lopez was born and raised in California and is currently completing an MPhil in Latin American Studies focusing on violence and insecurity in Central America’s northern triangle. Her other research interests include citizenship, democratization, water politics and immigration, especially as these pertain to California, Latin America and the Middle East. She previously attended California State University, Fresno, where she completed a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Mass Communication and Journalism. Stephanie’s passion for humanitarian issues and sustainability has driven her studies and extracurricular activities including her work as a media correspondent and congressional intern. ORGANISING COMMITTEE Ruth Canagarajah Ruth Canagarajah is an MPhil student in Public Policy. Areas of research that she finds particularly fascinating are issues in developing countries, including informal work and slums, urban development, land policies, and private sector investment. She has conducted research in these areas related to livelihood security in Sri Lanka, Ghana and Egypt. Shannon Esswein Shannon Esswein is an MPhil student in the Department of Biochemistry. She is investigating the structural biology and biochemistry of non-homologous end joining, a repair system for DNA double strand breaks. By using structure-guided fragment-based drug discovery methods, she aims to identify molecules that inhibit non-homologous end joining to be used as a co-therapy to improve cancer treatments. www.globalscholars.co.uk32
  33. 33. Irene Falk Irene Falk is a first-year PhD student in the department of Clinical Neurosciences. Her graduate course will examine the immunomodulatory application of stem cell-based therapies in the treatment of neurodegenerative disease, focusing specifically on primate models of multiple sclerosis. In addition to her PhD in Cambridge, she is also pursuing a medical degree in the US. Sheina Lew-Levy Sheina Lew-Levy is a Gates Cambridge scholar currently working towards an MPhil in human evolution. Her research focuses on how play contributes to developing foraging competencies in hunter-gatherers. Previously, Sheina obtained her BA at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) in anthropology, where she focused on environmental anthropology and Canada’s First Nations. In her spare time, Sheina teaches outdoor education and nature connection to children and adults, and enjoys practicing survival skills, weaving baskets, and knitting. Yi Hui Phua Yi Phua is an MPhil student at the Cambridge Judge Business School, where she studies Technology Policy. More broadly, Yi is interested about the roles that governments and firms play in policy issues such as innovation and energy, as well as the topic of evidence- based policymaking. For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 33 ORGANISING COMMITTEE
  34. 34. Social Committee Sonya Davey (Director) Sonya Davey, from a suburb of Washington DC, is pursuing an MPhil in Geography at the University of Cambridge, studying policies regarding sex selection in India. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with degrees in Biology, Public Health, and South Asian Studies. She is interested in global health delivery and will attend medical school next year. Malinda McPherson Malinda J. McPherson, from Boston, Massachusetts, is an MPhil student studying Music and Science at the University of Cambridge. Her primary research interest is how emotional intents and affective states influence the neural and behavioral processes involved in music production. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2014 with a BA in Cognitive Science. Next year, she will pursue a PhD at the Harvard/MIT Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology Program. 34 www.globalscholars.co.uk ORGANISING COMMITTEE
  35. 35. Afrodita Nikolova Afrodita Nikolova is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (Gates Cambridge Scholarship) and an editorial assistant for The International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research (Routledge, 2015). As a university lecturer in English she has directed Creative Writing programs for Macedonian universities. After her poetry pamphlet won a national poetry prize, she co-founded the literary magazine “Sh” (NGO, Way Out). A poetry slam champion for Macedonia and neighbouring countries (2014) and a finalist at the European poetry slam championship, Sweden, she will be representing Macedonia at the World cup of poetry slam, France (2015). Simone Sasse Simone Sasse, from Los Angeles, CA, is currently pursuing an MPhil in Pathology at the University of Cambridge, studying the opportunistic pathogen Toxoplasmagondii. She graduated from Princeton University in 2014 with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Ultimately, she is interested in studying tropical diseases and mechanisms for limiting their transmission. She will pursue a medical degree next year. Callie Vandewiele Callie Vandewiele, from Portland OR, is currently pursuing a PhD in Latin American Studies at the University of Cambridge. Through her research she explores the relationships between culture, identity and globalization. She received her MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge in 2014, and her BA in Politics and Government at Pacific University in 2008. Before re-entering academia, Callie enjoyed a career in youth leadership education and in addition to her academic interest she is an improvisor and stand-up comedian. For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 35 ORGANISING COMMITTEE
  36. 36. Alice Wang (Director) Alice Wang is a “Chiwi” (a Chinese Kiwi) from New Zealand currently studying towards an MSc in Economics for Development at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. She is passionate about issues of education, welfare and social mobility, and how they enable disadvantaged communities to flourish. Before coming to the United Kingdom, Alice studied law, economics and philosophy at the University of Auckland and had worked as a Judges’ Clerk at the Supreme Court of New Zealand. In September, Alice will be joining the Blavatinik School of Government in their Master of Public Policy programme. Michael Mackley Michael Mackley is a DPhil student in the Radcliffe Department of Medicine. He is interested in the rapid translation of genomic medicine into clinical practice, as well as the impact and ethical implications that these technologies have for patient care. He is exploring these issues through cardiac incidental findings in whole-genome sequencing – findings that have potential health benefits, but are completely unrelated to the condition for which the testing was ordered. In addition to his passions for genomic medicine and healthcare communication, Michael enjoys finding ways to bring together his medical and musical interests. ORGANISING COMMITTEE Media and Communications Committee 36 www.globalscholars.co.uk
  37. 37. Joanne Cave Joanne Cave is originally from Edmonton, Canada and currently completing the Masters in Public Policy at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government. She previously completed the MSc in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford’s Department of Social Policy and Intervention, focusing on the emergence of social impact bonds in an era of government austerity. In her free time, she works part-time for The Rhodes Project and enjoys CrossFit, cooking, reading, travelling and volunteering with feminist organizations. Arghya Modak Arghya completed his Integrated Masters in Chemistry at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, (IISER) Kolkata and subsequently moved to University of Oxford to pursue a D.Phil. in Chemical Biology on a Commonwealth Scholarship. With his broad research interest being in glycobiology, he is currently investigating novel chemical and enzymatic approaches towards synthesis of defined glycosaminoglycan and proteoglycan structures. Outside the lab he likes to indulge in cooking, landscape and night photography. For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 37 ORGANISING COMMITTEE
  38. 38. DELEGATES Gregory Akall University of Cambridge Gregory is a third year PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Cambridge. Greg is researching on policy-making discourses and irrigation development in Kenya and how concerns about the impact of climate change have or have not impacted on development policies. Greg is originally from Kenya and an alumna of Cardiff University. He is particularly passionate about pastoralists and climate change issues in sub-Saharan Africa. Jillian Alexander University of Cambridge Jillian is an MPhil student in Educational Leadership and School Improvement at Cambridge's Faculty of Education. Jill is exploring leadership, learning, and personal development in a higher education merit-aid program. Jill is originally from Warrenton,Virginia, near Washington D.C. and an alumna of George Mason University. She is especially passionate about theatre and always ready to talk about mentorship and its influence on both leadership development and deep learning. Shubham Anand University of Oxford Shubham has an MBA from the University of Oxford. Prior to that, he has worked for more than five years in the social sector of India, particularly in the field of educational technology. Post MBA, Shubham co-founded iGBL, a digital platform of interactive games that bring abstract concepts to life, thus improving learning outcomes. iGBL won the inaugural £20,000 Skoll Centre Venture Award, the £42,000 UKTI Sirius Award and the £5000 Touch Digital Grant. Deborah Anderson | Global Scholars Board Member University of Oxford (Management Studies) Sabrina Anjara University of Cambridge Sabrina is a PhD student at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health. Her research on non-specialist mental health care in low-resource settings focuses on the implementation of the 2014 Mental Health Law in Indonesia. Sabrina is the first Gates Cambridge Scholar from Indonesia, and previously worked as a Psychologist in the Singapore Civil Service and in the education sector in Melbourne, Australia. She is passionate about bridging science and public policy. Wulansari Ardianingsih University of Cambridge Wulansari is an MPhil student in Psychology and Education at Cambridge's Faculty of Education. Currently she is conducting research about the role of moral disengagement and social identity in senior-junior bullying in Indonesian high school students. Wuri is an Indonesian who did her undergraduate study in the Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Indonesia. She is passionate about issues relating child's rights, developmental and educational psychology, and special needs education. www.globalscholars.co.uk38
  39. 39. Dana Baddar University of Manchester Dana is an MSc student in International Business and Management at Manchester University's Business School. Dana is researching the early and rapid international expansion of small enterprises – the Born Global phenomenon of International Entrepreneurship – in the United Arab Emirates. Dana is originally from Amman, Jordan and an alumna of the University of Jordan. She is particularly passionate about global corporate responsibility, ethical business conduct and empowerment of youth. Clarissa Baerenfaenger University of Oxford Clarissa Baerenfaenger is an MPhil student reading International Development at the Department of International Development, Oxford. Originally from Germany, Clarissa's main research interests include multidimensional poverty analysis and religion and development. She is currently researching Boko Haram and religion and violence in Nigeria. Baetty Baetty University of Central Lancashire Baetty is an Indonesian and pursuing her PhD in Applied Linguistics in the University of Central Lancashire. Her research interest is in the teaching of English to foreign language learners in the area of Applied Linguistics: Second / Foreign Language Acquisition, Technology Enhanced Language Learning or Computer Assisted Language Learning, Language Learning Motivation, English for Specific Purposes. Gayathri Balan (University of Oxford) Gayathri is an Oxford Pershing Square Scholar. She is a 1+1 MBA student studying MSc in Comparative Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and will be pursuing MBA at Said Business School next year. Prior to Oxford, she was a Piramal-Gandhi Fellow helping build up leadership capacities of government school principals in rural areas of Rajasthan. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and its potential to solve the sanitation crisis in her home country: India. Ryan Batchelor University of Cambridge Ryan is an MPhil student in Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. Ryan’s interests are in social policy, especially the design of the social safety net and addressing inequality. Before coming to Cambridge, Ryan worked in Timor-Leste on an economic development project, and before that was policy director to the Australian Prime Minister. Ryan is from Melbourne, Australia and has a BA (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and an LLB from Monash University. Paul Bergen University of Cambridge Paul is a PhD student at Cambridge's Department of Pathology. Paul is researching how proteins are transported across cellular membrane and how that process is energised using the bacterial flagellum as a model system. Paul is originally from Cooper City, Florida and an alumnus of Auburn University in Alabama. He is interested in the connections between science and policy and how scientists can best communicate their work to policy makers and the public. DELEGATES For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 39
  40. 40. Claudia Bernal University of Aberdeen Born and raised in Mexico City, Claudia is a proud chilanga passionate about travel, culture and energy. Claudia is currently studying an MSc in Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance at the University of Aberdeen. She is looking forward for the opportunities that the Energy Reform will open in México and is ready to contribute towards the country's growth. Helena Billington University of Cambridge Helena is an MPhil student in Epidemiology at Cambridge's Department of Public Health and Primary Care. Helena is researching the determinants of academic growth between year 3 and year 9 in a cohort of state school students from South Australia. Helena is from Adelaide, South Australia and an alumna of the University of Adelaide where she studied statistics. She is particularly passionate about the public sector using data to elicit information for beneficial decision-making. Drew Birrenkott University of Oxford Drew is a DPhil student in Engineering Science specializing in biomedical engineering and medical informatics. Drew is currently designing an algorithm capable of extracting the respiratory rate from photoplethysmogram (PPG) and electrocardiogram (ECG) signals. Drew is originally from Madison, WI USA and is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin- Madison. He is passionate about finding innovations that make healthcare more accessible for everyone. Theodora Bowering University of Cambridge Theodora is currently studying an MPhil Architecture and Urban Studies at the University of Cambridge looking at how medicine, social sciences, architecture and urbanism intersect with ageing and reveal the need for practices and forces to be explored as a rising source of social conflict and inequality in cities. An architect with over six years of practice experience she is committed to addressing urban issues through design, policy, education, social and health initiatives. Field Brown University of Oxford Field is studying towards an MPhil in Modern British and European History. He is researching the impact of the Algerian War on African American writers who lived in Paris after World War 2. He is originally from Vicksburg, MS and an alumnus of Mississippi State University. He is passionate about race-related issues in America and plans to be an African American literature professor. Elizabeth Byrne University of Oxford Elizabeth is studying at Oxford for the MSc in Integrated Immunology. Her current research focuses on understanding genetic risk factors for multiple sclerosis. She is particularly interested in infectious disease, in quantitative approaches to immunology and in women's health. Elizabeth attended Harvard University before her studies at Oxford. After her time in the UK, she plans to return to the US for an MD/PhD. www.globalscholars.co.uk40 DELEGATES
  41. 41. Rebekah Carpio Guildhall School of Music and Drama Rebekah, from Virginia, US, is a clarinettist studying on the Orchestral Artistry MPerf programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She came to the UK in 2013 as a Fulbright Scholar after graduating from the Eastman School of Music. Studying in London is a dream come true as she pursues her passions for performance and musical outreach. Highlights include playing principal at the Royal Albert Hall, performing for renown clarinettists, and attending conferences throughout Europe. Dan Koon-hong Chan University College London Dan is a Chevening Scholar at UCL’s School of Public Policy, focusing on city diplomacy and global governance. Dan is now working on business development programs in North Korea with OxAID, and peace-building workshops in Thai- Myanmar border, supported by Clinton Global Initiative (University) and UCL Grand Challenge. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dan is an alumna of HKU. He believes in cities, rather than nation-states, as the answer of trans-border problems like climate change. Jainisha Chavda University of Birmingham (International Development) Qi Chen Imperial College London Qi is a Fulbright grantee at Imperial College London conducting research on optimization algorithms. Qi is interested in how efficiency improvements can contribute to a sustainable global energy policy. While his research focuses on tools in mathematical programming for industrial, commercial, and human processes, he recognizes the political and moral dimensions to the implementation of his work. Therefore, effectively communicating science is both an ongoing task and a long-term goal. Natasha Chilundika University of Oxford Natasha is studying the MPP at Oxford. She is interested in evidence-based policy appropriate to local settings and inclusive of local ideas and has a degree in Agricultural Economics and an MSc in Global Health Science. Natasha worked with a local NGO in Zambia focused on improving efficiency and policy in agriculture markets. She has also worked with CHAI in Swaziland evaluating the benefits and challenges of using Point of Care CD4 testing services to improve Antiretroviral Therapy uptake. Emerson Corsba University of Cambridge Emerson is a M.Phil in Politics, Development and Democratic Education at the University of Cambridge. He is a Co-Founder and Director of Gen Y Inc., now one of Canada's fastest-growing workplace culture consultancies that helps clients across public and private sectors attract and retain the next generation of leaders and managers, leveraging strategic industry partnerships across cities including London, Boston, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 41 DELEGATES
  42. 42. Adam Cowden University of Cambridge Adam is an MPhil student studying Planning, Growth and Regeneration on a Gates Scholarship at Cambridge. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a BA in Political Science and is interested in policy interventions targeting urban poverty and marginalized communities. Adam has conducted research on the impact of universal old- age pensions in African countries, and his current dissertation explores the impact of a basic income on the UK housing market. Katie Davidson University of Oxford Katie is an MSc student in Global Governance & Diplomacy at Oxford's Department of International Development. Katie has done various work focusing on topics of US national security. She is researching the diplomatic management of cyber security crises. Katie hails from Orlando, Florida and an alumna of the US Naval Academy, and was commissioned in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. She is passionate about issues of gender within the US military and leadership. Daniella Davila Aquije University of Oxford Daniella is an MSc student in Evidence- Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at Oxford. Her research focuses on low-income housing and the mental health impact of different housing models. Daniella was born in Lima, Peru, and moved to Canada at the age of 15. She holds a BAH from Queen's University and a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Toronto. Daniella is interested in equity- seeking policies and is passionate about community organizing, collective efficacy and the development of social capital in marginalized communities. Yaqiao Deng University of Cambridge Yaqiao's MPhil thesis is on bio-energy use in the developing countries. Her past research experience includes: ‘Study on the Numerical Simulation of Thermal Factors and Heat Transfer of Mono-phase Fluid Flow of a Micro-channel’, ‘Experimental Study on Stack Performance in Thermal Acoustic Engines of Standing Wave and Travelling Wave’ and ‘Designation of Gel Breaker in Fracturing Fluid and Research on the Backflow Efficiency of Fracturing Fluid in the Realm of Exploitation of Shale Gas’. Priyanka, deSouza University of Oxford Priyanka has a Bachelors and Masters of Technology in Energy Science and Systems Engineering from IIT Bombay. During this time she published papers on photoelectrochemical cells, molecular thermoelectrics and an analysis of how Usain Bolt could run faster. She then came to the University of Oxford where she completed an MSc in Environmental Change and Management, and is now doing an MBA from Saïd Business School. Priyanka is particularly interested in environmental policy. www.globalscholars.co.uk42 DELEGATES
  43. 43. Nicholas Dowdall University of Oxford Nicholas is an MSc student in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. He has a background in Psychology and his research is focussing on Early Childhood Development strategies in developing countries. He is currently establishing a social enterprise that will provide low-income parents with education and strategies to improve their children's cognitive development. His project has been chosen as a global finalist for the Hult Prize to take place in New York in September. Karly Drabot University of Cambridge Karly, an alumna of the University of British Columbia, is pursuing an MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge. Her current research focuses on gender development and the effects of gender atypicality on psychosocial adjustment. With previous research experience in knowledge translation, stereotyping and stereotype threat, women in leadership, and end-of- life care, Karly is passionate about improving the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. Nikhil DSouza University of Oxford Nikhil is studying towards the BCL at the University of Oxford. He previously studied at Bangalore University and the University of Hamburg under the Dr Angela Merkel- DAAD Scholarship. His awareness of the level of illiteracy in India shaped his decision to establish JusTeach Foundation, a platform for college students to teach children in orphanages. Through his studies Nikhil seeks to form a deeper understanding of European regulatory laws to help foster a more transparent economic regime in India. Samuel Ellison University of Birmingham Samuel is an MA candidate in Migration, Superdiversity and Policy at the University of Birmingham. Samuel is focusing on the impact of anti-migrant rhetoric in the political sphere, and how it influences the migration debate in the UK. Additionally, he is interested in Black masculinity, and how oppressed and dominant groups interact. Samuel hails from Philadelphia, PA and graduated from Villanova University, where he was an All-American 800m runner. Dena Ettehad University of Oxford Dena is an MSc student in Global Health at Oxford's Nuffield Department of Population Health. Her past research has included investigating treatment outcomes in children with MDR-TB and she is currently researching the impact of blood pressure lowering in various high- risk populations. She is particularly passionate about universal heath coverage, the social determinants of health and the ability of healthcare systems to meet the needs of the most marginalised and underprivileged. For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 43 DELEGATES
  44. 44. Ugochukwu Ezeh University of Oxford Ugochukwu is a Weidenfeld scholar and postgraduate law student in the Faculty of Law at Oxford. He is particularly interested in exploring the intersections between human rights, security, and development. Ugochukwu is from Nigeria and an alumnus of the University of Lagos where he received a Bachelor of Laws degree with first class honours at the top of his class. He is deeply interested in fostering citizen-engagement and democratization in emerging economies. Angela Feldhaus University of Oxford (Economics) Christopher Finch University of Cambridge Christopher is interested in the intersection between science and business, and aspires to translate innovations from the lab into products that help people. As an MPhil student in Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, Christopher develops synthetic biology tools for regulating transgenes, and looks to apply these tools to enhance biofuel production in algae. Originally from Colorado, Christopher attended Amherst College as an undergraduate, where he played NCAA ice hockey. Allyson Freedy University of Cambridge Ally is an MPhil student in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. Through her work in the laboratory of Dr. Gonçalo Bernardes, Ally’s MPhil research explores novel site selective protein modification methodology, with the aim of using these methodologies to develop targeted therapeutics. Ally is originally from Clearwater, Florida and is an alumna of Harvard College. She is particularly interested in the role that scientific research plays in the advancement and practice of medicine. Catherine Gascoigne University of Cambridge Catherine is a doctoral candidate and Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge. Catherine is researching the way in which countries can demonstrate that they have incurred economic harm caused by the international trade policies of another country. Catherine obtained a Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction) from the University of Oxford as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Hons I) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) from The University of Sydney. David Gawith University of Cambridge David is a PhD student in Land Economy at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the economics of climate change adaptation in agriculture. He has a background in hydrology, climatology and vulnerability assessments and has spent time investigating the impacts of climate change in Nepal, Fiji and New Zealand. He also follows international climate change negotiations. In his spare time he plays rugby, tries to find things to climb, and enjoys finishing mid-bottom field at the local pub quiz. www.globalscholars.co.uk44 DELEGATES
  45. 45. Miranda Germani London School of Economics Miranda is completing her MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management at the London School of Economics. Her academic interests include physician human resources and health system planning. Her academic background is in both communications and health care, and she is an alumna of McMaster University. She currently works at a hospital in Canada, coordinating physician human resources, communications, and quality. She previously worked for the NHS in communications. Kent Griffith University of Cambridge Kent is a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. A graduate of Indiana University, he moved to Cambridge to work with Professor Clare Grey. Kent now works on the development and mechanistic understanding of materials for the next- generation of energy storage for personal, automotive, and grid applications. He is always keen to discuss science, technical or not, especially in the context of making connections with the world around us. Anqi Goa University of Oxford (Musculoskeletal sciences) Mamo Godana Cardiff University (Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy) Alexandra Gutowski Durham University Zan is a Fulbright Grantee pursing an MSc Defense, Development, Diplomacy at Durham University. In 2013, she graduated with a BA in International Relations from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. She has previously received the Critical Language, Boren, and Georgetown Qatar Scholarships for Arabic. Last year, she worked with the Brookings Institution researching the rise of militant Islamist groups in Iraq and Syria. She has also previously interned with Human Rights Watch and USAID. Gyaltsen University of Cambridge Gyaltsen is a student in University of Cambridge. He is pursuing an MPhil in Educational Leadership and School Improvement from Faculty of Education. After completing his studies he wants to work towards improving the quality of basic education in Tibetan schools in India, particularly in the areas of leadership and teacher professional development. Gyaltsen was born in Tibet and raised in India. His parents were amongst the first generation of Tibetan refugees who escaped to India after the Chinese occupation of Tibet. He also has a Masters Degree in Chemistry and is an alumnus of Columbia University, NY. He is passionate about teaching and has worked as a science teacher in Tibetan schools. Shuangmiao Han University of Oxford Shuangmiao is a DPhil student in Higher Education at Oxford's Department of Education. She obtained her BA in English Language and Literature and in Design (second major), and her MEd from Tsinghua University in China. Her research interests include the politics of higher education, education policy and university reform. She is researching factors influencing the process and outcome of major university reforms in China (especially state politics). For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 45 DELEGATES
  46. 46. Leila Hartford London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Public Health in Developing Countries) Dr Hartford is an MSc student in Public Health in Developing Countries at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she is researching antimicrobial resistance in low-income countries. Leila is originally from South Africa and studied medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, before taking up her post-graduate professional training at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital. She has also worked in maternal and child health in rural South Africa. Mark Hassall University of Oxford (Opthalmology) Catriona Hay University of Cambridge Catriona is an MPhil student in Multi- Disciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge. Catriona’s research is an ethnographic study of female reversion to Islam in the county of Bedfordshire. Catriona was born in Cambridge but moved to London to pursue a degree in History at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is particularly interested in the promotion of social equality through the positive engagement of diverse and marginalised groups in public life. Pui Yan Patsy Ho Goldsmiths, University of London Patsy is pursuing an MA in Urban Sociology and interested in how the latest technology shape cities and urban life. She is researching the process of public participation in city planning. After years in the media and financial industry in Hong Kong and Beijing, she took up the directorship of the Hong Kong Public Space Initiative as a volunteer and looks forward to contribute her professional effort to build a new urban modal that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable. Jourdan Hussein University of Oxford Jourdan is an MPP Candidate at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government. He used to work at the President’s Delivery Unit in Indonesia, managing portfolios from open government to urban transportation to bureaucracy reform, and helping to manage Indonesia’s leadership in the Open Government Partnership. His policy interests are digital government, innovation-driven development and impact investment. Karina Jakupsdottir University of Cambridge (Modern Society and Global Transformations) Rudina Jasini University of Oxford Rudina is currently reading for a DPhil in Law at the University of Oxford, where she also teaches public international law. She has been a researcher at Harvard Law School and the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. Rudina has worked as a defence lawyer before the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She is the recipient of numerous academic awards and the author of several peer-reviewed articles on international and human rights law. www.globalscholars.co.uk46 DELEGATES
  47. 47. Owain Johnstone University of Oxford Owain is a DPhil student in Oxford's Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. Owain is researching the development of UK law and policy on human trafficking, focusing on how understandings of trafficking have changed over time. Owain's main interest is in how we communicate so as to collectively define and address social problems. Jesse Kancir University of Cambridge Jesse is a resident physician and an MPhil candidate in Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. He has served as the President of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) and was a 2014- 2015 Action Canada Fellow. Originally from Northern Ontario, he is an alumnus of the University of Waterloo, London School of Economics, and the University of Toronto. His work at Cambridge focuses on health policy, medical education, and healthcare innovation. Alisha Kasam University of Cambridge Alisha is an MPhil student in Energy Technologies at the Department of Engineering at Cambridge. She is studying topics including fossil fuel combustion, renewable electric power, energy efficiency, and policy. For her MPhil dissertation, she is conducting research to optimize thermal and economic performance of the Nuclear Air-Brayton Combined Cycle in peak energy output mode. Alisha is originally from Atlanta, GA and earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. Alex Kendall University of Cambridge Alex is a PhD student in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge and a member of the Machine Intelligence Lab. His research interests are in mobile robotics and artificial intelligence. In particular he is looking to use computer vision to aid autonomous and intelligent control of vehicles. His undergraduate studies were in mechatronics engineering at the University of Auckland. Outside his studies, he enjoys inventing things and is a keen surfer and field hockey player. John Kenny University of Oxford John is based at St Catherine’s College, Oxford and is undertaking an MPhil Politics (Comparative Government) degree at the university’s Department of Politics and International Relations. He is originally from Cork, Ireland and is an alumnus of University College Cork. John’s current research examines the relationship between economic conditions and support for environmental protection. He also has a keen interest in voting behaviour and both Irish and British politics. Natalia Khosla London School of Economics Natalia is pursuing her MSc in Gender, Policy & Inequalities at the London School of Economics as a Fulbright Scholar. She is from Chicago, a dancer, and an aspiring physician. Natalia is interested in social inequalities: particularly how they can be re-entrenched—but also mitigated—by social policy and health systems. Natalia studied psychology at Yale University, where she focused on the impacts of implicit and explicit gender and racial biases in the workplace. For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 47 DELEGATES
  48. 48. Neha Kinariwalla University of Cambridge Neha is an MPhil student in Modern Society & Global Transformations at the University of Cambridge. Neha is conducting a 'factor-finding' pilot study on epilepsy and reproduction in order to identify factors that appear to be particularly relevant to the decision- making process about parenthood among epilepsy sufferers in their key reproductive years in India. Neha is originally from Sayville, New York and is particularly passionate about woman rights, public health and education. Vladimir Krupnov University of Cambridge Vladimir is an MPhil student in Technology Policy at Cambridge Judge Business School.Vladimir has business development experience in various internet start-ups and is the holder of 2015 "Leader of Tomorrow" St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award. Vladimir is originally from Moscow, Russia and an alumni of Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He is particularly passionate about business strategy, managerial decision making and issues related to big data and privacy. Tony Ku University of Bradford Tony is an MSc student in Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation at Bradford's Department of Archaeological Sciences. Tony is particularly interested on the criminal justice system and forensic framework in the developing countries and how those aspects are affecting the judicial actors in term of their policy making. Tony is originally from Timor Leste and an alumnus of the Victoria University of Technology. Petros Kusmu London School of Economics Petros is a Chevening Scholar and an MSc student in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics. After graduating with a BA (Honors) in Economics and Political Science from the University of Alberta, Petros became an accomplished provincial and federal advocate for post-secondary education in Canada. Currently, he interns with a British MP and is co-authoring and coordinating research for the European Parliament on its impending trade agreements as Research Assistant. Hamish Laing Imperial College London Hamish is an MSc student in Sustainable Energy at Imperial College London. Whilst studying all aspects of the energy system, he is carrying out specific research into the impact of environmental factors on the reliability of tidal turbines. Hamish is from New Zealand and completed his undergraduate study in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury. He is particularly interested in the role that youth can play in impacting both public and government perspectives on climate change. Emma Lawrance University of Oxford Emma is currently studying a DPhil in Clinical Neuroscience at Oxford. Growing up in Australia, she has always been interested in the natural world and in working to protect it. As an undergraduate, she studied Physics and Chemistry, before studying science communication and travelling Australia as part of a science circus. Emma is also a Director for the It Gets Brighter campaign, an online platform to share messages of hope for young people struggling with mental health issues. www.globalscholars.co.uk48 DELEGATES
  49. 49. Thanit Leerahateerapong University of Bradford Col. Thanit Leerahateerapong is an MA student in Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford’s Department of Peace Study. Thanit is researching Peace Process, especially in the Northern Ireland. He is a Royal Thai Army officer and was an instructor in the RTA Command and General Staff College. His particular interest is about the issues surrounding conflict resolution in order to tackle any conflicts by the peaceful solutions (i.e. peace-keeping, peace-building) Hila Levy University of Oxford Hila is a DPhil student in Zoology at Oxford, researching emerging diseases of Antarctic penguins. Originally from Puerto Rico, Hila has lived, studied, and worked on every continent. Her background includes a BS in Biology from the US Air Force Academy, an MSt in military history and MSc in biology from Oxford, and an MS in environmental planning & management from Johns Hopkins. Her interest is in science education and policy, with aims to involve the public in science and conservation. Guangru Li University of Cambridge Guangru is a PhD student in Physics Department at Cambridge. Guangru is researching on nanostructured materials for solar cells and light emitting diodes. Guangru is originally from Daqing, China, and an alumna of Peking University in Beijing. He is particularly interested in ethical and efficient funding of academic research and technology industries. Nathan Liu Imperial College London Nathan is studying for an MRes in Clinical Research - Translational Medicine at Imperial College London.Working between lmperial and the Charing Cross, Hammersmith, and St Mary's hospitals, he is assessing the efficacy of new clinical tests for pancreatic, arthritic, and septic diseases. Originally from Austin, Texas, Nathan graduated from Rice University in 2014. He hopes to bridge barriers between scientists and physicians within the developing discipline of translational medicine. Jeffrey Lockhart University of Oxford Jeffrey is an MPhil student in Multi- Disciplinary Gender Studies at Cambridge's Department of Political and International Studies. He is researching the discourses around violence in Britain's right-wing LGBT political groups. Jeffrey is an alumnus of Fordham University in New York City, where he obtained his BS and MS in computer science. He is particularly interested in mixed methods social research and the production of knowledge about gender and sexuality. Youpheng Long University of Warwick Youpheng is an MA student in International Relations at Warwick's Department of Politics and International Studies.Youpheng is researching the politics of international trade and the making of British trade diplomacy in Southeast Asia.Youpheng is from Phnom Penh, Cambodia and an alumna of the University of Cambodia. He is passionate about honing foreign policy practices in fostering economic cooperation. Socially, he has been very proactive in youth activism and capacity development. For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 49 DELEGATES
  50. 50. Charles Masaki University of Oxford (Neuroscience) Rachel McCallister University of Cambridge Rachel is currently enrolled at the University of Cambridge, working towards her MPhil in Educational Research. Her primary focus is in teachers of inclusive education. Rachel graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Special Education from the University of New Mexico. At a time when education is debated all over the world, Rachel’s passion is in exploring various avenues, to improve how we view our teaching methods. Brian McGrail University of Oxford Brian is a Rhodes Scholar studying for a second BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford. Brian has done research on the effect of tax rates on income inequality and on behavioural responses to taxation. Brian is a proud native of Arlington,Virginia and is an alumnus of Williams College, where he was also a Truman Scholar. Oliver McMillan University of Cambridge Oliver is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge in the Geotechnical Engineering Research Group. Oliver’s research is investigating the modification of charcoal so that it can be used to remediate contaminated soils and groundwater. Oliver completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is particularly interested in the decision-making processes that drive engineering projects and especially how indigenous stakeholders are considered. Md Touhidul Islam University of Bradford (Peace Studies) Chelsea Mertz London School of Economics Chelsea is an MSc student in International Relations at LSE’s Department of International Relations. Chelsea is researching the progressive use of women’s rights and colonial feminist rhetoric as a justification for neoliberal imperialism, particularly with respect to the US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. Chelsea is from Topeka, Kansas and an alumna of the University of Kansas. She is passionate about women’s empowerment and rights especially in the field of international development. George Mgomella University of Cambridge George holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Harvard University, USA, and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is also in Certified Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), USA. George—a Gates Cambridge Scholar—is currently a PhD Candidate at the Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge. George is reading the epidemiology of hepatitis C virus infection in Sub-Saharan Africa. Imran Morhason-Bello London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Clinical Research of Infectious and Tropical Diseases) www.globalscholars.co.uk50 DELEGATES
  51. 51. Samuel Mosonyi University of Cambridge Samuel is an MPhil student in Criminology at Cambridge. His research is examining sentencing guidelines in England & Wales to suggest a more principled approach to sentencing in Canada. Originally from Toronto, Samuel is an alumnus of the University of Guelph, and will start law school at the University of Toronto in August. He is a fan of racquet sports, dogs, and rambling in the countryside. Arsalan Muhammad Durham University (Islamic Finance) Nungari Mwangi Unviersity of Cambridge Nungari is a Kenyan first year PhD student at the Centre of Development Studies. Her research looks at institutional factors influencing the distribution of natural resources for development at the local level in Kenya. She is the current president of the African Students of Cambridge University. Nungari is an alumnus of Brown University, USA and enjoys hiking, the literary arts and theatre. Nikhil Nair University of Oxford Nikhil comes to Oxford with over six years of experience in the solar industry. Most recently, he worked as a consultant to M-KOPA Solar (leading Pay-As-You-Go solar provider in Kenya), where he helped refine sales and distributions models for the delivery of solar energy systems into rural Kenya. Before that, he worked at the social enterprise SELCO Solar (India), where he managed expansion into new geographies and lead social impact projects in the education and rural healthcare space. Kyndylan Nienhuis University of Cambridge Kyndylan is a PhD student in Computer Science, who aims to make computer systems more reliable. In particular, he is developing a mathematical model that unambiguously captures the intent of C/C++ concurrency. Kyndylan is also involved in the development of a Dutch national standard for the digital exchange of medical information, and he enjoys making videos about people who put their hearts in what they’re doing. Katharine Noonan University of Oxford Katharine is currently undertaking research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with Oxford University's Department of Psychiatry. She is reviewing the relationship between sleep and adaptive behaviour in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Next year she will undertake the MSc in Global Health Sciences at Oxford, focusing particularly on maternal and child health. Katharine is a junior doctor from Perth, Australia and plans to work in paediatric medicine and health policy. For more information, please email us at info@globalscholars.co.uk 51 DELEGATES
  52. 52. Toby Norman University of Cambridge Toby is a graduate student in management passionate about applying management science to challenges in global health and international development. He has six years experience with international field projects, operations management, and non-profit work. Toby’s special interests include management research, ICT4D, social enterprise, and impact evaluations. Elizabeth Nye | Global Scholars Board Member University of Oxford Elizabeth a DPhil student in Social Intervention at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. She researches the emotional and behavioural development of primary school children. A former special educational teacher with a background in psychology, Elizabeth studies positive teacher classroom management strategies to support children's mental health needs, promote nurturing educational environments, and support peaceful conflict resolution. Ekemini Obok University of Reading Ekemini is a PhD student in Agriculture, Reading. His research is on the Cacao swollen shoot virus (CSSV). CSSV is a damaging insect-vectored plant pathogen in West African cocoa. Cocoa is a significant tropical tree species to its farmers and chocolate manufacturing industries. Ekemini’s interest is in understanding the interactions between CSSV, its vectors and cocoa. He is from Nsit Atai, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria and an alumnus of the University of Calabar and the University of Ibadan. Brittany Partridge | Global Scholars Action Network Executive Imperial College London Brittany is an MSc Management student at Imperial College Business School in London. She is originally from Minnesota and an alumna of University College London and Abilene Christian University, where she studied International Public Policy and Political Science. Brittany is passionate about driving social impact using business mechanisms and is interning with Dalberg Global Development Advisors this summer. Her previous research has focused on human trafficking and sexual assault. Craig Pearson University of Cambridge Craig is a first-year PhD student in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. His research investigates mechanisms of neural regeneration in the visual system, specifically targeting extracellular matrix proteins in the optic nerve. Craig is from Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University with bachelors in Neuroscience, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and English Literature. He also manages Exceptions, a creative journal for individuals with visual impairments. www.globalscholars.co.uk52 DELEGATES

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