CAMSED is excited to announce the election of our Executive Committee for the 2020 Michaelmas Term!

Co-Presidents:

Lara Shirra-White

Lara is a current MPhil student at the Centre of Development Studies. She completed her undergraduate degree at Cardiff University in Linguistics, focusing on language in politics and identity. Her previous experience includes work for the UNDP (Mongolia) and Amnesty International, and her research interests lie in the role of institution and mechanism design in tackling challenges facing development at the local and global level. 

Jodi-Ann Wang

Jodi-Ann is a current MPhil in Development Studies student at the University of Cambridge, where she focuses on the socio-environmental implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. She completed her BA in International Studies from Kenyon College in the US, during which she also spent 12 months in China and Ghana researching bilateral entrepreneurial migration. Jodi-Ann is interested in climate resilience-building, inclusive policy-making, and equitable growth within the South-South framework.

Vice President:

Rory Cardy-Phillips

Rory Cardy-Phillips is currently a student on the MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. His research focus is on economic development within Latin America and the Caribbean, concentrating on the relationship between neoliberal policies and political and economic inequality within the region. Prior to starting at Cambridge, Rory completed his undergraduate degree in Politics and Economics and has previously been awarded the Generation UK Scholarship which allowed him to intern in a Beijing law firm. He also has experience in non-profit organisations, including working with asylum seekers and refugees as a point of contact to lease with the Home Office.

Treasurer:

Ferdinando Cinotto

Ferdinando is currently an MPhil student in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge, where he focuses primarily on the effects, opportunities and risks of Chinese investments around the globe. He completed his Bachelor degree at SOAS University of London, where he studied Development Economics and Chinese. His research interests concentrate specifically on the beneficial linkages between Chinese FDI and Ethiopian industrial policy.

Research Officers:

Kanika Mahajan

Kanika is currently an MPhil student at the Centre of Development Studies, focused on migration and gender justice in South Asia. Prior to this, she worked as the Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament (India), and has interned with various human rights organisations in New Delhi, India. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Delhi in Political Science.

Dana Salman

Dana is currently an MPhil student in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. She completed her undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance at Cardiff University.  She is a Bahraini national whose research focuses on issues of diversification and economic and political development policymaking in the Middle East. 

Bhavi Shah

Bhavi is currently a MPhil student at the Centre of Development Studies. Prior to this, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Warwick, focusing on macroeconomics and economic development. She is interested in issues surrounding gender and climate change, especially their implication for economic development, and hopes to apply her insights to her home country of India someday.

Josef Skrdlik

Josef is currently pursuing an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. His academic interests include industrial policy, political economy of sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia, economic transitions, and sustainable development. Prior to Cambridge, he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Durham University, interned in the European Parliament and was a reporter in the war-affected areas of Eastern Ukraine and Northeast Syria.

Communications Officers:

Emily Ford

Emily is currently an MPhil student at the Centre of Development Studies, with particular interests in questions of political violence and the applications of the capability approach. Alongside an undergraduate degree in modern languages, she has worked at a think tank for intergenerational justice, interned at an international charity and held two researcher roles. She aims to work in Advocacy and Communications.

Sara Gammon

Sara is pursuing an MPhil in Development Studies as a 2020 Truman Scholar from the United States. She previously studied Agricultural Economics and Global Food Systems Leadership at Kansas State University. Her research interests include the role of agricultural development in decreasing food insecurity and malnutrition as well as methods to reducing gender inequities in agriculture.

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