CAMSED is excited to announce the election of our Executive Committee for the 2021 Lent Term!

Co-Presidents:

Chris Malley

Chris is a current MPhil student at the University of Cambridge. He completed his undergraduate degree in African and Middle Eastern History at Yale University. He comes to the Centre of Development Studies from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, where he worked in their Africa Department. Chris’ research interests include the political economy of armed conflict, social movements and inclusive development, and human rights.

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.

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.

Outreach Officer:

Johnny Wiley

Johnny Wiley is a current MPhil student at the University of Cambridge interested in transitional justice and human rights. Johnny completed his undergraduate degree in Government and Poltics at St. John’s University, where he was a Marshall Scholarship Finalist. His previous experiences include working at the Institute for Security Studies and Shearman & Sterling LLP.

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.

Muhammed Alakitan

‘Kitan is an MPhil student in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. He completed his undergraduate studies in Sociology at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. His research interests lie in the linkages between digital divide and human development in Africa. As a former government official, he worked as a Press and Public Relations Executive at the Lagos State Governor’s Parastatals Monitoring Office (PMO) for two years. He has also worked as a Government and External Relations Executive for a leading sustainability-focused NGO in West Africa. ‘Kitan aims to become a distinguished university teacher, contributing to Africa’s socio-economic development through research and context-based policies & programs.

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