Dubai Abulhoul

Dubai Abulhoul

United Arab Emirates, 2017

Current place of residence: Dubai, UAE

University:  New York University Abu Dhabi

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Literature (May 2017)

Other Information:  Dubai Abulhoul is the author of Galagolia, the first Emirati fantasy novel. She is a columnist in both The Gulf Today and Al Bayan Newspaper.  In February 2016, Dubai was the youngest Emirati to be appointed by the UAE Government to the first Emirates Youth Council. She interned as an international relations analyst at the UAE Embassy in Washington and the UAE Mission to the UN. Her undergraduate research focuses on women’s political participation in the UAE. Dubai plans to pursue an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford.

Hashem Abu Shama

Hashem Abu Shama

Syria, Jordan, Lebanon & Palestine, 2017

Current place of residence: Richmond, Indiana

University: Earlham College

Current/recent course: BA Peace & Global Studies

Other information: Hashem Abushama will graduate from Earlham College with a degree in Peace & Global Studies. He grew up in Arroub Refugee Camp in Palestine. In 2015, Abushama became the first-ever Youth Representative of Palestine Refugees at the United Nations. Abushama managed to cover the outstanding expenses of his undergraduate education through a fundraising campaign that included an online page, individual sponsorship, a speaking tour, and winning grants. While at Earlham, he served as the President of the Earlham Student Government. While at Oxford, Hashem hopes to pursue an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Hashem hopes to continue his political advocacy for Palestine and to establish a network of community centers in refugee camps across Palestine.

Ahmed Ahmed

Ahmed Ahmed

Minnesota, 2017

University: Cornell University

Other information: Ahmed M. Ahmed, Rochester, MN is a senior at Cornell University majoring in biology. His research in organic chemistry has focused on the development of new synthetic strategies for producing polymers. He has also performed laboratory work on the oncogenesis of the Epstein-Barr virus and a study of brain plasticity at the University of Pennsylvania. Ahmed serves as a student advisor in biology and a teaching assistant in biochemistry. In addition to tutoring fellow students in organic and general chemistry, he mentors disadvantaged African American students at Cornell, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, and served as an EMT for Cornell’s Emergency Medical Services. Ahmed is a first-generation Somali immigrant whose family immigrated to the United States from a refugee camp in Kenya. He will pursue a master’s degree in research in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry at Oxford.

Hudson Alakonya

Hudson Alakonya

Kenya, 2017

Current Place of Residence: Mombasa, Kenya

University: Technical University of Mombasa

Recent Course: Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology

Other Information:Hudson Alakonya comes to the University of Oxford from the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) with First Class Honours degree in Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. At TUM, he served as the departmental coordinator of pure and applied sciences in 2014. In 2015, he worked as a trainee at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Wellcome Trust. Hudson’s career dream is to become a professional oncologist and a lecturer in the same field. His primary research interests are in the field of comparative oncology and cancer therapy. He will pursue MSc in Radiation Biology and proceed to DPhil in Oncology. . Currently he is working as a graduate assistant at the Technical University of Mombasa. In his free time, he plays tennis, badminton and is a trained body workout instructor.

Diala Al Masri

Diala Al Masri

Syria, Jordan, Lebanon & Palestine, 2017

Current place of residence:

University: Lebanese American University; Williams College, Massachusetts

Current/recent course: BA Political Science & International Affairs; MA Policy Economics

Other information: Diala holds a BA degree in International Affairs from LAU and an MA in Policy Economics through a Fulbright scholarship from Center for Development Economics (CDE) at Williams College, where she works currently as a research assistant. She was a laureate of the Harvard World Model United Nations 2013 Diplomacy Award and the Under Secretary General for School Relations and Outreach in the UNA-USA GC LAU Model United Nations, 2012-2013. She has served with multiple NGOs in Lebanon and was awarded the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Community Ambassador Award for her leadership role in civic engagement events. Diala hopes to pursue a DPhil in economics at Oxford and, longer-term, seeks to shape economic policies in the Middle East to help overcome impediments to growth and income.

Mohammad Alsharid

Mohammad Alsharid

United Arab Emirates, 2017

Current place of residence: Dubai, UAE

University: Khalifa University

Current/recent course: BSc. in Computer Engineering 

Other information: Mohammad Alsharid is a senior at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, UAE, majoring in Computer Engineering. Alsharid has served his nation as a UAE Youth Ambassador to South Korea on three different occasions in 2013, 2014, and 2016. His award-winning graduation project titled “Sentiment Analysis of UAE Social Media” was conducted to measure happiness in the country. Academically successful, Alsharid has been recognized for his academic excellence by having his name on the President’s List and the Dean’s List many times as well as being awarded the British Computer Society’s Outstanding IT Student Award on two occasions.  

Nur Arafeh

Nur Arafeh

Syria, Jordan, Lebanon & Palestine, 2017

Current place of residence:  Palestine

University: Paris Institute of Political Studies-Sciences Po and Columbia University; University of Cambridge

Current/recent course: BA Political Science & Economics; MPhil Development Studies

Other information: Nur Arafeh is a researcher in economic development. She has a dual BA degree in political science and economics from the Paris Institute of Political Studies-Sciences Po and Columbia University, and holds an MPhil degree in development studies from the University of Cambridge. She was a Teaching Assistant at Columbia and a Visiting Lecturer at Al-Quds Bard College. Nur has consulted for several international organisations and is currently Al-Shabaka’s Palestine-based Policy Fellow, working on policy-oriented research. She has written numerous op-eds on the Palestinian economy, in Arabic, English and French, in Al-Akhbar, Al-Jazeera and Le Monde Diplomatique, among other outlets. At Oxford, she will pursue a DPhil in international development, a vital step to attain her objective as an engaged and impactful scholar, playing a leading role in development policy in the Arab world.

Neria Aylward

Neria Aylward

Newfoundland, 2017

University: Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Current/Most Recent Course: BA Hons Politics, International Relations and Social Anthropology

Other information: Neria Aylward is from St. John’s Newfoundland, and did her undergraduate degree at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, as a Blyth Scholar. At Pembroke, she read Politics, International Relations and Social Anthropology. Her third-year dissertation studied Inuit political activism in response to the international seal hunt controversy. For this dissertation, she undertook fieldwork in Iqaluit, Nunavut, where she also worked for the Alianait Arts Festival.  Neria has a keen interest in international diplomacy, having interned in the Humanitarian Mediation Programme at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, Switzerland. She has also served on the committee of the Pembroke Politics Society. In her spare time, Neria rows with Pembroke College Boat Club and plays polo with the University of Cambridge Polo Club.

Iqbal Bhalla

Iqbal Bhalla

Iqbal Bhalla

India, 2017

Current place of residence: Ascot, Berkshire (UK)

University: St Xaviers College, Mumbai; Imperial College, London

Current/recent course: BSc Biology & Biochemistry; MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation

Other information:  Iqbal is currently pursuing a masters in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation at Imperial College London. He aims to study social insects at forest edges, studying the effect that deforestation has on such communities and the trophic cascades that will ensue. He hopes to apply his research to conservation efforts in India.  Aside from science, he spends his time evenly between writing and studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, with smatterings of acting. In 2015 he won the Ashok Kamte Memorial Scholarship for Judo and published a book titled 'Boots'. At Oxford, he will pursue a Dphil in Zoology.

Dhruva Bhat

Dhruva Bhat

India, 2017

Current place of residence: Cambridge, Massachusetts,  USA

Current/recent course: BA Economics

Other information: Dhruva Bhat is in his final year at Harvard studying economics and German. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. Passionate about issues of international development, he has worked at The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab in his hometown of Chennai and as a research fellow with the Program for Research in Markets and Organizations at the Harvard Business School. Dhruva also served as president of the Harvard College Debating Union; he was a finalist at the US Universities Debating Championships and North American Universities Debating Championships in addition to winning a number of other tournaments. He intends to pursue an MPhil in Development Studies at Oxford. 

Abigail Branford

Abigail Branford

South Africa at large, 2016

Current Place of residence: Cambridge, United Kingdom

University: University of Cape Town

Most recent course: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Justice and Transformation

Other information: Abigail Branford completed her undergraduate at Rhodes University, receiving a triple distinction in History, Politics and Linguistics. There she began innovative work on gender education in high schools, facilitating workshops that allow learners to interrogate the social world around them. A deep interest in how we confront painful histories led her to specialise in transitional justice at the University of Cape Town as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. After graduating, she took to documentary film with twospinningwheels productions to learn new ways of sharing ideas. She is currently studying towards an MPhil in Education, Globalisation and International Development at Cambridge University and looks forward to her next degree in African Studies at Oxford. She enjoys debating in competitive tournaments and in pubs.

Hannah Carrese

Hannah Carrese

Colorado, 2017

University: Yale University

Other information: Hannah K. Carrese graduated from Yale University in May 2016, where she majored in humanities. She studied classics, grand strategy, and statecraft in pursuit of her focus on the nexus between political theory and human rights. Hannah has worked extensively with refugees and victims of human trafficking in the United States and abroad. She is currently on a fellowship in Mexico working on refugee and migration policy, and working with an NGO, Sin Fronteras, helping to settle Central American refugees in Mexico, and interviewing refugees and migrants in Mexico and the U.S.She is a classically trained violinist and enjoys playing tennis, soccer, and hiking. At Oxford, Hannah will pursue an M.Phil. in Politics.

Joshua Carter

Joshua Carter

South Dakota, 2017

University: Montana State University

Other information: Joshua Carter will graduate from Montana State University with dual degrees in mechanical engineering and microbiology. His research has focused on the molecular mechanisms of disease and the development of prosthetics, and he has authored several articles in scientific journals, including Science. Josh serves as a volunteer with children with disabilities at a local non-profit named Eagle Mount, leads the Bozeman Bike Kitchen that builds bicycles for disadvantaged children, and is an avid outdoorsman and Eagle Scout. He will pursue postgraduate study in clinical neuroscience at Oxford.

Chen Yuxuan

Chen Yuxuan

China, 2017

University: Tsinghua University

Current/recent course: BA English

Other information: CHEN Yuxuan graduated from Tsinghua University with a Bachelor's degree in English. She is currently working in an underdeveloped village in Hunan Province with Serve for China, an NGO that fosters entrepreneurship and public service in rural regions. Yuxuan is helping villagers start agricultural cooperatives and explore e-commerce business opportunities, while also striving to preserve their Miao cultural heritage. Previously, Yuxuan was an intern with the UN Population Fund, assisting in the launch of Dance4life in China to educate youth about sexual and reproductive health and rights. She also served as the sole China delegate at the 2015-16 World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha. Yuxuan plans to pursue Master's degrees in comparative education and public policy at Oxford. She hopes to return to China as a public servant, focusing on poverty alleviation and sustainable development in rural areas.

Karima Chiuri

Karima Chiuri

Kenya, 2016

Current place of residence: Nairobi, Kenya

University: University of Nairobi, School of Medicine

Recent course:  MB ChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)

Other Information: Karima is a recent graduate of the University of Nairobi. She has also completed a BSc. Medical Physiology from which she graduated with First Class Honors in 2014. At the university she has served as National Officer for Reproductive Health & HIV/AIDS of the Medical Students Association of Kenya (MSAKE) and has also served as the Editor of the Association of Medical Students of University of Nairobi (AMSUN).  She is passionate about research specifically the application of evidence based interventions and innovation towards the goal of a healthier population.  At Oxford, through the DPhil in Population Health she hopes to gain skills bridge the health research gap in her country to influence policy in the longer term.

Cameron Clarke

Cameron Clarke

Maryland/DC, 2017

University: Howard University

Other information: Cameron D. Clarke, is a senior at Howard University, where he is a double-major in community health education and biology. He is author of six publications and lead author on five, and a certified EMT. As co-president of Howard’s chapter of the Peer Health Exchange, he has worked tirelessly both at Howard and in local public and charter schools as a health educator and peer leader. He is also a news editor of The Hilltop, Howard’s student newspaper, and is currently a Congressional intern with the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. In his career, he intends to combine biological anthropology, public health, and medicine. At Oxford, he plans to undertake research in Primary Health Care.

Ellen Cliff

Ellen Cliff

Queensland, 2017 

Current place of residence: Canberra, Australia

University: The Australian National University (ANU)

Other Information:  Ellen completed a Bachelor of Philosophy (Science) (Honours) majoring in chemistry with a minor in applied mathematics. Ellen’s research interests lie in marine biogeochemistry and in her honours thesis described a new high precision method to track calcium carbonate cycling in the Southern Ocean. During her degree, Ellen was involved in science communication and teaching at ANU and in the Canberra community. She was also involved in the writing of the inaugural ANU Science Revue, a musical comedy show that dealt with issues of research funding and gender inequality in the sciences. Ellen is a passionate advocate for the transition to low-carbon economies and her DPhil research will be addressing fundamental questions of the effect of carbon dioxide emissions on ocean chemistry and biology. 

Fuaad Coovadia

Fuaad Coovadia

South Africa-at-Large, 2017

Current place of residence: Johannesburg

University: University of Cape Town

Current/recent course: BBusSci Economics

Other information: Fuaad Coovadia has recently completed a Bachelor of Business Science, majoring in Economics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). His passion for economics can be seen in his authoring of a Microeconomics study guide for undergraduate students. Following this, he co-founded Presto - a publishing company that specialises in providing educational materials such as study guides for university and high school students. During his time at UCT, he has also served as the head student of the residence Smuts Hall and has worked as a consultant for the small enterprise development NGO Phaphama. While at Oxford, Fuaad intends to pursue his interests in Economics with a special focus on labour economics and the proliferation of economic knowledge to non-economists. 

Laura Courchesne

Laura Courchesne

New Jersey, 2017

University: University of Georgia

Other information: Laura Courchesne is a senior at the University of Georgia, where she majors in economics and religion; she has a perfect academic record. She has conducted destabilization, conflict, and peacekeeping research at Oxford, Princeton, and the U.S. Army War College. She has interned with the International Red Cross and at the Carter Center, and has conducted fieldwork in Bali relating to terrorism. Combining perspectives from sociology, anthropology, and organizational behavior,her thesis examines the impact of American drone strikes on local communities in conflict zones. At Oxford, Laura plans to do study Social Anthropology and Political Research.

Oscar De Los Santos

Oscar De Los Santos

Arizona, 2017

University: University of Southern California

Other information: Oscar De Los Santos graduated from the University of Southern California in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He is the son of Mexican immigrants. Oscar graduated as a Truman Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, with USC’s Order of the Laurel and Palm, its highest honor, reserved for twenty undergraduates each year. The city council of Los Angeles honoured him as an emerging leader. He has served as an intern to the National Economic Council and the House of Representatives, and worked as the youngest Florida field organizer for the 2012 Obama campaign. Oscar is currently a lobbyist and manager of public policy for the Association of Arizona Food Banks, and in the 2015-16 academic year, he taught English and social studies to sixth graders at the Champion South Mountain School in Phoenix. He has a special interest in the theology of Reinhold Niebuhr; at Oxford, he plans to study public policy and Theology with a focus on Christian ethics.

Simone Ann Marie Delzin

Simone Ann Marie Delzin

Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies, 2017

Current place of residence: Barbados, West Indies

University: The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus 

Current/recent course:  BSc in Biology and Psychology 

Other Information: Simone is a highly motivated student leader with a passion for social justice, the socio-politics of health and humanitarianism. She reads and speaks extensively on issues of Caribbean identity, the family, bioethics and culture. Simone is the holder of the Trinidad and Tobago National Youth Award for Leadership (2012), in honor of her founding of a youth-led volunteer organization called Spark a Smile. Currently, Simone is the president of her university's Vice Chancellor's Student-Alumni Ambassador Corps, which seeks to train students on issues of Caribbean pride, culture, critical social awareness and the traditions of the University. Besides academics, Simone has a deep love for dance and the arts.  She is keenly interested in the MSc. in Medical Anthropology at the University of Oxford. 

Sarah Dobbie

Sarah Dobbie

Australia-at-Large, 2017

Current place of residence: Canberra, Australia

University:  Australian National University

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Laws (Hons); Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)

​Other Information: A National Merit Scholar, Sarah graduated from the Australian National University with First Class Honours in Law and prizes in Refugee and Chinese Law. She has interned at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Australian Law Reform Commission. Reflecting her commitment to legal aid and education, she has also volunteered for multiple community legal organisations and NGOs across Australia, in addition to working as a Refugee Legal Advisor for St Andrew’s Refugee Services in Egypt. At Oxford, Sarah intends to pursue her passion for refugee law and policy through the Bachelor of Civil Law and the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.  Beyond her studies, Sarah is a keen hockey player, marathon runner and photographer.

Mary Kavita Dominic

Mary Kavita Dominic

India, 2016

Current place of residence: Kerala, India

University: National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi

Current course:  B.A. LL.B. (Honours)

Other information: Mary has been a part of the Editorial board of the NUALS Law Journal. Through her internship at HelpAge India and participation in a National Human Rights Commission Survey, she has worked on the rights of the elderly. Mary has also volunteered at a legal aid camp for the tribal community at Attapady, Kerala. Additionally, she has pursued an online course on International Human Rights by Professor Olivier De Schutter of the Université catholique de Louvain. An avid debater, she has set multiple records for her university and assisted in organizing its annual tournament. She also dabbles in creative writing. At Oxford, Mary will read for the Bachelor of Civil Law, with special focus on international criminal law and comparative human rights.

Alexis Doyle

Alexis Doyle

California, 2017

University: University of Notre Dame

Other information: Alexis A. Doyle, Los Altos, a senior at the University of Notre Dame, is double-majoring in biological sciences and international peace studies. She is interested in creating partnerships that bring together diverse viewpoints to generate better health outcomes for the vulnerable. Alexis’s senior thesis focuses on bipartisan approaches to evidence-based reproductive healthcare in the United States. She has worked extensively in Guatemala on parasitic infection prevention, and led a team of rural healthcare volunteers in the Appalachian Service Learning Program. Additionally, Alexis works as a resident assistant and in a lab in the School of Architecture focused on the built environment. She enjoys long-distance running and volunteers at a clinic for the uninsured. At Oxford, Alexis will pursue studies in public health and public policy. 

Lilian Dube

Lilian Dube

Zimbabwe, 2017

Current place of residence: Hong Kong

University:  The University of Chicago

Current/recent course: BA English Language and Literature

Other information: Lilian Dube graduated in 2015 from The University of Chicago. She grew up in several rural communities, attending 12 schools before university. Elected early to Phi Beta Kappa, Lilian won the Elsie F. Filippi Memorial Prize in Poetry for her BA on violence and gender in the work of the Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta. She translated parts of The Tempest into Northern Ndebele and worked with graduate linguistics students researching the language. She served in several mentorship capacities and was a Visiting Student at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and at Oxford. Currently, Lilian teaches critical thinking and writing in Hong Kong. She seeks to research Southern African higher education policy and curricula, focusing on technical schools and the possibility of a liberal arts core.

Rebecca Duke

Rebecca Duke

Victoria, 2017

University: The University of Melbourne (UoM)

Current/Recent Course: Bachelor of Arts (Majors: Philosophy and Psychology; Honours in Psychology); Diploma in Languages (Spanish and Latin American Studies)

Other information: In 2016 Rebecca completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Psychology), with a thesis examining how passive social media use influences self-objectification, negative affect and cognitive focus in young women. Rebecca volunteered in early intervention at the Royal Children's Hospital (Melbourne) in the early years of her degree, and more recently she has worked as a crisis counsellor. Rebecca is passionate about understanding the educational implications of internet-based technologies. She is a passionate advocate for women's equality and the prevention of gender-based violence, in addition to promoting the recognition of LGBTIQ rights. Rebecca enjoys dancing, yoga, hiking and art. 

Spencer Dunleavy

Spencer Dunleavy

Pennsylvania, 2017

University: Harvard University

Other information: Spencer D. Dunleavy, is in his senior year at Harvard, where he concentrates in chemistry, with psychology as a secondary field. Spencer intends to pursue a career in medicine, with a commitment to teaching and primary care; he attributes this directly to his own familys experienced dealing with chronic illnesses. As Harvard’s Red Cross director,he has taught CPR, first aid, and life support to more than one thousand people. He founded a non-profit organization, Raise Uganda Now, that has raised morethan$30,000 for an orphanage. He is an avid intramural sports participant. At Oxford, he plans to study education, focusing on research design and methodology, and then conduct research in Primary Health Care.

Jory Fleming

Jory Fleming

 South Carolina, 2017

University: University of South Carolina

Other information: Jory M.Fleming is a senior at the University of South Carolina, where he is double-majoring ingeography and marine science. He is interested in mapping and data visualizations to understand and communicate on behalf of the ocean. Jory has worked on funded research projects for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration,the NationaParService, and National Geographic. He has a perfect academic record and has received numerous fellowships and awards, including the Truman Scholarship and the Goldwater Scholarship. Jory's extracurricular interests include volunteering with a service dog program, volunteering for a child literacy program, and church activities. At Oxford, he will pursue an M.Phil. in the School of Geography and the Environment.

Lucinda Ford

Lucinda Ford

Florida, 2017

University: United States Naval Academy

Other information: Lucinda M.Ford, St. Augustine, is in her final year at the United States Naval Academy, where  she  majors  in  ocean  engineering.  During  her  time  at  the  USNA,  she  has  spent significant time in both Singapore and Rwanda. She will take up a commission as a submarine officer upon graduation. Lucy sings in the Academy’s Womens Glee Club, mentors young people through the Arundel County Teen Court, and runs marathons, placing first in her age group in the North Face Endurance Challenge.  She plans to focus her study on the environment and while at Oxford.

Shakeba Foster

Shakeba Foster

Jamaica, 2016

University: University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona

Current/recent courseB.Sc. Banking and Finance; M.Sc. Economics

Other information: Shakeba holds a BSc with first class honours in Banking and Finance and an MSc with distinction, in Economics. She was awarded the best Undergraduate Performance and Best Overall Performance in the Banking and Finance programme, was recognized as the first year student with the highest GPA in the Faculty of Social Sciences at UWI and received the Pan Caribbean Scholarship. She has worked on many research projects and was recognized for the Best Economics student paper at Southwestern Social Sciences Association (SSSA) Annual Conference 2016.  Shakeba is currently a lecturer at the University of the West Indies and holds numerous leadership positions within the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Jamaica, Inc. organization. She is known for her amiable personality, integrity, passion for teaching and leadership abilities.

Aryn Frazier

Aryn Frazier

Maryland/DC, 2017

University: University of Virginia

Other information: Aryn A. Frazier is a senior at the University of Virginia, where she double-majors in African-American and African Studies and the Honors Program of the Department of Politics. Teachers and peers alike describe her as the most influential activist at the university. She has served as president of the Black Student Alliance at the University of Virginia, and has a long record of political engagement with a range of organizations that and multiple campaigns for elected office. She plans to study comparative politics at Oxford.

Lewis Fry

Lewis Fry

New Zealand, 2017

Current Place of Residence: Melbourne, Australia

University: Monash University

Current/Most Recent Course: MBBS (Hons), BMedSci Hons)

Other information: Lewis grew up in New Zealand, before accepting a scholarship to study medicine at Monash University. He is particularly interested in sight and helping patients with blinding diseases. His work with the Centre for Eye Research Australia investigated the role of recovery of retinal ganglion cells in glaucoma and he has presented this widely. An enthusiastic teacher, he teaches many medical students, co-founded a teaching program and is particularly interested in promoting student wellbeing. He fosters research as the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Medical Student Journal. A keen cricketer and lover of the outdoors, he is happiest with a pack on his back and camera in his hand. At Oxford, he plans to do a DPhil in Clinical Neuroscience leading to a career as a clinician-scientist.

Stephanie Gaglione

Stephanie Gaglione

Ontario, 2017

University: University of Toronto

Current/Most Recent Course:  Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering

Other information: Stephanie is currently a Chemical Engineering student at the University of Toronto, minoring in Bioengineering.  Her past experience includes work in vaccines at the World Health Organization, research at MIT, sales at Procter and Gamble, and quality assurance at Sanofi Pasteur.  During her undergraduate career, she served on U of T's Governing Council and as a director of an engineering-focused professional development organization.  In her spare time, she is an avid rock climber, runner, and canoeist.  Stephanie hopes to advance biomaterial platforms for vaccines and drug delivery as an academic.

Margot Gibson

Margot Gibson

New Zealand, 2016

University: University of Canterbury

Recent Course: Law, Political Science and History

Other Information: Margot recently finished five years of study at the University of Canterbury where she graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. She recently completed an internship with the New Zealand Mission to the United Nations in Vienna where she worked on issues of nuclear security and transnational organised crime. 

Outside academics Margot is a keen sportswoman and has been competing in athletics and cross country for over a decade. She has competed for New Zealand and placed in world age-group championships in both disciplines. In her free time, Margot loves travelling, exploring and going to concerts. She intends to study an MPhil in International Relations. 

Jordan Gifford-Moore

Jordan Gifford-Moore

South Australia, 2017

Current Place of Residence: Sydney, Australia

University: Flinders University

Current/ Recent Course:  LLB/LP (Hons); BA Politics/American Studies

Other information: Jordan is completing an LLB/LP (Hons) and BA (Politics/American Studies) at Flinders University. His interest in law and international relations led him to study at three Chinese universities, intern at the US House of Representatives and work in international finance law. He appreciates the life-changing value of access to education and therefore volunteered with the Red Cross tutoring English to newly arrived refugees and arranging football games to encourage community networks. He also tutors medical ethics at Flinders University and visits schools to speak about the advantages of tertiary education. His thesis assesses the Australian framework for infrastructure development. Undertaking the BCL and MPhil in Law, he will look at how developing countries can attract infrastructure investment and promote human rights through Public Private Partnerships.

Aaron Gluck Thaler

Aaron Gluck Thaler

Québec, 2017

University: McGill University

Current/Most Recent Course:  B.Eng Mechanical Engineering

Other information: Aaron Gluck Thaler is a Mechanical Engineering student at McGill University working at the intersection of law, technology, and social progress. Passionate about ensuring that developments in technology strengthen fundamental rights and freedoms, Aaron focuses his research on government surveillance, the oversight of intelligence agencies, and cybersecurity public policy. He has worked for the leading organizations researching issues of human rights and civil liberties in a digital age, including, most recently, Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center. Aaron has led advocacy campaigns in Canada to reform government surveillance laws and enjoys running, hiking, and building robots. At Oxford, Aaron plans to pursue a MSc in Social Science of the Internet and a Masters of Public Policy. 

 

Melissa Godin

Melissa Godin

British Columbia, 2017

University: New York University

Current/Most Recent Course:  B.A. Global Liberal Studies

Other information: Melissa is studying politics, rights and development at NYU. During her time abroad in Paris, Melissa interned at the Canadian Embassy and conducted research on Chinese prostitution. Melissa also conducted research on orphanage tourism in Cambodia that led to her founding the Not a Saviour campaign which raises awareness about the detrimental impact that volunteer tourism has on development. 

Claire Gummo

Claire Gummo

Prairies, 2017

University: Queen’s University

Current/Most Recent Course:  BA Hons Political Studies and Gender Studies

Other information: Claire Gummo is a Political Studies student at Queen's University as a Loran Scholar. In 2015, she led a team of students to develop and deliver bystander intervention training, in order to mobilize the university community to recognize and prevent sexual violence. Currently, Claire is a student representative on the Queen’s University Provost's Implementation Team on Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence, as well as the associated Working Group where she has assisted in the development of Queen’s landmark sexual violence policy. An avid figure skater, Claire is also a Research Assistant at the Centre for International and Defence Policy and a Gender Consultant to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). 

Malindi Haggett

Malindi Haggett

Australia at Large, 2017

University: The University of Western Australia

Current/ Recent course: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Hons), Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons).

Other: Malindi is passionate about health inequalities and preventative health care. She has been heavily involved in various charities and health promotion initiatives throughout her training. She has studied in the West Indies, rural Western Australia and spent a year working on Diabetes research at the University of Bath. A keen sportswoman, Malindi has represented Australia in both Sailing and Fencing and was on the women’s fencing team who won a Silver medal at Australian Youth Olympic games and Bronze in the Junior Commonwealth Games. She also enjoys running, open water swimming, scuba diving and touch rugby. At Oxford, Malindi hopes to further her understanding of global health problems and health policy.

 

 

Huang Qin

Huang Qin

China, 2017

University: University of Oxford, Tsinghua University

Current/recent course: BA Accounting, currently studying MPhil Political Theory

Other information: HUANG Qin is currently studying for a Master’s in political theory at the University of Oxford, having previously completed a Bachelor’s in accounting at Tsinghua University. The first student from his rural hometown in the south western province of Guizhou to ever gain admission to Tsinghua, Qin went on to serve as vice president of the school of economics and management student union. After developing a passion for political theory, he created Polis2016, an online platform to encourage Chinese students to debate political philosophy. He has interned with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Beijing and taught at schools for children of migrant workers. A licensed skydiver, he also loves hiking and mountain climbing. Qin wants to progress to a DPhil in political theory. He hopes his work will lead to a deeper understanding of China’s political system.

Shegufta Huma

Shegufta Huma

Kansas, 2017

University: University of Kansas

Other information: Shegufta A. Huma is a senior at the University of Kansas, where she majors in political science. She has served on the University Senate since 2013, and was Vice President in 2015. She also founded the Imagine Coalition, advocating for marginalized students, was president of the Muslim Student Association, and served on the City of Lawrence Fair Housing Committee. She has won prizes for her contributions to the University and for her scholarship in political science. She is fluent or proficient in six languages, and was earlier recognized as one of the top 20 sophomores at the University. She dreams “of restoring the United States’ role as a destination for vulnerable people seeking refuge and solace for their suffering,” and is particularly dedicated to working toward justice for Muslim immigrants. At Oxford, Shegufta plans to pursue refugee and forced migration studies and then public policy.

Nolianga Imasiku

Nolianga Imasiku

Zambia, 2017

Current place of residence: Lusaka, Zambia

University: University of Tunisia

Current/recent course: Bachelor’s Degree in Economic & Financial Engineering

Other information: Nolianga is an Economist in the Investments and Debt Management Department of the Ministry of Finance, and is currently undertaking a Public Management Training with the YALI Regional Leadership Centre. She is also the Managing Director of a start-up company dubbed BKS Investments that strives to create opportunities for young entrepreneurs in the Construction and Housing Sector.  In 2010, Nolianga was awarded a scholarship by the Zambian Government to pursue an undergraduate degree in Economic and Financial Engineering at the University of Tunisia where she graduated with First Class Honors. Throughout her life, Nolianga has strived to contribute positively to society through Red Cross Group activities, mentorship, and Church outreach activities. Her extracurricular activities include Bible study, expeditions, skydiving, and swimming.

 

Lauren Jackson

Lauren Jackson

Arkansas, 2017

University: University of Virginia

Other information: Lauren C. Jackson is a senior at the University of Virginia where she is majoring in political and social thought. Lauren is interested in the intersection of media and humanitarian policy, and has worked for CNN, the International Rescue Committee, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and for a National Geographic photographer. She received a full merit scholarship to the University of Virginia as well as research grants to study post-genocidal PTSD in Rwanda, humanitarian data technologies at the UN, and gay Mormon suicides in Utah. Lauren’s extracurricular interests include cycling, hiking, graphic design, and photography. At Oxford, she will pursue studies in global governance and diplomacy and forced migration studies.

Vansharj Ravi Jain

Vansharj Ravi Jain

India, 2017

Current Place of Residence: Bangalore, India

University: National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

Current Course: B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)

Other Information: Through his time at the National Law School, Vanshaj has developed a particular interest in international law. The inequity that persists in international law disturbs him deeply, and he hopes to work towards creating a fairer system for all States. At Oxford, Vanshaj will read for the Bachelor of Civil Law, with a specific focus on international criminal law.  Vanshaj has worked with the Legal Services Clinic at NLS to promote legal literacy and increase access to the law. Vanshaj is a passionate mooter, and has represented India at the Jessup Moot. In 2016, he argued the finals of the ICC Moot before sitting judges of the International Criminal Court, at The Hague. His other interests include theatre and long-distance running.

Jiang Xilin

Jiang Xilin

China, 2017

University: Fudan University

Current/recent course: BSc Biological Science and Statistics

Other information: JIANG Xilin is studying biological science and statistics at Fudan University, ranking first in the school of life science. Xilin has twice received China’s prestigious national scholarship, awarded to top university students. As an exchange student at the National University of Singapore and New York University, he worked with labs doing cutting-edge research in the interdisciplinary fields of biostatistics, computational biology and neuroscience. Xilin is a talented runner, winning a 1500m Shanghai university championship amongst many other medals and representing Fudan at track meets around China. He has led a rural teaching programme and a project to help students learn from entrepreneurs. Xilin wants to pursue a DPhil in genomic medicine and statistics. His ambition is to develop statistical methods for identifying diseases and making medical treatments more targeted.

Bede Jones

Bede Jones

Tasmania, 2017

 

University: University of Melbourne 

Recent courses: Bachelor of Arts, majors in philosophy and criminology. Subsequent First Class Honours in criminology.

 

Other information: Bede was raised in Tasmania and completed his tertiary studies at the University of Melbourne on a Melbourne National Scholarship. He is a palawa man and an Aurora Scholar with a passion for Aboriginal governance and nation building. He has been invited to publish on the topic of reconciliation in Australia; has supported key stakeholders on the design and development of the (emerging) National Assembly of First Nations; and assists a non-profit that focuses on addressing Indigenous disadvantage. He currently works at PwC’s Indigenous Consulting and outside of work has a rich interest in political philosophy, international relations and transnational crime. Bede is a sports enthusiast with a love for boxing and a background in soccer and AFL.

 

 

Matthew Jordan

Matthew Jordan

Ontario, 2017

Current place of residence: Toronto

University: McMaster University

Current/recent course:  B.Arts Sc. (Hons) & Mathematics

Other Information: When he’s not rapping about physicists or lecturing on the history of jazz, Matthew Jordan studies mathematics in the interdisciplinary Arts & Science program at McMaster University. He has received research awards from McMaster and the Fields Institute to study the eerie oneness of mathematics and physics, and he hopes to one day uncover the inner workings of the universe using only a blackboard and chalk. Matthew has been a teaching assistant for multiple courses, wrote a calculus textbook, presented at a TEDx conference, and is passionate about making complex ideas accessible and fun. Science is all around us—from Snapchat filters to nuclear plants—and Matthew hopes to inspire others to appreciate its immense beauty and utility.

Francis Kaping’a

Francis Kaping’a

Zambia, 2017

University: The University of Zambia

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Other information: Francis is a 2014 Computer Science graduate. During his studies he received multiple awards and recognitions as the best student in his faculty. For his final year project, he successfully deployed an automated MIS for the University of Zambia Clinic. Currently, Francis is employed as an IT Specialist at BancABC part of ATLASMARA. From his employment, Francis has gained multiple skills in the management of ICT infrastructure and the application and management of software systems in a business environment. He has also participated in the bank’s key projects. Francis is also a founder of a company focusing on developing software solutions for various business entities. While in Oxford Francis aims to study for the DPhil in Computer Science.

Olivia Klevorn

Olivia Klevorn

Illinois, 2017

University: Yale University

Other information: Olivia A. Klevorn is a senior at Yale, where she majors in anthropology. Active in the performing arts, she directs the Heritage Theatre Ensemble, which presents the works of black artists, and is president of WORD, a student-run poetry association. Her mother was among the first African-Americans to move to Ferguson, Missouri, when the city was virtually all white. Much of her academic work is focused on the problem of disinvestment in low-income minority communities and the resultant inequality in home ownership. At Oxford, Olivia intends to do research in socio- legal studies.

Nancy Ko

Nancy Ko

New York, 2017

University: Harvard University

Other information: Nancy Ko, is a senior at Harvard , where she concentrates in history and Near Eastern languages and civilizations. The daughter of Korean immigrants, with proficiency in both Hebrew and Arabic, as well as four additional languages, she is writing her senior thesis on the political life of Jews in Iran during the Persian constitutional revolution of 1905. She is an organizer of Open Hillel, dedicated to promoting open discourse about Israel andPalestine, and is senior editor of the Harvard Undergraduate History Review. She has won college and national awards in history, Jewish studies, and German language and literature. She is also a skilled knitter and a marathon runner. At Oxford,Nancy hopes to read Modern Middle Eastern Studies.

Nadav Lidor

Nadav Lidor

Israel, 2017

Current place of residence: Tel Aviv

University: Stanford University

Current/recent course:  BS Computer Science & Symbolic Systems

Other information: Nadav graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University in the Class of 2016, where he majored in Computer Science and Symbolic Systems, with a concentration in information and Cognitive Science. Before Stanford, Nadav studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's honors program in the humanities and graduated from the United World College of Costa Rica. Nadav conducted research in Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence and subconscious social behavior, and is passionate about expanding the reach of technology and AI to tackle social challenges of major public concern. In his spare time, Nadav loves running, cycling around Tel Aviv and cooking with friends.

 

Tania Loke

Tania Loke

Malaysia, 2017

Current place of residence: Klang, Malaysia

University: The University of Western Australia

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in Physics and Political Science & International Relations

Other information: The essay work in Political Science helped Tania write and publish her Honours thesis on “Comparing classical and quantum PageRanks.” Before graduating as the most outstanding Honours student in the School of Physics, she was event photographer throughout her residence at St. Catherine’s College, and served as Vice President of Overseas Christian Fellowship Perth. Tania then swam against the brain-drain tide to serve her country. She is research officer to a Malaysian Member of Parliament, and was a key contributor to the Opposition’s Alternative Budget 2017. To further her commitment towards bringing up Malaysia’s capacity to think and talk about policy issues beyond partisan squabbles, she intends to do a MSc in Comparative Social Policy and a Master of Public Policy.

Saman Tariq Malik

Saman Tariq Malik

Pakistan, 2017

Current Place of Residence: Lahore, Pakistan

University: Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

Current/Recent course: BA (Hons) English with a History minor

Other information

BA (Hons) English with a History minor

 

Other informationSaman completed her Bachelors in English with a History minor from Lahore University of Management Sciences in 2016. She remained on the Deans Honor List, received an Award of Distinction and the first Razia Waseem Award for Best Senior Thesis in English, which is being revised for publication. As a research assistant she organized a workshop for training archivists in Pakistan, documented testimonies for a Digital humanities project, assisted in an inquiry on Pakistan’s cultural and political history and researched on Pakistan’s transgender community. Her study interests include South Asian literatures, print cultures, gender and social reform, the Anglophone novel, World Literatures and Orientalism. She is an artist. Currently, she is RA for digital archive projects, a TA at LUMS and writer for an international magazine, Tanqeed.

 

Mbalenhle Matandela

Mbalenhle Matandela

South Africa-at-Large, 2017

Current Place of Residence: Johannesburg, South Africa

University: University of Cape Town

Recent Course: BSc Hons in Gender and Transformation

Other Information: Mbalenhle Matandela is the currently the Project Coordinator of the Right2Protest Project, which is a coalition project based at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mbalenhle received her Bachelor of Social Sciences honours degree in Gender and Transformation from the University of Cape Town. Her honours thesis focused on black women’s experiences in the #RhodesMustFall Movement. Mbalenhle also received her Bachelor of Social Science degree in International Relations, Gender Studies and Business French with a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship at the University of Cape Town. At Oxford, Mbalenhle intends to pursue an MPhil in Development Studies where she will continue to study the relationship between gender and the politics of development in Africa.

Chris McIntyre

Chris McIntyre

New Zealand, 2017

Current Place of Residence: Wellington, New Zealand

University: Victoria University of Wellington

Current/Most Recent Course:  BSc Geography & Statistics

​Other information: Chris holds a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Geography and Statistics from Victoria University of Wellington. As a contributing researcher at the Oxford Diasporas Programme, Chris studied how states engage their diasporas and led a report on diaspora definitions for the World Bank. Most recently, Chris has worked as an Associate at the Boston Consulting Group. Chris has held editorial roles at a student newspaper, and helped to launch a nationally-syndicated non-partisan publication for young voters ahead of New Zealand’s 2014 General Election. Chris has competed in New Zealand’s National Basketball League and as a national age-group representative, and supports initiatives to help student-athletes excel academically. At Oxford, Chris intends to study the role of the non-government organisations in providing public services.

Pema McLaughlin

Pema McLaughlin

Oregon, 2017

University: Reed College

Other information: Pema M. McLaughlin graduated from Reed College in May 2016, with a major in religion. Raised in the Buddhist tradition, Pema’s thesis addressed whether traditional Buddhist ritual and doctrine can serve the needs of modern Americans. Pema has also conducted research on Daoism and on the role of women in the Nation of Islam. Pema is proficient in Chinese and Tibetan, and intends to study Sanskrit. Pema volunteers for Portland’s Books to Prisoners Program and the Children’s Book Bank. At Oxford, Pema aims to focus on Buddhist Studies.

Peter Merritt

Peter Merritt

 Bermuda, 2017

University: Yale University

Other Information: Peter Merritt graduated from Yale University in 2016 with a double major in Political Science and Economics. His senior thesis analyzed the conflicts between religious liberty and LGBTQ anti-discrimination protections in the United States and around the world. In college, Peter was a member of the Law & Religion Group at Yale Law School, wrote for the Journal of Medicine and Law, and ran a community service organization that brought leftover dining hall food to New Haven halfway houses. An avid athlete, Peter also competed for the Yale Varsity Track & Field team, finished two marathons, and spent one summer cycling across the U.S. He is interested in studying the global protection of human rights and will pursue an MPhil in Politics at Oxford.

Nicole Mihelson

Nicole Mihelson

California, 2017

University: Johns Hopkins University

Other information: Nicole A. Mihelson, Fullerton, will graduate from Johns Hopkins in December 2016, with a major in neuroscience. Her research focuses on the stem-like brain tumor cells of Glioblastoma multiforme. Along with her oncology research, Nicole studies the social determinants of maternal mental health and its impact on child development. She has volunteered extensively in her community, leading nutrition education workshops in local Baltimore schools. A junior Phi Beta Kappa member and Goldwater Scholar, Nicole has published as a co- and primary author in a number of peer-reviewed journals. She is fluent in French and Spanish, proficient in Russian, and began learning Hebrew. She enjoys salsa and merengue dancing, cooking, running, and politics. At Oxford, Nicole will pursue a D.Phil. in Oncology.

 

Sizwe Mkwanazi

Sizwe Mkwanazi

South Africa-at-Large, 2017

Current Place of Residence: Soweto, Johannesburg

University: University of Johannesburg

Recent Course: Master of Technology Degree in Operations Management

Other Information: Sizwe Mkwanazi is currently a Junior Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg and a Co-faculty Advisor for Enactus. He had been involved in community development through various initiatives. Amongst those initiatives was the founding of the Youth For Action Rural Youth Development Foundation in 2011 and working on Community Service Learning with Co-operatives in Soweto under Enactus. He has published conference papers on the theme of Co-operatives Operational Performance and Entrepreneurship. In future he hopes to work with the International Cooperatives Alliance in promotion of production and community based cooperatives globally. When in Oxford Sizwe plans to pursue Management Studies.

Morgan Mohr

Morgan Mohr

Indiana, 2017

University: Indiana University

Other information: Morgan K. Mohr is a senior at Indiana University studying history, political science, and feminist policy.  She is an advocate for social justice and progressive causes and has worked on local, state, and national political campaigns, including as a deputy director of operations on the 2016 Clinton Presidential campaign in the battleground state of Florida, as a field organizer for the Human Rights Campaign, and in various capacities for Congressional, mayoral, and issue-based campaigns.  At Indiana University, Morgan founded two student groups committed to intersectional activism and volunteered with Bloomington Planned Parenthood. She also interned at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as an investigator and at the White House in the Office of the First Lady. She will study comparative social policy at Oxford.

Caylin Moore

Caylin Moore

 California, 2017

University: Texas Christian University

Other information: Caylin L. Moore is a senior at Texas Christian University majoring in economics. He overcame poverty, and an abusive father incarcerated on a life sentence for murder to become a campus leader and Division One football player at Marist and then TCU. Caylin was selected to the Fulbright Summer Institute to study the trans-Atlantic slave trade at the University of Bristol and was chosen to attend the Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University. He is the founder and president of “S.P.A.R.K.,a youth outreach organization of student-athletes who encourage opportunity youth to attend college, as well as a volunteer for the Children’s Defense Fund. He will pursue a Master of Public Policy at Oxford.

Frank Mtumbuka

Frank Mtumbuka

Malawi, 2017

Current place of residence: Lilongwe

University: University of Malawi

Current/Recent Course: Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Mathematics)

Other information: Frank Martin Mtumbuka was awarded a first class BSc degree from the University of Malawi (Chancellor College) in 2015. He studied both Computer Science and Mathematics and made the Dean's Merit List from 2011-2015. While at the university, Frank served as the Treasurer and President of the Computer Science Society. He is currently a software developer at the Baobab Health Trust and worked previously with Imani Development as a Data Expert on a World Bank funded project ‘Malawi Trade Portal’. Frank believes that technology is a tool to achieving economic development and delights in building applications that improve people’s welfare. He plans to pursue research in Computer Science at the University of Oxford.

Ngoni Mugwisi

Ngoni Mugwisi

Zimbabwe, 2017

University: Arizona State University

Current/recent course: BSc Electrical Engineering

Other information: Ngoni is a final year Electrical Engineering student at Arizona State University on a MasterCard Foundation Scholarship. Enrolled in ASU’s Barrett Honors College, Ngoni is an elected member of two engineering honor societies: Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. He is interested in energy sustainability and has researched alternative energy sources as a FURI fellow. A three-time CGI U commitment maker and Resolution Fellow, Ngoni founded Solar Water Solutions, an initiative extracting ground water for marginalized communities using solar energy. He actively leads on the Region 6 Board of the National Society of Black Engineers; as well as Africa Rises, Eta Kappa Nu, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. At Oxford, Ngoni intends to pursue a MSc in Engineering Science with a focus on energy systems.

Keitumetse-Kabelo Murray

Keitumetse-Kabelo Murray

South Africa-at-Large, 2017 

 Current Place of Residence:   Johannesburg, South Africa

University: University of the Witwatersrand

Recent Course: BA Honours International Relations

Other information: Keitumetse-Kabelo Murray completed an Honours in International Relations, cum lade, at the University of the Witwatersrand. Throughout his time at WITS he served on the Student Representative Council as the Social and Community Development Officer. Whilst on SRC, he focused on tackling food insecurity on campus, a passion which then developed into his field of research. Situated in Joubert Park, his research tackled issues of poverty, inequality and food insecurity. His love for theatre and film resulted in his participation in various plays and film projects as well as the foundation (in conjunction with  friends) of the WITS Film Society. He is an avid sportsperson and has rowed for his University first team and played basketball in seconds. He is a third generation Rhodes Scholars and hopes to continue his studies with an MPhil in International Relations at Oxford.

Saul Musker

Saul Musker

South Africa-At-Large 2017

​Current place of residence: ​Johannesburg

University: University of the Witwatersrand

Current/recent course: BA (Hons) International Relations

Other information: Saul Musker completed his BA (cum laude) at the University of the Witwatersrand. His Honours thesis focused on regional migration in Southern Africa, and the experiences of migrants and asylum-seekers in inner city Johannesburg. In 2016 he co-authored a book on the limits of liberal constitutionalism in South Africa with Professor Stuart Woolman of the University of the Witwatersrand and Columbia University Law Schools. He is a columnist at The Daily Maverick, a South African news and analysis publication, and his first novel, No Word Like Home, was shortlisted for the 2016 Dinaane Award for Debut Fiction. In his spare time, Saul is a debater, a compulsive reader of fiction, a long-distance swimmer and a triathlete. At Oxford, he intends to pursue a Master of Public Policy (MPP).

Christian Nattiel

Christian Nattiel

Florida, 2017

University: United States Military Academy

Other information: Christian E.Nattiel is a senior at the United States Military Academy, where he is double-majoring in mathematical sciences and philosophy. He is interested in narratives of struggle, social justice, and self-determination. Christian served aspresident of the Cultural Affairs Seminar, which champions diversity and inspires cadets through mentorship and tutoring.He was awarded the Superintendent’s Award for Achievement,the Distinguished Cadet Award, and the Black Engineer oft he Year Award for Military Leadership. Christian is a member of the men’s handball team. At Oxford, he will pursue studies in comparative social policy and p blic policy.

 

Jung Kian Ng

Jung Kian Ng

Malaysia, 2017

Current Place of Residence: Selangor, Malaysia

University: University of Southern California

Most Recent Courses: MSc. Mechanical Engineering, BSc. Mechanical Engineering

Other Information: Jung Kian is a graduate from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. While he’s well equipped with the academic knowledge in the areas of combustion and energy, he’s very passionate about social and political developments in Malaysia. He has been working in the Malaysian government since July 2014, first at the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government and now at the Economic Planning Unit. He wishes to make Malaysia a better nation and to commit his life to making his country a proud home for his children and generations to come. Beyond that big dream, he just wants to travel the world.

Xu Ni

Xu Ni

China, 2017

University: Peking University

Current/recent course: MBBS

Other information: XU Ni is a medical student at Peking University. He received a national scholarship as one of China’s top students and an award for research excellence. His work on neuropathic pain has been published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Ni was vice-president of the International Federation of Medical Students Association for China where he established a research exchange programme to connect Chinese students and global peers. Ni is an advocate for increasing understanding of mental illness in Chinese medical education. He established a platform, It Gets Brighter China, seeking to combat stigma surrounding mental illnesses and to encourage people to seek treatment. An avid volleyball player, he has captained the Peking University medical school team. Ni plans to pursue a DPhil in psychiatry, leading to a career as a physician-scientist focused on improving clinical outcomes for the mentally ill.

Joshua Nott

Joshua Nott

South Africa-at-Large, 2017

Current Place of Residence:   Johannesburg, South Africa

University: University of Cape Town

Recent Course: Bachelor of Social Science

Other information: Joshua Nott is a young South African, dedicated to South Africa's Constitutional imperatives. He is a graduate from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Social Science with distinction in Political Studies. He has recently finished his LLB. Joshua is keenly interested in social justice and has pioneered a number of workers’ rights and student focused initiatives. On the professional front, Joshua has worked for international and domestic think tanks, including; the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA). Joshua hopes to read for his Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford University and thereafter return to South Africa in order to pursue a career in the public sector. 

Richard O'Halloran

Richard O'Halloran

Western Australia, 2017

Current place of residence: Perth

University: The University of Western Australia

Recent course: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Hons), Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons)

Other information: Richard has completed his undergraduate studies and will work as a junior doctor until commencing at Oxford. During his medical degree, he spent a year in the remote Australian town of Kununurra and later completed a thesis examining a camera-based screening program for diabetic eye disease in Australian Aboriginal Medical Services. He was also heavily involved in medical student representation and advocacy through the Western Australian Medical Students’ Society. Richard is a keen debater and plays water polo competitively, including twice winning the Australian Men’s National League with the Fremantle Mariners. He is also a volunteer surf lifesaver and patrol captain at his local beach. At Oxford, Richard hopes to pursue his interest in population health and medical research.

Timur Ohloff

Timur Ohloff


Germany, 2017

University: Freie Universität Berlin

Other Information: Timur Ohloff graduated from Freie Universität Berlin with a B.A. in North American Studies and Political Science, which he completed with a perfect grade point average. A DAAD and German National Academic Foundation scholar, he spent his junior year at Duke University studying American politics. His senior thesis, for which he conducted a national survey experiment, examined how politics affects people's partner preferences. Timur has worked for U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, the German Embassy Washington, and the Green Parliamentary Group in the Bundestag. A German-Turkish citizen, political activist, and cancer awareness advocate, Timur aspires to become a public servant. At Oxford, he will pursue an M.Phil. in Politics.

James Pavur

James Pavur

Georgia, 2017


University: Georgetown University

Other information: James C. Pavur, will graduate from Georgetown University in December with a BSFS in science, technology, and international affairs. An inventor, his current project is to create a sub-$100computer-brain interface to help paralyzed and injured individuals type. He and some friends collaborated to convert an abandoned physics laboratory intoa workshop dedicated to the development of new technologies. A junior member of Phi Beta Kappa, he has won numerous awards atnationalhackathons, is a mentor for women coders, and is a founding member of a creative writing club. He is especially interested in cyberpolicy. James plans to do research into Cyber Security at Oxford.

Joshua Pickar

Joshua Pickar

Massachusetts, 2017

University : University of Chicago

Other information : Joshua B. Pickar is in his final year at the University of Chicago Law School. He graduated in just two years from the George Washington University, summa cum laude, with a major in international affairs and a concentration in security policy. He speaks Russian, French and Spanish, is learning German, Italian and Arabic, and has studied in Japan and Russia. While at GW, Josh worked in the office of then-Senator John Kerry. Josh has worked in immigration law, conducting attorney fraud investigations at the Department of Justice and successfully advocating for an LGBT Iraqi refugee’s relocation to the US after being beaten and exiled from his family. Josh would like to further his interest in international politics and law during his time at Oxford.

 

 

Gauri Pillai

Gauri Pillai

India, 2017

Current place of residence: India

University: The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences

Current/recent course:  B.A. LLB (Hons.)

Other information: Gauri is a final year student of law, and will graduate in 2017.  Her primary interests lie in the intersection of law, health and gender. During her internships with the Alternative Law Forum (Bangalore) and Lawyers Collective (Delhi), she examined the legal framework governing health care for women. She is keen on exploring the use of law as a tool to address gender disparity in health care and envisages a career combining academic research and legal practice to shape laws in their making. At NUJS, she serves as Editor of the NUJS Law Review. She enjoys mooting, and has participated in and coached teams representing her University at national and international moots. She is also a trained Bharatanatyam dancer. At Oxford, she plans to read the BCL with a special focus on human rights law.

Yasmin Rafiei

Yasmin Rafiei

Prairies, 2017

University: University of Alberta

Current/Most Recent Course:  BSc Biological Sciences

Other information: Yasmin is a Biological Sciences student at the University of Alberta completing a BSc with a certificate in leadership from the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. She is passionate about health, social entrepreneurship, and philosophy - tying together these disparate interests via her involvement as the President of her university’s Health & Wellness Movement, the Founder of TEDxUAlberta, and as the Founder of StolleryBOTs, a robotics program for patients at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Yasmin also works as a Research Assistant studying diabetes and is a Student Representative developing an institutional strategic plan to prioritize health at her university. Currently, Yasmin is developing an immersive health internship for marginalized students at the University of Alberta. At Oxford, Yasmin is reading Global Health Science and Public Policy.

 

Noah Remnick

Noah Remnick

New York, 2017

University: Yale University

Other information : Noah Remnick graduated from Yale in 2015 with a BA in History. Since then he has been a James Reston Fellow and reporter for the New York Times. He has written a wide variety of features, breaking news stories, and investigations, including an article about persistent police abuse of transgender people that prompted changes in police oversight policy in New York City. While at Yale, he was editor-in-chief of The Politic, a staff writer for The Yale Herald, editor-in-chief of the Yale Historical Review, and won many prizes for his writing. He is especially interested in issues of race, resistance, and urban politics. At Oxford, Noah intends to focus his studies on History and Public Policy.

 

Aaron Robertson

Aaron Robertson

Michigan, 2017

University: Princeton University 

Other information: Aaron C. Robertson, Redford, is a senior at Princeton University, where he is majoring in Italian. Aaron’s research focuses on transnationalism and linguistic exchange in Afro-Italian literature. He is particularly interested in issues of migration, self-representation, and translation in contemporary Afro-Italian autobiographies. Aaron serves as co-editor-in-chief of The Nassau Literary Review and has written for The Daily Princetonian, Detroit Metro Times, Dramatics, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Aaron has interned for an Italian publishing house and participated in creative writing programs at Cambridge University and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. He has received two departmental prizes for his work in Italian. Aaron was also awarded the Gates Millennium and QuestBridge Scholarships. At Oxford, he will pursue an M.Phil. in Modern Languages.

Connor Rochford

Connor Rochford

Australia-At-Large, 2017

Current Place of Residence: Bendigo

University: Monash University

Current/Most Recent Course: Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (Hons), Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons), Diploma of Liberal Arts (Philosophy)

​Other information : Connor is driven by a vision of health and wellbeing for all. He recently completed his undergraduate studies in medicine, public policy and philosophy. His honours thesis investigated the factors that influence the development of public policy aimed at ensuring a financially sustainable health care system.  Connor is taking on the challenge of translating this learning to both public and private sectors. He is currently a Senior Analyst at the Australian Health Policy Collaboration and has previously worked for McKinsey & Co. Connor loves scuba diving, enjoys working his way through different cookbooks and is always open to unexplored possibilities and new experiences. At Oxford, Connor hopes to pursue his interest in the public policy response to the economic, health and social challenges of population ageing.

Maayan Roichman

Maayan Roichman

Israel, 2017

Current place of residence: Tel-Aviv, Israel

Recent university: Tel-Aviv University

Recent course: Master of Arts, Anthropology

Other Information: Maayan commenced her Bachelor of Arts degree in The Tel Aviv University Multidisciplinary Programme in the Arts at the age of fifteen, concentrating on Film Studies. She later joined the Tel-Aviv University Interdisciplinary Honours Programme, and took advanced courses in anthropology, history and clinical psychology. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Department of Sociology and Anthropology. At Oxford, she intends to pursue a DPhil in Anthropology. As part of her work as an anthropologist, Maayan enjoys meeting new people, teaching ethnographic research methods and collaborating with artists, clinicians and educators. Outside academia, she enjoys dancing, sailing or simply watching a good film.


Arne Scheu

Arne Scheu

Germany, 2017

Current place of residence: Thuwal, KSA

University: University of Konstanz 

Current/Recent Course: MSc Bioscience/B.Sc. Life Sciences

Other information: Arne Scheu graduated from the University of Konstanz with a B.Sc. in the interdisciplinary field of Life Science and is currently pursuing an M.Sc. in Bioscience at KAUST. In Konstanz he investigated the control of DNA repair, the fundamental line of defence against cancer. At KAUST, he is conducting research on plant stress tolerance for crop development. He is driven by a strong interest in the underlying mechanisms of life combined with a desire to help: for him, scientific research and development are a pivotal service to society, key to facing the global challenges of our time. To this end, he will pursue a degree in Synthetic Biology at Oxford. 

 


Meghan Shea

Meghan Shea

Pennsylvania, 2017

University: Stanford University

Other information: Meghan M. Shea, West Chester, is a senior at Stanford University, where she is majoring in Environmental Systems Engineering. She is interested in biological oceanography, with a focus on environmental DNA. Meghan has conducted oceanographic research throughout the Pacific Ocean, analyzed carbonate chemistry data from a shellfish hatchery near Seattle with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and reported on climate change resiliency in small-island developing states. Meghan also plays in Stanford’s steel pan drumming group, serves as kitchen manager in a 50-person cooperative household, and plans a yearly memorial lecture with Students for a Sustainable Stanford. At Oxford, Meghan will pursue an M.Phil. in Nature, Society, and Environmental Governance.

 

Maia Silber

Maia Silber

Massachusetts, 2017

University:  Harvard University

Other information: Maia Silber is a senior at Harvard, where she concentrates in history and literature. She has won many leading prizes for her creative writing as well as for her scholarship in English literature and American history. She is the chair of the magazine of theHarvard Crimson, a writing tutor, and an investigative reporter who wrote more than a dozen stories on drug addiction for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She has also written for the New York Times, Public Books, The Aperture Foundation, and Harvard Magazine. Her work has helped urge public officials to make anti-overdose drugs more widely available. She was also a research intern for Poetry in America. At Oxford, Maia plans to focus her studies in British and European History.

Kirk Smith

Kirk Smith

Oklahoma, 2017

University: University of Tulsa

Other information: Kirk Pollard Smith, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, is a senior at the University of Tulsa majoring in mechanical engineering. He has done research there, at the Colorado School of Mines, and in Germany, all on projects attempting to make solar power usable at all hours of the day. He is a captain of Tulsa’s cross country and track & field teams, active in Big Brother Big Sisters, and has built electric vehicles both while in high school and college. Passionate about mitigating climate change, Kirk aims to develop cheaper electrical energy storage solutions while at Oxford, to allow for expanded usage of renewable resources like wind and solar. He plans to pursue a DPhil of Engineering Science while researching grid-scale electrochemical storage techniques.

 

Mikaila Smith

Mikaila Smith

Texas, 2017

University: University of Texas

Other information: Mikaila V.Smith will graduate next month from the University of Texas, where she is a Presidential Scholar, with majors in social entrepreneurship and non-profit management and Chinese. Her research and career interests focus on international and long-term strategies for refugee populations. She has done an environmental internship in Australia, a U.S. State Department-sponsored language study in China, and interned in a foreign policy think tank in Washington. She has been an active volunteer working with ranch animals, in a shelter for victims of domestic violence, and with school-aged refugee children. She is also a certified yoga teacher. Mikaila plans to begin her studies at Oxford focussing on refugee and forced migration and then follow up by studying global governance and diplomacy.

Guillaume Sylvain

Guillaume Sylvain

Quebec, 2017

University: New York University Abu Dhabi

Current/Most Recent Course:  BA Modern Middle Eastern Studies

Other information: Guillaume Sylvain is a student in the Middle Eastern Studies program at New York University Abu Dhabi, minoring in Arabic and Political Science.  Mr. Sylvain has had an exemplary academic track record and been an active participant in humanitarian and diplomatic activities in the Middle East.  Mr. Sylvain intends to continue focussing on Modern Middle Eastern Studies while at Oxford.

James Thorogood

James Thorogood

Prairies, 2017

University: University of Calgary

Current/Most Recent Course:  B. Sc. Mechanical Engineering

Other information: Hailing from Medicine Hat, Alberta, James studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary. James has interests and experience working in areas of water remediation, agriculture, and business development. James is currently working with Engineers Without Borders Canada to support a social start-up in Kenya’s dairy industry. He plans to study Water Science, Policy, and Management at Oxford. James is a singer and instrumentalist and enjoys making new friends and experiences through music. 

Pasquale Toscano

Pasquale Toscano

Ohio, 2017

University: Washington and Lee University

Other information: Pasquale S. Toscano is a senior at Washington and Lee University, where he is majoring in English and Classics. He plans to embark on a career as a scholar of literature, with a particular interest in literary reception. Pasquale was partially paralyzed in an accident several years ago, and developed a strong interest in studying disability in literature whilehe worked to rebuild his capacity to walk.  His research has ranged across millennia and considered, among others, the works of Virgil, JohnMilton, Phillis Wheatley and Marilynne Robinson. While in Oxford, Pasquale intends to pursue studies in early modern English and classical literature.

Christiaan van der Walt

Christiaan van der Walt

Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch

Current place of residence: Stellenbosch, South Africa

Recent university: Stellenbosch University

Recent course: B.Eng. (industrial)

Other Information: Christiaan van der Walt is a graduate student at Stellenbosch University, completing a masters degree in engineering.   He obtained a Bachelor of Engineering, cum laude, and was named dux student of the Department of Industrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University.  He is a passionate outdoorsman and served on the management of Stellenbosch University’s hiking and climbing society, and was actively involved in student affairs as head of house at Majuba men’s residence.   Interested in effective decision making, he designed and implemented a computerized decision support system aiding farmers in selecting water release strategies as part of his undergraduate research project, and subsequently presented his research at national and international conferences.  He intends to pursue masters degrees in applied mathematics and economics at Oxford.

 

Emily van Heerden

Emily van Heerden

Herschel School, Cape Town

Current place of residence: Johannesburg

University: University of Stellenbosch

Most recent courses: LLB cum laude; BA (Law) cum laude majoring in Law, Politics and Economics

Other information: Emily is an arts and law graduate who graduated top of the Stellenbosch Law Faculty. She is currently a candidate attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright in Johannesburg. Emily is a talented sportswoman; playing water polo provincially and for her university. She was Head Girl of Herschel Girls School and has been actively involved in many outreach projects. She mentors students; volunteers at the Constitutional Court and works with Lady Liberty in bringing legal relief to vulnerable persons. She wishes to pursue a career in constitutional law and plans to read for the Bachelor of Civil Laws (BCL) at Oxford University, followed by an MPhil in Comparative Public Law. She aims to become a constitutional law advocate: protecting and upholding constitutional rights and freedoms.

Maike van Niekerk

Maike van Niekerk

Maritimes, 2017

University: Dalhousie University

Current/Most Recent Course:  BSc Nursing

Other information: Maike is a Schulich Leadership Scholar studying oncology-focused nursing at Dalhousie University. She has earned a perfect academic average, while conducting research exploring the relationship between historical traumas, psychological distress, and cancer diagnoses among Indigenous peoples in Canada. Recently named one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20, Maike developed a chartable program, Katrin’s Karepackage (KK), which has raised over $110,000 CAD to offset travel costs for cancer patients living in rural communities. An avid endurance runner and cyclist, she also volunteers twenty-five hours a week and plays the oboe in her community’s orchestra and wind symphony. At Oxford, she anticipates studying Psychiatry. Maike’s ultimate goal is to develop novel and culturally appropriate psychiatric treatment tools for marginalized populations diagnosed with cancer in Canada.

Sarah Waltcher

Sarah Waltcher

New Hampshire, 2017

University:  Dartmouth

Other information: Sarah A. Waltcher, graduated from Dartmouth College in 2016 as valedictorian. She is currently a Teaching Resident in sixth-grade science at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School in New York City. An English major, she has taken her academic interests into an array of community and activist projects, including non-profit organizations such as Telling My Story and Breakthrough New York that bring teaching in the arts and literature to underserved communities. Both her scholarly work and her work as a student activist at Dartmouth have addressed issues including the environment, sexual violence, and race. Sarah writes extensively and plans to pursue a degree in English at Oxford.

Christa Watkins

Christa Watkins

Indiana, 2017

University: University of Notre Dame

Other information: Christa Grace Watkins, Milroy, is a senior at the University of Notre Dame majoring in philosophy. She has gained national recognition for her work in sexual assault prevention, legal and policy reform, and victim advocacy. Grace is a Truman Scholar and a member of Notre Dame’s student government, where she founded the first support group for victims of sexual violence. She serves as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Legal Affairs for Jubilee Initiative for Financial Inclusion, a student-run organization that aims to replace predatory pay day lending with low-interest micro-loans and financial literacy classes. She also works with a non-profit group building the first secondary school in the Jonglei State of South Sudan to teach non-violence and entrepreneurship. She intends to pursue research in socio-legal studies at Oxford.

Tom Williamson

Tom Williamson

New South Wales, 2017

Current place of residence: Sydney, Australia

University:  University of Sydney

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Economics (Hons)

Other information:  Tom studied a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Sydney, graduating with First Class Honours and the University Medal. He debated for the University of Sydney Union, winning the Australian Intervarsity Debating Championship in his first year of university. Since finishing university, Tom has worked for global strategy firm L.E.K. Consulting and international development consultancy TechnoServe. He has mentored Sudanese refugees in Sydney, acted as a pro bono consultant to non-profits and conducted research on the second most remote inhabited island in the world. In the last year he worked as a business advisor to smallholder farmers in Ethiopia's coffee industry. While at Oxford, Tom intends to pursue his interest in economic development, with a focus on private sector development in emerging economies. For relaxation Tom enjoys playing cricket and rugby, and catching waves at the beach near his home.

Anthony Wilder Wohns

Anthony Wilder Wohns

Washington, 2017

University: Harvard University

​Other information: Anthony W. L. “Wilder” Wohns graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 2016, where he concentrated in Human Evolutionary Biology, with Computer Science as a secondary field. He is currently reading for an M.A. in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge on Harvard's Herchel Smith Fellowship. His other interests include running, rowing with the Emmanuel College Boat Club, and mountaineering. In addition, he is an advocate for refugee rights with Harvard Scholars at Risk, speaks Japanese, and has an award-winning collection of antiquarian books and maps. Wilder plans to pursue a research career at the intersection of computational genomics and ethics. At Oxford, he intends to read for a degree in computer science and philosophy.

Beatrice Yeung

Beatrice Yeung

Hong Kong, 2017

Current place of residence: Cambridge, Massachusetts

University: McGill University

Other information:  Beatrice Yeung is a senior at McGill University, double majoring in Molecular & Cellular Biology and Sociology. Beatrice’s interest in the health of marginalized populations developed while volunteering with an indigenous community in Montreal. She has since worked with the Montreal General Hospital to provide insight into how individuals from this underserved community come into contact and navigate interactions with healthcare institutions and providers. She has conducted research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and presented her work on biomaterials for medical devices at an international scientific conference. At Oxford, Beatrice intends to complete an MPhil in Medical Anthropology. Outside of academics, Beatrice has advocated for communities affected by climate injustice at the United Nations, teaches science for children with hearing loss, and enjoys practicing ballet and the violin.

Angela Yu

Angela Yu

Maritimes, 2017

University: McGill University

Current/recent course: BSc Biology, Women's Studies; MSc Biology

Other information: Angela is a CIHR-funded graduate student in Biology at McGill, where she studies DNA replication and previously completed a BSc. in Biology and Women’s Studies, graduating top of her WMST class. As Equity and Diversity Commissioner of the Post-Graduate Students’ Society, Angela works with students and administration on support for racialized students, equity in STEMM, and sexual violence on campus. She is also an executive member of Scientista McGill, which aims to support pre-professional women in STEM. With interests in the social values of science, Angela hopes to develop life sciences curriculum that explores the intersecting roles of race, gender, sexuality, class and ability in contemporary scientific research and medical practices. At Oxford, she will pursue an MPhil in History of Science, Medicine and Technology.