International RelationsCareer Challenge
February 19 - 23, 2018
King's College London, United Kingdom
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This page is updated on a continuous basis. The complete list of speakers for the IRCC 2018 at King’s College London, United Kingdom will be published closer to the event date. The program is attended by 15+ professionals with significant experience in leading international organisations worldwide in research, project management, communications and human resources areas of expertise. To get an understanding of the level of speakers attending the program, have a look at this page with the list of speakers for the IRCC program at King’s College London held in February 2017.

The following professionals have confirmed their attendance at the IRCC 2018 KCL:


IRCC Day 5: Application
Oana Arama
Human Resources Consultant at HORA HR AND RECRUITMENT
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Oana Arama Assoc CIPD is a Recruitment and HR professional with extensive working experience in the international arena. She completed her MSc in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations at Manchester Business School in 2013 and since then she has worked with The Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations in New York City, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Geneva, and several charities based in London. Oana is currently working as a Recruitment and HR Consultant for HORA HR AND RECRUITMENT, a London-based consultancy company, and The Fostering Network, the UK’s leading fostering charity.

Oana specialises in recruitment, assessments centres, psychometric tests, interviews, competency frameworks, employment law, HR strategies, performance management and employment relations. She is also passionate about human rights and completed her LLM in Human Rights in 2017. She published her first book, Human Rights between Ideality and Reality, in 2015.


IRCC Day 4: Campaign & Outreach
Andrew MacLeod
Chairman, Non-Executive Director, Humanitarian, Professor, Speaker, Writer/Author
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Andrew MacLeod is a recognised global leader, passionate humanitarian, negotiator and communicator in the business, diplomatic and humanitarian field. He has particular expertise in external stakeholder management, external risk valuation and crisis communications. His humanitarian activities included time as Chief of Operations of the United Nations Emergency Coordination Centre in Pakistan, where MacLeod negotiated a complex series of relationships that saw the Pakistan military, international NGOs, UN agencies, US military, UK military and non-state militant groups all playing a role in delivering a successful operation without casualties or conflict. At the International Committee of the Red Cross Macleod served in the Balkans and Rwanda during the 1990s. He set up and ran Law of Armed Conflict training with military units in Rwanda and former Yugoslavia that resulted in a measurable decrease in civilian casualties.

In the for-profit sphere, MacLeod is Non-Executive Chairman of British based Griffin Law, co-founder of Brexit Advisory Services and Non-Executive Director at New York based Cornerstone Capital. At Cornerstone Capital he specialises in advising on tertiary level questions to determine external risk assessment in due-diligence investigations. Professor MacLeod advises a number of companies on their stakeholder relations and external risks, is a member of the Chatham House/ICRC Expert Panel on Humanitarian Negotiations with Non-State Armed Groups, was an Affiliate Senior Associate to the Center for Strategic International Studies in Washington DC, served on the Advisory Boards of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Civil Society Project Advisory Board, Kings College Humanitarian Futures Project and the UN Expert Group on Responsible Business and Investment in High-Risk Areas.



IRCC Day 4: Campaign & Outreach
Ashleigh Kate Slingsby
Communications Officer
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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Ashleigh Kate Slingsby is currently the Communications Officer for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Brazil’s International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (the IPC-IG), where she is dedicated to their knowledge sharing and capacity building platform – She also works as a copy-editor for the International Growth Centre (IGC) of the London School of Economics and Oxford University in London, UK. She has previously worked as the Communications Officer for the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) Programme of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Her areas of engagement include socio-economic inequality, social protection, inclusive growth, gender, climate change and resilience.


IRCC Day 3: Project Management
Peter Nicholas
Social Finance
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Peter Nicholas is a Director at Social Finance, and has been involved in developing Impact Bonds and Outcome Funds in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.  His recent work has focussed on Palestine and Southern Africa. He has over 25 years of management and project experience at the World Bank, including leading operational teams in Africa, South Asia and the Caucasus.  His work has ranged from fiscal management to environmental assessments, and from community-based social development to the fiscal impact of mining investments. He has published on the social costs of economic restructuring and on the special needs of small economies.  Peter is also a Trustee of BRAC UK.  He holds an M.Phil. in Economics and a D.Phil. in Philosophy from Oxford University.


IRCC Day 3: Project Management
Andrea Baldan
Associate Director, Project Leader EUC Governance
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
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Andrea Baldan is an Associate Director in Operational Risk Management at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. He is currently leading a programme to introduce and implement a governance framework for End User Computing Applications (EUCs) across the organisation.

After graduating from university, Andrea set-up and run his own business in IT and web-development before starting his career in international development in 1999 as a project manager and administrator of technical assistance projects. Specialising in SME development, business incubation, finance, ICT and procurement, he worked in several developing countries with short missions in Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, Poland, Bosnia Herzegovina, Vietnam and as a long-term resident expert in South Africa in 2001-2003 and 2004-2008. In South Africa he also set-up his own import-export business and organised B2B matching events for the Italian Trade Commission (ICE).

In 2008 Andrea joined the EBRD as Senior Advisor in the Consultancy Services Unit with responsibility for systems and operations of the department. Andrea was promoted in 2013 to Deputy Director. In this position he dealt with several initiatives to enhance operational efficiency, amongst which the design and implementation of the new result-based management system for Technical Cooperation, a new integrated system to manage donor funds for the EBRD, the digitalisation and introduction of e-signature for all contracts and documents for the department. In 2017 Andrea moved to Operational Risk Management in EBRD.


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IRCC Day 3: Project Management
Megan Farrer Bristol
Project Manager
The British Museum
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Megan Farrer Bristow is currently managing a British Museum project that trains Iraqi archaeologists in emergency preservation and restoration of cultural heritage sites. She relocated to London for her current position, having previously spent three years working for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sudan and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Lebanon. In total, Megan has more than four years of project management experience across the UN system, including monitoring and evaluation, reporting and coordination, focusing in particular on the Middle East and North Africa region.

IRCC Day 2: Research & Policy Recommendations
Jessica Toale
Executive Director
Centre for Development Results
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Jessica is a political and international development professional with 10+ years of expertise in strategy, communications, and advocacy support. She is currently executive director at the Centre for Development Results (CDR), an organisation that supports companies that deliver UK aid funded programmes and have a shared aspiration to improve impact, value for money and accountability in their work. Jessica leads the Fabian Society’s International Policy Group and formerly served as a political advisor to two shadow secretaries of state for international development supporting them to develop and promote policy.

Jessica also coordinated a global campaign to secure the inclusion of early childhood development targets in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She successfully delivered two high-profile events at the UN working with the Governments of Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Italy, and UNICEF. This campaign engaged 12,000 people in 170 countries and led to the adoption of target 4.2 in the new Global Goals framework. She continues to advise organisations and governments on the implementation of these Goals.

IRCC Day 2: Research & Policy Recommendations
Deborah Haines
Education and Development Practitoner
Poverty, Conflict and Natural Disaster Areas
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Deborah Haines is an independent consultant specializing in education in humanitarian contexts. Over the past 25 years, she has worked as an Education Adviser and Senior Manager with a number of NGO’s and UN agencies. Deborah is currently based in London, UK, and has previously served in various conflict settings and locations, including Haiti, South Sudan, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Liberia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mozambique, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan. She has spent long spells of time supporting education in places of conflict with Save the Children, Adam Smith International and more recently with War Child UK and Holland. Her engagements with the UN agencies include the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (national education planning and facilitating in South Sudan), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (early childhood development program in refugee settings), the United Nations Children’s Fund (evaluation of education in emergencies capacity development initiatives in Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, East Timor). Over the past five years, Deborah work has focused on education across the Middle East. Currently she is providing technical advice to Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC), the Fund Manager of the DFID funded Girls Education Challenge.

IRCC Day 1: Introduction
Alexandra Gordina
YPUN, Ltd.
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Alexandra Gordina is the founder and the director of YPUN Ltd., a company assisting young professionals throughout the recruitment process at the United Nations agencies. Previously she held the position of an international consultant at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for two years mainly focusing on Empretec, a capacity-building program fostering entrepreneurship in developing countries. She also worked at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) assisting national statistical offices and other stakeholders to coordinate their work and fill statistical gaps.

As of today, Alexandra possesses seven years of expertise in both private and public sectors in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Russia, the United States, Colombia and South Africa. She founded YPUN, Ltd. in 2014 to help young professionals get hired for their ideal job in international affairs area with a meaningful raise, while skipping the irritation of the typically discouraging failures.