International RelationsCareer Challenge
18-22 February 2019 (Applications closed)
King's College London, United Kingdom
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Speakers

This page is updated on a continuous basis. The complete list of speakers for the IRCC 2019 Intake at King’s College London will be published closer to the event date. The program intake will be attended by 15+ professionals with significant experience in leading international organisations worldwide with research, project management, communications and human resources areas of expertise.

Speakers who have confirmed their attendance at the IRCC 2019 KCL are listed below.

 


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 5: Application
Lee Bevan
Recruiment Lead – Global Research
Barclays Investment Bank
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Lee Bevan is an experienced recruitment manager specialising in financial services, covering Investment Banking, Asset Management, Wealth Management and Corporate Banking, resourcing across all disciplines, with a focus on senior hires, and has been successful in recruiting across a variety of skill disciplines and for both permanent and temporary staff from across the globe, from boutique agency and latterly in-house / RPO functions. He is currently a Recruitment Lead at Barclays and previously served as a talent acquisition partner at EBRD, an international financial institution that supports projects from central Europe to central Asia. Lee has a sincere passion for recruiting key talent, and has been responsible for establishing divisions, managing and training staff, coaching individuals on their job searches, career aspirations and interview skills; and working with clients / key stakeholders to manage their recruiting. He is also a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and is a regular contributor and leader within internal and external focus groups.

 

                                                                    

IRCC Day 4: Campaign & Outreach
Neil Ford
Director, Division of Communication
Commonwealth Secretariat
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Neil Ford has more than 30 years of professional experience in communication. He started as a journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and became a National News Reporter before the age of 30, filing stories for an audience of several million people. He left journalism for international development, managing programmes in remote areas from Bhutan to Kyrgyzstan. During this period, Neil specialised in Communication for Development (C4D), the design and delivery of strategies to give local people a voice in their own development. In 2000, he joined the United Nations system, serving first with UNICEF in Kenya and Senegal, then with the UN Population Fund in New York and UNESCO in Paris. Currently based in London, Neil is the Director of Communication for the Commonwealth.

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IRCC Day 4: Campaign & Outreach
Belén Satorre Berbegal
Communications Programme Manager
Amnesty International
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Belén Satorre Berbegal is a trilingual Communications Programme Manager at Amnesty International. She leads the Programme’s strategy and work across digital, marketing, creative and communications to deliver effective campaigns and initiatives. She joined Amnesty from Sainsbury’s Corporate Social Responsibility Team. Previously, she has taken several communications and research roles for UNHCR and UNESCO in Costa Rica, and the Washington D.C based think tank Center for American Progress. She has also worked in Mexico and Ecuador conducting research about the risks that journalists face working in border disputes with the Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID), and as a journalist for El Mundo national newspaper in Madrid.

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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 – socialprotection.org. 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.

 

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IRCC Day 3: Project Management
Megan Farrer Bristow
Civil Service Project Manager
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
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Megan Farrer Bristow is currently a Project Manager for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, having joined in January 2019. For the previous two years, Megan managed a British Museum project that trains Iraqi archaeologists in emergency preservation and restoration of cultural heritage sites. She relocated to London for the British Museum position, having spent the prior 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 five years of project management experience, including monitoring and evaluation, reporting and coordination, focusing in particular on the Middle East and North Africa region.

IRCC Day 3: Project Management
Andrew MacLeod
Chairman, Non-Executive Director, Humanitarian, Professor, Speaker, Writer/Author
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Wikipedia Link

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 2: Research & Policy Recommendations
David McNair
Executive Director for Global Policy
The ONE Campaign
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David McNair is an Executive Director for Global Policy at The ONE Campaign, a movement of 9 million people fighting for an end to extreme poverty. He focuses on improving girl’s education and health, securing more and better aid, and fighting for anti-corruption laws. Previously David worked at Save the Children and Christian Aid. His work has helped secure landmark legislation on anti-corruption and billions of dollars for the fight against infant malnutrition. In 2012 was named one of the 99 top foreign policy leaders under 33. He holds a PhD in Social Geography from the Queen’s University of Belfast.

                                                                    
IRCC Day 2: Research & Policy Recommendations
Jessica Toale
Former 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 a former 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 established 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. Jessica continues to advise organisations and governments on the implementation of these Goals, and she also sits on the Advisory Board of We Male Change, a new online global volunteering platform focused on empowering people to take action to support the SDGs.

 

                                                                    

IRCC Day 1: Introduction
Brita Fernandez Schmidt
Executive Director
Women for Women International – UK
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Brita Fernandez Schmidt is a dedicated advocate and promoter of women’s empowerment, women’s rights and equality. She frequently writes about the challenges women face all over the world in the context of poverty and conflict and is a public speaker on these issues. She has lived and/or worked in over 16 countries spanning three continents.
Brita has led several influential women’s organisations and networks. She currently runs Women for Women International – UK as Executive Director and is the Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships and has worked at the organisation for 10 years. She has grown the organisation from when it first started in the UK to a medium-sized charity which is helping thousands of women in countries affected by conflict and raising millions through effective and innovative donor relationships and partnerships.
Brita is also the Chair of Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS). Previously she was a Commissioner to the UK Women’s National Commission, Chair of the Gender and Development Network, Director for Programmes & Policy at Womankind Worldwide, board member of BOND and she started her career at the European Women’s Lobby.
Brita holds a MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Sussex. Originally from Germany, Brita went to school in Venezuela. She now lives in the UK with her husband and two daughters.

                                                                    
IRCC Day 1: Introduction
Gesù Antonio Báez
Director and Chief Diplomatic Consultant
Pax Tecum Global Consultancy
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Gesu Antonio Baez is the Director and Chief Diplomatic Consultant at Pax Tecum Global Consultancy, a consultancy firm that specialises in diplomacy and international development. Prior to this, he worked for years as a humanitarian directing the international development division for the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG), engaging with international governments and stakeholders throughout Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Teach for Italy, the newest addition to the Teach for All Network to enlist, develop, and mobilise Italy’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. Previously, He served as Champion Representative of Women’s Economic Empowerment for UN Women where he launched the UN’s first grassroots campaign entitled “I am (Wo)Man” back in 2015. He is a frequent keynote speaker, having given a TEDx talk and spoken at numerous high profile venues as Barclay’s, and the University of Edinburgh on diplomacy in international development, foreign affairs and women’s rights.

 

                                                                    

IRCC Day 1: Introduction
Matilda Branson
Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer
Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage
LinkedIn Link

As Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer at Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage Matilda tracks policy developments and formulates policy positions on child marriage at the national and regional levels, and is responsible for supporting members to identify advocacy opportunities on ending child marriage, particularly around UN resolutions, implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and working with governments on the implementation of national level policies. Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Matilda worked with CARE Australia on their Mekong portfolio, with UNICEF Nepal coordinating the development of Nepal’s national strategy to end child marriage, and with UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia on social policy and adolescent girls’ issues. She has also worked with different grassroots organisations on women’s and child rights issues in Australia, Malaysia, Mozambique and Papua New Guinea. Matilda has an MA in Gender and Development and enjoys horse riding. She speaks English, French, Spanish, and conversational Nepali.

IRCC Day 1: Introduction
Harriet Peart
Talent Acquisition Specialist
European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD)
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Harriet Peart is a Talent Acquisition Specialist at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development in London. After graduating from university, Harriet worked in PR and Advertising, before moving to Australia in 2004 and starting her career in recruitment. With over 10 years’ experience in financial services recruitment, Harriet has worked at both ends of the spectrum – for boutique, start-up recruitment agencies as well as for one of Australia’s biggest banks. At the EBRD, Harriet recruits at all levels, in a wide range of sectors and geographic locations, focussing on the Bank’s Central & Southeastern European offices, Energy Efficiency & Climate Change, and Corporate Services in London.

                                                                    
IRCC Day 1: Introduction
Matt Jackson
Director
United Nations Population Fund – UK
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Matt Jackson is the UK Director of UNFPA – the United Nation’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Agency. Matt joined UNFPA in January 2017 and is the first permanent representative to the UK. He previously worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) including at the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York as Head of International Development and Climate Change, negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals. Previous FCO roles include Head of Human Rights Programmes; Chief of Staff to the UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change; and Head of the Europe Climate Change and Energy Team. Matt has also worked for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

                                                                    

IRCC Day 1: Introduction
Alexandra Gordina
Director
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 eight 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.