Speaker's Information: March 21 2011

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Rowan HarveyRowan Harvey graduated from LSE in Social Anthropology in 2003 and was Education and Welfare Officer at LSE Students' Union until 2004. She is currently a LSE Governor. Rowan went on to work as Parliamentary and Campaigns Manager for the Terrence Higgins Trust and currently works as Policy and Advocacy Officer for Plan International. In 2007, Rowan won Public Affairs Achiever of the Year from the Women in Public Life Awards which celebrates women leaders in society. Rowan will talk about her time at LSE and how this has influenced her career.

Rowan talked about what she learned LSE, how this has helped her in her successful career so far and gave advice to students on how to make the most of the opportunities at LSE now and how to use this learning and experience in the future.

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Jan StockdaleJan Stockdale is the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at LSE and oversees the well-being of over 4,000 students. As well as advising individual undergraduates, she serves on a number of School committees concerned with teaching, learning and other aspects of the student experience. A recurrent theme in Jan's research as a psychologist has been the analysis of contemporary social problems and policy issues. Her recent interests include policing, community safety and strategies aimed at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour. Currently, together with colleagues in the Department of Social Psychology, she is conducting a study of representations and experiences of aging, with a view to identifying ways of improving treatment of the elderly.

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Sayan PalchowdhuryMichael LokJohn Collins

Students reflected on their own personal experience of LSE and about their observations of the school and London from their contrasting cultural and social viewpoints. In discussion with Rowan, they looked at ways for students to make the most of the range of opportunities at LSE.

Sayan Palchowdhury

Sayan Palchowdhury spent a large part of his childhood in New York but came to LSE after doing his high school qualifications (IGCSE and IB) in India at The International School Bangalore. He has been at LSE since 2008 studying for a BSc. in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics. His main interests lie in the field of finance and social enterprise and making capitalism work towards development solutions. Sayan is also Director of the Student Initiative, a student-run charity that aims to get students involved in development through research projects and structured internships. After graduating this year Sayan will begin working in the City.

Michael LokMichael Lok is the International Students' Officer at the LSE Students' Union.  Prior to coming to the LSE to pursue the LLB, he was educated in Island School, Hong Kong – whose alumni include the daughter of the daughter of the last Governor, Lord Patten as well as Alexandra Christina, Countess of Frederiksborg.  Since beginning his course in 2008, Michael has been elected to various committees, including the Law Society and the UN Society; as well as being President of the Hong Kong Public Affairs & Social Service Society and Chair of the LSESU Constitution & Steering Committee.  Upon completing his third and final year, he will be proceeding to an LLM, before commencing private practice. 

John CollinsJohn Collins is a PhD candidate in the Department of International History at the LSE. His research is on the history of post-war drug control and its foreign policy implications. John's interests extend to contemporary drug policy issues, particularly efforts to shift national and international policies away from a prohibitionist paradigm towards one based on science, public health and human rights. Prior to returning to London for his PhD, John spent a year in New York and Washington D.C. working on issues related to U.S. domestic drug policy reform. He is originally from Dublin, Ireland, where he obtained his BA in economics and political science from Trinity College Dublin. He then earned his MSc in the history of empires from the LSE in 2009.

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