International Development

Please see below for profiles of alumni who have studied programmes related to International Development. 

Graduate Degrees (MSc) Research Degrees (PhD)

Graduate Degrees (MSc)




Programme: MSc Development Studies, 2009

Current Position:  Senior Economist, Economic Consulting Associates, London

Country: New Zealand

Prior to my move from Wellington to London to study at LSE, I studied finance to a postgraduate level, and spent three years working in investment banking. Since graduating from LSE in 2009, I have undertaken a brief consultancy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, worked for 18 months developing agriculture businesses in East and Southern Africa, and have spent the last two years working in economic consulting, mainly on energy and water market regulatory and investment assignments.

I've been privileged to travel to many interesting countries, and have undertaken all sorts of interesting assignments for a range of different clients, including government ministries and agencies, development partners and private companies.

Email your questions to Andrew




Programme: MSc Development Studies, 2008

Current Position:   Manager, Dam Safety Programme, Damwatch Services Ltd.

Country: New Zealand

I am a civil engineer, specialising in dams and dam safety. Dams and their role in development are controversial, and yet also a necessary part of water and renewable energy management. After completing my MSc in Development Studies, I have returned to work in a dam engineering firm, and have been able to instigate leads and participate in dam related aid projects with significantly broader and deeper knowledge of the complex drivers for not only donor agencies and governments, but also developing countries.

Email your questions to Rebecca




Programme: MSc Media, Communication and Development, 2012

Current Position: Consultant, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok

Country: India

I am presently working as a consultant at the regional headquarters of UNESCAP in Bangkok. Assigned to the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, I am contributing to communications as well as other tasks. This opportunity enables me to combine two key passions – sustainable development and ICT – in innovative ways. 

Prior to the assignment with UNESCAP, I worked with an international environmental organization IUCN for European Union development project implementation in Southeast Asia. I have also acquired past experience with the European Commission, the executive body of the EU, in the field of research and innovation.

LSE’s Department of Media and Communications enabled me to develop my interests and pursue my passion. The administrative, careers and recruitment sections at LSE provided vital guidance and encouragement along the way. I truly believe LSE was the experience of a lifetime. 

I welcome any questions and will seek to assist to my very best.

Email your questions to Ria



Programme: MSc Development Management, 2011

Current Position: Finance Analyst, Long Term Service Agreements, Rolls-Royce Plc

Country: Bulgaria

Upon LSE graduation I have joined the Rolls-Royce Finance Graduate programme. My first rotations were in the Civil Aerospace, where I was doing the accounting for new engine sales. I then went on to develop management forecasting and reporting abilities within the leasing and long-term aftermarket business. I was also successful in a Strategy Buyer role within the Asia Pacific (Singapore) where I was responsible for identifying and securing cost saving opportunities. My next move will expose me to the other end of the value stream – supply chain. I will be a Finance Manager for consolidating two Supply Chain Units.

Email your questions to Margita


Hu Chaoyi


Programme: MSc Political Economy of Late Development, 2010

Current Position: Program Officer, China Social Entrepreneur Foundation (YouChange Foundation)

Country: China

After graduating from LSE I went back to China and worked as a translator at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), an international humanitarian organization. I am now a program officer at China Social Entrepreneur Foundation (YouChange Foundation).

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Programme: MSc Social Policy and Development, 2009

Current Position: Research Analyst, National Conference of State Legislatures

Country: United States of America

After graduating I moved back to Colorado and was hired as a research analyst in the health program at the National Conference of State Legislatures. While Denver is becoming a hub for public policy organizations, I believe that a master's from LSE contributed to my new position at a prestigious national organization.

Email your questions to Hollie



Mohammad Waqas

Programme: MSc Social Policy and Development, 2009

Current Position: Acting Director (South Asia), Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad

Country: Pakistan

After doing the MSc in Social Policy and Development, I decided to focus on environmental economics and carbon finance and joinedÉcoRessources, a Canadian environmental economics company with offices in Lima, Peru. I am now working as a researcher at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad.

Email your questions to Mohammad Waqas


Research Degrees (PhD)



Programme: PhD Development Studies, 2010

Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia

Country: Germany

I graduated from LSE with a PhD in Development Studies in 2010. I spent two full years in London working on my dissertation before heading off to do fieldwork in Colombia. Since 2004 I have been living and working in Bogotá, first at the Universidad de los Andes and now at the Universidad del Rosario.

Email your questions to Ralf