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)


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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. I have spent most of my time since graduating from LSE in 2009 based in London, working in economic consulting. In this time, I've worked on projects all across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Europe, focusing mainly on energy, water and agriculture market regulatory and investment assignments. I've been privileged to undertake all sorts of interesting assignments for a range of different clients, including government ministries and agencies, development partners and private companies.

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Programme: MSc Media, Communication and Development, 2012

Current Position: Reporting and Communications Specialist, United Nations Development Programme, Fiji

Country: India

I am presently working with UNDP at their Pacific subregional headquarters in Suva, Fiji. Assigned to UNDP's Effective Governance Team, I am contributing to reporting on ongoing projects as well as communications. This opportunity enables me to combine two key passions – sustainable development and ICT – in innovative ways. 

Prior to the assignment with UNDP, I worked with UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) at their Asia-Pacific headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand in the field of ICT and disaster risk reduction. I came with a climate change adaptation background to South East Asia, having worked with IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) in the ASEAN region. 

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. 

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Programme: MSc Development Management, 2011

Current Position: Internal Audit Manager, Rolls-Royce Plc

Country: Bulgaria

Upon LSE graduation I joined Rolls-Royce as a Finance graduate. My first rotation was in 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 also ventured outside of finance to be a Strategy Buyer in Singapore where I identified and secured cost saving opportunities. For a year, I joined the other end of the value stream – supply chain, where I was a Finance Manager for consolidating two Supply Chain Units. My current position is Internal Audit Manager.

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Programme: MSc Development Management, 2014

Current Position: Assistant Project Manager, GSMA, Mobile for Development 

Country: UK

At GSMA Mobile for Development I support senior management by overseeing the coordination of M4D programmes. I joined the GSMA M4D team in October 2014 from the London School of Economics (LSE) where my research focused on how mobiles could be used in conjunction with formal and informal institutions to improve services to the underserved. I previously worked for Fitch Ratings in the financial services training division. Prior to this, I was in Zambia, Kenya & South Africa managing a number of programmes ranging from HIV education & gender to health & utilities. I hold an MSc in Development Management from LSE and a first class degree in Economics & Politics from Leeds University, UK.

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Programme: MSc in Development Studies, 2014

Current Position:  Senior Analyst, IDESAM

Country: Brazil

It was through my professional network that I landed my first long-term opportunity after LSE, as an environmental consultant at a small company. There I had the opportunity to work with different themes and clients, and learn how to manage the consulting schedule. I later transitioned to a Senior Analyst position at IDESAM - the Amazonas Conservation and Sustainable Development Institute, where today I coordinate the Brazilian participation in the Governors' Climate and Forests Task Force. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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