Changing Policy Making for Good: discussion with the LSE Maryam Forum students

Hosted by Institute of Global Affairs

Online public event


Vanessa Rubio Márquez

Vanessa Rubio Márquez

Senator and Former Undersecretary of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico

Andrés Velasco

Andrés Velasco

Dean, School of Public Policy, LSE and Former Minister of Finance, Chile

This is a thought provoking discussion between students and policy makers, where students engage with policy practitioners to learn their views on the validity of recommendations against the challenges of implementation in reality.

This session provides an opportunity for the next generation of leaders to learn from the experience of experts and understand the challenges of policymaking in the real world. As experts in their roles, policymakers will draw out priorities to manage risks and disruptions and discuss viable strategies that leaders and governments must adopt in the new post-Covid paradigm. Through this dialogue we will hear policymakers and students brainstorm to find practical ways of ensuring policies that create long-term value for humanity. 

Guests: Vanessa Rubio Márquez, Senator and Former Undersecretary of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico; and Andrés Velasco, Dean, School of Public Policy, LSE and Former Minister of Finance, Chile.

Participating students:

Katie Alesbury's mission is to contribute to the long-term health of communities and environments. In 2013 she founded the first and only food re-distribution organisation in Nicaragua. Comamos Juntos (Eat United) tackles food waste and food insecurity by working directly in and alongside local communities. Following 7 years in Nicaragua co-directing and developing the initiative, Katie is undertaking the MPP at LSE to complement her experience of innovation and mobilisation at grassroots level with systems-thinking for strategic policy interventions.

Mahima Andrew is a MPA second year student at LSE, originally from India. She has worked for over 9 years across policy design and implementation strategy focussed at healthcare and micro finance in the developing world. She has partnered with large corporates and international organizations with specific focus on public-private partnerships aimed at increasing financial inclusion in the emerging markets of India and South Africa. She has been instrumental in increasing penetration for financial products through collaborations with international bodies such as USAID. She has also worked on international policy, where she consulted on regulatory changes brought about by the Obamacare act and led policy implementation built around the revised policy framework.

Doménica Avila Luna is a Second Year MPA student at LSE. Originally from Ecuador and with a background in Economics. She has experience on Health, Education research and strategic planning. She has been a student activist and now advocate for minorities rights. Founder of projects to support Venezuelan immigrants in Ecuador.

Santina Bevacqua, Master of Public Policy Student, with an academic background in Economics and 6 year of working experience in Consulting Company, working with primary European banks on projects related to new technologies (AI, APIs) and regulations (EMIR, PSD2, Open banking, AML).

Lisa Caroll, Social and Environmental masters student at CAU Kiel, Germany, with a background in politics. Originally from Ireland, she has experience in international development working with an umbrella organisation representing the sector to the Irish government. Currently Lisa is working on a number of research projects based around climate change, development, and representative government. 

Paulina Chan is a first-year master's student in the LSE-Fudan double-degree programme in International Social and Public Policy, for which she is also the academic representative. She is originally from Canada, where she recently completed a bachelor's degree with a double-major in Political Science and East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto.

Adrian Fossaceca, first-year MPA in Economic Policy candidate, originally from Venezuela. Research experience in macroeconomic policy and development for Latin American, as well as for oil-dependent economies. 

Hassan Gali, MPP LSE alumnus currently working in The Front Office of the Economics, Policy and Governance Department at the EBRD. I'm a Medical Doctor by background, graduated from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology in Khartoum and have been practising in the UK's NHS since 2010. I also hold an MSc in Public Policy and Global Health from Durham University, where I researched the Impact of US Sanctions on Sudan's Health infrastructure. My interests include the political economy of reform and building state capability.

Fernanda Garcia Sanchez, MPP student with a background in political studies and work experience in public affairs, international trade and strategic communication consulting in Mexico where she was engaged in a wide array of sectors, from electoral political analysis, energy policy to copyright and urban mobility.

John Gordon, MSc Economics student. Originally from Geneva, he has recently completed the BSc Philosophy Politics and Economics at LSE.

Benjamin Grazda is pursuing an MSc in Conflict Studies in the Department of Government. He worked for a couple of years in the US Senate and spent the last four years working for humanitarian organizations in Kenya, Nigeria, Iraq, and Syria. He's interested in working collaboratively with peers and practitioners from around the world in an interdisciplinary setting to develop solutions for the most pressing and complex problems facing us today. He's especially interested in working collaboratively with people from the countries most affected by these issues and ensuring their ideas and perspectives are represented in policy solutions. 

Omnia Hamza, Global Health policy master student at LSE, originally from Sudan, she has been working at the federal ministry of health in Sudan in the Global Health Directorate. She also has an experience in the health policy area as she was part of the team that working on the Sudan National Health Policy as part of her work in the National Public Health Institute. Global health advocate, passionate about strengthening health systems in LMICs. 

Mohamad Nassar, LSE MPA student. Background in Engineering and Finance. Originally from Egypt. Lived in Dubai for the last 4 years. Worked in recruitment consulting. Research interest in global public debt sustainability.

Asha Niall, LSE MPP student with a background in environmental policy. She is a civil servant with experience in disaster management governance and coordination, climate change adaptation and resilience policy, and legislative and regulatory reform.

Muskaan Sofet, MPA student with a background in economics. She has worked with several Non-governmental organisations in the education sector. She has also worked with organisations in India to encourage more students to join the policy circuit. Currently she is researching on patterns of democracy and their implementation. 

Karina Rodriguez Villafuerte, Second-year Master of Public Administration at the LSE. Originally from Peru, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidad del Pacífico. Worked at several institutions within the Peruvian government, such as the Ministry of Transports and Communications, the Authority for Reconstruction and, most recently, the Ministry of Economics and Finance, where she was part of the team that published Peru’s first National Infrastructure Plan. Karina has also worked as an external consultant for the World Bank, conducting research on competition policies in Latin America. 

Jintao Zhu, LSE BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) 4th Year from China.

This session is part of the LSE Conference on “One Year On: Lessons Learnt and ‘New Normals’ in a Post-COVID World “hosted  under the LSE Maryam Forum.

The LSE Maryam Forum is a multi-year programme aimed at accelerating the kind of leadership the world needs urgently. A product of the LSE Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) and the School of Public Policy (SPP), it has been conceived as a collaboration between policy makers, students, academic researchers, business leaders and media. Driven by deep engagement with faculty and students, the Maryam Forum builds on LSE and IGA’s strong track record in research, policy engagement and capacity building.

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