Core Operating Team
Mahmudul Hoque Moni, Co-Founder and Director
Mahmudul is a Chevening Scholar from Bangladesh and graduate of MA in Governance and Development at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. He is a member of Bangladesh Civil Service. He previously earned master degrees in International Relations and in Journalism, Media and Communication. He had worked as a photojournalist in news media organisations, as the Chief Executive of the Centre for Practical Multimedia Studies, as a Director of an NGO, EKMATTRA, and as a Lecturer at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. He writes opinions and creative pieces for varied newspapers and websites. In development studies, his main areas of interest are local, regional and global governance, democracy and accountability, policy analysis, media and international relations.
Sarabe Chan, Co-Founder and Director
Sarabe is a Chevening scholar from Hong Kong and graduate of MA Poverty and Development at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hong Kong, majoring in Spanish and Comparative Literature. She previously served in Habitat for Humanity China to coordinate the implementation of poverty housing projects in rural China, and also worked in a private foundation in Hong Kong to support a portfolio of education and social welfare projects. A believer of learning from the field, she founded a volunteer-based NGO to connect university students with volunteer opportunities in rural Cambodia. Her main interests are education, rural livelihoods and social protection.
Prerrna P Kapoor, Marketing and Planning Manager
Catrin Hepworth, Editor and Programme Manager
Catrin is from the UK and is currently pursuing MA Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Foreign Languages (French and Russian) from the University of Durham. She is a qualified and experienced teacher, having worked in state and bilingual primary schools in London. Catrin then spent two years working for VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in Rwanda, training and mentoring in-service teachers in rural schools to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Her interests are politics, education, feminism and social justice
Priyambada Seal, Editor and Programme Manager
Priyambada is a Chevening Scholar from India and currently pursuing an MA Governance and Development at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. She has a Masters degree in Economics from Symbiosis International University, Pune, India. She has worked at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, where she led a campaign for the creation of awareness of Right to Education Act in low-income communities. She has also worked at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi as a Researcher in the field of technology transfers. She has volunteered with multiple NGOs in Delhi, working in the space of education in India. She has a keen interest in cultural activities. Her interest areas in development are education and migration.
Sanaya Sinha, Internal Operation and Programme Manager
Sanaya is currently pursuing an MA in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. She specializes in qualitative research, and worked as a consumer researcher based in Singapore. She has also interned as a researcher with an NGO in Bangalore that focused on rural economic development. Sanaya has volunteered with a variety of NGOs ranging from animal shelters to rural education.
Menna Medhat, Communications and Engagement Manager
Menna is a Chevening Scholar from Egypt currently studying MA in Development Studies at the Institute of Development studies in the UK. She has earned a Graduate Diploma on International Human Rights and Civil Society. She worked as the Regional Program Officer for the German Political Foundation “The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom”. She is a former Program Coordinator of the Egyptian Women’s Union. She is also the Co-Founder of the “Nawal Al-Saadawi Institute for Thought and Creativity. Menna often conducts interviews on the topics of womens’ rights and political empowerment for women in Egypt. She has conducted multiple advocacy campaigns to combat gender-based violence and promote women’s political empowerment.
Samuel Godfrey Omondi
Samuel is an Allan and Nesta Ferguson Scholar from Kenya studying MA in Governance and Development at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. He started his career in public service in Kenya. Lately, he has been working as a Public Accountability Consultant for several Kenyan Non-Government Organisations including the Centre for Governance and Development. In development studies, his areas of interest are public accountability, social audits, and citizen participation.
Samiksha is a Norweigian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) scholar and PhD candidate at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo, Norway. Her research interests include journalism in post-conflict situations, gender, and new media. She worked as a journalist in a Nepal based newspaper for three years. During her reporting, she contributed a number of articles on information, communication and technology (ICT) and tourism from a development perspective. She has also worked as a lecturer of Development Communication in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kathmandu.
Maria Aguado Alvarez de Sotomayor
Maria is a Fundacion Barrie Scholar studying MA in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in the UK. With a background in Legal Studies, she previously studied Master in European Affairs at the University of A Coruña, Spain. She worked as a Parliamentary Assistant in the European Parliament in Brussels for a period of five years. She had also volunteered in various Non-Government Organisations in Senegal, Sri Lanka and Peru. In addition to Spanish, she also speaks English, French, Italian and Portuguese. In development studies, her areas of interest include democracy, civil society, human rights, and social justice. Besides writing and studying, she loves to actively engage in social change with a broad, multicultural and international perspective.
Shadlee is currently pursuing an MA in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex. He has previously interned at Building Resources Across Communities (BRAC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh as part of projects involving coordination of pro-poor growth strategies and education of the urban poor. He was also part of the organising committee that hosted the WorldMUN conference in Vancouver, Canada in 2012. His main interests in development are the political economy and poverty reduction, especially in developing countries.
Mustafa is currently working as a Senior Assistant Secretary in Bangladesh. He graduated in Economics from Shah Jalal University of Science & Technology (SJUST), Bangladesh and later on obtained Master of Science in Applied Economics and Data Analysis from University of Essex, UK. He previously worked as a Lecturer in Economics at SJUST. As an economist, he regularly contributes to magazines and journals focusing on various development issues. As a Development Analyst, he aims to continuously engage with contemporary studies in the field of Economics.