DPIR Launches New Alumni Career Conversations Series

The Department is delighted to announce the launch of our new Alumni Career Conversations series this Michaelmas Term.

The series will provide an opportunity for current students to connect with DPIR alumni, learn about their career stories and benefit from their experience and advice. It will feature alumni speakers at varying stages of their careers and across a range of fields. Each speaker will speak about their career story and advice, followed by a Q&A session.

The first talk will take place virtually via Zoom on Wednesday 3 November, 13:00-14:00 GMT, and will focus on careers in international organisations and think tanks. Our confirmed speakers are all alumni of the DPhil in International Relations; however, the talk is open to all DPIR students and alumni interested in careers in international organisations and think tanks.

The talk will be chaired and moderated by our Joint Head of Department, Dr Nicholas Owen.

Our confirmed speakers include:

Richard Ponzio - Director of the Global Governance, Justice & Security Program and a Senior Fellow at The Stimson Center. Richard Ponzio has held a variety of senior positions at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations. He also serves on the board of the Academic Council on the UN System.

Frances Z. Brown - Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and co-director of Carnegie’s Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, who previously worked at the White House, USAID, and in non-governmental organizations. In her last role before leaving government, Brown served as director for democracy and fragile states on the White House National Security Council (NSC) staff.

David Malone  - Rector of the United Nations University and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. David Malone formerly served as President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and as Canada’s Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council and as Ambassador to the United Nations.