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Aleksandra Gadzala

My edited volume, "Africa and China: How Africans and Their Governments are Shaping Relations with China" has recently been published (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). Through contributions from academia and industry - and with case studies from across the continent and across sectors - the volume sets out to examine the African side of contemporary Sino-African relations. It shows not only how African realities shape Chinese actions, but also how African governments and entrepreneurs are learning to leverage their competitive advantages to negotiate the growing Chinese presence on the continent. Read More

Sheena Chestnut Greitens

Sheena Chestnut Greitens earned her PhD from the Department of Government at Harvard University in spring 2013. In 2013-14, she will be an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. In 2014-15, she will become an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri. Read More

Seth Johnston

I continue as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York, where we’ve been fortunate to have a number of Oxford alumni and faculty visit during the past year. Read More

Cristopher Ballinas Valdes

After graduating from Oxford he was appointed as Deputy Director General for Planning and Social Development for the most vulnerable population at the Ministry for Welfare, in Mexico; a position he held until the end of 2013. Concurrently, he was appointed Associate Professor in Public Policy at Mexico City’s ITAM where he specialises in the study of executive government, autonomous agencies and public policy. In this capacity, he has developed the largest investigation of autonomous agencies in Mexico, published by Palgrave McMillan (2011) and translated into Spanish in 2016. In 2014 he was considered for one of the positions at the General Board for the Mexican Federal Transparency Body. In addition to this, he managed to spare some time to join his motherland representative team for the World Kendo Championships in Japan early in 2015, finishing among the top eight. Prior to that, the team also won a silver medal at the Latin American Championships. Read More

Evangelia Sembou

My new book entitled "Hegel's Phenomenology and Foucault's Genealogy" has just been published (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015). It examines Foucault's relation to Jean Hyppolite, the famous French interpreter of Hegel and commentator of his "Phenomenology of Spirit", Foucault's encounter with Hegel's philosophy, and considers Hegel's phenomenology and Foucault's genealogy, their differences as projects, their contribution to social and political theory, as well as the philosophy of the social sciences. Read More

Lorena Ruano

Lorena Ruano has been the Director of the Department of International Studies at CIDE since April 2014. She is also the leader of the CIDE team participating in Atlantic Future, a reasearch project funded by the FP7 Framework of the European Commission and involving more than 13 universities and think-tanks around the Atlantic Basin. Read More

Lukas Haynes

I just marked my first anniversary as Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Fund, a private grant-making foundation overseen by the family of David Rockefeller, one of his generation’s most generous American philanthropists and a great internationalist who did graduate work in England. This is my 14th year overseeing charitable grants to promote sustainable progress in such areas as international peace and security (which I did for the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago), climate change solutions (Mertz Gilmore Foundation, 2006-2015), and arts/culture (Mertz Charitable Trust / DR Fund). It is a privilege to steward charitable resources and one way we measure progress is to help public policy advocates leverage the power of national policy reform. Personal charitable interests include Protect Our Winters, where I serve on the board, and Lulu’s Fund, which aids under-served preschool children and memorializes the generous spirit of my 4 year-old daughter, Lulu, who died in 2014. Read More

Akaash Maharaj

Akaash addressed the United Nations, to call for new international instruments to bring the world's worst kleptocrats to justice.

He spoke in his capacity as CEO of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC).

A webcast of his address in the General Assembly Chamber is online at Read More

Christopher Alexander

I was Canada's minister of citizenship and immigration from July 15, 2013 until November 4, 2015. Our Conservative government was defeated in a General Election on October 19, 2015 Read More

Anthony Gardner

I am currently serving as United States Ambassador to the European Union, based in Brussels. In this capacity I am deeply involved in the transatlantic trade negotiations, US-EU coordination of sanctions, US-EU cooperation on law enforcement, countering violent extremism and many economic challenges such as our shared digital agenda, as well as data privacy. Read More

Agustìn Basave

On Saturday 7th November 2015 I was elected as national leader (president of the National Executive Committee) of the Partido de la Revolucion Democratica (PRD, the main left-wing party in Mexico, third party in terms of seats in congress, with 4.5. million members) for a two-year term.
Also, I published a new book, La cuarta socialdemocraticia (The Fourth Social Democracy), Catarata, Madrid, which incidentally is dedicated to the University of Oxford; it is an academic essay on the crisis of Social Democracy and the crisis of representative democracy. Read More

Mark Evenett

Since leaving New College in 1978, I have worked briefly in an accountancy practice, a public library, and as a computer programmer in a travel publishing firm. For eight years a documentalist for an architect. Since then, helping father and mother and doing voluntary work, Eltham Palace and Save the Children. Read More

Frederic Manget

Post Oxford received Juris Doctor law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Retired after 26 years with the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of General Counsel (Rank of Senior Intelligence Service-4). Assignments included Deputy General Counsel, Acting Director of Congressional Affairs, Counsel to the Director of Central Intelligence Counterintelligence, Counterterrorist, and Terrorist Threat Integration Centers, Counsel to the Directorate of Intelligence. Also retired as Colonel, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U. S. Army. Read More

Dov Zakheim

Appointed by speaking to the House of John Boehner to the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (June 2013). Elected Fellow of the Swedish Academy of War Sciences (2011). Latest book, ‘A Vulcan’s Tale’ re-issued in paperback (Brooking, 2013). Read More

Carl H. Sandberg

I am an American student who graduated from St. Peter’s College, Oxford University in PPE in 1971. While at Oxford, I was awarded the Gibbs Prize in Politics. Prior to and following Oxford, I earned four degrees from Ohio University, the University of Michigan, and Harvard University (the latter an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School with additional study at the Harvard Law School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government). I served as Student Body President at Michigan, played rugby at Harvard and in New England, and studied Russian and Mandarin Chinese. I also served as a paratrooper and officer in US Army Special Operations units (equivalent to the British SAS). My career has been in international and high technology business, and I have been a Chief Executive Officer, Board Member, and consultant and founded or co-founded several companies. I currently am a private investor and consultant, reside in Palo Alto, California, and work in Silicon Valley. Read More

Bob Rae

Happy to report that I'm alive and well, working as a lawyer in a firm that focuses on indigenous and other human rights law. I am also teaching law and public policy at the University of Toronto, and consulting globally on issues of conflict resolution and governance. Also keep writing, most recently "What's Happened to Politics" published by Simon and Schuster. I helped found the Forum of Federations in 1998, and remain a Fellow, as I am at Massey College. Served as both Premier of Ontario and interim Leader of the Liberal Party. Honoured to receive the Companionship in the Order of Canada this year, and, most important, to welcome our first grandson, Solomon George Elson, into the world a year ago this week-end. Read More

Michael Ward

Michael Ward (PPE 1968) was Deputy Leader of the Greater London Council at the time of its abolition in 1986.

He later went on to run the Manchester-based Centre for Local Economic Strategies, before returning to London as Chief Executive of the London Development Agency.

He is now a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for History in Public Health, where he is working on a study on Beatrice and Sidney Webb and the origins of the welfare state, supported by the Webb Memorial Trust Read More

Adam Ridley

Retired from board of Morgan Stanley Bank International Oct 2013. Hampden Agencies, Jan 2013. Continues as Vice Chairman, British School at Athens; and as Deputy Chairman of the Association of Lloyd’s Members, which represents the “Names” in the Lloyd’s insurance market. In the Autumn of 2014 he published an article on the famous Budget of 1981 in Needman and Hotson (eds.) Expansionary Fiscal Contraction, (CUP 2014). Read More

David Weir

Retired from the institutional nightmare of UK Higher Education. Now doing interesting consulting especially throughout the MENA region. Read More

Don Nott

Before retiring, I lectured in Economics at St.Stithians College Post-Matric. My students took the examinations set by the University of South Africa.
I am now course presenter for Economics for U3A Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
We live in interesting times, especially so in South Africa where the President has recently had a rude awakening to the power of the markets! Read More

John Boyce

After seeing your note about my old friend Phil Watson I thought one from me may be relevant.
After completing the PPE course at New College in 1957 I accepted an invitation to join a London ad agency. Three years later, feeling rather restless and a little adventurous, I moved to Sydney after arranging a post at the local office of the McCann-Erickson agency. After a spell there, followed by one at JWT, I spent three years as research director of News Limited reporting to Rupert Murdoch.
Since then I have been twenty years self-employed in marketing research and am now happily retired, still in Sydney.
My only claim to lasting fame is my book “Marketing Research” - first published by McGraw-Hill in 2002- the second edition of which is still producing a pittance in 2015. Read More
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