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Careers in International Development

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 17:30 to 19:30

This event was an opportunity for students to hear from development professionals about their experiences and to get a better idea of the options and career paths in international development.

Where do I go from here?

How do I get a job in the field, in research, in anything?

What skills do I need? Is a masters enough?

These questions and more answered from our panel which includes:


Hugh Waddington –

Senior Specialist, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

An economist by training, Hugh works on impact evaluation studies in 3ie’s Evaluation Office. He is also the elected co-chair of the Campbell Collaboration International Development Coordinating Group for systematic reviews, which is based in London. 

Before joining 3ie, Hugh served as an Overseas Development Institute fellow at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of the Government of Rwanda, where he helped develop the economic development and poverty reduction strategy and related monitoring and evaluation tools. He has also worked with World Bank's Operations Evaluation Department, the UK National Audit Office, Save the Children UK, the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Poverty Research Unit at Sussex. 

Hugh holds an MA in Development Economics from the University of Sussex.

Matt Juden –

Research Assistant, Centre for Global Development (CGD)

Matt Juden is a Research Assistant in the London office of the Center for Global Development.

He studied for a BA in Philosophy at Cambridge University, worked a variety of jobs in the UK, Egypt, Germany and France, and then completed an MSc in Research for International Development at SOAS. He tweets @mattjuden.

Tim Waites –

Senior Livelihoods Adviser in DFID’s Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department (CHASE)

He works on scaling up humanitarian cash transfers and building resilience to disasters policy and strategy.

His background is in agriculture and food security and addressing risk and vulnerability of the poorest populations in low income and fragile countries. Tim has worked on food security and social protection policy developing safety net mechanisms in fragile and protracted crisis contexts, linking humanitarian, conflict, Disaster Risk Reduction and climate change in addressing slow and quick onset disasters.

He has worked for VSO in Sierra Leone, Oxfam on the Sudan programme (north and south during the conflict) and East Africa and with DFID on secondment to the EU Delegation in Ethiopia. In DFID HQ he has worked on both development and humanitarian policy.

Inga Vesper –

Global News and Features Editor, SciDev.Net

Inga is the global news and features editor for SciDev.Net

She is responsible for commissioning, managing and editing the global edition’s news output, and involved in planning the organisation’s broader editorial agenda.

Inga holds a BA in Journalism and Psychology, and an MSc in Climate Change Management – with particular focus on energy policy in the Arabic world. Before joining SciDev.Net, she stalked the conference halls and corridors of Brussels as news editor for Research Europe, a magazine about European research policy.

Anna Marry –

Research Uptake and Communications Manager, LIDC

Anna's background is in communications for international development, public relations and project management.

Before joining LIDC, Anna spent five years working for the World Bank External Affairs in Paris and London, and then a year at the Community Development Foundation, a London-based charity tackling disadvantage across England.


Anna holds an MSc degree in Media, Communications and Development from the London School of Economics, and an undergraduate degree in psychology and English. She now works mostly with the LCIRAH and IMMANA projects.

Clem Silverman –

Communications Officer at LIDC

Clem is experienced in multimedia having trained as a broadcast journalist at the University of Westminster before becoming editor of trade magazine Project Manager Today.

Prior to joining LIDC Clem worked for an international development policy think-tank, ECDPM, based in the Netherlands, covering communications strategies for the food security and trade teams as well as producing video and podcasts for the centre.

He also used to tell stories at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

Clem has an MA in Broadcast Journalism and a BA in English Lit. He’s currently doing a Master’s in Communication for Development (part-time)


Plus SOAS careers service, and recent graduates to speak about their experience

Taking place at SOAS and organised by LIDC, there will be an hour of flash talks plus time for questions and mingling afterwards.