Alumni profiles

Alumni profiles in the International Development Department.

Sippi Azarbaijani-Moghaddam, MSocSc in Rural Development (1996)

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Sippi has worked for many years as a consultant and country expert on Afghanistan and neighbouring countries. From informing the military and UK Ministry of Defence to defending Afghan women's rights both before and during the reign of the Taliban, Sippi spent 16 and a half years working both in Afghanistan and all around the world imparting her wisdom on Afghan politics, development and culture.

Video: Dominic Morris, MA International Political Economy of Development (2008)

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I work as a consultant for a consultancy in Bristol. We work with the British Government across DIFID and the foreign office and the Ministry of Defence in the Security and Justice arena and the stabilisation agenda at the moment.

Video profile: Caroline Littlewood, MSc International Development (Urban Development)

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What I enjoyed most I guess was first of all studying within a really international range, being able to work with students from all over the world. Also what I really liked about the IDD programme is that it allows you to do the research for your dissertation abroad so it's combined with very hands on field research which was really the deciding point for me why I choose this degree

Video profile: Zainab Usman, MSc International Development (International Political Economy and Development)

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There were so many things I had learnt in my undergraduate degree but then as I was doing my Masters doing my research. It's like my brain was expanded I got to learn so much about so many different things, I met a lot of incredible people from all over the world, it was amazing. The people, the staff, my fellow students the close nit environment, all those counted.

Video profile: Virginie Lacroix, MSc International Development (Governance and Statebuilding)

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I choose to study at IDD mainly because they have Governance and State-building specialisation. They teach a lot about conflict and post-conflict it's one of the best schools for international development in the UK and it's very good for governance and civil servant management and that's what I was looking for so that's why I came here.
Concy Aciro, MSc Poverty Reduction (2007)

Concy Aciro, MSc Poverty Reduction (2007)

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Concy Aciro is an opposition MP in the Ugandan Parliament and is involved in peace talks between the government and the Lord Resistance Army rebel group to resolve the long-running armed conflict in Northern Uganda.
Katra Sambili, MSc International Development (2007)

Katra Sambili, MSc International Development (2007)

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"The best thing about the International Development Department (IDD) was the wonderful global environment in which we learned and relished the freedom to add to the development discourse through our experiences as representatives of our respective countries and continents."
Gareth Wall, MSc Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2007)

Gareth Wall, MSc Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2007)

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"The field study component of the course was what made the programme stand out from the other international Development masters in the UK. Also, the course covered a broad area of development studies, ideal for someone like myself who is coming from an arts background."
Rebecca Young, MSc Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2007)

Rebecca Young, MSc Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2007)

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"The actual content of the course was intense but really brought us up to speed and I still use logical frameworks and various tools for participatory research. My fellow course mates were a joy."
Namawu Alhassan Alolo, PhD International Development (2006)

Namawu Alhassan Alolo, PhD International Development (2006)

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The combination of distinguished faculty, innovative research, diverse student body and a global network of distinguished alumni was, indeed, a major attraction to the University of Birmingham.
Nick Renshaw, MSc Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2006)

Nick Renshaw, MSc Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2006)

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"By the time I had finished at Birmingham I felt much more confident in my academic abilities and felt ready to continue my career in development… I recently worked on a multi billion dollar programme for national urban renewal in India."
Bethany Baxter, MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2005)

Bethany Baxter, MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2005)

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My time at IDD allowed me to gain exposure to and skill development in a number of disciplines that have proven essential for success in my current line of work. I have found coursework in participatory development tools and project planning to be particularly beneficial.
Sam Grundy, MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2005)

Sam Grundy, MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2005)

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For masters graduates looking to work in international development, the best advice I can offer is get into the field and stay there. Employers look for results and the best way to move up in your career is to prove that you can make things happen on the ground.
Tendongmo Ntemgwa Patience, MSc Governance and Development Management (2005)

Tendongmo Ntemgwa Patience, MSc Governance and Development Management (2005)

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"I was able to pick up skills that I am now putting into practice… [and] I built life-long relationships with people I met in the University."
Elena Roffi, MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2005)

Elena Roffi, MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management (2005)

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"When I began studying at IDD in 2004 I already had done some research and field work. Nevertheless, I felt I needed a boost to my professionalism. I found this in IDD's MSc in Poverty Reduction and Development Management, and even more - a new family and true friends."
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