Alumni profiles

Alumni profiles in the International Development Department.

Concy Aciro, MSc Poverty Reduction (2007)

Concy Aciro, MSc Poverty Reduction (2007)

Description
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)

Description
"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)

Description
"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)

Description
"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)

Description
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)

Description
"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)

Description
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)

Description
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)

Description
"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)

Description
"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."
Dr Julius Sandy, PhD Public Policy (2004)

Dr Julius Sandy, PhD Public Policy (2004)

Description
"My time as a research student at Birmingham was very challenging but extremely rewarding and exciting. IDD offers an excellent mix of academic expertise and first-hand experience in public policy / governance, making IDD degrees very useful in real life situations."

Bakari Khamis, MBA (Public Service) 1999

Description
"The education and learning in Birmingham helped me further shape my vision and understanding of public service delivery in all spheres of government. I worked in the Ministry of Finance and later in the Ministry of Health with diverse portfolio."
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