Up through my senior year in high school, I intended to study politics and then to pursue a career in public policy, but as a freshman in college I was--very fortunately, as it turns out--forced to take a year of Latin in order to fulfill my language requirement. Much to my surprise, I immediately fell in love with both the language itself and the world of ancient history to which it gave me access. As an undergraduate, I devoted much of my attention to the study of Athenian democratic reform, and I hope to continue my research on that topic as an MPhil candidate at Cambridge. My ultimate goal is to obtain a PhD and eventual employment as a university professor, for I can think of nothing more rewarding than the opportunity to share my love for the ancient world with those who, like me, were not fortunate enough to encounter Classics prior to college.
I am a Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Asia, based in Bangkok. I work on urban development issues ranging from urban climate resilience to urban health and wellbeing in South and South East Asian cities.
My current research focuses on the interaction between alphabetic writing and other systems of inscription -the Inca quipu, in particular- in colonial texts from the Andes region. I am also interested in the representation of narratives of origin in contemporary Latin American cinema and visual arts.
I am currently completing my PhD studies at the Department of Geography. My research is focused on evolution of ideas about conservation, climate change and natural resource development, how they are translated into specific interventions in different geographical contexts and the politics of what happens when they are implemented in specific project sites. Specifically, I am examining the evolution, translation and politics of the idea of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), which is a prominent climate change policy in the context of Ghana. West Africa. I am alumni of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana and also studied at the University of Leeds, UK as a Commonwealth Scholar. Previously, I worked as the Research and Policy Manager and also as a Health Policy Manager for Oxfam in Ghana.
The tales about great engineers my mom used to tell me when I was a little girl growing up in El Puerto de Santa María made me want to become an engineer and invent things to help others. During my double degree in Mechanical + Industrial Design & Product Development Engineering in Cadiz University, I developed an interest in sustainability, regarding my future responsibility on consumer products whose manufacturing, usage and end-of-life will impact our ecosystem. For this reason, I use eco-design techniques in my projects, like the design of an ergonomic infant radiant warmer, a ship bulbous bow for Navantia Shipyards or technical help for the blind (national runner up in the James Dyson Award). My work experience in INNANOMAT R&D group has taught me how difficult it is to implement eco-design strategies, as economic profitability often seems to be the only concern. However, I believe it is my duty as an engineer to use my creativity to find solutions that take into consideration the present needs (like the pursuit of social fairness) and problems (such as pollution or resource depletion) in addition to economic profits. Improving people's lives is the aim of engineering, but I think we are not doing it ok if our creations imply negative consequences for people or the ecosystem. During my MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development, I want to learn how to do engineering not only about numbers and data but also about taking care of our ecosystem, of life on Earth.
Currently working as a research assistant at MIT's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, I will begin a PhD in energy and environmental economics at Harvard University in fall 2016. As a Gates Scholar, I completed the M.Phil. in Economic and Social History at Cambridge, after graduating from Yale University last spring with a B.A. in history.
As a former athlete, I have always been fascinated by the cellular processes that allow for human adaptability in the face of physiologic challenges. I began exploring cellular mechanisms at Bates College, where I studied the ubiquitin-proteasome system in picornaviral replication. Outside of the classroom, I was a member of the Bates College Rowing team, winning the NCAA National Championship in 2015. I then joined Teach for America in Grandview, WA, where I served as a high school math teacher and concurrently completed my Master of Education degree. Subsequently, I matriculated at Duke University School of Medicine, where I have become fascinated by the stark differences in the aging experience, particularly with cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal function. At Cambridge, I plan to investigate human metabolic resilience in older individuals through the lens of mitochondrial function and malleability. Mitochondria are critical for all cellular functions and play a key role in the aging process. By exploring the intersection of mitochondrial malleability and physiologic function, I hope to improve the aging process for my patients and the population as a whole. I am honored to be joining the Gates Cambridge community this year.
Duke University Medical School Medicine 2022
University of Washington Education 2018
Bates College Biochemistry and Mathematics 2015
I obtained advanced degrees both in law and in philosophy (studying at the University of Geneva and at Harvard Law School). In philosophy, my courses focused on analytic philosophy and philosophy of mind. This is where I first encountered the topic of self-deception which has become the focus of my proposed research. After my studies, I practiced law at a leading law firm in Switzerland where I handled a high-profile case of “conscious negligence”, that diminishes responsibility under Swiss Criminal Law. This experience triggered my interest in the fundamental conditions of moral and legal responsibility as well as the limits of responsibility in law. For my PhD, I intend to address the question of self-deception in morality and law. Minimally, self-deception denotes a phenomenon that occurs when a person acquires and maintains a false belief despite possessing evidence to the contrary. Self-deception may lead to acts or behaviour that result in wrongdoings and harm others and is therefore a critical topic for both morality and the law. Despite this, the significance of self-deception in law remains largely unexplored.
Harvard University Law 2016
University of Geneva Law 2016
University of Geneva Philosophy 2015
Management of technology will have a pivotal impact on human weal in the developing world. Intricate relationships between several factors need to be analyzed to understand to what extent manufacturing should balance skilling/deskilling, job creation/preservation with increasing productivity. I hope to use what I learn at Cambridge, for furthering my understanding of the interdependencies that exist in matters relating to industrial systems, management of technology and socio economic impact.
Hmmm, well I hope I have lots of fun, meet new people and live life to the full!!
After completing my studies in Cambridge (2005), I spent time in Switzerland and London. After working as an oil trader for a major investment bank in London, I returned to North America in 2008. I currently live and work in Houston, TX with my beautiful wife Annie, our 2 young children, Evie and Jonah as well as our dog Malachy.
Having grown up in sunny, dry India I was exposed early on to issues of sustainability due to severe water shortages in my school and the surrounding regions. The capacity of science to systematically develop sustainable and renewable technologies has become apparent to me through my BSc in Physics at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and my MASt in Physics at Cambridge. One of the most exciting areas of development is that of photovoltaics. We have so far been limited in our capacity to harness energy from the sun due to our inability to control sunlight - solar panels require direct sunlight. Harvesting diffuse light - the kind that bounces of buildings and clouds - is in some sense 'forbidden' due to the Second Law of Thermodynamics - diffuse light is 'disordered', and 'ordering' it means we reduce the entropy of the system. I plan to spend my PhD in the optoelectronics group at the Cavendish exploring ways around this limitation - through the use of Luminescent Solar Concentrators and carrier multiplication photophysics. In order to effectively study these systems and tweak their entropy management, I will explore the fundamental processes of thermalisation and localisation. Through my PhD in Physics I will strive to develop an understanding of the fundamental physics of these systems in order to eventually make a pass at efficient harvesting of diffuse light.
University of Cambridge Physics 2019
St. Xavier's College, Mumbai Physics 2018
I am interested in the historical evolution of modern racial categories, and the current socioeconomic repurcussions of early western encounters with the racial "other." At Cambridge I hope to explore differences in the imagery used to describe nonwhite peoples accross class lines in the late 18th century. This topic appeals to me both historically and as a way of approaching the unhealthy contemporary intersection of race and class status.
My PhD research will focus on objective measurement of physical activity in an adult Cameroonian population. This work is within the broad area of understanding the determinants of adult obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders. I intend to focus my career on alleviating the burden of diabetes on the population and the healthcare system through epidemiological research on primordial and primary prevention of diabetes.
Since 2007 I have been developing an interest in and passion for public policy and governance. My undergraduate studies in law and economics in Australia, combined with my work at the Australian youth-run aid & development organisation The Oaktree Foundation, gave me many opportunities to develop these interests. After graduating I spent 15 months as a solicitor at Freehills, a leading Australian commercial law firm, before moving to The Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm that has a strong public sector practice. My hope is that studying the Cambridge MPhil International Relations with the help of the Cambridge Gates Scholarship will continue to equip me with the knowledge and capability to have a substantial impact for the public good through public policy & governance.