Meet the new Executive Committee

Nabila Idris (President – Lent Term 2019)

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Nabila Idris is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge’s Centre of Development Studies, where she researches the politics of development policymaking, with a focus on social protection policies in Bangladesh. A Khazanah scholar at Cambridge, she has previously worked in the UK, China, Thailand and Bangladesh



Cément de Rivas (President – Easter Term 2018)

LinkedinClément is a second-year PhD student in Development Studies. His research focuses on how industrial policy can promote industrial upgrading and structural change, in a context where global value chains are increasingly important. Clément previously worked for the French Treasury for two years.




Paola Velasco Herrejón (President Michaelmas Term 2018)

Paola Velasco PhD Profile CDSPaola is a PhD student at the Centre of Development Studies University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on indigenous led participation for the development of renewable energy projects. Her previous experience includes working at the Women’s National Institute in Mexico, the United Nations Development Programme (Mexico), and as Corporate Social Responsibility coordinator of a wind energy firm.



Isabel Estevez (President – Lent Term 2017)

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My academic background ranges from economics and philosophy to anthropology and political science, but I have always been guided by an interest in social and economic transformation (locally and globally) and the role of academia in that process. My Ph.D. research at the Centre of Development studies is focused on economic relations between the Global North and the Global South, with a focus on Latin America.


Amir Lebdioui (President – Michaelmas Term 2017)

I am currently pursuing a PhD in Development Studies which focuses on the political economy of natural resource abundance and issues of economic diversification. CAMSED offers a great platform to hear different perspectives on social and economic development, and I have decided to get involved with CAMSED within this team because we all share a common vision about how to take on this initiative and deepen its outreach within the university and beyond.


Gracelin Baskaran (President – Eastern Term 2017)


I’m a PhD Candidate within the Centre of Development Studies; my work is guided by an interest in labour market development in Sub-Saharan Africa. My current research examines organisational behaviour as a means of promoting equitable employment outcomes in emerging markets. I previously worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Rustenburg, South Africa. Outside of the research space, I’ve worked and consulted for organisations in Houston, Johannesburg, New Delhi, and Sydney.


Isabella Weber (Vice President 2017)


I studied economics, political science and China studies in Berlin, Beijing and New York and gained extensive practical experience in both student movements and the management of public development cooperation projects before joining the PhD programme in development studies. My work is guided by my interest in the connection between theoretical reflection, concrete political practices and structural economic dynamics.



Shreyashi Dasgupta (Secretary 2017)


I am a second year PhD student at the Centre of Development Studies and my research work focuses on the politics of urban informality in cities of the Global South.  Before joining the University, I have worked  for three years on a wide range of developmental issues that centered on water and sanitation, housing, land-use, spatial planning and urban governance in India.



Kiryl Zach (Outreach Officer 2017)

PhD student in the Centre of Development Studies, previously studying Economics and Politics in Sheffield. Campaigned in Rethinking Economics, International Student Initiative for Pluralism in Economics and Prof. Robert Skidelsky’s Economic Curriculum Committee. Former intern at Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance and RBS. Study interests: industrial developments in Poland after 1989, original institutionalist school of economics, Amartya Sen’s theory of justice, the role of power in economic sphere and too many related topics.



Anna Bilous (Academic Events Officer 2017)

My academic interests range from economic development and social transformation, to German philosophy and conflict studies. . Prior to my graduate studies at Cambridge, I worked in policy-making, NGOs and charitable organisations, as well as an academic researcher.




Josh Platzky Miller (Communications Officer 2017)

joshIn my academic life, I work on educational contestation by politicised groups from transdisciplinary perspectives, having previously studied politics, philosophy, economics, and anthropology. Due to my involvement in other organisations in Cambridge, including the African Society (ASCU), Cambridge Defend Education (CDE) and Decolonise Cambridge, and others outside of the university, I have offered to bring people and groups together to think through critical issues from broader perspectives, and pursue an engaged form of scholarship that can help dismantle oppressive institutions which inhibit social and economic development.

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