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bridget-golobBridget Golob is an MA student in Conflict, Security and Development in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. She is currently an intern with UK-based nonprofit Evidence for Development where she writes blog articles on evidence-based policy, promotes digital engagement and supports the organization’s work on poverty assessment and policy research. She has previously worked as a Policy Intern at the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency and as an Emergency Preparedness Fellow in Lima, Peru. Bridget graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a BA in Geography and Romance Languages and a minor in Government. Her research interests include community-based development, crisis and conflict management and natural resource governance.
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richard-bluntRichard Blunt is a part-time master’s student at King’s College London reading Conflict, Security & Development. He received his BA Hons. in War & Security Studies at the University of Hull, graduating in July 2013. In the past Richard has worked in the House of Commons for Ms Penny Mordaunt MP, researching options for Trident renewal and assisting in constituency matters. Alongside his masters, he now has begun working at Raitt Orr & Associates Limited, a public affairs company dealing with developing world issues, especially in Africa. His interests include Maritime security, the International Drugs Trade, especially in West Africa, and British security in the 21st century.
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yangki-suaraYangki Suara is an MSc student at King’s College London on Emerging Economies and Inclusive Development. He received his BA in Economics from Faculty of Economics, Padjadjaran University. He previously worked at the Center for Economics and Development Studies, at Padjadjaran University (CEDS Unpad) as a researcher. Prior to this conference, he also organized the 23rd Pacific Regional Conference of the Regional Science Association International (PRSCO 2013) in Indonesia. His interest include Environmental Economics, International Development, and Poverty and Inequality especially in Emerging Countries.
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Ally Chandler is a student in the Conflict, Security, and Development Master’s program at King’s.  Hailing from Toronto, Canada, she completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University.  She is particularly interested in humanitarian intervention, ethics and international relations, and the creation of international development agendas.

Matthew Conway is currently working towards his postgraduate degree in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. Matthew holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Political Science and International Studies, with a concentration on Global Security; he graduated with distinction in 2013. His research interests include organised crime and post-conflict security and reconstruction.​

Bilal Bag is a Master’s student in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London and holds a Bachelor degree in Politics and Public Administration from University of Konstanz (Germany) and Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence (France) with a focus on International Relations and German foreign policy. He obtained practical experiences through several internships in Germany and Turkey. His interests include German and European foreign policy, Islam in Europe, Middle Eastern politics as well as conflict and peace in multi-ethnic societies.

Nora Henschke is currently working towards her postgraduate degree in International Peace and Security Studies (IPS) at the King´s College London. Her main academic interests include the interplay of international humanitarian law and human rights law, counterterrorism strategy and Migration. Prior her Master Studies she worked for a Member of the European Parliament, gaining an insight on the work of the Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) and the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE). She has a Bachelor degree in Politics, Economics and Law from the University of Erfurt in Germany.

Chiara Libiseller is currently doing her MA in International Peace and Security at King’s College London. Her main research interests include water and food security, global inequalities, and discourse analysis. She is originally from Innsbruck, Austria, where she did her undergraduate in Political Science.

Marte Retzius comes from Norway and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of York. She is currently doing her MA in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. Her main academic interests include issues regarding humanitarian aid, international military interventions, the protection of unarmed civilians, and NATO. ​

Helene Trehin is a Master’s student in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. After completing a BSc. in International Studies at the University of Montreal in Canada, she moved back to France where she worked for the French Ministry of Defence as an analyst. This experience increased her interests in maritime and polar Issues. Her research interests also include civil-military relations and the role of private companies in conflict and geopolitics of natural resource disputes with an emphasis on oil management in Northern Russia.

Nicole Tribe is a Conflict, Security and Development MA student with an undergraduate degree in Nursing from the University of Edinburgh. Her primary geographic focus is Eastern Africa and her academic interests include complex political and humanitarian emergencies, ethics in the ICC and post-conflict reconstruction.

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Cindy Degreef  is a Master’s student in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. Originally from Belgium where she obtained her bachelor degree in Political Science, she spent a year studying International Relations in Rome and doing an internship at the Belgium Embassy. Her primary interests are diplomacy, peace-building and natural resource conflicts.

Rachel Hoffman is pursuing her MA in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. Her main academic interests include former Soviet Central Asia, water and natural resource conflict, and gender equality in education. Rachel is originally from Alaska and completed her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

With a Bachelor’s degree in International Business, studied between Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (Madrid) and Lancaster University (United Kingdom), Isabel Leguina Peral, originally from Spain, is currently undertaking her MA in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. She has a regional interest in South America, and hopes to develop a successful career in the field of development within United Nations.

Stefanie Noens did a Bachelor and Master in Political Science in at the Free University of Brussels. She is now studying a Master in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. Her main academic interests include Russian relations with the EU and NATO and violence and security in Eastern Europe.

Jenny Rickard is currently a student in the MA Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. She previously studied History and Mathematics at University College Dublin.  Her main academic interests include  the use of economic sanctions as a foreign policy tool as well as the geopolitics of natural resource disputes. ​

Sandil Sanmugam is currently pursuing a MSc in the Political Economy of Emerging Markets as part of the Development Institute at King’s College London. He previously studied Politics and Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Southampton. During his undergraduate degree he spent a year abroad in Santiago, Chile where he conducted a research project concerning the recent education riots and the impact of General Pinochet’s neoliberal policies on university education. His academic interests alongside education policies include the role of FDI and resource governance in Latin America.


Franziska Koefer is an MSc student from the International Development Institute at King’s College London. Her studies mainly focus on political economy and development of emerging markets. She received a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Studies in Germany and New Zealand.

Joseph Martinez is pursuing an MA in Conflict, Security and Development at the Department of War Studies of King’s College London. He has worked in different think tanks in his home country, Colombia, and has supported different civil society peace initiatives there. He has two BA degrees, one in Political Science and other in Cultural Studies, and one master degree in Political Science from Universidad de los Andes. During his studies, he has been awarded with different scholarships, including two from Universidad de los Andes, one from King’s College London and one from the Colombian government. His interests include the study of political economies and governmentalities of war and development.

Jonathan Montgomery is currently studying towards an MSc in The Political Economy of Emerging Markets at the International Development Institute within King’s College, London. Jon is currently working as a Parliamentary Intern for a Member of Parliament concerned with health policy. Previously, he has worked as a journalist, and as a consultant within the financial services industry. Jon graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2012 with a degree in History, specializing in Stalin’s Russia. His research interests currently include public policy and resource politics.

Philippa Williams is a  student on the Conflict, Security and Development MA at King’s College London and holds a BA from Trinity College Dublin. She is particularly interested in the role of organised crime groups in Mexico and Central America and their destabilising effects on state level institutions. Prior to returning to study Philippa worked for Control Risks in Mexico. ​


Special thanks to Charlie de Rivaz, Master’s student in Conflict, Security & Development at King’s College London, for shooting and editing the promotional video for the conference.