Organising Committee

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Screen Shot 2013-11-28 at 6.51.33 PMKate Robertson is a Conflict, Security and Development MA student at King’s College London and a researcher at the Royal United Services Institute. Prior to this, she was a Defence and Security Research Assistant at the RAND Corporation. At RAND, she produced research on areas including: ethical decision-making in counterterrorism, the role of the internet in the process of radicalisation, and cyber-security strategy in a number of European countries. She holds a History BA from the University of Cambridge and has worked at Bain & Company management consulting firm.

Screen Shot 2013-11-28 at 6.58.51 PMLarisa Lara   is an MA student in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. She studied International Relations at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education at Mexico City and Sciences Po Paris as an undergraduate, and holds an MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. She has being involved in different migration, development and security projects at the UNODC, PICUM and the Canadian Embassy. Her research currently focuses on emigration policies, the role of Diasporas in conflict zones and failed states.

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 9.57.24 PMOlivia Armstrong is studying for a M.A. in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. She is from Seattle, Washington and graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon with a degree in International Affairs with departmental honours. At Lewis and Clark College she co-chaired the 51st International Affairs Symposium, and worked on the committee to put together the 50th International Affairs Symposium. She has previously worked as an intern to help start up the NGO New Story Leadership and as a research assistant in the International Affairs Department at Lewis and Clark College. Her research interests include: violent non-state actors, organized crime, human rights, and diplomacy.

Sponsorship Division

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 9.59.05 PMMelisa Tezcan is a Conflict, Security and Development MA student at King’s College London and holds a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Birmingham. Her current research is focused on emerging insecurities in post-conflict settings, in particular where instances of conflict have resulted in a regime change. In addition to her academic pursuits Melisa works as an Operations Coordinator for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Waggener Edstrom Communications.

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Tala Kayed is a full time student at King’s College London, studying an MA in Conflict Security and Development. Pursuing her undergraduate in International Affairs in Beirut, Lebanon led Tala to realise she had a particular interest in conflicts, their causes, dynamics and consequences. She is fascinated by how different factors play a multitude of roles in not just stimulating conflicts but sustaining them. Tala is especially curious about security issues that develop with conflicts and the policies created to contain conflict zones, with a special interest in the MENA region.

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 9.57.16 PMRichard 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.

Logistics Division

Scan (2)Alex Rhona Martin completed her undergraduate degree in Modern History and Political Science at the University of Birmingham. Since graduating she has worked as a campaigns assistant for a NGO campaigning for UK nuclear disarmament and international non-proliferation. She is now studying an MA in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. Her research interests have a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and include inter-group violence, polarisation and the role of women during and after conflict.

Fanny Johanna HoesFanny Johanna Hoes started her academic career as a Dutch student at University College Utrecht where she obtained a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a major in International Law, International Relations, and Clinical Psychology. In 2012 she obtained her first MA degree at the University of Amsterdam in ‘Conflict Resolution and Governance’, with an honours dissertation on the US Framing of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Currently, she is enrolled in her second MA program, ‘Conflict, Security, and Development’ at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Her main areas of interest include international security, terrorism and counter-terrorism, and radicalisation and counter-radicalisation.

Public Relations Division

Screen Shot 2013-11-28 at 6.58.36 PMLuciana Téllez Chávez is an MA candidate in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. She is currently a researcher for the Polity Working Group, where she focuses in citizen security and organised crime in the Central American region. Amongst others, she has worked with Salamanca Group in London, human rights advocacy centres and humanitarian organisations in Nicaragua, as well as the Secretariat for Political Affairs of the Organisation of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C. Luciana holds a BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo) and graduated first class from her final year as an Erasmus student at the University of Manchester.

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Hillary Briffa graduated with a first class Honours degree in International Relations from the University of Malta. Her interest in international affairs was sparked by receiving scholarship to the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Institute in North Carolina. Thereafter, she has been involved in a number of organisations ranging from the international Generation Europe Foundation and Bringing Europeans Together Association, to local initiatives such as founding the Malta Model United Nations Society. She recently completed an internship with the European Commission Representation in Malta and this year will serve as a youth ambassador to the OSCE. At present she is reading for an MA in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College. Her research interests include frozen conflicts in Eastern Europe, small state diplomacy, soft power and media relations.


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