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LIDC and UCL IOE career event for students and recent graduates

June 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

After more than a year of doom and gloom in the job market, things are finally starting to look up for students and recent graduates. On Friday 25 June, LIDC and UCL’s Institute of Education (IoE) are organising an online event to support students and recent graduates who are hoping to get a foot in the door in international development, and for those who would like to transition into this competitive sector.



Please note that this event is open to LIDC student/alumni members only. Membership is free for all students and graduates of our member institutions (SOAS, LSHTM, RVC, UCL IoE and DPU, City, QMUL, BKK Geo and Brunel Social Science) and £10 for students/alumni of all other universities. Visit our membership page for more information and to sign up.


Our panellists will talk about how they got to where they are today and share their best career tips for aspiring development professionals. They will also be time for Q&A after their presentations.


Our speakers

Anders Lee is a Research Analyst at the UNESCO Myanmar Project Office. He has a Master’s degree in Development Studies from SOAS University of London. Born and raised in the financial hub of Singapore, he began his professional career working for six years in the banking sector before making a career switch to the international development sector. He began his journey in international development in 2018 as a Communications Intern at UNOPS Myanmar. Since then, he has continued to be based in Myanmar, working mainly in the area of education, including co-authoring a report on examining the research systems in Myanmar. He is also the Assistant Research Manager for Southeast Asia at the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, a non-governmental organization specializing in disaggregated conflict data collection and political violence used by academics and humanitarian agencies.


Sam Mardell is the Strategic Partnership Manager for the Africa Health Research Institute at UCL, where she coordinates the relationship between the two institutions, and Trustee of the Marr-Munning Trust, a small charity working in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. She previously worked as Manager of the London International Development Centre and with the Spanish global health institute ISGlobal in managing public health projects in low- and middle-income countries (mainly in sub-Saharan Africa). She was one of the first employees of the US company DevEx working from Latin America (Costa Rica and Mexico).



Yassin Hassan is a vocational tutor. His work focuses on delivering best practice training courses to young people to put them in the first step of their career’s ladder. He has a master’s degree in Computing and bachelor’s degree in business computing.

Yassin is currently conducting a research at IOE on women’s vocational education in developing countries. He is a motivational speaker, a programme presenter in social media channels. His programme focuses on people as raw models who can motivate young people by telling their stories and how they had succeeded. He is also an author of the book Lead and Strange (Nartgi, 2021).


Ella Thain graduated with an MSc in Economics, focusing on Global Economic Governance and Policy, from SOAS in 2020. Born and raised in Hong-Kong, and lived in Nepal for over 14 years, Ella has a background in economic development, project management and B2B business growth and communication. Ella has worked and researched in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Nepal.
During her time at LIDC, Ella worked as a Communications Intern, creating social media content for use across LIDC’s online platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and assisted in the preparation and hosting of events, comprising of representatives from large International Organizations and think tanks – Red Cross, United Nations, Save the Children, University of London.
Since her graduation, Ella has been studying Arabic in Jordan and working towards utilising her experience to enhance social and economic development.


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