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LIDC-LSHTM online event: Starting your career in International Development

June 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Covid-19 crisis is an unprecedented challenge for societies and economies around the world. People who are looking for their first job, including students and recent graduates, are facing uncertainty and a challenging labour market. What steps can you take to improve your chances of securing a job in the competitive international development sector at this time?

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Below is a recording of the event:



NB! This event is open for students and alumni of LIDC member colleges only.


LIDC and LSHTM Careers have partnered to organize a career event to help students and recent graduates navigate the options they have. Speakers from international development organizations, career services and academia will make up the panel. You will hear about Anuradha’s journey from graduating into the aftermath of the Financial Crisis to working for the UN in Italy and Switzerland. Nikhil will talk about how online volunteering helped land him a graphic design internship in Myanmar and subsequent consultancies. Penny will offer tips and advice for successfully sourcing and applying for opportunities in the sector.

You will have the opportunity to ask the panellists questions during the event. If you’d rather send in your questions in advance, please send an email to


Our speakers

Anuradha Mojumdar is a communications specialist and former consultant to the UN. She has a bachelor’s degree in Media studies from the University of Mumbai and a Masters degree in International Journalism from City, University of London. Since then, she has worked as a reporter and researcher for NDTV and Al Jazeera, a media analyst for Gorkana, a public relations firm in London, and as a communications coordinator for McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. In 2017, Anuradha began working as a communications specialist at the United Nations System Staff College in Turin where she was responsible for the UNSSC’s communication and social media strategy. She then went on to work as a consultant for the UN Environment programme based in Geneva before becoming an independent consultant in Utrecht, Netherlands, where she is currently based.



Penny Longman is a Senior Careers Consultant with The Careers  Group and is based at the London School of Hygiene (LSHTM) and UCL.  She has extensive experience working with students looking for their first opportunities in International Development and those already working in the field.  As well as advising LSHTM students individually as they plan and apply for their next steps she runs workshops tailored to their career interests.  Topics include ‘Careers with UN Organisations’, ‘Job Hunting Outside the UK’ and ‘Job Hunting in NGOs’, alongside sessions on making career decisions, building networks and presenting skills effectively through CVs, applications and interviews.  Penny also arranges careers events and talks by alumni and employers, with a particular focus on global and public health.  This has given her a strong insight into the work of numerous organisations in this sector.


Nikhil Sambamurthy is a designer and writer currently pursuing a master’s degree in Geography at the National University of Singapore.

Born in Chennai and raised primarily in Singapore, he received his undergraduate degree in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Since then, he has sought to work in a variety of modes at the intersection of design and social change: at Terreform, a non-profit urban research studio in New York; the Urban Design Forum, where he helped edit Onward: Mobility in the Next New York; and most recently, UNOPS Myanmar. Over the last few years, Nikhil has also used his skills to support international organisations as an online volunteer, including projects with UN-Habitat and UNHCR Mauritania.



Dina Balabanova is an Associate Professor at LSHTM in Health Systems & Policy in the Department of Global Health and Development, with over 20 years of experience in health systems and policy research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Her main expertise is in health systems governance, institution building and effective delivery models. Dina has served as an elected Board member of Health Systems Global, a professional society for health policy and systems research (2012-18), and is co-founder and former co-chair of its Thematic Working Group on Teaching and Learning Health Policy and Systems research, as well as a Member of various WHO Expert Groups and global commissions. She is BMC Health Services Research Editorial Board member and Section Editor for Health Systems and Services in Low and Middle Income Settings.


Maria Hattya is a Research Associate at Saraswati in Jakarta, Indonesia. She has had a range of recent experience in international development: in public outreach, community development, and inclusivity strategies. She is currently active with research on deprivation measurement and cases studies on data for disaster management (with a focus on Covid-19). Prior to joining Saraswati, her experience includes the establishment of an Innovative Financing Lab at the United Nations Development Programme in Indonesia, development communication, youth engagement, crowdfunding campaigns, and innovation for development. Maria is a former LIDC intern.


This event will be chaired by Gunn Benjaminsen, LIDC’s communications manager. She joined LIDC from the United Nations, where she worked for a total of four years in Haiti and Myanmar. Gunn also has worked with European affairs in Brussels and occasionally does election observation missions for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the EU.



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