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LIDC-QMUL online event: starting your international development career

19/11/2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

With the start of the new academic year, students and recent graduates are wondering what they can do to kickstart their career in international development. How can I get work experience from the UN or other international organisation? Is it best to look for opportunities in London, or should I travel to the field? What types of jobs are available within international development? LIDC and Queen Mary University of London have partnered to organise an online event to help students and graduates navigate their options and find out what they can do to improve their chances of securing a job in this competitive sector.

Watch a recording of the event below:


Confirmed speakers


Maryam Inam is the reporting and communications officer at the UNDP office in Islamabad. Focusing on environmental issues, she has worked for the Pakistani Ministry of Planning and Development in the fields of climate change and communication and was selected as one of the young environmental journalists for UNFCCC’s Climate Change Conference in 2019. Maryam has previously worked as a communications and reporting assistant for the RAPID fund and as the senior programme development and communications officer for WWF Pakistan.


Maryam holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the LSE and a BSc in Economics from the National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan.



Anna Kuznicka-Marry specialises in communications, research uptake and knowledge management for international development. While studying at University of Warsaw, Poland, Anna wrote an essay for a World Bank competition which won her a paid internship at the Bank and opened doors to a career in international development.

After 5 years with the World Bank, Anna pursued a Master’s degree in Media, Communications and Development at the LSE. Following her passion for research communications, Anna then moved to academia to take up a role of Communications Manager here at LIDC. She then worked as a Research Fellow in Knowledge Uptake with the IMMANA programme at LSHTM. After 8 rewarding years in academia, Anna has recently moved to an international animal welfare NGO Brooke, where she combines her passion for development, public health and research developing evidence-based communications around how animal health and welfare support human livelihoods.



Joe Yates is a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Co-Director of the Agriculture, Nutrition & Health Academy, a global network of researchers, practitioners and policymakers working to improve nutrition and health through harnessing agriculture-food systems. His own research interest focuses on the impacts of plastics used across food systems. Prior to LSHTM, Joe worked for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, coordinating a largescale emergency obstetric and newborn care training programme, with earlier experience in newspaper publishing, communications and the music industry. He has an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics.


Giovanna De Meneghi is a global health professional working as Country Manager in Mozambique for the international NGO Doctors with Africa CUAMM, which is specialised in global health issues and health system strengthening in both development and humanitarian settings. With over four and a half years of field experience, first in Sierra Leone in the Post-Ebola Recovery Phase, and then in Mozambique, responding to cyclones IDAI and Kenneth in 2019, as well as to Covid-19 and insurgencies in Cabo Delgado Province, she has gained extensive experience and knowledge in designing and bringing about advocacy strategies at the highest levels, managing projects and staff both in humanitarian and development contexts, as well as in establishing successful partners and donors relationships. Her expertise focuses on HIV, RMNCAH and NCDs from primary to tertiary level of care.

Giovanna has an MSc in Development Studies at SOAS (University of London) and a BSc in translation and interpreting at CIELS (Italy).


Dr Praise Adeyemo

Praise is a Commonwealth Shared Scholar, a vet and a graduate of the One Health MSc at the Royal Veterinary College/London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London. Praise recently completed a Digital Media/Communications internship with LIDC during which she researched and wrote on Schistosomiasis for the LIDC and Stunting for the LIDC-led UKRI-GCRF Action against Stunting Hub.



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.


Other speakers will be confirmed for the event takes place.

Registration is mandatory. Sign up here.


This event is open to LIDC student and alumni members. Students and alumni of our member colleges can sign up free of charge:

  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • SOAS University of London
  • UCL Institute of Education
  • Birkbeck Geography Department
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • City, University of London
  • Bartlett Development Planning Unit,
  • Brunel University London Department of Social and Political Science
  • LIDC Short Course


Students and alumni of any other university that is NOT listed above, can sign up as an individual member (£10 per year).



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