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Kalyani Subbiah is currently a Masters student of Development Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She has previously interned with her institute’s China Studies Centre, authoring a special report on China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative. Her research interests include international development and aid flows, China in global politics, Russia and NATO, and the Middle East. Kalyani plays the first violin with the Madras Musical Association Orchestra and is writing a novel set in 19th century Russia in her free time.

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Contact: kalyani.subbiah@hscentre.org


Irena Baboi is a final year postgraduate student at the University of Glasgow, studying Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Her main region of interest is the Balkans, and her dissertation aims to determine the feasibility of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission based on the South African model in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She is also a recent graduate of the same university, having studied Politics and Central and East European Studies. Her undergraduate dissertation focused on the protection of civilians during the war in Iraq. She has previously interned with AKE Intelligence Group in London, as well as the United Nations Information Centre and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in her hometown of Bucharest, Romania. Her research interests include human rights, peacebuilding and statebuilding, conflict prevention, management and resolution, transitional justice, and post-conflict development.

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Contact: irena.baboi@hscentre.org


Marta Luzes recently completed her MA in International Development at the University of Warwick having written her dissertation on the topic of education and development, stressing the potential that critical pedagogy and a participatory approach in educational policies could have for the future of development. Her research interests also include the power of discourse narratives in the development field, gender challenges in the developing world and poverty alleviation strategies. Marta holds a BsC in Economics from the NOVA Business School of Economics, in Lisbon. She has previously interned for the World Fair Trade Organisation and for the UK based NGO Ibba School of South Sudan.

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Contact: marta.luzes@hscentre.org