2018-19 British Postgraduate Award grantees

Our 2018-19 postgraduate scholars come from a wide range of backgrounds and academic disciplines. Many are enrolling in master's and PhD programmes, with some undertaking independent research in the USA as part of their UK qualifications.

Marc Anani-Isaac

Marc Anani-Isaac

British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award, Harvard University - Business Administration and Public Policy

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Marc Anani-Isaac

Marc Anani-Isaac

British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award, Harvard University - Business Administration and Public Policy

Marc Anani-Isaac believes that public and private sector cooperation is an essential component of successful international development. As a candidate for the joint-MBA and Master in Public Policy degrees at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, he intends to focus his studies on understanding how to successfully structure and implement public-private investment partnerships in emerging markets. In his work at the International Financial Corporation (a division of the World Bank Group), he sought and executed investments in SubSaharan African financial institutions, with a view to maximising returns as well as creating substantial economic development impact.

Marc began his career working in investment banking in London and Paris; first for Barclays Capital and later, for Merrill Lynch International. He is a graduate of University College London where he studied Politics. Upon graduating, he hopes to return to making impactful and catalysing investments leading to social and economic empowerment in emerging markets. Outside of work, he is a nature enthusiast who enjoys SCUBA diving and wildlife photography. He looks forward to exploring America’s great national parks and coastal waters.

Charlotte Balnave

Charlotte Balnave

British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award, Harvard University - Business Administration

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Charlotte Balnave

Charlotte Balnave

British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award, Harvard University - Business Administration

Charlotte Balnave will dedicate her two years at Harvard Business School to her specialism of healthtech innovation. Sharing in their mission to make healthcare accessible and affordable to all, Charlotte has led Babylon Health’s International Strategy & Partnerships team. Pioneers in AI-driven healthcare, Babylon is achieving rapid international expansion. Charlotte has driven this effort, overseeing the roll-out to 1BN users in China with Tencent and partnering with the Gates Foundation to put Babylon in the hands of over 2M Rwandans.

Prior to Babylon, Charlotte worked across Advisory and M&A at PwC (Strategy&). She co-founded PwC’s Venture practice, launching PwC’s Venture Capital and startup proposition. Other roles included running NHS operational improvement programmes, advising the Shadow Business Secretary in Government and acting as a Technology Analyst for Passion Capital. HBS and the Fulbright Award will allow Charlotte to deepen her knowledge of healthcare entrepreneurship, learning at the very centre of global healthtech innovation in Boston. Outside of her studies, Charlotte is a qualified yoga instructor and keen surfer. She is looking forward to exploring the US and its many national parks

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown

Nursten Award in Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen - Public Health

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Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown

Nursten Award in Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen - Public Health

Dr Gordon Brown obtained his MBChB alongside an intercalated BSc in Medical Sciences (First Class Honours) from University of Aberdeen. After graduating, he spent two years as an Academic Foundation Programme Doctor and Honorary Clinical Fellow at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and University of Glasgow. Gordon has been involved in research for the last 5 years publishing highly cited work predominantly focused on how cancer develops and spreads.

During his final year of medical school, he undertook a research elective investigating colorectal cancer prevention at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. At Yale, he will undertake a Master of Public Health degree to develop and strengthen his existing research skills whilst building towards a successful career as an academic clinician. During his spare time, he looks forward to exploring as much of the East Coast as possible and taking in some live American sport.

Nick Brown

Nick Brown

All Disciplines Award, Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy - International Affairs

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Nick Brown

Nick Brown

All Disciplines Award, Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy - International Affairs

Nick Brown studied Philosophy, Politics & Economics at the University of Oxford, with a particular focus on American politics and society. His areas of interest included trade, comparative political systems, and the polarisation of the US electorate. He has since worked for Morgan Stanley in London as a US equity analyst, where he briefed colleagues and clients on issues such as tax reform and data regulation. His ambition is to pursue a career in international policymaking, a path for which the Master’s at the Tufts Fletcher School will, he hopes, provide the academic and professional underpinnings. Specifically, he intends to develop expertise of transnational organisations, global inequality, and the domestic determinants of American foreign policy choices.

Aside from his longstanding interest in American culture and affairs, postgraduate study in the US appeals to him given the centrality of the country’s opinion and decisions to most international issues. He will use the Fulbright award to explore American society more broadly, through local community involvement, engagement with the midterm elections, and indulging his passion for American sports.

Catherine Burke

Catherine Burke

Hubert H Humphrey School of Public Affairs Award, University of Minnesota - Human Rights

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Catherine Burke

Catherine Burke

Hubert H Humphrey School of Public Affairs Award, University of Minnesota - Human Rights

Catherine Burke is a campaigner within Scottish politics on issues affecting the rights of young people. She has been active in Scottish democracy from a young age, as a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, and lead a successful campaign to lower the voting age in Scotland to 16, as the Parliament’s Chairperson.This has led her to work with the United Nations, giving evidence to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Recently Catherine was also named as one of the ‘30 most Inspiring Scots Women under 30’.

Having recently graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA(Hons.) in International Relations, Catherine is keen to broaden her horizons globally. By pursuing a Master’s in Human Rights at the Humphrey’s School of Public Affairs, Catherine hopes to bridge her learning between the theoretical and the practical aspects of human rights work. In particular, she hopes to focus on the rights of young refugees, having completed her undergraduate thesis on the role of forcibly displaced peoples in re-imagining national identity

Robert Clogher

Robert Clogher

Executive MPA Award, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Business - Public Administration

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Robert Clogher

Robert Clogher

Executive MPA Award, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Business - Public Administration

Robert Clogher is a public policy professional and economist, currently working in the UK Government's Department for International Trade as the Head of Consultation, Trade Policy. His special interests include public sector strategy, horizon scanning and innovative approaches to engage the public in policy-making. Having previously studied at the Universities of Manchester and Cambridge, he is pursuing the NYU Wagner/UCL Master’s in Public Administration to develop the full range of skills and attributes needed to be a leader in public service. On the completion of the programme, he intends to apply the knowledge and experience he has acquired to help shape public policy in the UK Government.

Joti Desour

Joti Desour

Postgraduate Award at The New School, The New School - Media Studies

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Joti Desour

Joti Desour

Postgraduate Award at The New School, The New School - Media Studies

Joti Desour researches creative media, with a particular interest in the experiences of ethnic minorities in the industry, representation in the media and how we may utilise media as a form of activism to build cross cultural understanding. Joti studied History and Spanish at the University of Nottingham, where she was awarded academic honours as an undergraduate student. She specialised in cultural history in the Americas and, in particular, examined the relationship between sound and our modern conceptions and understanding of race. Her interest in the experiences of ethnic minority students led her to join the UoN BAME network, where she created #AllOfUs, a safe space in which students of colour discussed their experiences at university and established areas for improvement. This culminated in a campaign which sought to reform university protocol when tackling reports of racial discrimination on campus.

She has written for multiple publications as well as producing and directing a mini-series and performing saxophone across the world. Whilst studying in Chile, Joti created and curated a series of live music and art events which sought to blend different media forms from contributing artists into a cohesive experience. At The New School, Joti intends to integrate her practical experience in the media with her theoretical study of race and her passion for activism into one multimedia project.

David Franklin

David Franklin

Lloyd's of London Award, Harvard University - International Development

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David Franklin

David Franklin

Lloyd's of London Award, Harvard University - International Development

David will study for an MPA in International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School. He hopes to study how emerging technology can both improve our understanding of global risks, and support policymaking in developing markets. This follows a maths degree from Cambridge and eight years in the Country Risk team at J.P. Morgan, in which he travelled around the world advising governments on their public ratings and assessing their sovereign risk profiles. That job ignited an interest in politics, and after the Brexit vote he founded Centre Forward, a 3,600- strong political movement seeking to narrow the Leave/Remain divide. The opportunity to lead similar discussions in the US, and bring ideas back across the Atlantic, is a key part of the attraction of a Fulbright grant.

In his spare time David is a cricket commentator and writer, and recently provided ball-by-ball radio coverage live from Dublin on Ireland’s first-ever Test match. He hopes to export cricket to the US and bring his love for the NFL’s Green Bay Packers back to the UK in return

Ashleigh Gray

Ashleigh Gray

British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award, Harvard University - Master of Business Administration

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Ashleigh Gray

Ashleigh Gray

British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award, Harvard University - Master of Business Administration

Ashleigh grew up in South Africa, Scotland and Zimbabwe. After graduating from Stellenbosch University with a degree in finance and law, she joined Webber Wentzel in South Africa as a corporate lawyer specialising in cross-border strategic mergers and acquisitions in sub-Saharan Africa. Later, she joined Latham & Watkins in London where she focused on international private equity.

A keen hiker, traveller and lay theatre and music critic, she is looking forward to exploring as many of the natural and cultural landscapes of the USA as possible. As a Fulbright Scholar, Ashleigh will complete an MBA at Harvard Business School where she intends to focus on venture capital, investing for impact and entrepreneurship.

Zoe Hutton

Zoe Hutton

Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism, The New School - Documentary Directing

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Zoe Hutton

Zoe Hutton

Alistair Cooke Award in Journalism, The New School - Documentary Directing

Zoe Hutton is a documentary filmmaker with a particular interest in telling stories that explore social issues. Since graduating with a degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Bristol, Zoe has dedicated herself to producing and self-shooting stories that matter. While working at the BBC, she helped develop Murdered by My Father, a BAFTA-winning factual drama about ‘honour’ killings, and assistant produced the Grierson-nominated BBC2 documentary about homelessness, No Place to Call Home. Since then, she has worked on the BAFTA-winning BBC1 series Ambulance and has most recently been shooting and directing a BBC2 single film about social mobility.

Studying in America will enable Zoe to learn from top practitioners and to continue developing her voice as a director, in pursuit of her goal of directing documentaries that offer a window into the lives of those whose stories rarely reach the headlines.

Alizeh McClelland

Alizeh McClelland

British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award, Harvard University - Business

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Alizeh McClelland

Alizeh McClelland

British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award, Harvard University - Business

As a Fulbright Scholar, Alizeh will pursue an MBA at Harvard Business School. She hopes to build on her experience in financial and business services to work towards the goal of creating and scaling innovative enterprises. After achieving a First Class degree in Philosophy & Economics at LSE, Alizeh began her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, where she was part of diverse regional teams serving governmental and private-sector clients in the UK, France and Greece on key corporate transactions. She then went on to join an early-stage fashion-tech start-up as Head of Business Development & Finance, where she helped define corporate strategy, fundraise and work with leading global brands to forge innovative digital partnerships.

She is looking forward to studying in the US due to its strength in entrepreneurship. She hopes to travel the country extensively as well as learn from an exceptional group of academics and business practitioners on campus. Following her studies, Alizeh aims to continue her career investing in and developing young companies with global ambitions.

Felicity Monk

Felicity Monk

All Disciplines Award, Antioch University New England - Environmental Studies

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Felicity Monk

Felicity Monk

All Disciplines Award, Antioch University New England - Environmental Studies

Felicity Monk works on understanding and tackling the urgent issues surrounding climate change and environmental injustice. Her recent focus has been on fossil fuel energy extraction in Scotland, working as a campaigner on unconventional oil and gas in an NGO shaping the debate and government policy on fracking. She is passionate about communicating the complexities of climate change at the grassroots level to inspire peope to take meaningful action, and has researched and authored several reports on fossil fuel extraction and renewable alternatives. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh in International Relations, she has experience working on climate change internationally from her role as a UK youth delegate during United Nations climate change conferences in Warsaw and Paris.

An MS in Environmental Studies and Advocacy at Antioch University will enrich her praxis as she learns from key US practitioners leading the way in collective, systems-level responses to climate change at such a critical time nationally, strengthening her capacity to pursue long-term policy solutions to environmental injustice in Scotland and the UK.

Catherine Anne Penman

Catherine Anne Penman

All Disciplines Award, New York University - Literature

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Catherine Anne Penman

Catherine Anne Penman

All Disciplines Award, New York University - Literature

Catherine Penman is a writer particularly interested in how literature can be used to empower subordinated groups. Her fiction uses social realism to imagine the cultural critique of traditional gender binaries and to demonstrate how powerfully social weakness can be addressed in fiction. Catherine is dyslexic and after gaining a 1st class degree in English Literature and History from the University of Edinburgh, she is committed to demonstrating that the queering of dyslexia by the state must be challenged.

Since graduating Catherine’s work has been widely published, inspired documentaries, received national news attention and even adapted into an award winning BBC film. Moreover, her position as a sponsored skateboarder has enabled Catherine to use her international journalistic success to empower women in male dominated environments. She is well placed to develop this in New York City’s urban culture.Catherine’s time as a Fulbright scholar represents a life changing opportunity to facilitate mutual understanding, between the United Kingdom and USA, that combining theory and practise, with art and activism, can be a powerful force for liberating marginalised groups.

Lucy Shaw

Lucy Shaw

British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award, Harvard University - Business Administration and International Development

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Lucy Shaw

Lucy Shaw

British Friends of Harvard Business School MBA Award, Harvard University - Business Administration and International Development

Lucy Shaw is studying a joint Masters in Public Administration (International Development) and Masters in Business Administration degree at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School to research approaches for public and private collaboration to achieve universal energy access. Lucy’s career to date has blended African rural development with management consulting for businesses and governments. Lucy has worked with CrossBoundary to lead the first Mini-Grid Innovation Lab for Africa, testing business model ideas in the field with mini-grid companies to support investment. She also worked at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency, leading projects to develop nation-wide government programs and policies in mechanization, food security, rural finance and inputs.

Lucy was previously a consultant at Boston Consulting Group, focusing on energy and government. Lucy was drawn to study in the USA and at Harvard especially, as it hosts the best institutions globally for business and policy. The Fulbright program will enable her to dedicate more time to research opportunities with professors focused on energy policy and pursue interests in trekking, dance and music.

Isabel Straw

Isabel Straw

All Disciplines Award, University of Pennsylvania - Global Health

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Isabel Straw

Isabel Straw

All Disciplines Award, University of Pennsylvania - Global Health

Isabel is a London doctor who has dedicated her junior years to studying the effects of social circumstance on health. Her work at Great Ormond Street has focused on the impact socioeconomic deprivation on childhood mental health, while her policy work at the Westminster ‘Centre for Social Justice’ has addressed the growing needs of our ageing population. Isabel’s international experience has developed her global perspective. She has worked domestically and internationally with children in the asylum system; directing sexual and mental health programmes in London and working internationally as a doctor in refugee camps in Europe and the Middle East.

Isabel plans to use a Masters in Public Health education to better equip herself to tackle the effects of social disempowerment on health. Studying in the USA and concentrating in global health will enable Isabel to deepen her understanding of global health inequalities and develop relationships within the international community. In her spare time Isabel is a boxer and a spoken word poet and plans to continue sparring and performing during her two years in Philadelphia.

Emma Vickers

Emma Vickers

All Disciplines Award, Columbia University - Journalism

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Emma Vickers

Emma Vickers

All Disciplines Award, Columbia University - Journalism

Emma Vickers is an investigative researcher, writer and analyst on conflict and corruption in Sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, she worked for the United Nations in South Sudan, where she conducted field research into the civil war, assisting one of the largest UN peacekeeping missions to better protect civilians from conflict. Previously, she worked for campaigning organisation Global Witness, exposing how South Sudan’s oil was being used to bankroll a corrupt elite, undermining the development of democracy in the world’s newest state. Underpinning her professional field experience, Emma holds an MSc in Political Economy of Violence and Conflict from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a BA in History from the University of Nottingham.

As a Fulbright scholar, Emma will focus on honing her skills in investigative journalism, and learning new ones in radio and conflict reporting. After graduating she plans to report from Sub-Saharan Africa, which she considers one of the world’s most exciting and dynamic regions. Outside her professional life, Emma is a keen cook and a poor but enthusiastic runner.

Jamie Webb

Jamie Webb

All Disciplines Award, New York University - Bioethics

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Jamie Webb

Jamie Webb

All Disciplines Award, New York University - Bioethics

Jamie Webb is a philosopher specialising in applied ethics, whose research focuses on the ethics of artificial intelligence within healthcare decision-making. He studied Philosophy and History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, was made a Foundation Scholar of Pembroke College, and gained a first-class degree. He subsequently taught secondary school English for two years through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme.

Jamie is excited to embark on study within the Bioethics MA at NYU. The course’s combination of analytical philosophy and healthcare policy, with teaching from some of the foremost academics working in bioethics, makes it an excellent place to consider the pressing ethical challenges an enhanced role for AI in medical diagnosis and treatment recommendations will bring. He is particularly excited to follow in his uncle’s footsteps in moving to New York, and discovering all that the city has to offer. Outside of research, Jamie is passionate about theatre, and will be performing his one man show about life as a teacher at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival.

Charlie Zhou

Charlie Zhou

Elsevier Award, Harvard University - Public Health

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Charlie Zhou

Charlie Zhou

Elsevier Award, Harvard University - Public Health

Charlie Zhou is an Academic Foundation Program doctor at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. He undertook his pre-clinical training at the University of Cambridge before completing his medical degree at the University of Oxford. He is also the recipient of a National Sarcoma Awareness Fellowship. The advent of electronic health records and other health tracking technologies has ushered in an era of big data in medicine. Analysis of these vast data repositories offers the opportunity to elucidate the influence of risk exposures and policy interventions on population health outcomes.

The Master of Public Health program at Harvard University will provide Charlie with the knowledge and skills to engage with and contribute towards this emerging field. The US produces world-leading research to inform innovation in clinical practice and healthcare policy. By joining the Fulbright network, Charlie hopes to gain exposure to novel ideas and cultivate transatlantic ties so that ultimately, he can contribute towards better health and wellbeing both at the level of the individual and of the population.