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Radhika Bhatnagar

is a 2014-15 Chevening Scholar who currently works as a Communications Officer at the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development based in New Delhi, India. In her current position, she is part of projects focussed on researching and creating innovative methods of embedding concepts of peace and sustainable development in education systems of today. Most of these projects are developing ICT-based pedagogies as an alternative tool for global citizenship education that lays emphasis on critical thinking, inquiry-based learning and the creation of empathetic, tolerant global citizens. Previously, she worked as a journalist in two of the most prominent newspapers in India highlighting issues related to the rights of women and children. Her coverage of the migrant crisis in the UK was awarded an Amnesty International Media Award (student category) for Human Rights reporting in 2014-15. She has a Masters degree in International Journalism from City University London and an undergraduate degree in Economics (Hons.) from the University of Delhi, India.

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Tamara Srzentić

is building the first Innovation Office in California state government that is charged with fixing some of the highest impact health and human policies and services and reforming how California state government operates in the digital era. There is a pervasive myth that it is impossible to get anything done in government. To counter this notion, Tamara’s team has been injecting agile, user-centered principles into the biggest bureaucracy in the world. This work has already made a difference on policies and services that matter most to California citizens, from child welfare services to food stamp benefits.

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Beatriz Mejia-Asserias

is working as Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of Colombia to the UK. She liaises between high-level stakeholders in the Colombian and British governments and builds partnerships across the public and private sectors. One of her main responsibilities is identifying and catalysing funding from different sectors in the UK to her country. In 2015, the collaborations with government agencies, multilateral and non-profit organisations amounted to a total of £25,000,000 in projects on sustainable development, innovation, peace, security and post-conflict in Colombia. Before her current role as a diplomat, she was a Consultant for the World Bank, where she prepared and monitored country-level projects in Latin America and Africa aimed at identifying and addressing bottlenecks in the business regulatory framework. In addition to the cross-country research, she co-authored two subnational studies which focused on 31 cities in Mexico and 13 cities Italy. She has 9 plus years of work experience, a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics in Latin America a Master in Public Administration from the London School of Economics. She was the youngest women appointed Minister Counsellor ever in the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs aged 30. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese.

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