WHT Alumna Dr. Manisha Nair secures over £1m in funding for maternal healthcare

12th June 2017 | Posted in Blog, News, Scholarships & Leadership Programme | By

WHT Alumna Dr. Manisha Nair secures over £1m in funding for maternal healthcare

Dr. Manisha Nair has been awarded a Medical Research Council (MRC) – UK, Career Development Award that provides her a funding of more than £1 million (£1,030,894) for a period of five years to set up a UK-India collaborative platform for maternal and perinatal health research called MaatHRI (means ‘mother’ in Sanskrit). Manisha will continue to be based at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU) of the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, but her research project will be in India.
Why is this research collaboration important?Globally, 303,000 women died in 2015 from preventable complications during pregnancy and childbirth. India has the highest number of maternal deaths of any country. The maternal mortality rate in India is more than 20 times higher than the UK and every year about 45,000 women die in India compared to only 70 in the UK. In addition, about 5 million pregnant women in India suffer a life-threatening complication. Robust studies are needed to investigate the risk factors, management and outcomes of pregnancy complications to inform guidelines and improve policies. NPEU’s work in maternal and perinatal health research has had significant impact in the UK and in other high income countries. The aim of this research collaboration is to translate and adapt this work in India to have a greater impact on improving maternal and perinatal health in the places with the highest burden.

What will this research collaboration do?

Maternal and perinatal Health Research collaboration, India (MaatHRI) aims to create a large and diverse platform for academics and scientists to conduct large-scale population-based research to improve maternal and perinatal health in a setting with a high burden of mortality and morbidity. Studies that are critical to informing policies and planning to address new and emerging complications in pregnancy can be quickly and efficiently rolled out through MaatHRI. The resultant new and improved scientific evidence will help policy makers and clinicians in India and globally to develop guidance to improve pregnancy care. The collaborative platform will also be a training platform for Oxford students interested in developing skills in conducting research in maternal and perinatal health in a low-to-middle income country setting. MaatHRI could form the basis of many studies well in to the future. During this fellowship, however, Manisha will begin this process by expanding the research platform already started during a pilot, and by undertaking work to improve the clinical management and outcomes of pregnant women with anaemia for which research is clearly indicated.

Dr Manisha Nair was a Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar from 2010-13.


Alumni Talk: Gent Salihu

19th May 2017 | Posted in Blog, News, Scholarships & Leadership Programme | By

Louis Dreyfus-Chevening/Weidenfeld and Hoffmann alumni Gent Salihu discusses his career since gradution


On May 11th, Weidenfeld Hoffmann Scholars had a chance to meet with Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar Gent Salihu, who studied at Oxford as part of the first class to take the Masters in Public Policy in 2012-13. Since graduating, Gent has returned to his native Kosovo where he has worked as a political advisor. Gent is currently the Rule of Law and Governance Advisor to Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister, following his previous role as Advisor to the Minister of Justice. His current role includes supporting the development and implementation of Kosovo’s National Strategy on Property Rights—setting a comprehensive policy framework for securing rights to private property, including the property rights of women. Previously, Gent also served the President of Kosovo as an advisor to support the establishment of an anti-corruption council.
Scholars greatly enjoyed the chance to hear about the challenges and opportunities of life after graduating. As part of our Leadership Programme, alumni are encouraged to return to meet with students and help them prepare for their future careers. In addition to Gent's talk, we have also enjoyed hearing from Samafilan Ainan, who spoke to last year's cohort about her work combating ebola in Liberia. You can view a video of her talk here.


Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholar Abhishek Parajuli presents at TEDxOxford

2nd March 2017 | Posted in Blog, News, Scholarships & Leadership Programme | By

Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholar Abhishek Parajuli presents at TEDxOxford

WHT Scholar Abhishek Parajuli recently gave a talk on the impact of foreign aid at TEDxOxford. Drawing upon his MPhil research, Abhishek questioned whether or not the impact of foreign aid is always as positive as we hope. His thesis, that foreign aid can cause citizens to worry less about corruption, is controversial, but allows space for researchers and practitioners to design new and more effective mechanisms for distributing aid.
You can watch Abhishek’s TED talk here.
Abhishek is an Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar from Nepal. He is currently in the second year of the MPhil in Comparative Government at Nuffield College, Oxford.


Louis Dreyfus Scholar Nidhi Singh presents at international Law Conferences

23rd January 2017 | Posted in Blog, News, Scholarships & Leadership Programme | By

Louis Dreyfus Scholar Nidhi Singh presents at international Law Conferences

Following her graduation in 2016, Louis Dreyfus Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholar Nidhi Singh (MSc Law and Finance, 2015-16) has been keeping busy with a range of conferences and publications based on her work here at Oxford and her work with her newly-formed law practise BlackPearl Chambers, headquartered in New Delhi.
In October 2016, Nidhi presented a paper at the 3rd Annual International Conference on Law, Economics and Politics (AICLEP) on ‘Corporate Governance in UK’ at Newnham College, Cambridge. This paper has also been published by AICLEP as part of the FLE Publications.
Nidhi wrote a paper on ‘Unlocking the power of impact of Sustainable Development Goals: K.I.S.S. realising the opportunity’ as part of her pro-bono requirement for her Louis Dreyfus Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships. The Journal of Sustainable Development, published by the Canadian Centre of Science and Education, Canada has accepted this paper for publication in February 2017.
Nidhi has been selected to present a paper on ‘Shareholder primacy and Corporate Governance in UK’ at Griffith Law School, Brisbane, Australia. The Corporate Law Teachers’ Association and University of New South Wales are organising the Conference. (February 2017)
She has also been selected to present a paper on ‘Financial Crisis and credibility of Efficient Market Theory’ at the Annual Public Policy Conference (NITI Samvaad) organized by St. Xaviers’ College, Mumbai. The paper has also been accepted for publication in the forthcoming issue of the Public Policy Journal published by the Public Policy School of St. Xaviers’ College. (February 2017)
Premised on her achievements, Nidhi has been invited as a Guest Speaker by Lovely Professional University, School of Law, Punjab to address the law students on the topic ‘Global Trends in Law’. She will also address the students on how to apply for LL.M. and scholarships abroad. (January 2017)


Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust Donald Trump Inaugural Debate and Q&A with Sir Trevor McDonald

12th January 2017 | Posted in Blog, News, Scholarships & Leadership Programme | By

Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust Donald Trump Inaugural Debate and Q&A with Sir Trevor McDonald

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has been greeted with both astonishment and fear. Since his election Trump has come to symbolise a new brand of reactionary politics, one that breeds on economic frustration, resentment towards migrants and hostility towards minorities. In the age of Marine Le Penn and Geert Wilders, the election of Trump is seen as the harbinger of a spring of nationalism. Even more disconcerting are recent appointments to the Trump Cabinet and White House as these suggest that America no longer holds true to the values of life, liberty, and equality in the pursuit of happiness. Rather, Trump’s America is viewed as one that accepts misogyny, tolerates bigotry and neglects equality. The question that soon arises is should the world turn its back on Trump’s America?


This is the motion that will be debated at the upcoming Trump Inaugural Debate organized by the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme. The Debate will be followed by a special Q&A with Sir Trevor McDonald on the topic of “Did the Media Get Trump Elected?”

Trevor McDonald has over 40 years of experience in the media and was the first black Briton to present a national news programme. Recently he has presented a number of documentaries on America, with a focus on incarceration and the death penalty. McDonald was knighted in 1999 for his services to British journalism.

To sign up for the event go to


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WHT Michaelmas Newsletter

3rd January 2017 | Posted in Blog, News, Scholarships & Leadership Programme | By

WHT Michaelmas Newsletter now available


This term has seen the WHT enrol our 10th class of scholars, mark the remarkable life and contributions of Lord Weidenfeld and develop new and exciting aspects of our leadership programme, all while our alumni continue to achieve remarkable things around the world. To catch up on what we’ve been up to, and for an overview of our upcoming events, read our newsletter here.


WHT Scholar Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh shortlisted for Tafelberg City Press Nonfiction Award

31st August 2016 | Posted in Blog, News, Scholarships & Leadership Programme | By

WHT SchoSizweBW2lar Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh shortlisted for Tafelberg City Press Nonfiction Award

Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann-Rausing/Abraham Scholar Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh (DPhil International Relations, 2013-18) has been shortlisted for the prestigious Tafelberg City Press Nonfiction Award. The biennial award is made to works dealing with the realities of South Africa. As a developmental award, it is given to works in the manuscript stage to encourage the progress of writings which provide an insight into South African issues.

Sizwe’s manuscript, Democracy and Delusion, will address ten of the major political issues facing South Africa and draw conclusions regarding the involvement of the government in the economy, the provision of free education and reforms to land ownership. Democracy and Delusion is slated for publication towards the end of 2016.

The Tafelberg City Press Nonfiction Award is one of South Africa’s leading literary prizes, with past winners including Don Pinnock – whose account of gang culture in Cape Town, Gang Town, was published this year – and Maria Phalime, author of Postmortem: The Doctor Who Walked Away, an account of the many challenges facing South African’s healthcare system.


WHT Scholar Irina Fedorenko selected as one of Enterprising Oxford’s leading young entrepreneurs

16th August 2016 | Posted in Blog | By

Weidnefeld-Hoffmann Scholar Irina Fedorenko has recently been recognised by Enterprising Oxford as a leading young entrepreneur for her start-up, Bubblenut Wash. Alongside fellow WHT Scholars Manas Nanda and Maheen Iqbal, Irina founded the organic laundry powder company last year. Bubblenuts are a natural cleansing agent, harvested from trees in India. As a social enterprise, Bubblenut Wash deals directly with female suppliers of the nuts in villages, helping with female empowerment in rural areas. In addition, by turning trees into a productive economic resource, they contribute to enhancing environmental protection in India and give villagers an economic incentive to participate in protection programmes.

They are currently raising funds to expand their availability within the UK via crowdfunding.


Vacancy: WHT Projects Manager

28th June 2016 | Posted in Blog | By

WHT Projects Manager

Are you a project manager with demonstrable experience of co-ordinating several areas of responsibility and maintaining relationships with a range of colleagues and partners? Would you like to play a part in delivering one of Oxford’s unique and well-respected Scholarship Programmes?

Job Description

The Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust (WHT) is looking for a well organised, efficient Projects Manager to join a small dynamic team in Oxford to work on the administration, delivery and strategic development of its activities.

Established in 2007, the Scholarships & Leadership Programme provides talented young graduates from developing and emerging economies with full scholarships to University of Oxford, alongside a specially created leadership training programme focusing on the skills they will need to become leaders in whatever fields they choose on a national and global scale. Full details of the programme can be found on our website: http://whtrust.org

The successful candidate will have strong and demonstrable experience of project management, including events and financial management. He or she will be able to work on their own initiative and enjoy being the hub of a small tight-knit team, providing support across a wide range of activity as required.

Download the full job description here.

Salary: £28,000-£33,000 (depending on experience)

Hours: Full time, including some evening and weekend working for events and during busy periods. Overtime will not be paid, but time off in lieu can be taken upon agreement with the WHT Director.

Leave entitlement: 20 days plus bank holidays

Contract type: 12 months in first instance

How to apply: Please send your CV and a covering letter to info@whtrust.org In your letter you should include details of your relevant experience and why you would be well-suited for the role, with reference to the job description and person specification. The subject line of your e-mail should read: Application for the position of Projects Manager.

Recruitment timetable: The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 15 July 2016, with interviews taking place during w/c 18 July in Oxford.


2015-16 Hoffmann Lecture: A Circular Economy

17th February 2016 | Posted in Blog | By

2015 – 16 Hoffmann Lecture: A Circular Economy


HOFFMANN LECTURE 2016-V2A circular economy: what are the prospects for economic regeneration, access and abundance vs manufactured scarcity, network monopolies and stagnation?

Ken Webster – Head of Innovation, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Our existing linear ‘take, make and dispose’ economy is struggling. There are better narratives. Could a circular economy provide a key to prosperity in the future by leveraging the information technology revolution and our understanding of feedback rich systems? The aim is to create effective flows of energy, materials and information (especially money) and rebuild or regenerate natural and social capital. The potential is cheaper access to goods and services and an abundance of solutions to meet the desire for a better quality of life. Could the opposite also be true: increased scarcity and loss of autonomy?

The Hoffmann Lecture is given each year in recognition of the generosity and support of Mr André Hoffmann for the Weidenfeld Scholarships & Leadership Programme at University of Oxford.

This unique Programme cultivates the leaders of tomorrow by providing outstanding university graduates and young professionals from emerging and transitional economies with the opportunity to pursue fully-funded graduate studies at the University of Oxford, combined with a specially created programme of leadership development, long-term mentoring and networking.

Since its foundation in 2007, the Programme has supported 177 Weidenfeld Scholars originating from 53 countries and studying across 30 different academic departments at Oxford.

For more information, please visit www.whtrust.org

WHEN:  Wednesday, 2 March 2016 from 17:30 to 18:30 (GMT)

WHERE: Saint Cross College – 61 St. Giles Oxford OX1 3LZ GB