The Trust benefits from the generosity of independent donors who commit to fund a number of scholars every year. Thanks to their continued support, in 2018-2019, the Trust welcomed 29 bright and talented scholars. We are especially excited about the arrival of our first Scholars from Ecuador, Guatemala, Laos and Venezuela:

Francisco Obando (Ecuador, Oxford-Hoffmann Scholar, MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine) 
Francisco has an MSC in Planning and BA in International Affairs and Economics from the University of Toronto. Before coming to Oxford, he worked at the Municipality of Quito on implementation of the Healthy City and Neighbourhoods Program.  He previously worked in the Philippines, Honduras, Bolivia and Canada on development projects. Francisco is passionate about creating conditions for the economic, social and physical wellbeing of vulnerable populations in cities, by crafting social infrastructure to empower and include them in local decision and policy making, particularly in health.
Alfredo Ortega Franco (Guatemala, Oxford-Weidenfeld/Chevening Scholar, Master of Public Policy)
Alfredo received his LL.B. from Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala and holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame. Alfredo’s work has focused on human rights-related issues with both national and international NGOs. Before coming to Oxford, he worked as a staff attorney at the Centre for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and as a Notre Dame Fellow for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on indigenous people’s rights, LGTBIQ rights, and prison conditions.
Aditta Kittikhoun (Laos, Weidenfeld-Hoffmann/Chevening Scholar, MSc Social Science of the Internet) 
After graduating with a degree in political science from the Macaulay Honors College (CUNY) in New York, Aditta returned to Laos and entered the foreign service working in communication and as a speech writer for senior figures. After leaving the public sector, Aditta worked for an event management firm handling major global companies’ product launches such as the Apple iPhone 6, Google Street View and Maps, and the first ever Tedx Talk in Laos. He then founded his own company which has investments in several local news websites and an inflight magazine for the country’s national carrier, Lao Airlines.
Simonetta Spavieri (Venezuela, Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar, MSc Environmental Change and Management)
Simonetta studied International Relations at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and has an MSc in Public Management from the IESA management school. Before coming to Oxford Simonetta worked for the British Embassy in Caracas as a Climate Change and Energy Officer around COP21 and worked on project portfolios including improving the oil industry and the management of gas (particularly flaring) climate change legislation and the Embassy’s economic analysis during the still developing national crisis. Simonetta intends to use her studies to serve her country working to embed sustainability in Venezuela’s economic recovery.

About the Scholar

June Samo

Water Science, Policy and Management (MSc), 2019
Mansfield College, Oxford
Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Scholar