To date 177 Scholars have taken part in the Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme and the alumni chapter is now approaching 150. They are an increasingly diverse group, originating from 59 countries, with new Scholars from Peru, China, Uganda, Ethiopia and Ghana joining the 2015-2016 cohort. Scholars have studied across over 30 different academic departments at Oxford.
The Weidenfeld Scholarships & Leadership Programme's ultimate aim is to foster an international network of leaders, able to work together across cultures, sectors and borders in developing innovative solutions to key global challenges.
Here's what some of our alumni are up to:
ISRAEL, MSc ENVIRONMENT 2010-11, HOFFMANN SCHOLAR
Currently working in the Ministry of Environmental Protection as the Ministry's Chief of Strategy, as well as being a Visiting Lecturer and Researcher in the joint Sustainability, Economics and Government programme in the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya. Recently selected by the office of Angela Merkel to represent Israel in the 2015 Chancellor of Germany International German Forum on shaping economic, ecological, and social transformation processes.
AFGHANISTAN, MPHIL SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY 2012-14, LOUIS DREYFUS WEIDENFELD SCHOLAR
Since returning to Afghanistan, Tabasum Wolayat been engaged with many different projects aimed at grass-roots level empowerment of Afghan communities. She is passionate about youth education and has recently been appointed Director of Admissions at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, the first Afghan national ever to hold this position. Here she is responsible for managing admissions and enrolment, as well as developing strategies to attract a more diverse student body to the University.
BULGARIA, MSC CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE 2007-2008 , ST CROSS COLLEGE, WEIDENFELD SCHOLAR
Maria Spirova is an award-winning journalist who has been frequently published in both Bulgarian and English. Her work has featured in a wide range of publications including The New Statesman, The Economist and Glamour Magazine. Maria was the Winner of the 2014 Reporting Europe International Journalism Prize for a series of excellent pieces on the anti-government protests in Bulgaria in 2013.
AFGHANISTAN, MPHIL INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2009-2011, WOLFSON COLLEGE, WEIDENFELD-HOFFMANN SCHOLAR
After defying the Taliban regime to become the first Afghan woman to study at Oxford, Shaharzad Akbar remains an inspiration to her countrymen and women. She is committed to the political and civil cause of Afghanistan through “Afghanistan 1400”, a movement founded by Shaharzad that aims to empower future generations to become stakeholders in a new, post-conflict Afghanistan.
UNITED STATES, MSC GLOBAL HEALTH SCIENCE 2011-2012, KELLOGG COLLEGE, WEIDENFELD-ARCADIA SCHOLAR
Idris Bello is an award-winning entrepreneur and prominent voice in the African business community. Idris is committed to supporting social enterprises that can transform the lives of those on the African continent through an innovation platform which he co-founded called “The Wennovation Hub”. CNN have identified him as one of the 10 leading voices of the African technology revolution.