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Our Extraordinary Scholars

Our outstanding Scholars and Alumni are already making their mark, becoming respected experts, commentators and opinion-shapers across a wide variety of fields.

They contribute to a vast array of publications and enjoy frequent media coverage.

For an insight into what they're up to, check out the links below.

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Nidhi Singh, India

MSc Law and Finance (2015-16), Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld

As part of her WHT pro bono work, Nidhi volunteered wan Indian educational charity. On the basis of a paper she wrote on her experiences, Nidhi has been selected to present at the UN's 2016 International Conference on Sustainable Development, where a select group of academics, world leaders and scientists will discuss the implementation of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

You can read some of Nidhi's thoughts on our scholars blog here.


Matthew de la Hey, South Africa

MSC Africa Studies (2013-14) & MBA (2014-15), Louis-Drefus Weidenfeld

Matthew has recently launched the on-demand employment platform inploi.

His recent article on modern misconceptions about Africa was published in the South African Mail & Guardian in January 2015 Africa, the dark continent?

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Idris Bello, United States

MSc Global Health Science 2011-2012, Weidenfeld-Arcadia Scholar

Idris Bello is an award-winning entrepreneur and global health advocate. He has recently published a number of articles commenting on the Western response to the Ebola crisis.

Ebola in the US: Are we letting the fear win? (published in The Independent, 23 October 2014)

Ebola: How not to respond (CNN, 24 October 2014)

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Ilan Manor, Israel

DPhil International Development (2015-18), Weidenfeld-Hoffmann

Ilan is a frequent contributor to discussions about the emerging field of digital diplomacy, regularly writing analyses of how foreign ministries engage with social media. His writing appears both on his blog, Exploring Digital Diplomacy, and in the op-ed pages of a number of leading newspapers including The Jerusalem Post.


Dalibor Rohac, Slovakia

MPhil Economics (2008-10), Weidenfeld Scholar

Dalibor is a policy analyst with the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He makes frequent media appearance and his articles on economics, development and gay rights in his native Slovakia have been published widely.

Read Dalibor's recent opinion piece for the New York Times on Slovak Politics & Gay Rights (30 December 2014)


Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, South Africa

MPhil International Relations (2013-15), Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld & DPhil International Relations (2015-17) Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann-Rausing/Abraham

From political activist to hip-hop artist, Sizwe is a man of many talents. Along with fellow scholar Matthew De La Hey, he set up InkuluFreeHeid in South Africa in 2013 and was elected Deputy President of the organisation on 10 January 2015. See the website: www.inkulufreeheid.org

Listen to one of Sizwe's music videos 'Mr President'
Read his article on
'Politics and State Force: The Remix' in City Press (25 November 2014).


Nadia Oweidat, Jordan

DPhil Oriental Studies (2008-2011), Weidenfeld Scholar

Nadia Oweidat is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, focusing on Arab and Islamic thought.

Read her article Islamic Spring vs. ISIS? (CNN, 30 September 2014)


Elnur Eyvazov, Azerbaijan

MJur 2007-08, Weidenfeld Scholar

Elnur is a lawyer from Azerbaijan. He has gained three master's degrees in law from Cambridge, Oxford and Columbia universities and is currently Professor of Business Law and Business Ethics at ADA University, Baku.

Blind from birth, Elnur speaks eloquently on how to overcome the challenges he and others like him face in his inspiring TED Talk Do Not Be Afraid of Problems


Cvete Koneska, Macedonia

DPhil in Politics (2008-11), Weidenfeld Scholar

Having studied and researched the politics of Southeastern Europe, Cvete now works as a Central and Southeast Europe analyst at Control Risks, advising governments and companies about political and security risks in the region.

Based on the research she conducted for her DPhil, in December 2014 Cvete published her first book, After Ethnic Conflict: Policy-Making in Post-Conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia


Sampad Patnaik, India

MSc Contemporary India (2014-15), Barbara Walters Scholar

Current Scholar Sampad is a journalist and aspires to become a leading commentator on politics and business.

Read his recent blog post for The Diplomat on why, in politics, a hug can be more than meets the eye: Narendra Modi's Insurance Diplomacy (22 January 2015)