Blog on LDF Internship in Southern Africa by Cedric Maforimbo (Louis Dreyfus-WHT Scholar 2017/18
The Louis Dreyfus Foundation (LDF) is an organisation whose vision is to “help alleviate hunger and poverty by bringing sustainable solutions to small farmers”. LDF makes this vision a reality through 22 projects in 14 countries spanning Africa, Asia and South America, where the focus is on sustainable micro-farming, education, environmental preservation and community empowerment. In running its projects, LDF partners with the Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), leveraging on the expertise of its staff and on its infrastructure.Read more “Trust and Collaboration – LDF Internship in Southern Africa”
WHT 2018/2019 alumna Zuzana Hlavkova delivered a speech at a rally that commemorated 30 years of freedom from the communist rule in Czechoslovakia on 17 November 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The event was a homage to Velvet Revolution, the freedom movement that led Czechoslovakia out of a totalitarian communist regime and into democracy in 1989. Read more “What To Do With Freedom? 30 Years From The Velvet Revolution”
As part of the WHT newsletters we have decided to start running profiles on our alumni family from around the world. The purpose of this is to introduce our new scholars to some of the alumni and the interesting things they are involved in as well as to encourage alumni to remain interested and involved in the WHT community.
For this newsletter we focussed on some of our African alumni and the interesting paths they have travelled since graduating from Oxford. We hope you enjoy reading their profiles and their answers to some of the questions we asked them. Read more “WHT Alumni Update – Africa in Focus”
WHT’s chairman André Hoffmann generously invited the WHT to join him in his Sustainability tent at the World Economic Forum 2019, in Davos. A group of our scholars and alumni travelled to Switzerland for the event where they presented the following panel:
Young Voices of Hope: perspectives from the latest wave of emerging leaders
The following alumni made brief presentations about their development work in the fields of Innovation, Business and Sustainability. Click their names to watch their full presentation:
Giles Strachan (former WHT Development Manager) connects with Alumni in Asia
One of the great pleasures of being an (honorary) member of the WHT community is that almost any trip can become an opportunity to catch up with friends and alumni from the programme. I took advantage of this last month to meet up with WHT alums in Hong Kong and Delhi, where we have small but active communities.
On a layover in Hong Kong I reconnected with Thai Dang (Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann, MPhil Comparative Government, 2015-17) and Leanne Zhang (Louis Dreyfus, MPhil Economics, 2015-17). We undertook a whistle-stop tour of the city, ranging from old temple gardens to the world’s longest escalator. After a delicious dim sun lunch, we finished the trip by taking in the skyline from the 41st floor of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.
The following weekend, I made good on a long-held promise to visit India and travelled to Delhi for a long weekend to visit Payaswini Tailor (Oxford-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann, MPhil Political Theory, 2015-17). We were joined by Debora Leão (Weidenfeld-Hoffmann/Chevening, MPP, 2017-18) and Thai Dang. After an unforgettable weekend taking in as many of the Mughal sites as we could visit, we crowned the trip with a WHT reunion dinner at Oh, Calcutta! Joined by Aditi Chatterjee (Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann Saïd, MBA, 2016-17) and Pratik Datta (Weidenfeld-Hoffmann/Chevening, Law and Finance, 2017-18), we tucked into some traditional Bengali food and took the chance to catch up together for the first time since we all left Oxford.
The following morning, we breakfasted at Sunder Nursery in the company of two more WHT alums – Rahul Nayar (Louis Dreyfus-Chevening, MPP, 2013-14) and Ina Zharkevich (Weidenfeld-Hoffmann, MPhil Development Studies, 2007-09). It was a great chance to catch up with two alums who I knew only from e-mails. More importantly, it was another chance for alums to discuss their work and share ideas. Listening to everyone exchanging contacts, discussing rural development policy in their respective nations and plotting how to help each other in future, it was a clear sign that our alumni community is going from strength to strength. There is so much to be gained from these meetings, and I strongly encourage you to connect with your fellow alums in the country or city where you live!
For my part, I’m now based in Dubai along with WHT alums Debora Leão, Ilunga Mpyana and Maheen Iqbal. If you’re passing through, do get in touch as we’re always keen to meet up with more members of the WHT family.