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Dr Serini Murugasen.
MBChB University of Cape Town, South Africa. Serini is a South African Rhodes Scholar at Green College, Oxford University, who graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She worked in the field of public health before pursuing her Master’s in Global Health Science at Oxford University’s Department of Public Health and Primary Care. At Oxford, she has also worked as a medical intern in the Departments of Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

David Benedictus. BA (Hons), MA Oxford. The author of 25 books, David’s most recent claim to fame is as the author of the newest volume of the classic Winnie the Pooh series. David has also been widely involved in film and television as a director and producer, working with the BBC and Francis Ford Coppola. As Commissioning Editor for Drama at Channel 4 in the UK, he won an International Emmy for Porterhouse Blue, the comical tale of a fictitious Cambridge college. A former Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Creative Writing at Cambridge University, David has written widely in the British media, has taught at the Oxford School of Drama, and now teaches at Putney High School in London.

Elisabeth Becker. BA (Hons) Cornell, MSc Oxford. Elisabeth Becker is a Marshall Scholar in Latin American Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. She specializes in postconflict reconstruction and reconciliation as well as human rights norms and movements. She has worked in this field as a researcher in Kosovo; as an intern at the Berlin Senate Representative for Immigration and Integration; and as an investigatory intern at the New York State Division of Human Rights. She is also the director of St. Antony’s International Review, an Oxford journal of international affairs, and the founder of a community-based artisan organization in Costa Rica.

Simon Purse. BSc (Hons) Durham University. A London-based professional actor, Simon is a member of the Original Shakespeare Company. While at Durham University, Simon was involved in 27 different productions either onstage or off. Since then, he has directed numerous professional productions, ranging from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the Victorian vampire play London by Night. He has taught drama for several studios and universities, including Drama Studio London, Stanford University, and Loyola Marymount University.

Anna Caughey. BA (Hons), LLB (Hons) University of Melbourne, Australia, MSt Oxford. The winner of a Rae and Edith Bennett Scholarship to study Medieval English, Anna is a doctoral student examining literary representations of the knight in late medieval Scotland at Christ Church, Oxford University. In her native Australia, she graduated with Double Honours in Law and English from the University of Melbourne, where she subsequently completed her Master’s in 2006. At Oxford she is an active member of the Oxford University Dramatic Society, having written, acted in, stage-managed and production-managed a number of student plays. She is also a keen triathlete and a member of the
Oxford British Military Fitness group.

Henry Shevlin. BA (Hons) Oxford. Henry is the Cecil Lubbock Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford University, studying for a BPhil in Philosophy, focusing on Kant, Philosophy of Mind, and neurophilosophy. He is an experienced teacher, having taught for International House in Milan and the Oxford School of English. As an undergraduate at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, he was involved in a number of plays, particularly student drama, and participated in a number of debating tournaments. He is currently serving on the MCR Committee for Trinity College and is Secretary of Oxford University’s Buddhist Society.

Hamish Gregory. BA (Hons) National Institute of the Arts, Australian National University, Australia. After obtaining his degree in Visual Fine Arts, Hamish spent several years training under some of Australia’s most successful advertising and fashion photographers. In 2006 and 2007, he held four solo exhibitions in Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne, featuring images from his photojournalism work in remote parts of Africa. These exhibitions saw Hamish named in 2008 as one of Australia’s top ten emerging photographers at the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards, and success in several international competitions has followed. In the UK, he has worked in London as well as served in Oxford as chief photographer for Oxford Fashion Week and Oxford Entrepreneurs.

Janet Jobson. BA (Hons) Rhodes University, South Africa. Janet is a South African Rhodes Scholar at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, where her MPhil in Development Studies concerns youth engagement in international civil society. She has worked extensively as an activist and campaigner in her native South Africa, lobbying government and civil institutions - as diverse as the United Nations, a Commonwealth Heads of State meeting, and local schools and community groups - on issues such as girls’ rights, violence against women and youth participation. At both school and university levels, Janet has been involved in competitive debating, participating in both National and World Championships.


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