Notable Alumni

Fitsum Arega Gebrekidan

Fitsum Arega

Fitsum is the Ambassador of Ethiopia to the United States of America. He was previously the Director-General of the Ethiopian Investment Commission and the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. He has also served as Head of the Addis Ababa Investment Agency and Head of the Addis Ababa Trade and Industry Bureau. Fitsum studied for an MSc in Development Economics and Policy Management at GDI.

Amani Abou-Zeid

Amani Abou-Zeid

Amani is the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy for the  African Union. She has previously worked at USAID, UNDP and as the OIC Director of the African Natural Resources Center at the African Development Bank. She studied for a PhD at the Global Development Institute and in 2017 was given the Outstanding Alumni Award by The University of Manchester.

Andriniaina Bretino Raharinomena

Andriniaina Bretino Raharinomena

Andriniaina is the Ambassador of Madagascar to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He was previously a Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance for International and Economic Affairs. He studied for a PhD at the GDI writing a thesis entitled ‘understanding the historical and political determinants of recurring political crises in Madagascar.

Juan Miguel Villa

Juan Miguel Villa

Juan is president of Colpensiones, Colombia’s public pension and social security administrator. He has also provided consultancy on a number of international poverty and economics projects, for organisations including the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations University and UNICEF. He completed a PhD in Development Policy and Management at GDI in 2015.

Chrissie Wellington

Chrissie Wellington

Chrissie is Head of Health and Wellbeing for Parkrun. She is also a former professional triathlete and four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion. She previously worked for the DEFRA as an adviser on international development and, for Rural Reconstruction Nepal. She studied for an MSc in Development Studies at GDI.

Hamza Arsbi 

Hamza Arsbi

Hamza Arsbi is an Obama Foundation Scholar at Columbia University. He is the founder, director and project manager of the Mind Lab, a youth hub that focuses on advancing education through scientific experiential learning. Over the past six years, the Mind Lab has developed 10 curricula and reached over 8,000 students in seven cities around Jordan. He studied for an MSc in International Development and received the Outstanding Contribution to Social Enterprise award at the University's Making A Difference Awards.