Careers in International Organisations, Diplomacy & Think Tanks for Researchers

This panel discussion is a great opportunity to hear from experienced professionals about careers in International Affairs.

Our panellists come from a range of backgrounds and the discussion will cover topics such as, how and why they chose to work in the sector, their career journey to date, how they use their PhD/DPhil research skills in their career, current and future trends in the sector and more.

There will also be the opportunity to ask questions.

Panellists (additional panellist names to be announced)

Dr. Henrik Larsen, Research Fellow at the Institute for Peace and Diplomacy

Henrik Larsen, PhD, is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Peace and Diplomacy, the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), and the International Center for Defense and Security (ICDS). He was previously a researcher at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Harvard’s Belfer Center, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, and the Danish Institute for International Studies. His practical experience includes the EU Delegation to Ukraine, the EU Advisory Mission Ukraine, the United Nations in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the École Militaire in Paris, and the Russia Department of the Danish MFA.

Dr Henry Li, Senior Policy Advisor, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

Henry is Senior Policy Advisor at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, covering health, biotechnology, industrial strategy and finance. His contributions include “A New National Purpose: Leading the Biotech Revolution”, a joint report by Sir Tony Blair and Lord William Hague. He supports the Global Health Security Consortium, a collaboration between TBI, the Ellison Institute of Technology, and a team of scientists at the University of Oxford. Beginning his career as a scholar with a focus on antimicrobial resistance, Henry is a policy strategist with a proven track record and international experience at the intersection of health, innovation and economic policies. He advised the Review on AMR chaired by Lord Jim O’Neill, and conducted the first implementation study on China’s Special Campaign on AMR at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he was Head of Economic, Social and Political Research at the AMR Centre. As Advisor to the World Health Organization Council on the Economics of Health For All, established by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, he co-led its policy, research and operations alongside the Council Secretariat. Henry holds a PhD in Public Health and Policy from LSHTM. He read Natural Sciences at Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Dr. Divya Nambiar, Principal Consultant and Skills, Livelihoods, and Education Systems Lead, Oxford Policy Management Divya is Principal Consultant at Oxford Policy Management’s (OPM’s) education portfolio, with nearly 18 years of experience in the development sector. She leads OPM’s global work in the areas of skills development, livelihoods and education systems. She is also a member of OPM India’s Leadership team.
Her work applies a multidimensional skills framework to understand skills and employability challenges in diverse areas. She currently leads the evaluation of the Skill Impact Bond project, and has worked on skills and youth livelihoods focused projects across countries including: India, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, The Gambia and Colombia.

Divya has previously consulted for the World Bank, international think-tanks, development research centres, and the private sector, on themes including poverty reduction, livelihoods, gender and collective action, and skills development. She has also taught politics and area studies at Oxford University.

Divya holds Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degrees in Development Studies from Oxford University and a Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University.