Kayla Kim (She/Her)

Community Analyst, United Nations Development Programme

About Kayla Kim

Hello! I was Laidlaw scholar in 2019, and I studied national, regional, and local identity in northern Tajikistan through the lens of women's fashion.  For a year after graduating, I worked for the UN Mine Action Service which removes landmines from conflict and post-conflict regions. I then worked for the Laidlaw Foundation 2021-22 and completed a Master's Degree in Anthropology and Development Management at the London School of Economics. Now I'm working with the UN on innovative finance for biodiversity conservation, focusing on marine ecosystems.

Please feel free to reach out on the network, on LinkedIn, or by email. I'm always happy to meet new people and chat.

I am a/an:

Alum: Undergraduate Leadership & Research Programme


University of Oxford

Laidlaw Cohort Year


Research Topic

Anthropology Fashion Identity & Belonging Sociology

Area of Expertise

Social Sciences

I am from:

United States of America

My hobbies/interests are:

Dance Foreign languages Reading Theatre Travelling Video/filmmaking Writing/blogging

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


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Fashion in the Ferghana Valley: How Tajik national identity in a multinational region manifests in individual dress

This paper aims to explore how the city Khujand's proximity to international borders affects Tajik women's fashion and women's perceptions of their national dress.

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Aug 15, 2022

This is great, thanks for sharing Holly!! :) 

May 27, 2022

Thank you so much for sharing this Aly! Insight into a fascinating organization. I'm glad things like this exist in the world... "The organization making the most noise may not necessarily be having the biggest impact."

May 27, 2022

Great to see that you were all together, and hope it went well!

May 17, 2022
Replying to Laura Littlefair

Hi Kayla!

I've tried inputting the code on the website numerous times, but it doesn't seem to be working, and says it is invalid! Just wondered if anyone else had tried it and got it to work? 

@Laura Littlefair Thanks so much for letting me know!! I've had a message from a scholar as well who has had difficulty. The Tortoise team says:

1) Try registering with a different email & going on a different brower or incognito mode

2) Book a Think-In and join from there; the Think-In pages are less finnicky.

So sorry that you've had this issue, it seems to be common and let me know if neither of these methods work!!

May 16, 2022
Replying to Susanna Kempe

@Kayla Kim She sounds amazing. Where did you come across her? Who owns and runs the business now?

Yes, I can't believe I've never heard of her before!! She is so aligned with our mission. I was coming up short on potential inspirational quotes linked to this particular day, so I started looking through lists of people the FT has interviewed recently. Came across this fabulous interview.

Her company was acquired by Sopra Steria, a Paris-based consulting, digital services, and software development company.

May 09, 2022

Thanks for the welcome Alex!

Apr 14, 2022

Congrats Louis, this is great!!

Apr 14, 2022
Replying to Susanna Kempe

I think that optimism, having the belief and determination to keep moving forward, to find solutions, is often what makes a true leader stand out amongst their peers. It is very easy to point out problems, to explain why things are too hard or can't be done. Moral courage is not about blithely ignoring the hurdles, it is about facing them head on. The real leader finds a way to achieve their goal whether it is reaching a summit or bringing everyone back home safely.  

Thanks @Susanna Kempe (she/her), I agree—I found this to be a surprising take on 'courage' at first, and not something I had heard before. But putting this in context, with the challenges that Shackleton faced, it makes so much sense. He had no option but to act with optimism, as the alternative was death for him and for his team, and we can apply this same attitude in our own scenarios.