Kayla Kim

Marketing Manager, Laidlaw Foundation
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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. Now I have returned to the Laidlaw Foundation!

Please feel free to reach out on the network, on LinkedIn, or by email. I'm always happy to meet new people and chat, especially about nationalism/politics of gender/Central Asia/demining/UN/creative writing or even ballroom dance :)

I am a/an:

Alum: Undergraduate Programme

Area of Expertise

Social Sciences

Research Topic

Anthropology Fashion Identity & Belonging Sociology

Laidlaw Cohort Year



University of Oxford

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


Intro Content

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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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

@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

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.

Jan 10, 2022

I think this is so important. Social media, like Twitter, encourages people to pile on, and in, adding vitriol to outrage to scorn. Yet no one is persuaded to change their views, and certainly not their behaviour, by being told how dreadful they are. Insults and ridicule are more likely to cause someone to dig in than change. If we want our point of view to prevail, we need to argue more persuasively, not shout more loudly.

Thanks Susanna, and agreed!

Dec 20, 2021

A previous boss and subsequent lifelong mentor had a personal performance check: could he demonstrate that work he had personally done had paid for himself (ie his salary and on-costs) within Q1 of any given year? It ensured that his contributions to the success of the organisation, his achievements, remained tangible however senior he became (which when I reported to him was extremely - he was Group CEO). He was also completely brilliant at ensuring that others were successful, as the impressive careers of so many of his direct reports attest. Reading this great Aga Khan IV quotation reminds me that every leader should ask both questions of themselves, honestly and unflinchingly: what have I achieved and what have I demonstrably helped others to achieve on a regular basis.   

I love the idea of a personal performance check, thanks so much for sharing!

Nov 02, 2021

Thanks for the warm welcome Nikol, and very excited to be joining the team!