Nikol Chen (she/her)

Digital Content Manager, Laidlaw Foundation
Meegan Worcester

Student, University of Leeds

Hi! My name is Meegan and I am in my industrial placement year working as an Air Quality Research Assistant for the NHS, and I am on the Sustainability and Environmental Management degree programme at the University of Leeds. I am also the UK Chapter President for the Laidlaw Foundation, and I am looking forward to working with the other Chapter Presidents to organise and host social and career-related events throughout the year! I love the outdoors to go for a hike and wild camp whenever I get the chance. I love promoting sustainability, and I volunteer at the local charity Development Education Centre in Leeds to help local schools engage with the Sustainable Development Goals and environmental/human rights issues in their curriculum.
Alessandra Grifi

Student, University of York

Areesha Imaan Siddiqui

Undergraduate Student and Research Assistant , University of Toronto

Hi everyone! My name is Areesha Imaan Siddiqui and I am third-year student at the University of Toronto - Mississauga campus. I'm currently doing a double major in Psychology and Sociocultural Anthropology with a minor in French. My research looks at homeless women in Toronto and the social and cultural processes as well as policies that affect how the women are re-integrated into society. Please feel free to message me to maybe talk about my research or anything else really!
Uwase Victoire ISINGIZWE


I'm Victoire Uwase ISINGIZWE, a student at the University of Rwanda college of science and Technology doing INFORMATION SYSTEMS in level 3. I was born and raised in Rwanda, I developed my passion for programming since 2015. since then, I have been working on software development projects includes Online reservation system, Electronic payment for social protection (TUZA ELECTRONIC PAYMENT for Local security fees collection using a mobile phone), and many others. I also worked with the Japanese company called DIVE INTO CODE and attended some training about programming and coding on Coursera. I like doing some of the work with friends and colleagues as it helps in developing new ideas. My other hobbies include reading novels, coding, singing, entertainment.

Student, the University of Hong Kong

Hi, I am an undergraduate student at the University of Hong Kong. I have some research experiences in heritage imaging, genome engineering, nanoparticle drug carrier, and surgical augmented reality. And I am currently learning more about computational bio-molecule stimulation and screening model for further studies. I'd love to communicate, share, and build wholeheartedly about the past, present, and future stories.
Paul Hanna

Laidlaw Scholar, Columbia University

I'm a second-year student at Columbia University studying film theory and political philosophy/theory! I'm interested in studying art with a strong focus on the sociopolitical, and how geopolitical attitudes are consciously or subconsciously implemented in art. I like to write, read, watch films, bake, play the piano, and take photos! This summer, I examined Napoleon's influence on the political attitudes present in Le rouge et le noir by Stendhal and War and Peace by Tolstoy. (he/him)
Brandon Yu

Student & Research Fellow, University of Toronto

I'm a student at the University of Toronto interested in neurological and ocular health, immunological mechanisms and self-immunity, as well as innovations and leadership within health care. I look to empower the aspiring youth through limitless, accessible education, and foster positive change in our dynamic reality!
Lorenzo Molinari (he/him)

Technology Consulting Associate, PwC UK

Hello everyone! My name is Lorenzo and I am currently a Technology Consulting Associate at PwC and I have previously completed a Biomedical Engineering degree at UCL. In my Laidlaw experience I specialised in Autism Research, from a psychological and engineering perspective, investigating perceptual load capacity and early diagnosis technique using novel medical imaging techniques. I am very passionate about innovative economics, education and technology - let's chat! :)
Iñaki Iriarte is a Laidlaw Scholar working with UCL's Institute of the Americas on researching political representation in Brazil.
Anna Wilson

Laidlaw Scholar , University of Leeds

Studying International Sustainability and Environmental Management. My research project is “The pedestrian environment and new mobility services: mixed messages?”, one that I chose due to a passion for social justice and the exploration of it within varying contexts. COVID-19 caused this project to be heavily redesigned, with research objectives shifting to how the pedestrian space was used during the intial pandemic, and future idealistic spaces.
Sinéad McAteer

Student Midwife , Trinity College Dublin

I am a 3rd year Midwifery student at Trinity College Dublin. For my research project, I am investigating women's views on the need for birth reflection clinics/services for women who have experienced a traumatic event during childbirth within the Irish maternity services.
Abhimanyue Singh Tanwar

Student, The University of Hong Kong

Nikhara Nirghin

MBA Candidate, London Business School

Born curious, constantly learning and actively creating a career of maximum impact. My interests are mainly in finance, entrepreneurship and technology. I am passionate about utilising my interests in order to advance society.
Yibin Liu

Undergraduate schorlar, University College London

Hi, I'm a second-year economics student at UCL. I'm particular interested in Development Economy and Behavior Economy. Besides, I'm also enthusiastic in Economic Sociology. Welcome to chat with me!
Rhys Anil Madden

PhD Student, The London School of Economics

I completed the Laidlaw Programme in Summer 2016 while studying for a degree in Social Anthropology, looking at Bemba pottery in the University of St Andrews ethnographic collections. This led to an interest in material culture which I followed up on through an MA in the Arts of Africa Oceania and the Americas at the Sainsbury Research Unit (UEA), as well as a number of volunteer and paid museum positions. In September 2019 I began a PhD in Anthropology at the London School of Economics. My project is entitled 'Ambivalence, uncertainty and doubt: Exploring responses to oil and flooding in an ‘Indo-Guyanese’ rural coastal village', and will draw on ~18 months ethnographic fieldwork taking place from 2021-2023.
Sara Jasmine Rashid

Research Scholar, Miss

Ellen McGrady Hogan

Student , Trinity College Dublin

I am a final year student, studying Molecular Medicine in Trinity College Dublin.
Joelle Weir

Student, University of Toronto

Hi! I'm currently a journalism student at the University of Toronto. I like to read, dance, and do yoga. I am also a MAJOR Foodie and cook all the time. My favorite classes this semester has been Intro to Journalism, Mandarin, and Stats! I also talk about social journalism and live-stream in my free time.
Jessica Nicole Ramas Manuel

Head of Culture Team, Operations Officer, FiliFest

I am a graduate of (BA) History of Art with Material Studies from University College London. My long-term research interests are on Philippine Studies, with a particular focus on all aspects of Filipino art history, culture, heritage and identities. I am also keen on studying about Filipino diaspora studies. The Laidlaw Scholarship has provided me with an opportunity for me to re-discover and explore my own cultural heritage. For my independent research project I spent my time in the Philippines, where I travelled around Manila and Ilocos Norte to connect with cultural advocators, social enterprises and local weavers to explore the current developments and insights into the future of Philippine textiles. My experiences as a Laidlaw Scholar has therefore encouraged me to further pursue a career in researching about the development of contemporary art in the Philippines, the survival of the traditional arts as well, and perhaps set up a creative cultural enterprise of my own that seeks to support grassroot collectives. I also have experience some experience in art conservation, cataloguing and archiving, given my time volunteering for UCL Special Collections as well becoming a Conservation Assistant at the renowned Hamilton Kerr Institute. I am also part of a committee of like-minded students who has set a leading example in promoting the Filipino culture and identity across the UK, in the form of an annual Festival. As the former Chief Operations Officer of FiliFest, and the current Head of Culture Team and part of Operations Team - I have great experience in project management. My experiences as a first-generation Filipino in the UK, and as a BAME student in London’s international university - I acknowledge some of the privileges and inequalities that one can encounter throughout their university experience. I am glad to have pursued the Laidlaw Scholarship - it has opened a lot of doors for my own personal development: for it has allowed me to embrace my own culture and make representing it my passion, advocacy and ambition.
Yordan Tsanov

Direct Marketing Client Services at EuroFinance, Durham University

Hello, Laidlaw community. I am a Durham University BA graduate in Anthropology and Archaeology. I was interested in understanding colonial imperialism in the post-socialist space. As an anthropologist I decided to research in particular Russian and Soviet practices of social governance of non-Russian people, therefore I explored ethnographically the various understandings of the ethnic identity of the contemporary Cossacks.