Notable alumni

Many IDS graduates have since become well known and highly regarded for their commitment and contribution to development and social change. Here are just a few of our notable alumni. If you know of others, please get in touch.

  • Asim Ahmed, Permanent Representative to the UN for Maldives
    MPhil Development Studies 1992
  • Carlos Alvarado Quesada, 48th President of Costa Rica
    MA Development Studies 2009
  • Joanna Kerr, President and CEO of MakeWay, former Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada and first female Chief Executive of ActionAid International
    MA Gender and Development 1991
  • Jeanette Longfield, Member of the British Empire for services to food policy
    Mphil Development 1982
  • Robina P. Marks, South African Ambassador to Benin, formerly High Commissioner to Sri Lanka
    MA Gender and Development 1999
  • Edwin Irizarry Mora, Puerto Rican pro-independence leader
    PhD/DPhil Development Studies 1989
  • Salim Mvurya, Kenyan politician
    Power Participation and Social Change 2011
  • Nancy Okail, Egyptian scholar and activist
    Doctor of Philosophy 2009
  • Naana Otoo-Oyortey (MBE), social activist and women’s rights defender
    Mphil Development 1993
  • Theodore Pelagidis, Deputy Director of the Bank of Greece
    MPhil Development 1989
  • Melanie Robinson, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe
    MA Governance and Development 2012
  • Mohammad Ibrahim Shtayyeh, the Prime Minister of Palestine, PhD in Economic Development 1990
  • Sudarshan Suchi, Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children India
    MA Participation, Power and Social Change 2018
  • Isatou Touray, Vice President of The Gambia
    PhD/DPhil Development Studies 2004
  • Euclid Tsakalotos, Greek Minister of Finance
    Mphil Development 1984
  • Marta Zabaleta, Argentinian political refugee, social scientist, writer and poet PhD/DPhil Development Studies 1979
  • Alexandra Wanjiku Kelbert, researcher, educator and activist
    MA Development Studies 2012