CO-FOUNDER AND CO-PRESIDENT
Max is an MPhil student in Development Studies at Oxford's Department of International Development (ODID), a research fellow at the China-Latin America Sustainable Investment Initiative at the Bank Information Center, and a research assistant in Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government and Saïd Business School. In 2017 he was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. His current research focuses on Chinese finance to Latin America, and broader interests involve the political economies of sustainable development, development finance, and infrastructure and energy systems. His writing has been published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Harvard Kennedy School Review, Mongabay, El Comercio, China Dialogue, Wild, and other international outlets.
Prior to Oxford, he worked at FoodTank, a Colorado state political campaign, and in the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Colorado. He received a bachelor's degree in Political Science, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Colorado, where he was a Norlin Scholar.
CO-PRESIDENT AND PUBLICATIONS DIRECTOR
Gus is an MPhil student in Development Studies at Oxford's Department of International Development (ODID). His current research focuses on the evolution of development finance institutions, and he has broader interests in the social-environmental sustainability of large-scale infrastructure development. His writing has been published by Slate, Mongabay, Roads and Kingdoms, Latin America Bureau, The Lesotho Times, Mekong Commons, International Rivers, and Not One More (N1M), among other outlets.
Prior to Oxford, he worked as an energy economics analyst at The Brattle Group. He is a former Thomas J. Watson Fellow and OpenIDEO Climate Storytelling Fellow and has worked for a number of environmental NGOs, including International Rivers and Conservation Strategy Fund. He holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Amherst College. He’ll begin a PhD at Stanford University’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources in Fall of 2018.
VICE PRESIDENT AND RUSSIA/EASTERN EUROPE COORDINATOR
Yulia Lisovskaya is an MSc student in Environmental Change and Management at the School of Geography and the Environment. She grew up in Russia and moved to the United States to pursue her bachelor’s degrees in Applied Economics and Geography. As a young scholar in the field of urban planning Yulia was drawn to the plethora of challenges faced by human settlements, ranging from the transit deserts in her local West Michigan to the exigent climate change-induced phenomenon of sea level rise in the global coastal communities. Within the professional realm, she worked for a number of non-profit and governmental organisations, including the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Chicago Transit Authority and Centre for Neighbourhood Technology.
Yulia is thrilled for her academic journey with ECM and looks forward to becoming an even more effective change-maker in the field of sustainable development. Her specific academic and professional interests lie within the environmental hazard mitigation and sustainability education fields.
ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
Antje Lang is an MSc student in Environmental Change and Management at Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment. At SoGE and as an Urbanist, she is looking forward to delving deeper into the opportunities and challenges of cities as centres of sustainability and shapers of climate, and integrating this with her passion for environmental justice.
Prior to Oxford, Antje worked as the outreach and policy coordinator at the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, a Chicago-based legal aid and affordable housing non-profit, and focused on passing legislation to integrate environmental health and affordable housing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University, where she focused on environmental health.
Luciano Mateo Rodriguez Carrington
Latin America Coordinator
Luciano is an MPhil student in Development Studies at Oxford's Department of International Development (ODID). He is currently studying the interplay between global climate change mitigation strategies and the local impacts of development projects aimed at poverty reduction, with a specific focus on Mexico. His interests involve issues of: sustainable development, rural-to-urban migration, multiculturalism, climate change and social policy. Before coming to Oxford, Luciano completed a bachelor’s degree in Social & Political Sciences at Goldsmiths, University of London. He also worked as a research assistant on a conservation and development project with Natura y Ecosistemas Mexicanos A.C. and as a research assistant at Human Rights Watch, London, working on issues of migration in Europe. He continues to direct his efforts on building bridges between academic research and development projects.
Anna Isabelle 'Sai' Villafuerte is an MPhil student in Development Studies at Oxford's Department of International Development (ODID). Her research broadly focuses on the relationship between institutional innovation and human capital development in East and Southeast Asia. More specifically, she is exploring the role of digital technologies in the development of creative industries in the Philippines. With regards to urbanism, she is interested in the cultural economy of cities and how it can enable the development of creative skills.
Prior to Oxford, Sai earned her bachelor’s degree in International Politics at City, University of London where she wrote her thesis on the rise of private housing bonds in the Philippines. In 2015, she worked in Unicef UK alongside the Head of Emergencies, drafting advocacy plans on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Beyond her studies, she writes for The Huffington Post and has published pieces on topics relating to arts, politics and wherever they intersect.
ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR AND SOUTH ASIA COORDINATOR
Zoë Johnson is an MPhil student in Development Studies at Oxford's Department of International Development (ODID). Her research focuses on qualitative understandings of poverty in small urban centres with a particular focus on the relationships between wealth, welfare, and water. Most poverty measures used by governments and international agencies are derived from the characteristics of poverty in large cities and in rural areas, but given the rapid rate of urbanisation worldwide, there is a growing need to better understand poverty in small cities.
Before coming to Oxford, Zoë worked as the Program Coordinator for UBC’s Himalaya Program and as an editorial assistant. Zoë holds a BSc in Global Resource Systems from the University of British Columbia. In this program, she studied globalisation, urbanisation, and international development through the lens of food systems and food sovereignty movements, with a regional focus on South Asia.
Aaron Maniam is a Singaporean government official, currently on study leave at Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government on a Clarendon Scholarship. His research focuses on the digital transformation of governments, and other links between technology and public policy. He also has research interests in the study of cities, complexity theory, communitarian political theory and deliberative democracy. In his government postings, Aaron has worked with the Singapore Foreign Service, served as founding Head of the Centre for Strategic Futures (an internal government think-tank to study long-term issues of significance to Singapore), taught at the Singapore Civil Service College, and led a team coordinating policy on manufacturing, services and economic transformation at the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
An award-winning poet and trained facilitator of interfaith dialogues, he serves as adjunct faculty at the National University of Singapore's Scholars Programme, University College London's Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy programme, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013.