Department of Political Science


Zahara Choudri

MSc Global Governance and Ethics, 2011–2012

Zahara Choudri

Zahara Choudri, MSc Global Governance and Ethics, 2011–2012.

After leaving SPP, I decided to work as a consultant in various projects within international development. During my time at SPP I was fortunate to gain huge support from the Department to run a charity campaign with the Jaago Foundation. I held the responsibility of Head of Charity and Fundraising for SPP’s International Public Affairs Society (IPAS), where I worked with a group of 20 fellow postgraduate students to fundraise for the Jaago Foundation. We successfully raised over £20,000 within four months that allowed the charity to build one sustainable school in Chittagong, Bangladesh with now over 180 children. The campaign was a huge success, allowing us to gain official sponsorship from Manchester City Foundation and Etihad Airlines for a 10k run organised in Richmond Park in which students and the Faculty took part. As a result of the campaign, I still work extremely closely with Jaago as the UK Country Director. Upon completing my Masters I have been fortunate to work on some fantastic projects with the Jaago Foundation, the largest education charity in Pakistan, CarePakistan and most recently working to support a project in Indonesia within microfinance and development.

The MSc Global Governane and Ethics programme itself was an excellent experience, with a plethora of courses and creating a fantastic platform for great dialogue and debate. I particularly enjoyed my dissertation period. We were the first year to partake in a capstone project working with DECC (UK Department of Energy & Climate Change). This was a fantastic opportunity to work with fellow postgraduates to collaborate and yet work independently to produce our research. Our team researched the development of Unconventional Gas in China up to 2030 and presented our research findings to industry experts within DECC. This was a fantastic experience, not only did we get to work with DECC we were also supported by the department and our dissertation tutor, Dr Slava Mikhaylov.

Coupled with my development work, I am currently establishing my own start-up within real estate and property development. However I would be delighted to go back to SPP and research further as my heart has always been within academia!

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