Board Members

Muhammad Asad Rafi

Former SDG Reporting Coordinator

Originally from Pakistan, Muhammad Asad Rafi, is a student of International Security at SciencesPo, with special focus on Diplomacy and South and Central Asia. Before that, he did his undergraduate studies from Bilkent University in Turkey, earning a BA in International Relations.

Currently in his second year, Asad is interning at UNESCO with the Education Sector, as he believes that Education is the most important key to unlock development. He works for the ‘Futures of Education’ team within the Education sector, focusing on how Education can be used to redefine our future, which is haunted by the likes of climate change, poverty, and inequality.

Last year with HDRI, Asad led a team of researchers who worked on SDG Reporting. The focus of the research was on SDG 4 which is Climate Action, and they took a comparative studies approach, by comparing countries in different regions of the world. In this study, Latin America (Argentina and Chile) and Middle East (Egypt and Tunisia) were studied.

Asad worked as President of the South Asian Cultural Club in his previous university, and overlooked the rehabilitation of the club, which is now one of the only two organizations operating in Bilkent for International Students from South Asia. Asad has had work experience in four different countries, and he brings that experience on board with his role as the President of this organization.

Asad speaks Urdu, Punjabi, and English fluently, and is struggling with French, like other foreigners in Paris.

Zoe Daruwalla

Former Advocacy Director

HDRI’s Vice-President is a psychology graduate from St. Xavier’s College Mumbai. She is now currently in her first year of Master in International Development specializing in Project Management and Latin American Studies.

Zoe was also the ex-Director of Advocacy at HDRI, and she was responsible for organizing over flagship Social Innovation Competition. Along with that, she has had experience working in commissioning research proposals for Oxford University Press, New Delhi and as a Recruitment Head Intern for Urban Support System Start-up ‘Bayside First’ in Mumbai. She has volunteered extensively in different parts of the world, as an English professor at Axentec Language Center Marrakech Morocco and as an educational co ordinater with Madrid for Refugees. She also dabbled with research on the needs to rural development as an intern with the Energee Foundation for the villages in Karjat India. In 2015 she represented St. Xavier’s College in the Global Next Leader Conference on Peace and Conflict in Hiroshima and Tokyo Japan.

After an academic gap year at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid with a focus in Latin American studies and Economics, she now has a working proficiency in Spanish. She is fluent in English and Hindi and is currently learning French.

Publications Director
Utsav Shah

HDRI’s Publication Director is an Indian pursuing the Masters in International Economic Policy at PSIA, Sciences Po with concentrations in Emerging Economies and European Students. Before joining Sciences Po, he completed his Bachelor studies in Economics Hons from Symbiosis International University, India followed by a two-year term with Ernst & Young (EY) in their Transfer Pricing & Economics practice

Currently, Utsav is interning with the Eurasia Division-Central Asia team of the OECD in Paris followed after an internship with UNCTAD, in Geneva in a similar role. His expertise lies in International Trade and Development Finance, SME/Private Sector Development, FDI related research/analysis and capacity building in LDCs with added interests in Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Digital Trade/Public Governance. 

Utsav speaks six Indian languages in addition to fluent English and French and is associated with various Sciences Po and non-Sciences Po organizations in different capacities. He loves to travel and cook; and is an active MUN participant. 

In his role as the Director of Publications, Utsav aims to put his research interests in practice while aligning to the interests and objectives of the organization. With a team of research coordinators and researches, he aims to contribute with diverse and insightful researches over the next year. 

Communications Director 
Sophia Otoo

Sophia is a Ghanaian who is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Development at Sciences Po, with concentrations in European Studies and Diplomacy. She had her undergraduate studies in Political Science at the University of Ghana and also did an Erasmus Exchange Programme at the University of Hradec Kralove in the Czech Republic.

At the University of Ghana, Sophia was very active in leadership roles , serving as the 1st Deputy Speaker of the University of Ghana Parliament House and also as the General Secretary/ Women’s Commissioner of the University Students Chamber Ghana.

Aspiring to be a Diplomat/Ambassador in future, Sophia has part participated in various international conferences such as the African Students and Youth Submit in Rwanda and the International Youth Diplomacy Conference in Accra where she performed the role as the Deputy Conference Director.

Sophia speaks English and 3 other Ghanaian languages fluently and currently learning French.

As the Communications Director for HDRI, she hopes to increase the visibility of the organization through all communications channels available to ensure that the core visions and mandate of the organization is realized.

Event Director(s) 
Lou-Anne Petit and Alice Chempf

Lou-Anne Petit is a French Sciences Po’s bachelor graduate. Currently in her second year at Sciences Po Paris’ master degree in International Development specializing in Emerging Economies and in Asian studies.

She had the chance to spend one year in China, in Peking University, where she has studied the Chinese economics and its development. In Beijing, Lou-Anne took an active part at the French Tech Beijing and at the We Belong Forum focused on Sustainable Development. During the Bachelor degree, she has volunteered as a coach for refugees in Wintegreat. She is keen to take an academic gap year in Latin America in order to learn more about the economic development of the continent.

She speaks French and English and she is currently learning Chinese and Spanish. She likes to play and watch football. Lou-Anne is also developing a growing interest for environmental studies and is trying to become zero waste.

Alice Chempf is from Bucharest, Romania, where she graduated from the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor in Security Studies. She is currently pursuing the MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at PSIA, SciencesPo, with a  regional focus on The Americas and a thematic focus on Global Risks. 

In Romania, Alice volunteered for a variety of NGOs, organising personal development projects, conferences, delivering trainings on public speaking and leadership, on human rights and international organisations. She was the project manager of a national project connecting high school students and college students and  the co-founder of a Personal Branding Incubator. She was a competitive debater for six years representing Romania at the World Championship in Singapore and winning various distinctions both nationally and internationally. Being a strong believer in the importance of informal education, she was a debate trainer for high school students for three years and a trainer for children from disadvantaged communities. She volunteered for one of the biggest feminist associations in Romania, Centrul FILIA, as well as for one of the biggest students associations, Volunteers for Ideas and Projects. 

Apart from Romanian, Alice speaks English, French and Italian and she’s currently learning Spanish. She wishes she’d have more time to travel, she adores both art and architecture and she describes herself as a devoted handball fan.

Business Development Director 
Nicolas Romascanu-Drincourt

Nicolas Romascanu-Drincourt is currently a second year student at the Graduate School of Public Affairs, majoring in Public Administration, at SciencesPo. He has helped organise music festivals in Germany and Switzerland and has been a redactor for the start-up Open-Work since September 2018. In 2019 he was an intern at the SciencesPo Summer School.

Since January 2018, Nicolas has been the recipient of a scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, for which he is co-speaker this academic year.

Nicolas holds a Bachelor degree in Piano Performance from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and speaks French, German and English fluently.