• Theo Van der Merwe

Theo Van der Merwe is a South African postgraduate student in International Development, specializing in emerging economies and human rights at the Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po. Previously, he studied international relations and economic history at the undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Cape Town, which has fueled a keen interest in issues of economic development and conflict.  He was a visiting scholar at the South African Institute of International Affairs, where he conducted policy analysis on the link between violent extremist groups and natural resource extraction in East Africa, and has also interned at the Cape Town office of S-RM, an international business intelligence and risk management consultancy.

  • Sonam Kotadia

Sonam is a master’s student specializing in Global Risks and Methods at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po. While an undergraduate, her research focused on political extremism. She is also interested in conflict prediction and resolution.

  • Domenico Carofiglio

Recently graduated from the War Studies Department of King’s College London, Domenico Carofiglio is now pursuing a double degree in public policy and management at Sciences Po and Bocconi University. Domenico has an interest in identifying mechanisms to foster public sector outcomes in conflict-ridden, developing countries. In particular, his research focuses on the multiple links between recruitment, corruption, and conflict in former British, French, and Spanish colonies.