The Strategic Watch Team is in charge of the weekly publications on issues at the heart of current global affairs. They write about current events with a human development perspective, aiming always to inform the HDRI community on what is happening around the world.

Coordinated by Meritxell Lluis Gumiel, the team is composed of ten talented Sciences Po students.

  • Sarah Thompson.

Sarah is completing a double master’s degree in International Affairs at Sciences Po and London School of Economics. She completed a B.A. in Vancouver, Canada, where she specialized in international development and economic and environmental issues, and spent a semester in Fiji. She has volunteered with NGOs in Canada and Argentina and has worked in children’s health policy research for 3 and a half years. Sarah is passionate about how research informs global policy, particularly in the field of development, and is motivated to contribute to HDRI’s work in this area.

  • Sofia Morgavi

Sofía Morgavi is a Franco-Argentinian who graduated from the Urban School of Sciences Po Paris in 2016. Her main areas of interest are urban development, sustainability and climate change, with a strong focus on urban utilities, infrastructure and mobility. She wrote her master’s thesis on the role of international cooperation in the water policies of Lima (Peru), has worked as an urban consultant on projects in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Lima (Peru) and Valparaiso (Chili), and is currently working on pedestrian mobility for the city of Paris.

  • Fiona Noudjenoume

Fiona is a French-Ivorian currently pursuing a Master in Economic Law at Sciences Po. She holds a LLB from the Paris-Est Créteil University. She has six years of experience in volunteering as a young ambassador and a team leader in UNICEF France. She has been working mainly on child trafficking in Benin. Generally, she is passionate about international law, human rights and CSR policy. During her schooling, she also learned Mandarin in order to work on Chinese investment projects in Africa. She is confident that HDRI will allow her to gain skills in research and to express her thoughts on human development issues.

  • Vasiliki Malouchou Kanellopoulo

Vasiliki is a master’s student in Communication, Media and Creative Industries. She is currently an intern for the Greek newspaper Kathimerini and works on the Athens Democracy Forum in partnership with the New York Times. Having worked in documentary production (Anemon), she is interested in issues concerning development and the ways in which these issues can be made more accessible to audiences. Her experience with the economic and democratic crises in Greece as well as with the refugee crisis has motivated her to work as a member of the HDRI watch team.

  • Sophia Qadir

Sophia Qadir is from Southbury, CT in the U.S.A. Currently going into her final year of the Master in International Development at PSIA, she specializes in the Middle East and Project Management. After completing her undergrad in Linguistics and International Relations at Boston University, she came to France to practice her French and Arabic and to further study economic development. Having worked in fast-moving consumer goods companies, international conglomerates, government consulates, and NGOs, she can safely say that her internship at Creative Associates International confirmed her commitment to working in the field of development, especially with regard to the countries of the Sahel.

  • Kathleen Jack

Hailing from the Rocky Mountains of Canada, Kathleen has arrived in Paris to undertake the first year of her dual master’s degree from Sciences Po and the London School of Economics with a concentration in International Economic Policy. Kathleen has previous experience working on the Bank of Canada’s Canadian Economic Analysis team and as a fellow in Accra, Ghana understanding how local entrepreneurs can be empowered in the agricultural sector. She derives much joy from analyzing how positive policy measures can support sustainable human development.

  • Federico Mascolo.

A former student of Politics, Philosophy and Economics at LUISS University in Rome, from where he graduated with a thesis in International Law, Federico is presently studying International Security at PSIA, Sciences Po. Specialising in African and environmental issues, he aims to contribute to unbundle the security-development link and to work on conflict resolution. Currently, he is interning at the Istituto Affari Internazionali, an Italian think tank on international relations, in the department of Energy, Environment and Resources.

  • Gabriela Bernal.

Gabriela is currently a masters student at the Paris School of International Affairs pursuing a double degree with King’s College London. At PSIA she studies human rights and humanitarian action concentrating on diplomacy and at King’s she will be studying international peace and security. She studied political science with a minor in Asian history at Arizona State University but is originally from the sunny island of Curaçao in the Dutch Caribbean. She speaks five languages and is currently learning Korean and Arabic. She is mainly interested in international political developments, human rights issues, and armed conflicts. In her free time, she enjoys non-fiction reading, writing for online magazines, and traveling. 

  • Manuel Guerrero.

Manuel Guerrero is a master’s student in Environmental Policy at Sciences Po with regional concentrations in China and Latin America. He studied History at Amherst College where he wrote a thesis exploring the effects of Mexico’s industrialization on indigenous material culture. After obtaining his B.A., he taught English in Vietnam through a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship and spent the past two years working in immigration law in San Francisco, California. His main research and policy interests are in urban sustainable development in the Pacific and developing world. He is also passionate about the intersection between human development and sociopolitical empowerment.