Sean McDiarmid

Sean McDiarmid

Sean is an Anglo-Chinese student who studied International Affairs at Peking University’s SIS and is currently studying the same at the London School of Economics’ Department of International History. While in Beijing he interned for the British Chamber of Commerce in China. His primary interest lies in the intersection of security studies and East Asia, as they relate to Western (and in particular US) defence diplomacy. He hopes to better understand the region and its position as a central node in great power strategic calculations and thereby contribute in some small way to the construction of a peaceful, prosperous East-West relationship. After graduation, he hopes to work in the public sector or in a think tank/consultant capacity.

Sergio Camacho Iannini

Sergio Camacho Iannini

Sergio is a Colombian journalist and LGBTI Activist who completed his Master of Arts in Strategic Communications at Kings College, University of London. He has worked in different sectors, such as media, government, and NGOs and has now returned to Columbia where he has joined Women’s Link Worldwide, an international organization that uses the law’s power to advances girls’ and women’s rights, as a Communications and Advocacy Officers.

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Timothy Wong

Timothy Wong

Timothy Wong is a medical doctor from Hong Kong who completed his MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His interest is in refugee/forced migrant health. Before studying in London he undertook volunteer work in Greece and Bangladesh, and, after a brief period back in Hong Kong, is now working with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in Sierra Leone. He hopes that his clinical and research experience will enable him to contribute meaningfully to global health.

Osheen Arora

Osheen Arora

Osheen Arora is currently working as an account manager at Salesforce India. She did her Masters in Management at London Business Schools and will be pursuing her MBA from INSEAD in 2022. Her long term goal is to do management consulting for the small and medium businesses in India.

What has your Fellowship enabled you to do, explore, or gain that you wouldn’t have otherwise?

A seeker of knowledge and passionate for ideas that have the ability to transform a life, I am a student of everything I encounter. The fellowship has enabled me to be a student every day and look at the world from a completely different perspective. Experiences, ultimately, form a part of our identity. The fellowship is a community that pushes you to be the best version of yourself. It is astonishing how people from all walks of life come together and connect on so many levels, yet be unique in their own way. For me, the fellowship is my safe haven, it protects me when needed and encourages me to make my own path. The fellowship has enabled me to set goals for myself, explore my strengths and gain exposure by broadening my horizons. It’s a community that focuses on the greater good and wants to leave a positive impact on each other and the rest of the World.

What impact has your Fellowship had on your ability to lead in the 21st century?

Leading in the 21st century is more about being empathetic and showing “deliberate calm and optimism”, along with having a coherent long-term view. COVID-19 has pushed us to trust our teams more and even in times of social-distancing, learn to be dependent on each other. I have always believed in the kind of leadership which empowers others and creates leaders. As a young 21-year old college student, I built a local chapter of a social-entrepreneurship organising focusing on empowering underprivileged women in a small slum in New Delhi and helping them become entrepreneurs. I helped set-up business models focusing on female hygiene and sustainable employment by tapping their existing talents and helped them earn their own income The fellowship has fuelled my belief further. Meeting people determined to create waves of expedient change in their own disciplines and learning from their experiences has helped me focus on the broader picture and ask the right questions. It’s a support network that I can fall back on in terms of being a better leader in this ever-changing uncertain world.

How do you imagine your Fellowship will impact on your personal and professional growth in the next chapter of your life?

In the next chapter of my life, I plan to pursue my MBA from INSEAD and explore a career in Management Consulting. The fellowships’ impact on my personal and professional life is two-fold. Firstly, the ‘leadership retreat’ followed by regular meet-ups act as a refreshing breather, helping me get new insights and positively questioning my belief while expanding possibilities. It helps me view my ideas with the fresh lens. I feel motivated and inspired to choose a new direction that I might be passionate about. The reciprocal learning, discussing new ideas and soaking in various perspectives is what makes these sessions special. Secondly, in the long-term, in today’s increasingly globalized world, the fellowship helps me in developing a cross-cultural competency and awareness about the skills needed to succeed. It helps in broadening my reach and amplifying what I am already doing. The fellows act as a sounding board of my long-term professional goals and provide me with the right resources to achieve them. Personally, the fellowship strengthens my sense of self and defines my purpose and values by reflecting into my internal compass, rather than depending on external factors like fitting into other people’s expectations. I am truly grateful to be a part of this wonderful community and look forward to growing with it in the years to come.

Britta Gustavson

Britta Gustavson

Britta Gustavson worked at the Montreal Neurological Institute and completed her Masters of Research in Brain Science at University College, London where she also undertook research as an Intern.  Britta returned to Canada in 2018 to commence studying Medicine at McGill University, Montreal.

What has your Fellowship enabled you to do, explore, or gain that you wouldn’t have otherwise?`

My Fellowship has encouraged me to persist in the things that interest me, both in and outside of the lab. Moreover, the fellowship has encouraged me to see my Masters degree as more than the year-long academic pursuit that I initially saw it to be. The fellowship has helped me to explore how the knowledge and skills gained as a part of my MRes will broadly apply to my future endeavors. It is with excitement that I reflect on the growth I have experienced since receiving the Rowland Scholarship and commencing my Masters degree and when I consider the things to come.

What impact has your Fellowship had on your ability to lead in the 21st century?

My involvement with the Fellowship has given me a better understanding of what it means to lead in the 21st century. In my Master’s dissertation I quote the neuropathologist Tracy Putnam, who remarked eighty-five years ago that “it is but natural that a rational therapy is impossible before etiology is understood” (Putnam, 1933). While Putnam is referring to the elusive cause of multiple sclerosis, this statement rings true in many ways for me in terms of leadership. In order to lead effectively in the 21st century I must first work to understand the unique set of challenges we face, the evolving set of skills necessitated to handle these challenges and, most importantly perhaps, the value of having peers such as the Intersticia Fellows to help lead. Leadership in the 21st century is no longer dictated by the capacity to lead those in our immediate surroundings. The challenges that we are facing and will continue to face in future require a broad mindset and global cooperation, which is an area where I believe the Fellowship will excel.

How do you imagine your Fellowship will impact on your personal and professional growth in the next chapter of your life?

Just as the Fellowship has encouraged me to persist with my current interest in neuroscience, I imagine the Fellowship will continue to encourage me for as long as I have interests to be passionate about. I also imagine that the Fellowship will provide a professional network of scholars who are also committed to the advancement of their field, whatever it may be. The broad scope of the Fellowship, both in terms of the Fellows and their fields, will help me see the next chapter of my life and my goals in a much wider space than I would have otherwise. There are many exciting things for me to be working towards, and I am grateful to do so with the encouragement of the Fellowship.