I am a DPhil student at the Oxford Department of International Development, and an aspiring humanitarian worker and international development expert specialized in climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and WASH.
I hold a B.A. in Anthropology from the Université Catholique de Louvain, a M.A. in International Affairs from the University of Ottawa, and have attended Sciences Po Paris in 2017, where I specialised in International Development Practice. In Oxford, I conduct interdisciplinary research merging Anthropology, Development Studies, International Relations and Geography on community resilience to climate change in disaster settings. In particular, I am researching water-related natural hazards and risks in small islands developing states (SIDS) and the contribution of indigenous knowledge to DRR strategies, with fieldwork planned in Guyana in 2019.
I have experience in NGO management, programming, public policy and international development practice. My previous postings include Refugee Help (humanitarian NGO based in Paris), Louvain Coopération's Food and Economic Security unit, the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, and the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the UN, where I have been active in the negotiations on the Global Pact for the Environment, various humanitarian resolutions and debates in international law, including the law of the sea.
Aside from my research, I am currently consultant for UNEP/OCHA Joint Unit where I conduct an analysis of gender issues in WASH, and work for Oxford Climate Policy, a capacity-building NGO. I am also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper based in Oxford, where I further advance inclusive sustainable development in policy.