Karly Drabot

Gates Scholar


Karly Drabot is a Gates Scholar pursuing a PhD in Psychology at the University of Cambridge. More specifically, Karly’s research focuses on gender psychology and well-being. Her experience working with vulnerable populations both locally and internationally has informed her interest in gender equality and human rights. She is passionate about moving findings into practice and policy through educating professionals and developing evidence-based programmes and interventions. Originally from the Okanagan Valley in Canada, Karly completed her BA in Psychology at the University of British Columbia and her MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge.

Nathalie Kathryn Folkerts

Fulbright Scholar

United States

Nathalie is passionate about the potential to utilise design to reimagine policies and spaces that support healthier, more resilient communities and environments. Particularly interested in issues of spatial and environmental justice, she has worked with the San Francisco Department of the Environment, LA Food Policy Council, and other organisations on projects related to urban agriculture, community empowerment, and climate change mitigation. She graduated from Pomona College in 2016 with a degree in Public Policy Analysis and Biology and is now pursuing an MSc in Environmental Management at the University of Reading as a Fulbright Scholar. 

Tanyah Hameed

Rhodes Scholar


Tanyah is currently pursuing an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy on the Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford. Originally from Pakistan, she is interested in South Asia, development and public policy. Her current research focuses on the economic impact of migration on local labour markets within refugee hosting countries, using a comparative analysis of Afghans in Pakistan and Syrians in Turkey. Before joining Oxford, she completed her Bachelors in Economics from the National University of Science and Technology in Islamabad, where she graduated with the Chancellor’s Silver Medal in Academics. She has also worked at Pakistan’s Ministry of Planning and Development, where she was a researcher in the Macroeconomics Section and the Chief Economist’s Office. Some of her recent internships have been with the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, exploring health inequalities in Europe, and with the World Food Programme in Rome, working on strategies to streamline the Cost of Hunger methodology with the strategic review process. As a former AIESECer and veteran conference organiser, she looks forward to helping put together a memorable GSS 2017.

Alex Kong

Gates Scholar

United States 

Alex is a Gates Scholar pursuing an MPhil in Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge. His research interests lie in characterizing and halting the advancement of antibiotic resistance, with his current research focusing on PatAB, a multidrug efflux pump that confers antibiotic resistance to Streptococcus pneumoniae. He earned his BS in Pharmaceutical Studies at the University of Kansas, where he will complete his PharmD next year. With a background in both the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice, he plans to pursue a career in infectious disease research with additional interests in health equity and science policy.

Tayo Sanders II

Rhodes Scholar

United States 

Tayo Sanders II is pursuing a DPhil in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He is also a part-time associate at a DC based venture capital firm focusing on high impact industrial technologies. Tayo received his BSc in Materials Science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he was a McNair Scholar and captain of the triathlon club. He was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for his research with Dr. Jennifer Dahl on 2D arrays of gold nanoparticles and spent several months researching ionic liquid crystals in Strasbourg, France with support from the University of Florida and the NSF. His current research at Oxford aims to make progress towards the development of a single-injection vaccine. In addition to research, Tayo is interested in the ways in which innovation and entrepreneurship can work to close the gap in healthcare treatment and outcomes and engages with a variety of public health issues through competitions, conferences, and non-profit consulting.