Sameer Bhat

Sameer Rashid Bhat is a 2018 Rhodes Scholar from Kashmir (India) and a Master of Public Policy student at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. He graduated from Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) India in 2018 with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.). His work experience ranges from internships with corporate law firms to research assistantships with government bodies. Sameer’s finest policy experience came through assisting a member of the Law Commission of India (tasked to initiate reforms in laws and policies) on electoral and judiciary policies. 

At GNLU, Sameer helped establish the Centre for Law and Society, a community legal aid clinic and focal point for socio-legal research. He served as its Student Convener for 3 years, while also serving on the Moot Court Committee and taking on the role of the Managing Editor of the Indian Journal of Constitutional and Administrative Law. In his final year at GNLU, he also served as the Convener of the Student Welfare and Grievance Redressal Committee, a body that parleys with students and the university administration.

Georgiana Epure

Georgiana Epure is a Gates Cambridge Scholar alumna. At Cambridge, Georgiana completed an MPhil in International Relations and Politics, researching the politics of international criminal justice.

In 2017, Georgiana returned to the University of Leeds, where she had previously completed her BA. Back at Leeds, as an Economic and Social Research Council funded-scholar, Georgiana undertook an MA in Social Sciences Research Methods and worked as a research assistant at the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. She is currently an intern in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.

Georgiana is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Responsibility to Protect Student Journal and a Women Deliver Young Leader Fellow advocating for the introduction of comprehensive sexuality education in the Romanian scholar curriculum. 

Michael O'Keefe

Michael O’Keefe is a postgraduate student and Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. A proud Newfoundlander and Canadian, Michael is an alumnus of Memorial University, where he completed his Bachelor of Music (Honours) with a double major in Trumpet Performance and Musicology in 2018. At convocation, he was awarded the University Medal for Academic Excellence in Music, as well as the Chancellor’s Award and Fry Family Foundation Scholarship, the University’s highest honours for leadership. Michael is deeply interested in the nexus between music, diplomacy and public policy in the pursuit of solutions to global challenges. His undergraduate thesis was entitled “Musicalizing Diplomacy: Strengthening Canada’s Role in Global Leadership.”

Michael represented Memorial University’s undergraduate community as a member of Senate and on the Students’ Union Board of Directors, and he represented the University at Converge 2017, a Universities Canada conference of future innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and community leaders from Canada’s universities to discuss what Canada can become in the next 50 years. He was also selected as one of ten Canadian and ten American university students to attend the Fulbright Canada Youth Institute on Canada in the World, and co-authored a report on the future of Canadian foreign policy and Canada-US relations.

Liangliang Zhang

Liangliang is a Gates Cambridge Scholar pursuing a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Her current research explores the experiences of a geographically dispersed network of self-cultivators who draw on Daoist, Confucian and Buddhist traditions to enable self-improvement and self-healing. Through long-term, multi-sited fieldwork in China, Liangliang explores the kinds of self-transformation enacted in this community of practice, the forces that give shape to participants’ pursuits, and the relation between self-cultivation traditions, individual ethical projects and nationalist identity formation. Liangliang’s experiences in conducting ethnographic research, building social entrepreneurships projects, and working with nongovernmental as well as intergovernmental agencies have informed her commitment to promoting collaborations across disciplinary, socioeconomic and cultural divides.

Originally from Zhuhai, China, Liangliang graduated from Duke University in 2016 with a degree in International Comparative Studies and completed her MPhil in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

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