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Professional Networking: Think tanks

BNY Mellon, 160 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4LA
Thursday, 30 November 2017
6.30pm to 9.30pm

Think tanks are constantly in the news; giving their opinions and influencing government policy.  But what exactly does a Think tank do, and for an alumnus looking to make an impact, where will they thrive?

Our panel of alumni currently working within Think tanks will discuss the challenges and rewards of striving to influence public policy, and give insights into how to move into the sector.


Pia MacRae (St Hilda’s, 1986), former Director, International, Oxford Policy Management

Pia started her career with the BBC World Service radio, before moving on to manage a programme of volunteers for VSO in China supporting teacher training.  Following this Pia worked on corporate social responsibility and social impact management in the energy sector before returning to the non-profit sector as Chief Executive for the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET).  Prior to joining Oxford Policy Management Pia led Save the Children’s work in China, managing their programmes in education, health and child protection.

Jane Kinninmont (Balliol, 1999), Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Head, Middle East and North Africa programme, Chatham House

Prior to joining Chatham House, Jane worked as associate director for the Middle East and Africa at the Economist Group, Middle East and North Africa editor and economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit and managing editor for Middle East and Africa at Business Monitor International. 
Her research areas include the international relations of the Middle East; deconstructing the politics of sectarianism in the Gulf and Levant; the development of opposition movements and new actors; and the challenges that political economy structures pose to transitions in the region.

Simone Vibert, Researcher at Demos

Simone is a Researcher in the Social Policy programme at Demos. Her research focuses on public services and welfare, and she has a particular interest in the fields of health, social care and disability policy. Before joining Demos, Simone worked in the policy team at Ambitious about Autism (a children's autism charity). She also gained experience at Oxfam, Women in Prison and the youth crime charity Only Connect. After graduating from Oxford with a degree in PPE, she was funded to undertake a research internship at an educational charity in New York.