Committee Members


OxWiP’s 2016-2017 committee is composed of the following members:

Fatou Wurie, President

Fatou Wurie is at the Blavatnik School of Government as an African Governance Initiative (AGI) scholar. Fatou is founder of The Survivor Dream Project, a local nonprofit organization that offers holistic support to women and youth survivors of trauma in Sierra Leone and has worked for the UN Mission for Emergency Ebola Response, UNICEF, Options UK as advocacy and communications advisor. Wurie is an Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA) International Fellow and a contributor at the Huffington post often discussing women’s sexual reproductive rights to healthcare.

“As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think.” – Toni Morrison.

Aïda Ndiaye , Co-Vice-President
screen-shot-2017-02-12-at-7-42-14-pmAïda is currently pursuing the Master of Public Policy (MPP) at the Blavatnik School of Government. Aïda’s policy and research interests focus on the intersection of gender and labour markets, with a special emphasis on women in informal economies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to the MPP, Aïda served as the first black female president of the student body during her undergraduate studies in Canada, and gained significant professional experience working for international organisations and consulting firms in the field of development. 

“I am the kind of woman they name hurricanes after.” – Aïda.


Lama Khaiyat, Co-Vice-President
screen-shot-2017-02-12-at-7-42-54-pmLama is a graduate student at St Anne’s College. As a master of Public Policy student, Lama focuses on socio-economic development and has a special interest in the diversification of oil-based economies. Prior to joining the Blavatnik School of Government, Lama worked as a Strategy Consultant in the Middle East and North Africa, serving both the private and the public sectors. During her undergraduate studies, she obtained a degree in International Business and Finance from Grenoble École de Management in France, and also attended the International Organizations program at The University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

“ Whatever the disability, you can overcome it if you have the determination.”  – My Father.

Isabelle Canaan, Speaker Series Officer

Hailing from the US, Isabelle is a first year MPhil studying Comparative Government, specialising in extremism, citizenship, and voting behaviour in America.

“A well read woman is a dangerous creature.” – Lisa Kleypas.


Ali Kelly, Policy Engagement Officer
Ali is a Masters in Public Policy Candidate at the Blavatnik School of Government. She is passionate about sustainability, ethical consumerism and is co-founder of Nu. an alternative fashion community in her hometown of Dublin, Ireland. Her research interests focus on the impact of globalisation on labour and the environment.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.” – 
Annie Dillard.

Scarlett ‘Amber’ Mansfield, Alumni & External Relations Officer

Scarlett is currently studying a Masters in American History at St Antony’s College. She has chosen to specialise in the history of antitrust law and American conservatism. Having completed her undergraduate in History at the University of Warwick, she wrote her dissertation on the roots of the war on drugs and mass incarceration in the US. She has also presented work at the International Conference of Undergraduate Research on why the Equal Rights Amendment failed to gain ratification in 1970s America, and what could be done to achieve this today. Finally, Scarlett is responsible for the media presence of the society, she controls the website as well as the mailing list.

If you can fill the unforgiving minute/ With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,/ Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it”. – Rudyard Kipling.

Bongeka Zuma, Internal Relations Officer
Bongeka is currently reading for a Masters of Science in Medical Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. She is a native of South Africa, where she was part of the inaugural graduating class at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Thereafter, she completed her undergraduate studies at Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia, US. 

“I go forth alone, and stand as ten thousand.” –
From Maya Angelou’s poem, Our Grandmothers.