Our Team

Some of the many hands, brains, and hearts behind ODC

President: Aisha Ryan

Aisha is a second year MPhil Development Studies candidate at St. Antony's College. Her research focuses on the landscape of development ideologies in Pakistani politics. Having previously worked as an ODC Project Officer and as an ODC consultant on projects in Egypt and Australia, she is excited for the opportunity to help ODC thrive during its transition to virtual work. Outside of her work with ODC, she enjoys running, baking, and finding Oxford's best butter chicken.

Have any ideas on what ODC could do better, or have an exciting idea for a collaboration? You can reach Aisha at aisha.ryan@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Vice President (projects): Melody Lam

Melody is a second-year undergraduate student studying Italian and Linguistics at Oriel. Having worked for an education access charity for the past year, she is very excited to be working with different social enterprises as part of the ODC team. As Vice President of Projects, she will be leading the projects team on various partnership/ collaboration/ sponsorship projects. She is also the Secretary of the Oriel JCR and OX1 Incubator. When she’s not using her admin access to the JCR mailing list to circulate dog photos, she enjoys learning new languages (especially the grammar!) and hanging out with the college teddy bear.

Vice President (Partnerships): Manoj Thiyagarajan

Manoj is a second-year History and Politics undergraduate at Harris Manchester College. In the past year, he has worked on development projects mainly in South-East and South Asia. He also served as a projects officer in Michaelmas Term 2019. As a Vice President of Partnerships he is responsible for creating and executing plans for external liaison and developing relationships with other Oxford organisations and departments. In his free time, Manoj can be found playing football with his college mates.

Projects Officer: Chevano Baker

Chevano is a graduate student at Trinity College and Oxford Department of International Development. He has work experience in central banking, economics, finance and research. As projects officer, he will be working on soliciting projects and collaborations. 

Projects Officer: Guan Zhuo

Guan is a second year Economics and Management Undergraduate at St Edmund Hall. As a projects officer, I hope to find and build connections with organisations that we can best help, and eventually result in more impactful and effective projects. Outside of ODC, I serve as the secretary of Oxford Economics Society. In my free time, I like to try out new sports and instruments - last term, these were trampolining, ice skating, skiing and the flute! 

Secretary - Treasurer: Angus KcKinney

Angus McKinney is a 2nd year Economics and Management student from Brasenose college. My role this cycle is the Treasurer-Secretary; making sure that we have enough money in the bank but also the port of call when it comes to writing recommendation letters for travel bursaries (please investigate these for field work travel). My background with ODC was as an Analyst for a project last year, working with an organisation which was providing clean cooking solutions in Burkina Faso. When not working on ODC or academic work I like to keep myself busy rowing where I am Men’s captain for BNCBC or playing a bit of rugby.

IT and Publicity Officer - James Wood

James Wood is a 2nd year Economics and Management student from St. Edmund Hall. As IT and publicity officer he is responsible for managing ODC's website and social media presence and leading publicity projects. In his personal life James is an avid outdoorsman and can be found fishing and hiking in forested areas.

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