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Kennedy Scholars 2017


Dr Abubakar Abioye 27
Havard School of Public Health MPH

Throughout his medical training, Abu has combined award-winning pursuit of academic excellence with practical engagement in resource-poor contexts and also writing and sub-editorial work in a variety of science and medical magazines. He won 1st prize in the Royal College of Physicians Photography Competition 2013 on the theme of ‘Compassion’. He gained a vacation grant to research African- American health and criminal disparities in the US. His longer-term aim is to found a global initiative tackling hearing loss in the developing world, starting in Nigeria. To date, he has founded the Nigeria UK Medical Initiative (NUMI), an online platform that allows Nigerian medical students to receive high-quality teaching by UK doctors over the internet. Abu wants to see an end to health-inequality. He welcomes the breadth of the health policy concentration at Harvard to resource him in the pursuit of that goal.

Sam_AtwellSamuel Atwell 24
Harvard Kennedy School MPP

After an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics where he specialised in the political economies of the developing world, Sam has ‘travelled’ via social policy research, and internships with the WHO in Geneva to the London-based NGO Selfless where, as Programme Manager, he oversaw maternal health projects in the UK and Bangladesh. Sam has also worked extensively in tech innovation, having helped establish two successful health technology startups tackling key issues facing the NHS.  The MPP will sharpen his evaluative and analytical skills, and develop the management and leadership skills that will enable him to deliver on his vision for human-centred healthcare and education policy. Sam is currently a trustee of the Big Futures Foundation, a charity based in his home town of York dedicated to helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds reach their full potential in life.

Abraham_BaldryAbraham Baldry 24
Harvard Kennedy School non-degree

Abe is looking forward to studying democratic participation and economics on the Kennedy School’s non-degree program. He previously attended the University of Sussex, where he gained a first-class degree in History, focusing on the Civil Rights Movement. During his time at Sussex, Abe studied outside his discipline, and was the youngest person in the university’s history to attend classes from the MBA program. He also led the Debating Society, interned with the Red Cross, and served as President of the Students’ Union. He was the first from his family to graduate from university. Abe has worked in Hong Kong, Brussels and Barcelona and has served as a trustee of several charities, most recently the Mandela Scholarship Fund. He has written for The Independent and The Guardian and appeared on Sky News and the BBC. He grew up in Dorset and is an enthusiastic if unimpressive ping pong player. 

Charlotte_CuddihyDr Charlotte Cuddihy 28
Harvard School of Public Health

Charlotte aims to become a public health specialist with particular interests in early years’ development and communication for empowerment. This stems from her voluntary work with learning impaired teenagers and has informed her research.  Specifically, given a known link between adverse childhood environment and ongoing health problems, Charlotte created a simple measure of maltreatment which can form part of a child’s medical record. She also identified a link between maltreatment and persistent sleep problems.  As a wheelchair user, frustrated by the lack of accessibility information relevant to young people, Charlotte created the multiplatform Disabled Access Glasgow and has transferred these social media skills into her medical setting, launching a Medications Update twitter account for her health board. After 5 years working as a doctor Charlotte looks forward to using her time in Harvard to acquire core public health skills and work with Prof Davison on the Communities for Healthy Living project. 

Lawrence_HouldsworthLawrence Houldsworth 24 
Harvard Graduate School of Education Ed M

Lawrence read History, but could equally have read Mathematics which is why he joined Teach First as a Maths teacher, working in two very different London schools.  Lawrence has had responsibility for both the most talented pupils and those who are struggling.  He now wants more time to analyse the impact of curriculum and school structure on attainment.  His strong commitment to equality as well as quality in education motivates him to look beyond the classroom and use the Masters in International Education Policy to examine the creation and the impact of a school culture and the multiple agencies which influence both a school and a child’s capacity to learn within it. He expects to return to a state school in the UK on completion of his degree.

Adam_HuntDr Adam Hunt 26
Harvard School of Public Health MPH

Adam’s clinical interests are focussed on acute medicine and critical care; he is currently an academic foundation doctor within the Liver Unit at King’s College Hospital. Here he is conducting research into novel diagnostic techniques for encephalopathy in the setting of acute liver failure. He has a particular interest in health technology and was organiser of the 2015 InspireMEdicine Challenge, a national health-tech competition. At King’s, Adam is chief investigator for a qualitative study with NHS Digital investigating the influence of digital resources on patients accessing emergency care. At Harvard, the programme in Health Policy will enable Adam to gain core analytical skills alongside those in the assessment and implementation of health technology. He also looks forward to the Global Health Case competition, the interdisciplinary concentration in Public Health Leadership, and the chance to exercise his skills as a percussionist in a Harvard orchestra.

Caragh_NimmoCaragh Nimmo 26
Harvard Law School LLM

Caragh is a Scottish solicitor with a keen interest in human rights, particularly those of women and vulnerable minority groups. After undergraduate studies at the University of Glasgow, Caragh worked to promote equality, analysing the impact of welfare reforms at Capability Scotland and helping coordinate gender equality projects at the Clinton Global Initiative. Through her work at the Scottish Parliament and the Institute for Government, Caragh furthered her interests in good governance and the effective regulation of public power. Her role as a Judicial Assistant at the Supreme Court this past year has exposed her to the resolution of legal ambiguities at the highest national level and whetted her appetite for comparative constitutional law studies at Harvard. She also welcomes Harvard’s Clinical and Pro Bono programs to develop further the research and advocacy skills necessary for a career at the Bar.  Caragh is a keen runner and plays in the Supreme Court football team.

Stephanie_PosnerStephanie Posner 23
Harvard GSAS Special Student

Stephanie has spent the past two years working in London as an advisor to diplomats from the Middle East and will spend the coming year as a Special Student affiliated to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.  Having graduated with a first class degree in Classics from Cambridge, this was certainly not the obvious path after completing her undergraduate degree. Stephanie traces her fascination for the Middle East to the summer of 2014 when she travelled to Tel Aviv University to study Modern Hebrew just days after war began.  Whilst at Harvard, she will broaden her knowledge of the region, perfect her Modern Hebrew, and embark on learning Arabic, with the hope of pursuing a diplomatic career.  Stephanie is the first in her family to attend university and outside her studies she is passionate about travel, music, food and theatre, all of which she looks forward to experiencing stateside.



Scholar Profiles
Cathy Gormley-Heenan, 1996

The Kennedy Scholarship has really meant the world to me.

Cathy Gormley-Heenan, 1996

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