Team:  Alumni

Katherine Payne; Supporting Director

Lizzy Chenery - Original Founder

Eric Bell - Researcher

Alex Maxwell - Context and Connections Research

Beverley Anderson - Connections Research

Ally Clifton - Dynamic Content

Lauren Smith - Dynamic Content

Megan Setchell - Dynamic Content

Michael Okumu - Regional Media/Resources

Simon Copeland - Connections Research/Creative Content

Tom Hardy - Connections Research

Hannah Caswell - Dynamic Content

Becky Dale - Researcher

Harriet Doughty; Researcher

Lucy Bainbridge; Researcher

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Katherine Payne

Katherine Payne

Katherine’s involvement with central and eastern Africa began after spending part of 2009 in southern Uganda, where she only came across the existence of the LRA in a brief section of her Bradt guidebook. She completed her degree in Fine Art at Central St Martins and took on a fundraising internship with War Child UK, where she met Lizzy. They discovered their mutual enthusiasm for Uganda and travelled there together in 2011.

Since joining Resolution:Possible, Katherine has immersed herself in researching the complexities of conflicts within Central and East Africa and enjoys developing her understanding of the region.

Katherine worked in fundraising for a sight loss charity before moving to the Royal London Society for Blind people, where she facilitates the RLSB Youth Forum. She is also the founder of Mumaso, an organisation that aims to build a global network of communities.

 

Lizzy Chenery - Director

Lizzy Chenery

Lizzy established Resolution:Possible in 2010 to encourage dialogue and greater collaboration after conversations with experts, NGOs, journalists, politicians and community groups about the conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government. She has a BA in Psychology, an MSc in Applied Child Psychology, and professional experience across the private, public and charitable sectors. Lizzy gained a love of travel from a childhood spent living in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Germany, Greece and Canada, while studying mainly in the UK.

She spent most of 2011 in Uganda, mainly in Gulu in the north, where she met people directly affected by the conflict and heard viewpoints not represented in mainstream narratives. Lizzy is now based in the UK, working with her colleagues to build Resolution:Possible into a platform for constructive discussions about our connections to global conflicts.

 

Alex Maxwell - Connections Researcher

Alex Maxwell

Alex recently graduated with an MSc in Africa and International Development from the University of Edinburgh. His experience includes working in Uganda with the Grameen Foundation, publishing an essay on the US approach to removing the LRA. His UNODC internship in Vienna increased his understanding of sustainable developmental solutions for insecure and fragile post-conflict nations. Through his research Alex realised how easily mainstream media can influence people’s opinions about problematic situations in Africa, despite their inherent complexity and lack of simple solutions. He is interested in the challenge of presenting complex and intertwined issues in an objective and easily consumable way to help both individuals and governments make better informed decisions. Alex hopes his experience with Resolution:Possible will lead to further opportunities to contribute to research on the causes of conflicts, particularly related to natural resource management, arms and human rights.

 

Beverley Anderson; Research

Beverley Anderson

Before starting university, Beverley spent a year working for the NGO Hands for Hope in Kenya. Her studies over the past three years at SOAS focused mainly on conflict resolution, gender and development, globalisation, and international trade flows. Beverley felt that much of what is said about Africa is overly emotive and biased, and joined Resolution:Possible to contribute to a platform promoting genuine critical debate about African issues. Having recently graduated with a degree in Politics and Development, Beverley hopes to begin a career in the non profit sector.

 
 
 

Ally Clifton - Dynamic Content

Ally Clifton

Ally is currently studying for a BA in Politics and Chinese at SOAS, University of London and is interested in politics throughout the world. In the summer of 2012 Ally interned at Exclusive Analysis, a company specialising in political and violent risk analysis, which brought to her attention the politics in various African countries and sparked a desire to know more. Ally spent her internship with Resolution:Possible researching and drafting blogs and making valuable suggestions to the future of our content development.

Ally has returned to university for her second year, where she will be keeping busy as Speakers Manager for New Turn, London’s student politics society dedicated to making politics interesting for young people.

Find Ally on LinkedIn.

 

Lauren Smith - Dynamic ContentLauren Smith

Lauren became inspired by African culture during her time at the University of Leeds studying for a BA in International Development and International Relations. She focused her final year of studies on development in Africa, particularly African politics and conflict, undertaking projects on Kenya and Rwanda and writing her undergraduate dissertation on conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lauren felt that mainstream understandings of conflict only share half of the story and wanted to explore alternative perspectives. Resolution:Possible appealed to her because of its unique approach to understanding the entirety of situations and approaching them without an agenda. Lauren worked on a number of blogs during her internship and helped establish our system for monitoring upcoming events.

Before starting her internship Lauren’s goal was to start a career in the development and conflict sector – and she is now well on her way, securing a role as Supporter Relations Assistant with international aid agency CAFOD.

Find Lauren on LinkedIn and Twitter.

 

Megan Setchell - Dynamic ContentMegan Setchell

Megan recently completed her Masters in International Development at the University of Bristol and counts the modules on global borderlands and environmental politics as highlights. Combining her interests with her undergraduate degree in Geography, Megan wrote her MA dissertation on the roles of domestic environmental NGOs in Uganda and their relationship with the state. Megan has previously interned with small development NGOs and she spent a short amount of time during 2011 in Uganda to see the implementation of development projects first-hand. Megan’s primary interest is the environment, particularly the relationships between the environment and humans. She is keen to apply this knowledge to conflict situations, to better understand how wider development problems, such as population growth and climate change, are putting pressure on already fragile states.

 

Michael Okumu - Regional Media/ResourcesMichael Okumu

Michael is a graduate of the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya, with a Bachelors Degree in International Relations concentrating on the area of Peace and Conflict. Michael joined Resolution:Possible to contribute to our digital resources library, but was quickly snapped up to carry out contract work for the UN.

Find Michael on LinkedIn.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Simon Copeland - Connections Research/Creative ContentSimon Copeland

Simon first studied the LRA conflict as part of his MA in International Security. During his time at university his studies focused on international law, security in Africa and the Middle East, terrorism and counterinsurgency and he has continued to write on these subjects as a blogger for a number of foreign affairs websites. He discovered Resolution:Possible whilst researching an article on Western perceptions of Africa and immediately connected with the organisation’s message, believing in the importance of impartial information in resolving today’s increasingly complex and interconnected conflicts. Throughout his internship Simon contributed research and content focused particularly on the environment and created the infographics used throughout this website.

 

Tom Hardy - Connections ResearchTom Hardy

After graduating with a BA in Politics from the University of Leicester, Tom fulfilled a lifelong dream by joining the French Foreign Legion. He was subsequently deployed to the Horn of Africa, Central and West Africa, and the experiences sparked an interest in the region. Tom joined Resolution:Possible to contribute to our website pages on armed conflict, which will be promoted during our content series over the next few months.

Tom is finishing up his dissertation on France’s contemporary relationships with its ex-colonies in sub-Saharan Africa for his MA in War Studies at Kings College London and is looking to work in political risk analysis after completing his military contract in the near future. He continues to share his expertise with Resolution:Possible by writing for our Perspectives section.

 

Hannah Caswell - Dynamic ContentHannah Caswell

Hannah’s time spent volunteering in Namibia before university inspired an ongoing interest in the African continent. Her interest in civil war and conflict developed while studying for her MA in International Relations (Security) at the University of Birmingham, focusing on Somalia, Burundi and Sudan/South Sudan. Her dissertation explored the inevitability of state failure in the Republic of South Sudan. Through her research Hannah realised how mainstream media often tells only a snippet of the full story, with an emotive manner that can easily influence people’s opinions about problematic situations in Africa without conveying their inherent complexity. Resolution:Possible appealed because of its unique approach to remedying this, with no agenda other than to encourage people’s understanding of international issues. Hannah hopes to contribute to Resolution:Possible’s position as a provider of impartial information and hopes her time as an intern will afford her with valuable experience for a future career in the development and conflict sector.

 

Becky Dale - Context Research

Becky Dale

Becky has followed current events in the Great Lakes region of central Africa since first learning about the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) conflict in 2005. She finds most fascinating the interconnectedness of culture, environment, politics, and conflict, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, and her historical research with ResPoss has allowed her to investigate and discuss all these elements collectively. While working with various American NGOs, Becky advocated for international efforts to bring attention and relief to remote central African communities. Her subsequent job experiences have introduced her to the fields of education and child health in developing countries. She has a background in International Relations and Politics with emphases on globalisation, US minority rights, and African colonial history. Originally from the US, she has also lived in Belgium and Ghana, and Mokhotlong, Lesotho. She currently resides in the UK where she works as a researcher for the Africa desk of the BBC.

 

Harriet Doughty - Researcher

Harriet Doughty

Harriet lives in Mokhotlong, Lesotho, where she is working for the project Touching Tiny Lives. She previously lived in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and where she completed her her Masters in European Union Studies at Leiden University. She focused her studies on European Foreign Policy in Africa, researching the relationship between the EU and the African Union. Before university, Harriet co-founded a social enterprise at Yanamilla Prison in Peru. Through this, Harriet has developed a wide range of skills in how to build and maintain momentum behind an organisation like Resolution: Possible. She came to Resolution:Possible to challenge people’s apathy and bewilderment about issues in Africa and encourage and facilitate open debate.

Find out what Harriet is up to now on LinkedIn.

 

Eric Bell - Research

Eric Bell

Eric is a postgraduate student at the University of Manchester in the International Development: Poverty, Conflict and Reconstruction MA programme. His dissertation is investigating how aid fuels political corruption and conflict in the DRC. Eric completed his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina with a BA in European Studies, concentrating on European economics and politics. He took this interest with him into his postgraduate studies, where he focuses on the political and economic factors surrounding conflict and reconstruction. His geographic focus has been central Africa, with particular attention paid to the DRC. Eric has spent many years living in the US, the UK and France. He is currently based in the US.

 

Lucy Bainbridge

Lucy Bainbridge

Lucy is currently studying Chinese and Economics at SOAS, University of London. Her focus is on Chinese language, development in China and gender studies. Lucy has a natural passion for communicating and understanding different cultures as well as exploring new approaches to mainstream perspectives. Living in China and traveling East Asia inspired her to learn more about development, conflict and human rights across the globe. Lucy came to Resolution: Possible to get a unique experience in analysing these subjects, by researching causes of conflict and identifying the impact we have or can have on these issues. Lucy hopes to offer a new perspective in relation to her studies and highlight concerns that may be overlooked by the media. After she graduates, Lucy plans to study an MA in Conflict, Development and Security in London.

 

Summer interns, 2012

Claire Lynch

Katharine Dennys

Victoria von Waldersee

Sophie Wright