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      Warwick International Development Society
             Inspire. Engage. Inform.


WIDS Executive Committee 2014/15





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What we do

The Warwick International Development Society (WIDS: is an active society on campus, engaging students in various events throughout the year. We provide a platform for engagement, inspiration and learning opportunities, establishing ourselves as Warwick’s central and leading society in world affairs.

Why join us?

  • We offer exclusive, all expenses paid job and internship opportunities (really important to get a taster of the world of work and get your foot in the door)
  • We hold regular podcast discussions highlighting the biggest issues in international development, informing you of these and why it is important to be aware of them
  • As a society we will compliment your academic studies (in a fun and engaging way of course- you'll meet others who will share similar passions)
  • For 2014/15 the executives have a line up of fantastic socials both small and large from movies to clubbing and nights out
  • We will teach you how to stand out as a student wanting to pursue a career in the development field and have established partnerships with NGOs and charities to come into Warwick to deliver talks
  • Our pinnacle event is the annual Warwick International Development Summit, the UK's largest student-led development conference, with an aim to raise awareness and inspire debate

WIDS gives students the opportunity to directly engage in a fruitful debate and network with leaders and field workers in government, international organisations, business and NGOs.

Don't know about Development? Don't worry. Read one of our members' blogs about what Development is here.


NEW to Development?

Whether you're a Fresher who has just been offered a place to study at the University of Warwick, a current student or interested in development and want to get involved in our society, WIDS would like to give you a warm welcome and thank you for visiting our page! If you want to know more about what we do have a look at this page, and if you have any questions, get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or email us at

To sign up to WIDS click on the Join button on the right hand side or anywhere on this page and pay the £2.50 membership fee.

You can also sign up to WIDS at the Freshers Societies Fair being held in the Copper Rooms 2 on Thu 2 Oct. Be on the lookout for our stall where you can sign up right there and then!


What is our Summit? Click for more details!


Past Featured Speakers at our Summit include:

  • Norman Finkelstein
    American Political Scientist, activist, professor and author. Fields of research: Israeli-Palestine conflict and the Holocaust
  • Richard Jolly
    Honourary Professor and Research Associate of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Former Trustee for OXFAM and former Chairman of the UN Association of the UK. Previously Assistant Secretary General of the UN with senior positions in UNICEF and the UNDP
  • Abdel Bari Atwan
    Editor-in-Chief at Rai al-Youm. Former Editor-in-Chief of al-Quds al-Arabi
  • Bilahari Kausikan
    Former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore
  • Luis Alberto Lacalle Herrera
    President of Uruguay (1990-1995)
  • Patrick Low
    Chief Economist of the World Trade Organistion
  • Mahmoud Mohieldin
    Managing Director, World Bank
  • Jeffrey Sachs
    Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Meghnad Desai
    Emeritus Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Alan Winters
    Professor, University of Sussex; former Chief Economist, DfID
  • Nick Dearden
    Director of World Development Movement

Check out to see full list of speakers and to find out more!

To stay up to date with all of our upcoming events and to hear about some of our exciting opportunities, join our society, like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter!






Some of the WIDS execs casually taking a selfie with Rt Hon Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development at her talk here at Warwick in May 2014.


Epic Socials!

Dates for your diary


The Warwick International Development Summit

Fri 21st Nov 2014 - Sun 23rd Nov 2014



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WIDS Execs (2014 - 15)

Chief Whip
Jason Tran
Events: Deputy Head
Adeorike Oshinyemi
Events: Head
Cindy Asokan
Fresher's Representative
Christina Stuart
Mahomed Suida
Marketing: Deputy Head - Ext
David Henning
Marketing: Deputy Head - Int
Bethany Daniel
Balzs Vincze
Media: Deputy Head
Iris Karaman
Media: Editor
Alexandra Karlsson
Daisy Sibun
Media: Head
Luksha Wickramarachchi
Media: Head of Design
Hiran Adhia
Operations: Deputy Head - Hospitality
Lubna Al Ariqi
Bhavin Ashra
Operations: Head
Atif Jeelani
Partnerships: Deputy Head
Yeong Lee
Noshin Suleman
Partnerships: Head
Oluwatito Olaniyan
Postgraduate Representative
Selin Koksal
Jonathan Menary
Stephanie Ifayemi
Sassy Sister
Bhavin Ashra
Cindy Asokan
Ibtehal Attaelmanan
Stephanie Ifayemi
Oluwatito Olaniyan
Adeorike Oshinyemi
Karan Thakrar
Jason Tran
Sponsorship: Deputy Head
Kulani McCartan-Demie
Sponsorship: Head
Karan Thakrar
Talks: Deputy Head
Sumaya Jamaale
Iris Karaman
Talks: Head
Ibtehal Attaelmanan
Rahima Chairi



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