Welcome to InterDev.
The LSESU International Development Society (InterDev) is a student-run society at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Founded in 2012 by a group of passionate post-graduate students, InterDev has recently been relaunched and is the home of international development on campus.
InterDev is driven by a commitment to challenging traditional assumptions and stereotypes to foster an environment conducive to out-of-the-box thinking and solutions.
Developing Global Ideas.
InterDev aims to develop a deeper and more critical understanding of international development on campus through meaningful engagement with academics and professionals that inspires innovative global ideas.
Driving Positive Change.
Our society encourages its members and partners to work together to develop a platform for positive change, emanating from the heart of London. This interactive platform is fostered through engaging events, social mentoring and leadership transparency.
Nicolas is a third-year Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) student from Germany and the president of InterDev. He was an events subcommittee member last year. He is especially interested in the role that the financial sector plays in development and, having lived in Colombia, in Latin America. He is a seasoned and certified sailor who loves gardening and baking.
Octavia is a second-year BSc Economics student who grew up in Romania and Germany. She is particularly interested in development economics and the work of financial international development institutions – which is why she looks forward to putting more emphasis on this side of InterDev during the year. In her free time, Octavia likes to paint, explore every city’s rooftops and learn random new languages.
Tianyun is a third year BSc Economics student who grew up in Guangzhou, China. Tianyun is especially interested in the role of technology, institutional design and social enterprises in international development. She is also passionate about the intersection of behavioural sciences and development. Tianyun is excited to bring more appealing events to LSE with the committee. She hopes that InterDev will encourage more students from different academic backgrounds to explore and engage in the field of development.
Lucrezia is a second year BSc Environment and Development undergraduate who grew up in Italy. She has a deep interest in sustainability and especially enjoys researching how more environmentally friendly processes and products can be introduced in the business world. She is excited to work with the rest of the committee to encourage her peers to consider alternatives to current business strategies. Lucrezia enjoys researching innovative solutions to environmental issues in her free time as well as learning about art and history.
Head of Events
Sebastian is a third-year BA History student from Acton, West London.
He is especially interested in the vast interconnectedness of ‘Wicked Problems’ as well as educating, engaging and empowering others to recognise that International Development is as much an idea to be adapted, debated and developed as it is a physical phenomena.
To quote Prof. Mike Hulme’s aphorism: “It is the unfolding story of an idea and how this idea is changing the way that we think, feel and act.”
Sebastian loves mangoes, mountain turtles and those who are not afraid to be different!
Frances is a fourth-year Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) student from Manchester. Co-refounding InterDev in 2018, Frances first served as vice-president, now to return as chair. In her free time, Frances enjoys traveling, photography and beginner’s rock climbing. Frances’ development interests include political economy and the Middle East.
Myung Won (Misha) Seong studies MSc in Economics and has graduated from BSc in Government and Economics. He aspires to become a development economist. He co-refounded InterDev in 2018 during his undergraduate degree and is excited to serve again as a committee member. In his free time, Misha can be found playing a guitar borrowed from his flatmate, listening to Korean indie music, or reading the Handbook of International Development.
Head of Conferences
Nicole is a third-year BA History student. She is half Italian-half Ukrainian and grew up in both Italy and Singapore. She is especially interested in the humanitarian aspect of development – namely nutrition, gender and education. Nicole is excited to lead the first London Development symposium. In her free time she enjoys taking photos, going to art galleries and of course napping!
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."― Nelson Mandela