Alumni Spotlight

LSE alumni around the world are making great strides in their professional careers and go on to make contributions to all areas of life.

Whether you are taking your first major career steps following graduation, or have been recognised for 30 years' service, we want to hear from you. Share your news with us via Class Notes or email it to us at

“There are many long-standing industry myths that need to be addressed and quashed about women who direct”
Destri Martino  (MSc Media and Communications 2006) is a 20-year veteran of independent film and the founder and editor of, which promotes the work of female directors.  She is also a writer and director with credits that include over 200 corporate videos, the web sitcom Mixed Blooms, and the short animated film The Director, which travelled the world as part of the Athena Global Shorts Program, in partnership with UN Women.
“Nothing is more rewarding than returning home at the end of the day and feeling that you have helped others to improve their lives”
Sotiris C. Laganopoulos (MSc in Environmental Policy, Planning and Regulation 2007) is Secretary of the Bodossaki Foundation and the Programme Director of the EEA Grants NGO Programme for Greece. He oversees the development of Foundation’s programmes and activities and helps to guide strategic and operational decision making. 
“Change for the better has more often than not come about as a direct consequence of academic research”
Dr Louise Arimatsu (PhD Law 2007) is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Law Department at Exeter University and a Visiting Senior Fellow with the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at LSE.  She was an Associate Fellow at Chatham House (2006-2015), NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence Senior Fellow (2013) and was the Managing Editor of the Yearbook on International Humanitarian Law from 2009 until 2012.  Dr Arimatsu’s research focuses predominantly on international law and war. 
“The headline challenge is to achieve stronger growth that is more shared.”
Jason Furman (MSCEC Economics 1993) is the 28th Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. He joined the Obama presidential campaign as economic adviser and served the President since the beginning of the Administration.
“Growing up in post-colonial South Africa, my sense of African identity was largely amiss.”
Masana Ndinga-Kanga (MSc Political Economy of Late Development 2013) is senior researcher at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. She has worked at the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights in Washington D.C. and was the first Machel-Mandela Fellow at The Brenthurst Foundation in Johannesburg.
 “Performances are incredibly cathartic, and enable individuals to develop confidence, self-esteem, positive thinking and presentation skills.”
Michael Chandler, (BSc Social Policy and Social Psychology 2001, MSc Social Policy and Planning Distinction 2004), joined Cardboard Citizens as programme director three years ago. Prior to that, he worked for the charity Help on Your Doorstep and several homeless charities including Shelter. He is also founder and chair of the Sierra Leone-based charity WAYout and a keen filmmaker and music producer.
 “My LSE degree could not have come at a more useful time, in the midst of the Ebola emergency in West Africa”

Helen Mayelle (MSc International Development 2014) talks about her work in Sierra Leona, why she believes access to education is key to overcoming inequalities and how the Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) at LSE challenged her to turn dreams into reality. 

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