Careers in International Relations, Development and NGOs/IGOs

Join our alumni panel event to learn about careers in International Relations, Development and NGOs/IGOs

Wednesday 9th February   5.30pm – 6.30pm (GMT)

Virtual meeting on Teams

This meeting has finished. You can listen to the recording here.

Do you wish to pursue an international career focused on the common good? Then join us to hear from Kent alumni working in multi-lateral organisations such as the United Nations, NATO and the World Economic Forum. Our alumni will be talking about:

  • Their time at Kent, helpful work experience, graduating and getting your first job.
  • What their role involves, and what skills and attributes you need to be successful.
  • Experiences of working in different departments and roles
  • Advice on recruitment, applications, and interviews for their organisations, tips and advice for students interested in a similar career path.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout on the chat, and there will be time for questions and networking at the end.

Guest speakers include:

Gerard HuertaProject Coordinator at NATO

Gerard is a University of Kent alumnus currently working at NATO’s Strategic Communications Unit in Brussels (Belgium). Having lived in Brussels for over four years, Gerard has a solid knowledge of the international organisation sector, which he has acquired through internships at the UN, EU, and the Friends of Europe think tank. He holds an MA in Political Strategy and Communication from Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies.

Nayyer NoltePolitical Affairs Officer at UNMIK

Nayyer graduated from the University of Kent and the Philipps-University of Marburg in 2020 with a First Class Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies (M.A.). During his studies, he completed internships at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York, the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) in Berlin, as well as the United Nations (UN) Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration Section of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) in New York where he specialized in Mediation, Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding and conflict transformation. Currently, Nayyer works as a United Nations Volunteer in the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) as a Political Affairs Officer where he supports the implementation of the mission’s mandate through monitoring, reporting and analysis of political processes related to peace and security in Kosovo and the Western Balkans region.

Annette FisherIndependent Governance & Accountability Practitioner 

Annette is a freelance Social Accountability Practitioner & Participatory Action Researcher with an academic background in social change, governance and conflict studies. With professional experience in designing and leading complex accountability programmes in challenging environments. Annette has worked with national and sub-national governments in a range of countries to deliver more responsive services to citizens. Annette’s projects can be described as politically smart, locally led and adaptive.

Valeria MinisiniResearch Advisory and Policy Assistant at Conciliation Resources

Valeria is a Research, Advisory and Policy Assistant at international peacebuilding NGO, Conciliation Resources, providing support to the Research, Advisory and Policy Department. Prior to this, she worked for a charity consultancy firm, managing communications and research projects for various NGOs in the international development space. Valeria has also completed internships with the University of Kent’s Conflict Analysis Research Centre and at the International Organisation for Migration in Zambia. She is particularly interested in gender, peace and security with a geographic specialisation of Sub-Saharan Africa. Valeria holds an MA in International Relations with International Law as well as a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations, both from Kent.

Kenneth WhitePartner Engagement Lead at the World Economic Forum

An Economics alumnus from Kent, Kenneth is a Strategic Partnership Lead at World Economic Forum. He specializes in long term partnership and project collaborations with firms across multiple industries including Technology, Professional Services and Media/Communication Consulting. He is passionate about technology, strategy consulting, entrepreneurship, education and making the world a better place.

Arrliya Sugal – Junior Project Manager at Berghof Foundation Operations

Arrliya is a Junior Project Manager at the Berghof Foundation Operations gGmbH ( She is currently working on a climate security pilot project in Somalia (together with UNDP and UNEP) and also a Track III conflict resolution project in Hirshabelle (Somalia), funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She started working as a Student Assistant at the Berghof Foundation during her studies at Kent.

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