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Non-Academic Careers Panel

for Stanford PhD Students

Event Details:

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
12:15pm - 1:15pm PDT


Gunn SIEPR Building


This event is open to:


Current Stanford predocs and PhD students considering non-academic career paths in global development are invited to join us online or in-person at 12:15 PM on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, for a panel conversation. We will engage panelists from USAID, IDInsight, Sherwood Design Engineers, and Open Philanthropy to share their work in global development outside of academia.
Lunch will be served at noon to those who join us in-person at the Stanford King Center on Global Development. 

About the panelists: 

Portrait of Valentina Brailovskaya

Valentina Brailovskaya completed her PhD in economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied the impacts of unreliable electricity among micro-entrepreneurs in Malawi. She now is an economist at IDinsight in charge of technical oversight of policy-relevant research projects. Her diverse portfolio spans healthcare delivery, social protection, education, and community development.


Portrait of Jeannette Laramee

Jeannette Laramee is a civil engineer with 15 years of work and research experience designing, building, and analyzing civil infrastructure in the United States, Zambia and Tanzania. She received a PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University. Key areas of specialization include decentralized wastewater treatment design, biogas resource recovery, and life cycle assessment. 


Portrait of Otis Reid smiling

Otis Reid is currently a research fellow at Open Philanthropy, working on selecting new philanthropic causes for grantmaking. He did undergrad at Stanford and then a PhD in economics at MIT, before working in politics for several years (through the 2020 election), at BlueLabs and then as a donor advisor.


Portrait of James Winter on a leafy background

James Winter is a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) adviser at USAID with 10 years of experience in the field. James graduated with a PhD from Stanford University in environmental engineering, focusing on rural water supply in Zambia. James holds a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Harvard.

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