The LIDS Executive Board is composed of current students actively engaged in the organization. It is responsible for the overall management of the organization and implementation of its activities. Each spring semester, new or co-presidents are elected and a new board is appointed for the following academic year.
Co-President: Becky Wolozin
Becky Wolozin is member of the J.D. class of 2015 at Harvard Law School. As a concurrent degree student, she earned a Masters degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in International Education Policy in 2013. Her primary focus is children and youth issues related to poverty, inequality, and capacity building. With LIDS, she worked with a team to analyze agricultural requirements for accession to the EU, served on the Projects Committee, and served as VP of Projects. She is also the submissions editor of the Harvard Law and Policy Review. In her first summer she was an intern with the Open Society Justice Initiative researching comparative national security information law, and in her second summer she did an internship in Mexico City with Mexicanos Primero researching education legislation and the right to education.
Before coming to Harvard, she graduated in 2008 from Cornell University with a B.A. in English and French. Becky studied abroad in Dakar, Senegal, worked as an English teacher in public schools in Avignon, France, and spent two years in Washington, DC working in the executive office of the Federal Trade Commission.
As Co-President, Becky manages LIDS, runs Board and general meetings, and interacts with the Harvard Law School administration in matters relating to strategic initiatives and funding.
Co-President: Rajarshi Banerjee
Rajarshi Banerjee is a member of the J.D. class of 2014 at Harvard Law School. He has been involved with LIDS since 2010, when he worked on the Nuru Project as an undergraduate. Last year, Rajarshi was LIDS’ Symposium Chair.
Rajarshi is from Kolkata, India. He graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Neurobiology in 2011. As an undergraduate, Rajarshi was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard College Global Health Review, and a research assistant at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School. In 2009, he helped establish a non-profit that works to improve access to health care in low-income communities around Cape Coast, Ghana.
As Co-President, Rajarshi manages LIDS, runs Board and general meetings, and interacts with the Harvard Law School administration in matters relating to strategic initiatives and funding.
Co-Vice President, Projects: Sam Smolkin
Sam Smolkin is a member of the J.D. class of 2014 at Harvard Law School. He has been a LIDS member since 2011. During his first year with LIDS, he worked on the Events and Symposium Committees. Last year, he served as Team Leader on a year-long project for the Vale Columbia Center, researching mechanisms for technology transfer through foreign direct investment.
Sam was born in the former Soviet Union, but grew up mostly in the United States. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan in 2010. As an undergraduate, he was a research assistant in computational linguistics for Professor Dragomir Radev. He was also Team Captain of the Michigan Ethics Bowl Team.
During his 1L summer, Sam interned with the Legal Transition Team at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, where he conducted policy research in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and the mining sector. Last summer, he worked as a Summer Associate in the US Practice at Allen & Overy LLP, in their London and Moscow offices.
As Co-Vice President of Projects, Sam generates, organizes, staffs, and oversees the development projects implemented each semester with partner organizations.
Co-Vice President, Projects: Sarah Weiner
Sarah Weiner is a member of the J.D. class of 2015 at Harvard Law School. In addition to serving on the LIDS Board, she is also a member of Harvard’s Foreign Direct Investment Moot team and the Harvard International Law Journal. During her first year of law school, she worked on a project through LIDS looking at the use of performance requirements to facilitate technology transfer through foreign direct investment.
Prior to attending law school, she served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tonga. She was involved with a variety of development projects there, including helping her village start a community library and designing a climate change awareness program for primary schools. She received her B.A. from the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas and is originally from New Orleans.
As Co-Vice-President of Projects, Sarah generates, organizes, staffs, and oversees the development projects implemented each semester with partner organizations.
Co-Vice President, Communications: Sarah Kalin
Sarah Kalin is a member of the J.D. class of 2014 at Harvard Law School. Prior to joining the LIDS board, Sarah co-led a LIDS Project for Vaxess Technologies and worked with the Events Committee. Sarah is also involved with the Foreign Direct Investment Arbitration Moot Team and the Harvard International Law Journal.
Sarah was born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland and has been living in the Boston area for the past seven years. She graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Chemical Physics. After graduation, she worked at a small, medical device company, where as International Business Development Team Leader, one of her primary responsibilities was overseeing an international distribution network. This work deepened her interest in international development and particularly exploring the role that the private sector should and does play in fostering development abroad through technology and knowledge transfer, as well as direct investment. During her 1L summer, Sarah was a Summer Associate at Freshfields, Bruckhaus & Deringer US LLP and this summer, Sarah is a Summer Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City.
As Co-Vice President of Communications, Sarah is responsible for regular communications within the LIDS community, as well as with alumni and the broader international development community. Sarah is also responsible for managing LIDS Live.
Co-Vice President, Communications: Maria Parra-Orlandoni
Maria Parra-Orlandoni is a member of the J.D. class of 2015 at Harvard Law School, where she is a member of the Law and International Development Society, Journal of Law and Technology, and Armed Forces Association. She worked on two LIDS projects during her first year: Silk-Vaccine Market Authorization Project with Vaxess and Children and Consumerism in Brazil Project with ANDI and Instituto Alana.
Maria moved to the US from Venezuela when she was four years old. She has lived all over the US and has traveled to over 25 countries. She graduated from the US Naval Academy with a B.S. in Systems Engineering and then earned an M.S. in Oceanographic Engineering in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. She subsequently served as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard two Navy warships stationed in San Diego. During those operational tours, she completed two deployments to the Middle East. She left the Navy in 2011, and traveled to Brazil to learn Portuguese and volunteer in an underprivileged children’s center. Then she taught Physics at Rutgers University for a semester before coming to HLS.
As Co-Vice President of Communications, Maria is responsible for regular communications within the LIDS community, as well as with alumni and the broader international development community. Maria is also responsible for managing LIDS Live.
Vice President, Finance: Eusebius Luk
Eusebius Luk is a member of the J.D. class of 2014 at Harvard Law School. He joined LIDS in Spring of 2013 as part of the TransFarm Africa team. Eusebius is from Los Angeles, and graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a major in Rhetoric and a minor in Public Policy.
Co-Vice President, Events: Dean Rosenberg
Dean Rosenberg is a member of the J.D. class of 2015 at Harvard Law School. He is from Melbourne, Australia. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011, with a B.A. in Economics and International Studies and a Diploma of Languages in Chinese. He has also worked in Melbourne for a local Member of Parliament.
Dean took part in two LIDS projects during his first year: one for the Centre for Civil Society in India examining reform in India’s bamboo industry and one for the Open Society and Justice Initiative, looking at freedom of information laws. He is also involved with the Harvard International Law Journal and HLS Advocates for Human Rights. This summer he will be working for the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, researching the role of international institutions in protecting human rights.
As Co-Vice President for Events, Dean organizes events on behalf of LIDS, bringing together academics, policymakers and practitioners working in law and development.
Co-Vice President, Events: Elizabeth Floyd
Elizabeth Floyd is a member of the J.D. class of 2014 at Harvard Law School. Preferring to keep one foot on both sides of everything, she is passionate about grassroots movements and bottom-up reform work both at home and abroad.
Before coming to HLS, Elizabeth spent a year working on youth civil society building efforts and children’s issues in the Ural Mountains, before returning to rural North Carolina to advocate for the right to community integration for recent immigrants and the labor and immigration rights of migrant farmworkers. Last summer she conducted comparative criminal justice research for the Hungarian Helsinki Committee in the midst of recent radical changes to Hungary’s constitutional order. This summer Elizabeth will be working in the Immigrants’ Rights division of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights San Francisco and honing her environmental justice skills at the Environmental Defense Fund.
At HLS, Elizabeth has been involved with two LIDS projects focusing on agribusiness in India and Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the Harvard International Law Journal, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and HLS Advocates for Human Rights.
As Co-Vice President of Events, Elizabeth organizes events on behalf of LIDS, bringing together academics, policymakers, and practitioners working in law and development.
Co-Vice President, Collaborations: Beth Nehrling
Elizabeth Nehrling is a member of the J.D. class of 2015 at Harvard Law School, where she is a part of the Law and International Development Society, Harvard Immigration Project, HLS Advocates for Human Rights, Harvard Africa Law Association, and the Journal of Law and Gender.
Elizabeth is passionate about issues at the crossroads of migration, gender and development. This passion has led her to spend three years living and working on gender-based development and female empowerment projects in rural west African villages, and over four years working with asylum-seekers in the US and UK, most recently at the Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit organization that works to protect immigrant women and girls from gender-based violence. During the summer of 2013 Elizabeth will be working with Lawyers for Human Rights in Johannesburg, South Africa.
She has her MS in Migration, Mobility and Development from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, where she focused on gender roles and human rights within migratory patterns.
As Co-Vice President of Collaborations, Elizabeth works to maintain and strengthen LIDS’ ties with organizations and students across the Boston area interested in international development issues.
Co-Vice President, Collaborations: Maryum Jordan
Maryum Jordan is a member of the J.D. class of 2014 at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2010. She has been involved with LIDS since 2011 when she worked with the Events and Symposium Committees. Last year, she was a team leader for the LIDS White Paper Project on anti-corruption and access to remedy.
Last summer, Maryum worked in Cambodia with the Open Society Justice Initiative to monitor the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and the development of rule of law in Cambodia. This summer she will be in Madrid working with Women’s Link Worldwide.
As Co-Vice President of Collaborations, Maryum maintains ties with other organizations and graduate schools at Harvard and in the Boston area, helps to recruit members from other schools, and fosters relationships with faculty and programs from across the University.
Vice President, Alumni: Sima Atri
Sima Atri is a member of the J.D. class of 2015 at Harvard Law School. Sima is especially interested in international post-conflict rule of law and transitional justice issues, as well as broader social-justice related structural reform of legal systems both domestically and internationally. Prior to law school, Sima specialized in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto. Drawing from these studies, she conducted a research project investigating the effects of children’s involvement in conflict on population’s perceptions of and desires from transitional justice mechanisms. She has worked at numerous human rights and development organizations in Canada and has travelled in the Middle East, East Africa, Central America and South East Asia. In law school, Sima is also involved with Advocates for Human Rights and the American Civil Liberties Association.
As a IL, she worked on a PILPG project related to economic development and constitutional reform in Libya. She has worked on cases related to due process rights and prosecution of the homeless at the ACLU. This summer, Sima will for Justice Base, a rule of law organization in Burma.
As Vice President of Alumni, Sima works with alumni to create projects and career opportunities for our current members.
Vice President, External Relations: Daniel Holman
Daniel Holman is a member of the J.D. class of 2014 at Harvard Law School, a native of Austin, Texas, and a 2006 graduate of Rice University. As a member of LIDS, Daniel worked on a TransFarm Africa project, interned with a rural development NGO in New Delhi, and served previously as Co-VP for Collaborations. Prior to law school, Daniel worked for a DC-based non-profit managing USAID-funded governance projects in Latin America. In summer 2012, Daniel worked for the in-house counsel of an American IT firm in Vilnius, Lithuania, and this summer he will be an associate at Allen & Overy LLP in Washington, DC.
As Vice President of External Relations, Daniel works with the LIDS Advisory Board and helps promote LIDS’ profile and relationships with professionals and organizations in the development sphere.
Vice President, Community: Veronica Sauer
Veronica Sauer is a member of the J.D. class of 2014 at Harvard Law School. Before joining the board, Veronica worked a on a LIDS project with Vale Columbia Center researching vehicles to promote technology transfer through foreign direct investment.
Veronica is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Anthropology. After graduation, she spent a year teaching English in Gaziantep, Turkey with a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. She will be returning to Turkey this summer to work on cross border transactions at a law firm. Last summer, Veronica worked on comparative legal research on freedom of speech and discrimination and preparing cases for the European Court of Human Rights at the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest.
As VP of Community, Veronica will be working both to recruit new members and to build a greater sense of community within the organization.
Symposium Chair: Meng Lu
Meng Lu is a member of the J.D. class of 2015 at Harvard Law School. As a 1L, Meng was on the PILPG post-conflict economic reconstruction and development project. Prior to law school she worked as an economist on infrastructure investment at the OECD, sustainable development at the UNDP, and financial sector intervention at the British Treasury. This summer Meng will be working at the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Oxford in 2009 and a M.A. in International and Development Economics from Yale in 2011. An international student from the UK, Meng split her childhood between China, Germany, and England. Her interests include institutional reform, sustainable economic development, andbackpacking on a shoestring.
As Symposium Chair, Meng will be organizing this year’s Law and Development Symposium.
Harvard Kennedy School Liaison: Andrea Titus
Andrea Titus is a second-year Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. She previously worked on a LIDS project with the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investing, researching foreign direct investment and technology transfer in developing countries. At HKS, she studies political and economic development, and she is an editor for the Kennedy School Review and a co-chair of the LGBTQ caucus.
Prior to starting her program at the Kennedy School, Andrea worked with the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, a global health policy think tank, and Earthscan, an independent publishing company focusing on the environment and sustainability. This summer, she will be interning with Evidence for Policy Design in Lahore, Pakistan, supporting an evaluation of the Punjab Economic Opportunities Program. She received her B.A. from Brown University in 2008 in religious studies.
As the Kennedy School Liaison, Andrea will work to strengthen relationships between HKS and HLS, and to further promote an interdisciplinary approach to development.
Tufts Fletcher School Liaison: John Rennie
John Rennie is a second year Master in Law and Diplomacy student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where his concentrations are Development Economics and International Business Relations. Prior to graduate school, he held positions working with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines in Zambia and Oxfam Canada. He also interned at the Canadian Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States in Washington, DC. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Guelph in Canada. Last year he worked on a LIDS project with the Vale Center for Sustainable International Investment, in which his team researched technical transfers in foreign direct investment.
As the Fletcher School liaison, John will help to strengthen ties between LIDS and the Tufts community, and to further promote an interdisciplinary approach to development.
Harvard School of Public Health Liaison: LeAnn (Hyungi) Noh
LeAnn Noh is a second year Master in Science student at the Harvard School of Public Health. Before joining the Executive Board, she co-led a LIDS project for Vaxess Technologies. At HSPH, LeAnn studies social and behavioral sciences. She is a founding member of Harvard North Korean Health Initiative, a group dedicated to raising awareness and building research capacity for the disadvantage population.
Prior to starting her program at HSPH, LeAnn was a staff reporter at the Korea Times, an English newspaper based in Seoul where she covered healthcare topics. She has also worked as a policy analyst for Acumen, a healthcare policy research company based in California. LeAnn holds a B.A. in Economics and Studio Arts from Dartmouth College.
This summer she will be evaluating eating disorder programs at the Boston’ Children’s Hospital and conducting research on the mental health needs of North Korean refugees in South Korea, her home, with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.
As the Public Health School liaison, LeAnn will help strengthen ties between LIDS and the HSPH community, and to further promote an interdisciplinary approach to development.