Bianca Cirella Bianca Cirella  is a M.A. candidate in the Public Policy and Administration Program at Ryerson University. She earned her B.A. in Politics and Governance at Ryerson. During the course of her undergraduate career she volunteered for several non-profit organizations on projects designed to enhance organizational effectiveness, served as Director of Communications for the Politics and Governance Students Association and was an intern for Ryerson’s Legal Research Centre. Her main areas of research interest are global security studies, development theory and indigenous justice.
Madeleine Finn  is currently undertaking a Master of Human Rights at the University of Sydney. She graduated with her Bachelor of International and Global Studies from the University of Sydney in 2012. She is passionate about efforts to alleviate poverty and excited to assist the Oceanic Chapter of ASAP with its first project.
cris gogu Cristian Gogu is an ASAP intern focused on the issue of Democratization and Accountability (Participatory and Inclusive Decision-Making). He graduated from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bucharest with a BA thesis on the relationship between liberalism and democracy and is now studying in the MA program Global Political Economy at the University of Kassel.
sophie hermanns Sophie Hermanns is currently studying for a Masters-degree in international relations from the University of North Carolina, the Sciences Po in Paris and Humboldt University in Berlin, after gaining her BA in history from Cambridge. She has worked with Giving What We Can, the Cambridge Development Initiative, and Grace House School in Cambodia.
Roxanne Heston is a first-year student at Tulane University working towards a BA in Economics and a BSM in Finance. She is an Altman Scholar and a member of the effective altruism community, looking to contribute to research on high impact, long term solutions to global inequality. Specifically as a fundraising intern with ASAP, she hopes to advance ASAP’s mission and gain skills that could be useful in the start-up, non-profit, and/or for-profit sectors.
LNeidhart Photo Laura Neidhart completed her Master’s degree in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights at the University of Essex in late 2013 and previously obtained her Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Washington State University. She has previously worked with London-based organizations on issues pertaining to justice reform and international development and is excited to be a contributor to ASAP’s IRG research project.
Hayley Hayley Tomkinson is currently in her third year of study at the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program at Western University. She is pursuing an Honors Specialization in Health Sciences and is interested health care reform that supports health equality. She is excited to contribute to ASAP’s mission in her role as Communications Intern.
Mannat Sharma graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from York University and for the past 4 years has been working in mental health, research and fundraising. She is particularly interested in moral psychology, health and inequality, and she is passionate about using research to provide insight and answers to social problems. She has a long-time interest in poverty alleviation and she is excited to contribute to ASAP’s mission as a Social Media intern.”
diana velica Diana Velica was a Visiting Assistant in Research in the Global Justice Program at Yale University; her project is Curbing the Arms Trade – a necessity for development. She earned her B.A. from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest, with a thesis focused on small arms and light weapons proliferation and its impact to human rights and development. She is currently enrolled in an M.A. program of International Development Studies and International Relations Ethics in the second year at the University of Bucharest.
Haile Yidnekachew is inspired by the ASAP mission and joined ASAP as IT intern. Currently, he is responsible for upgrading, updating, and maintaining the ASAP Website. He completed his Masters of Science degree in Information Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) at the University of Manchester in 2013. Previously, he earned his BEd degree in Physics from Mekelle University; and PGD in Computer Science from HiLCoE College of Computer Science in Ethiopia. He has worked as IT expert and Trainer for 5 years. He also has participated in collaborative ICT4D researches and contributed to two research papers published in famous journals. He is interested in pursuing a PhD and researching on the role and impact of ICTs (particularly internet and mobile phones) on socio-economic development.


Amy Gordon is a lecturer at Dominican University College.  Amy is currently completing her doctoral thesis in philosophy,  “The disciplinarity of discourse: Aristotelian rhetoric and a political economy of emotions”.  Amy’s thesis explores the role of discourses and an individual’s access to discursive power as an accessible diagnostic in navigating and and rearranging distributions of socioeconomic resources and political power.  Focusing on discursive and political capabilities as meta-capabilities, Amy’s thesis explores the links between an individual’s discursive power and comprehensive flourishing in relation to their socioeconomic environment, coming to the conclusion that robust egalitarianism is the only adequate solution to prevent extreme marginalization. Amy’s work is influenced by her interest in poverty, gender, global justice, Rawlsian political liberalism, egalitarianism, the capabilities approach, Hellenic philosophy, ethics, the history of economics, social movements, and development and behavioural economics.
Rozy Kumari holds a BA (Hons) and MA in Political Science and is currently pursuing her M. Phil degree from the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, and writing a dissertation on ‘Right to Food as a Basic Human Right.’ She is the National Research Coordinator for the Know Your Rights India Project and member of ASAP India. Her interests lie in areas of development ethics, global justice and human rights.
Mariana Ramírez Herrera Mariana Ramírez Herrera has a degree in Economics by the Autonomous University of Zacatecas, has been teaching since 2003 at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, University of Tijuana, UNIVER, UNIDEP and University of Tolosa, and is currently studying a Master Degree in International Cooperation for Development at Mora Institute of Research.
David Rodríguez-Arias is a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Spanish National Research Council, in Madrid. He has previously worked at the Universities of Paris Descartes, Salamanca and Toronto. His research interests include global bioethics, global justice and clinical ethics. He is a volunteer coordinator with the Spanish NGO AIPC-Pandora, with which he has participated in several local projects in Mali and Tanzania. Within ASAP, he is working on the Global Poverty Consensus Report.
Chaitanya Singhania is a first year undergraduate at Yale College from New Delhi, India. He is excited to put his experience with education and sustainable development nonprofits to use as a Know Your Rights India intern. His interests include Gandhian thought, education reform, social reform movements and Latin, Greek and Sanskrit literature. He hopes to eventually return to India and play a small role in the poverty alleviation movement.
Carissa Velíz is a Ph.D. student in the Philosophy Department at the City University of New York, Graduate Center and at the University of Salamanca. She is interested in moral psychology, ethics, bioethics, philosophy of mind, and Buddhist philosophy and practice.


Miriam Roser Miriam Roser has an MSc in Nursing and is currently studying full-time for a Bsc in Environmental Science. Before going into this new field she has worked clinically as a nurse and as a research assistant in the area of migrant health care. Alleviating global poverty has since long been important to her and she is a member of givingwhatwecan.
Noelia Belen Mendez Lagger has a Bachelor degree International Relations and a Masters in Philosophy by the Universidad of Salamanca. She has experience as a volunteer at the European Commission as well as Assistant Professor of Latin American Foreign Policy, while studying at the University Universidad Empresarial Siglo 21, Cordoba Argentina.
Chiara Pittalis has a background in economics, and she holds a master degree in Economic Policy Evaluation & Planning. She has extensive research experience, both in the academic world (Department of Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway) and the private sector. Over the years she has developed a keen interest in international development issues by volunteering for various NGOs in Ireland and through her professional experience as project manager in international development consulting companies.
Karpouzos Theodoros–Athanasios has a Bachelors in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and Finance from Athens University. He also was an Erasmus Student at Vienna University of Economics and Business, and he has been working in marketing, finance and administration with experience as a translator and website administrator.