Class 17 (2018-2020)

Limabenla Jamir, India

Duke University – Master in International Development Policy

Limaben grew up in a small town in Nagaland, one of the smallest states in India. Having experienced the consequences of armed conflict first hand, she sought to understand political conflicts through a social psychology perspective. She has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Delhi and a Master’s Degree from Royal Holloway, University of London, UK where she studied advanced techniques in social and behavioral research and focused on the psychosocial impact of political conflicts. Following her Masters, she was selected for an intensive training program at the United Nations HQ, New York to learn about the workings of the United Nations General Assembly, Security Council and the Sustainable Development Agenda.

Limaben is the founder of a youth led non-profit educational foundation, as well as a TedX Speaker, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and Founding Curator, Global Shapers Kohima Hub. Over the past five years, she has been facilitating opportunities, exclusively tailored for young people in North East India to learn more about the work of international organizations on youth, peace and security, and initiate socio-economic transformation in their communities, together with educational institutions and international organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme and US Agency for International Development.

Within this framework, she worked as an International Trainer at the World Federation of United Nations Association programs in India and South Korea. Additionally, she has been involved in discussion that drives Northeast India-ASEAN co-operation for development.

As a Master’s in International Development Policy candidate at Duke University, she looks forward to exploring the complimentary nexus among economic development, security and policymaking. She hopes that her time at Duke will equip her on applied policy research and analysis and contribute in strengthening governance institutions, and civil society in conflict affected and post conflict settings. She is passionate about exploring the role of leadership in peace building, transparency and accountability mechanisms in public institutions and promoting resilient societies.