Executive Board

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 co-presidents are elected and a new board is appointed for the following academic year.


Lindsay Bailey is a member of the J.D. class of 2019 at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto,  Canada with a B.A. in Politics and Governance.  Prior to law school, Lindsay spent three years in Ghana working with municipal governments to improve project planning, budgeting, and municipal taxes.  She has worked for a variety of organizations, including Engineers Without Borders, Amplify Governance, Global Communities, and UNICEF.

She has worked on one project since joining LIDS, contributing to a report regarding advocacy for land tenure for Habitat for Humanity. She also assisted in planning the LIDS career trip to D.C.


Meghan Liu hails from Texas and Shanghai and is a member of the J.D. Class of 2019 at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Tufts University in 2014 with a B.A. in International Relations and Economics. Prior to law school, Meghan worked as a legal assistant in New York for Sullivan and Cromwell’s Financial Institutions Group. At HLS, Meghan has been involved with the International Law Journal, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and HLS Negotiators’ Catholic Charities Maine Project focused on dialogue and refugee resettlement. During her 1L summer, Meghan worked for Public International Law and Policy Group in DC supporting CSO clients in Burma.

Last year, Meghan participated in LIDS’ NRDC Beijing client project and helped organize the annual career trip to DC. As Community VP this year, Meghan is committed to organizing fun events and happy hours where LIDS members can meet and connect across schools.

Co-Vice President, Projects: João Marinotti

João Marinotti is a member of the J.D. class of 2020 at Harvard Law School. João’s experiences living in Brazil, the United States, Scotland, and China have given him a passion for global sustainable development. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in Linguistics and his M.S. in Cognitive Science. Combining his interests in linguistics and sustainable international development, João worked as rapporteur for the 2017 Symposium on Language, the Sustainable Development Goals, and Vulnerable Populations, held by the Study Group on Language and the United Nations. After his first year of law school, João gained experience in global infrastructure finance and exposure to the financial mechanisms of multilateral development banks as a Summer Associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. João also co-authored the international project finance legal clinic at the 2018 Workshop on Closing the Investment Gap on Sustainable Infrastructure co-convened by UN DESA, CDP, and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. As one of the LIDS Co-Vice Presidents of Projects, João is responsible for organizing and developing projects and overseeing their execution and submission.

Co-Vice President, Projects: Anzhelika Ishkhanyan

Bio coming soon

Co-Vice President, Projects: CATherine Mengyun Yang

Catherine is a master candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with concentrations on energy and development economics. She was born and grew up in Shanghai, China. She earned her BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2017. Catherine has a great passion for clean energy and digital development. She currently is a consultant at the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) division of World Bank. She is also doing research at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). The research project focuses on using SEI’s Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) Modeling Framework to support developing countries in their energy and climate mitigation planning activities. Prior to Fletcher, she interned at United Nations Information Center, Mass Health Policy Commission, and UNICEF with extensive research and data analysis experience.

Catherine led a LIDS project last semester. As one of the LIDS Co-Vice Presidents of Projects, she aims to help LIDS members get hands-on and exciting experiences from LIDS projects.

Co-Vice President, Events: Charlie Hobbs

Charlie Hobbs is currently in the second year of his JD degree at HLS. Prior to law school, he worked for several years in Mumbai as a consultant for Vera Solutions, a social enterprise that builds data management systems for organizations working in international development. Charlie received his A.B. in Government from Harvard College in 2013.

Most recently, Charlie worked as a summer associate in the Office of the General Counsel at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a multilateral development bank founded in 2015 by 57 member countries to facilitate economic development in Asia, particularly through investment in infrastructure projects. As a member of the Bank’s legal team, Charlie’s worked on issues related to the Bank’s operations as a financial institution and its role as an international organization. Charlie also volunteers as the Legal Director at Y2Y, an entirely student-run shelter for homeless youths (18-24) in the Cambridge/Boston area.

Co-Vice President, Events: Ava Liu

Ava is a second-year student at Harvard Law School originally from Toronto, Canada. She attended McGill University in Montreal and studied Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in International Development. Before law school, she worked in the Peruvian Andes on community development as a project advisor funded by Global Affairs Canada. She has also worked at the United Nations World Food Programme in Panama City. She is fluent in Chinese, English, Spanish and French. During her 1L summer, she worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Beijing office as a Chayes Fellow in their Environmental Law and Governance project. At Harvard, she is also co-President of the Canadian Law Students Association. Before becoming Symposium Chair, she previously worked on the LIDS project for the Mekong Business Initiative at the Asian Development Bank analyzing economic law reform in Southeast Asia.

Co-Vice President, EVENTs: JUSTIN BOGDA

Bio coming soon


Vice President, FINANCE: Spencer Bateman

Spencer Bateman is a member of the J.D. Class of 2020 at Harvard Law School. Originally from California, he graduated from the University of Arizona in 2017 with a B.S.B.A. in Finance and a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to law school, Spencer interned with the U.S. House of Representatives, California State Assembly, and QGA Public Affairs, focusing on a variety of public policy issues including financial services, economic development, and international trade. As an undergraduate, he managed Government Affairs as a member of student government and was a member of the Financial Management Association Executive Board. At HLS, Spencer has been involved with the International Law Journal and Harvard Law and Entrepreneurship Project. During his 1L summer, Spencer worked with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Last year, Spencer participated in LIDS’ CPI client project team. As the VP of Finance, Spencer aims to help maximize LIDS’ financial resources to ensure an engaging and exciting experience for all LIDS members.


Seth Norris is a member of the JD Class of 2019 at Harvard Law School. Before coming to Harvard, Seth earned his B.A. in East Languages and Literature from Yale University in May of 2015. He then spent a year working as a bankruptcy clerk at Legal Services Alabama, primarily helping low income clients work through the preparatory stages of bankruptcy filings.

After his first year of law school, Seth worked as a legal intern in the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Beijing office. His work included formal commentary on new soil pollution legislation under consideration in the National People’s Congress and research into protected areas law. Seth is interested in international finance and development work, especially as it pertains to cross-border transactions and environmental regulatory work.

Vice President, Press & Media: Ashley Lee


Ashley Lee is a doctoral candidate and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studies the Internet and youth political participation. Ashley has worked on a number of international development projects with the U.N., focusing on labor and human rights, youth empowerment, and child protection. Ashley graduated from Stanford University’s School of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

As Vice President of Press & Media, Ashley is responsible for media relations, coverage and promotion of LIDS events and projects, including on social media. Ashley is also responsible for managing LIDS Live.


Bio coming soon


Co-Vice President, ALUMNI/External Relations: Reginald Nii Odoi

Reginald Nii Odoi is a member of the LLM class of 2019 at Harvard Law School. He is a practicing barrister and solicitor from Ghana who is very passionate about social change, development and advocacy. Reginald pursued his undergraduate studies in law at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana after which he did his professional law program at the Ghana School of Law. At KNUST, Reginald served as the President of the Law Christian Fellowship, President of the Law Faculty of Law, Judicial Recorder of the SRC and the Legal Affairs Commissioner of the SRC amongst other positions of service.

He is the President and Founder of the Good Shepherd Love Foundation (www.tgslf.com), an NGO which seeks to bridge the social divide by promoting societal inclusion, advocacy and mentorship for the vulnerable in society. Reginald is also a Delegate of the Young Diplomats of Ghana Program, an initiative which brings together and trains young aspiring diplomats who advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Reginald has interest in Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Constitutional Law, Corporate and Commercial Practice amongst others. He is also a very prolific writer and has great interest in writing articles and contributing to journals.

As VP of External Relations/Alumni Development, he is responsible for maintaining and expanding LIDS contacts with professional organizations and individuals working in development.

Co-Vice President, ALUMNI/External Relations: Ishan Khokar

Bio coming soon


Ayoung Kim is a second-year HLS student with an interest in rights-based approaches to development, business and human rights, and gender. She graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in political science. Prior to law school, Ayoung has worked primarily with displaced and marginalized women on the grassroots, most recently at the Calais refugee camp. At HLS, Ayoung has been involved with LIDS, Advocates for Human Rights, the Women’s Law Association, and the Journal on Law and Gender. During her 1L summer, Ayoung worked as a legal intern at Oxfam in the Philippines, reviewing and revising banana farmers’ contracts from a BHR perspective, as a legal intern at Kim & Chang, and as a negotiation research assistant for Professor Moffitt. She grew up in and has worked in six different countries, and continues to be interested in transnational perspectives.

Co-Vice President, Professional Development: CLAIRE YI

Claire Yi is a member of the J.D. class of 2020 at Harvard Law School. Originally from Texas and South Korea, she graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Peace and Justice Studies. Prior to law school, Claire worked as a paralegal for two years at David Polk & Wardwell’s Financial Institutions Group in New York City. After her first year of law school, Claire worked at the International Finance Corporation’s Washington, D.C. office as part of its new Business Risk and Compliance Department.
Last year, Claire participated in a LIDS project for Public International Law and Policy Group related to potential legal recourse through international treaties against governmental response to disease outbreaks. She also assisted in planning the LIDS career trip to New York City.

VICE President, Collaboration: Sabrina Singh

Sabrina Singh is a J.D. student at Harvard Law School, passionate about gender and economic justice, human rights, development and international law. Before law school, she co-founded a rural women’s economic empowerment program at a nonprofit in Nepal.  She graduated from Swarthmore College with Highest Honors in Political Science and Sociology & Anthropology. She spent her most recent summer at the Business and Human Rights division of Human Rights Watch, studying debt in the US and practices of IFIs and development agencies abroad. Born and raised in Nepal, Sabrina loves traveling to rural parts of her country, reading memoirs and biographies, and dancing.

VICE President, LIaIsons: Anastasia Karimova

Anastasia Karimova is a Master’s Candidate in Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Her concentrations are Business for Social Impact and Human Security.
She grew up in Moscow, Russia, graduated from Moscow State University with a B.A. and M.A. in Journalism and worked for eight years in political and business journalism. She also conducted anti-corruption investigations and worked for Transparency International Russia as their press officer. In her spare time, she was a human rights activist.
At Fletcher, she was leading the Gender Initiative and Fletcher UN Club, worked as a consultant at the Fletcher Social Investment Group and interned with UN Women over the summer.
As a Liaison, she aims to strengthen cross-campus partnerships and improve the quality of students’ experience with LIDS.


Ryan Johnson is a second year Masters Candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. With concentrations in law, development, and international political economy, he is specifically focusing on the role that good governance and state institutions play in political, economic, and social development. Prior to The Fletcher School, he worked in New York City as a corporate legal assistant in private equity and investment management, where he also had the opportunity to work on pro bono cases to assist unaccompanied minors from Central and South America

Ryan is spending the summer between his first and second years interning in the Governance and Peacebuilding cluster of the United Nations Development Program at the Istanbul Regional Hub in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a Colorado native and holds a BS/BA in journalism, political science, and Spanish from Syracuse University.


Grishma Rimal is a Masters Candidate in Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is concentrating in development economics and human security studies with a regional focus on South Asia. Most recently, Grishma worked as an impact analyst intern at Ashoka. Prior to Fletcher, she was an education reporter for a newspaper in Atlanta. She graduated from Troy University with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. She is a native of Kathmandu, Nepal.

As a Liaison, Grishma coordinates LIDS activities at The Fletcher School and works with other international development groups at Fletcher to strengthen cross-campus partnerships.

Boston College Liaison: JACOB STANSELL

Jacob Stansell is a member of the J.D. Class of 2020 at Boston College Law School. Prior to attending law school, Jacob studied economics, finance, and history at the University of Arkansas. He also studied behavioral economics and international law at King’s College, University of Cambridge. During his undergraduate study, Jacob worked for inVeritas Research and Consulting, where he helped create business development plans and pursued government consulting projects. Jacob is a staff writer for the Boston College Intellectual Property and Technology Forum. He worked as an intern in the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure during the summer following his first year of law school.

LLM Liaison: Maithili Parikh

Maithili Parikh is a member of the LLM Class of 2019, and is from Mumbai, India. Prior to commencing her LL.M. studies at HLS, Maithili was practicing litigation at the High Court of Mumbai as a junior counsel in the Chambers of Zal T. Andhyarujina, an Oxford University alumni. Maithili received her LLB from Government Law College, Mumbai, where she served as the Chief Student Editor of the college magazine and President of the Government Law College Teach for India Society. While in law school, Maithili co-founded a legal awareness blog called ‘You’ve Been Served’, which was aimed to help the youth gain a better practical understanding of their basic legal rights. Maithili has also co-authored a handbook on women’s rights. This handbook was adopted by Vogue India, who published and distributed 60,000 copies of it as part of their women empowerment campaign in India. In the past, Maithili has interned for over a year with Justice Gautam Patel of High Court of Mumbai as his judicial intern. She also worked as the City Convener (Mumbai) for the Youth Forum on Foreign Policy, a think tank with operations in several Indian cities.

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