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.
CO-President: 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.
CO-PRESIDENT: João Marinotti
Co-Vice President, Projects: ALLISON BEEMAN
Co-Vice President, Projects: TEJA S. VEMURI
Teja Vemuri is currently a Masters in International Business candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with concentrations on Business for Social Impact, Development Finance and Development Economics. He was born and grew up in India, earned his Bachelors of Technology in Information and Communication Technology from SRM University (SRMIST) in 2016. Teja has a great passion for Development Finance Strategy and Financial Inclusion. Prior to Fletcher, He worked in consulting sector at Ernst and Young for digital technology and transformation (Business analysis and Due diligence) for banking and capital markets and spent his summer in Armenia working for Central Bank of Armenia in the area of SME Finance, credit and inclusion.
Co-Vice President, Projects: ZIKAI GUO
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Co-Vice President, Events: HYUN-KYUNG YUH
Hyun-Kyung (HK) Yuh is a second-year student at Harvard Law School and a member of Harvard’s coordinated JD/PhD program. Her graduate research sits at the intersection of law, political economy, and social theory. She is particularly interested in global economic governance and development finance. Hyun-Kyung holds an A.B. in French and Italian literature from Princeton University and has taught French language, economics, and political theory at Harvard College. During her 1L summer, she worked at the International Finance Corporation.
Co-Vice President, Events: BRYDNE SLATTERY
CO-Vice President, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: MOHAMMAD ZIA
Co-Vice President, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: TASFIA ZAMAN
Vice President, FINANCE: ALEXANDER GUERIN
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.
VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY: zekariah mcneal
Zekariah McNeal is a second-year student at Harvard Law School. He is an active member of the Harvard Law Review, Harvard Defenders, and the Black Law Students Association. Zekariah has an interest multilateral efforts to promote global economic and environmental sustainability. He graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma Christian University where he obtained degrees in Electrical Engineering and Biblical Studies. He loves coffee with friends, hiking in the mountains, and enjoying great films at the theater.
VICE PRESIDENT, ALUMNI & EXTERNAL RELATIONS: Ayoung Kim
Ayoung Kim is a third-year HLS student with an interest in development, business and human rights, the environment, and health. 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 Women’s and Children’s Centre at the Calais refugee camp. At HLS, Ayoung has been involved with LIDS, Coalition of International Students and Global Affairs, Tenant Advocacy Project, and Advocates for Human Rights. 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. In her free time, she enjoys meditation, yoga, and cooking.
FLETCHER SCHOOL OF LAW & DIPLOMACY LIAISON: TEJA S. VEMURI
FLETCHER SCHOOL OF LAW & DIPLOMACY LIAISON: TASFIA ZAMAN
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Boston College Liaison: PETER WITSCHI
Peter Witschi is a member of the J.D. class of 2021 at Boston College Law School. He graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in History and Political Science. Prior to law school, Peter spent three years working for an international investment firm in New York City. After his first year of law school, Peter worked as a Legal Intern in the Private Sector Department at Oxfam America, where he engaged in corporate advocacy efforts to encourage social and environmental responsibility in the private sector.
Last year, Peter participated in LIDS’ NRDC China project, producing a report on watershed laws in the United States and Europe to provide policy support to the Chinese government’s efforts to create a regulatory scheme for the Yangtze River.
HBS Liaison: KAITLIN FREEDMAN
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