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.

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

João Marinotti is a member of the J.D. Class of 2020 at Harvard Law School and served as LIDS Co-VP of Projects for the 2018–2019 school year. He was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and has since lived in the United States, China, and Scotland. Prior to law school, João received his B.A. in Linguistics from Columbia University, M.A. in Linguistics from the City University of New York, and M.S. in Cognitive Science from Edinburgh University. Combining his interests in law and linguistics, he served as rapporteur for the 2016 and 2017 Symposia on Language, the Sustainable Development Goals, and Vulnerable Populations held by the Study Group on Language and the United Nations. João has worked as a Summer Associate in Milbank LLP’s Global Project, Energy and Infrastructure Finance Group. He also helped create and administer the international finance legal clinic as part of 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. In 2018, João founded Discus, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization driven to promote global sustainability by tapping into the passion, talent, and resources available in the private sector.

Co-Vice President, Projects: ALLISON BEEMAN

Allison Beeman is a member of the J.D. class of 2022 at Harvard Law School. She graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 2019 with an MA in Law and Diplomacy and from Bowdoin College in 2013 with a BA in Government and Legal Studies. Prior to beginning her degree at Fletcher, Allison lived in Jordan, where she worked for an e-commerce Arabic bookstore, a Middle East news agency, and a refugee resettlement legal aid organization. While at Fletcher, Allison interned for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and participated in a LIDS project for the Public International Law and Policy Group focused on governmental response to disease outbreaks. As one of the LIDS Co-Vice Presidents of Projects, Allison is responsible for organizing and developing projects and overseeing their execution and submission.

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

Brydne Slattery is a third-year student at Harvard Law School. Her research and activities at the law school have focused particularly on issues of sustainable development and renewable energy. Brydne holds an M.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, and previously worked on global vaccination campaigns. During her 1L summer, she worked at the Open Society Foundation’s Justice Initiative.


Mohammad Zia is a second-year student at Harvard Law School. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland and went on to complete an MPP from the University of Oxford. Prior to law school, Mohammad worked at the World Bank in DC, was a Fulbright Scholar in Morocco, and was as a Luce Scholar in Indonesia. Mohammad speaks Arabic, French, Spanish, Urdu, and Bahasa Indonesian and he traveled to over 40 countries since becoming a U.S. Citizen in 2010. He is interested in international economic development, business, energy policy, and diplomacy.


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Alexander Guerin is a second year JD student at Harvard Law School. Alexander holds a BA in Chinese history with a minor in Chinese from UC Berkeley, and in between college and law school he lived in China for three years. During that time, he worked as an English teacher and college admissions consultant, and studied briefly at universities in Tainan, Beijing, and Pyongyang. During the summer after his first year of law school, he worked at an NGO in Uganda that provides legal technical assistance to African governments.
Prior to joining the LIDS board, Alexander worked on a LIDS project to reform transparency laws in Madagascar. He was also on a committee to organize LIDS‘s annual career trip to Washington, DC.

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.


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.


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.


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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.


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