Julia is the Logistics Manager for the 2018 Oxford Africa Conference. She is an MSc student in Evidence-based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation. Julia is an Oxford-Weidenfeld Hoffman scholar and a member of Jesus College. She holds a BSocSc in Psychology and Xhosa and a BSocSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Cape Town. She is a Mandela Rhodes scholar from the class of 2016. Her previous research looked into the implications of cognitive deficits associated with HIV and driving ability. She is hoping to continue working on HIV research here in Oxford.

Julia is interested in effecting social change through meaningful interactions with people on an individual and community level. She volunteered as part of the LifeLine counselling team for two years in Cape Town. She was also part of the MH Foundation Mentoring Programme for high-potential students from a high school in Khayelitsha. Before coming to Oxford this year, Julia worked in a high school in Johannesburg where she designed and ran mindfulness workshops for young students and coached hockey. She also volunteered for eduSOIL, a non-profit organisation that nurtures the mental and emotional health of children through mindfulness, yoga and change making programmes in South Africa and India.

Outside of the classroom, Julia enjoys singing in the Jesus College Choir, attempting to keep up with the Oxford Triathlon Club, practising mindfulness, and engaging with the brilliant people and ideas present in Oxford. She is particularly excited to be part of the dynamic Oxford Africa Conference Team, and she is optimistic that the Conference will be a huge success!