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Ingrid Betancourt (2017, Theology)


She is a French-Colombian politician (formerly a Colombian senator) and a campaigner against corruption. In 2008, Betancourt was released by FARC guerrillas after being held hostage by them for six and a half years.


She has received multiple international awards, including the French National Order of the Légion d’Honneur, The Prince of Asturias Prize of Concord, The Prize Grinzane Cavour, and was nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize for her commitment to democratic values, freedom and tolerance.


She is a Supernumerary Fellow at Harris Manchester College.

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satveer chaudhary

Satveer Chaudhary (1989, Junior Year Abroad)


He is an American lawyer, whose practice specialises in immigration and criminal law, and who is frequently called upon for commentary on U.S. immigration issues. He is also a politician and a former member of the Minnesota State Senate and the Minnesota House of Representatives serving from 1996 to 2010. While in office, Chaudhary served as a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labour Party, was the first Asian American legislator in Minnesota history. He was also the first South Asian senator in American history and for a time was the highest-ranking political official of South Asian descent, as well as one of the youngest senators in that state's history.


Upon graduation from high school in 1987, Chaudhary pursued his degree at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. As an undergraduate, Chaudhary was in the student senate, the multi-cultural student association, political awareness committee organizer and lobbied for the state student coalition. During his year in Oxford, he was a member of the Oxford Union, the Oxford Law Society, and Oxford Indian Students Association.