Valeria Bembry

This article was previously published in the special edition, ALUMNAE (December 2018).

PG Dip 2008


Valeria Missalina Bembry began her career in humanitarian communications as an Assistant Press Officer at the international development charity, ActionAid, after completing her BA in International Relations. She later became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar where she taught English, trained Malagasy teachers in TEFL methodologies and organised recreational activities for at-risk youth. A fellow volunteer’s project marketing textiles designed by local women inspired Bembry to pursue a career combining supporting creative communities and culture in humanitarian settings. She enrolled in The Courtauld’s History of Art Postgraduate Diploma programme and wrote her thesis on perceptions of the female nude in Victorian sculpture.

Photograph by Eric Koon