Rebekah Diski graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA in History. She worked on documentary films for two years before starting the Columbia/LSE dual degree program. Having spent a lot of time in both France and Africa, she was interested in decolonisation in Francophone Africa and wrote her dissertation on the experiences of Malagasy soldiers in the French Army during World War II and in the Malagasy insurrection of 1947. She won a Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) award for French, and conducted archival and oral research in several parts of France and Madagascar, as well as consulting the British National Archives for the contemporary British view of Franco-Malagasy relations. Having graduated from the program with distinction, Rebekah worked in the social policy department of LSE on a joint research project with the Guardian on the recent English riots as well on the Secretary-General's report on the status of women within the UN system for UN Women.