Meet MGA Students


The Keough School’s inaugural master of global affairs class includes 38 students from 22 countries: Afghanistan, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Iran, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Ukraine, the United States, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

The students bring a wealth of professional experience in international development, education, peacebuilding, environmental conservation, human rights, humanitarian assistance, journalism, and other fields. All students in the class have received fellowships thanks to a number of generous families, as well as foundation support and funding from institutes and the University more widely.



Alyssa Paylor

Alyssa Paylor

International Peace Studies

United States

Alyssa Paylor served in Thailand and Myanmar with VIA, a nonprofit group that fosters understanding between the U.S. and Asia. She also is co-founder of a young women’s leadership and peacebuilding program and a former advocate for peace education in Myanmar. Most recently she worked with English language learners, focusing on job readiness skills for employment. Alyssa holds a B.A. degree in anthropology and political science and a certificate in peace and conflict studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Aminata Karim

Aminata Karim

International Peace Studies

Sierra Leone

Aminata Karim is a social justice and development practitioner who works with the rural and urban poor. She holds a B.Sc. in peace and conflict studies from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. Most recently, she worked with the women-led Federation of Urban and Rural Poor, a social action group. She is fluent in Mende and Krio, both Sierra Leonean languages. Aminata is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Asmaa El Messnaoui

Asmaa El Messnaoui

Global Affairs + Specialization

Morocco

Asmaa El Messnaoui has worked as a requirements engineer in the private sector. She also is founder and president of a local nongovernmental organization that strives to promote community service and citizenship among young people. Asmaa holds an engineer of state diploma in materials and manufacturing processes from ENSAM National Engineering School in Morocco, and speaks Arabic, French, and some Spanish. She is the recipient of an Ansari Institute Fellowship.

Caroline Andridge

Caroline Andridge

Sustainable Development

United States

Caroline Andridge served as a 2016-17 Princeton in Africa fellow in South Africa, where she worked as an HIV prevention analyst with the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Prior to this role, she was a research associate for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations and a volunteer for the economic analysis team at the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Washington, D.C. She holds a B.A. in public policy from the University of Michigan. Caroline is the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.

Chista Keramati

Chista Keramati

Sustainable Development

Iran

Chista Keramati worked as a translator and research assistant in Tajikistan from 2015-16. While in Tajikistan, she also volunteered as an English tutor. She holds a B.A. in English literature and an M.A. in linguistics, and is interested in education and women’s issues in the Global South. At home in Iran, Chista is part of the minority Sunni community. She is the recipient of a Keough School Fellowship.

Djiba Soumaoro

Djiba Soumaoro

International Peace Studies

Mali

Djiba Soumaoro most recently served as advisor to the nonprofit Mali Rising Foundation, which empowers the children of Mali through education. He also has worked as a translator for medical teams and for the NGO Ouelessebougou Alliance in Mali, an organization focused on education, health, and economic development. He speaks Bambara, the lingua franca in Mali, as well as French. He holds a B.A. in political science from Utah Valley University. Djiba is the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.

Dorcas Omowole

Dorcas Omowole

Sustainable Development

Nigeria

Dorcas Omowole has interned at the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, where she educated children on conservation issues through stories. She also has work experience in branding, media, and social research, and holds a B.Sc. in geography from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Dorcas is the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.

Ikromjon Tuhtasunov

Ikromjon Tuhtasunov

Global Affairs + Specialization

Uzbekistan

Ikromjon Tuhtasunov studied international relations at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Uzbekistan. He recently interned at the State Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan. An organizer of several Model United Nations conferences, he also has held internships at government, nongovernmental, and private sector organizations. Ikromjon is the recipient of a Keough School Fellowship.


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