Malalai Habibi lived in Iran for more than 25 years and was undocumented Afghan refugee for most of these years. After completing her secondary education through independent study, she entered university and earned a B.A. in graphic design form Shariati Technical University in Iran. She volunteered for several nongovernmental organizations in Iran, including the Tehran Peace Museum. She recently returned to Afghanistan to work as a peacebuilding facilitator. Malalai, who is fluent in Dari, is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
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.
Maria Camila Posse Gaez has worked in both the public and private sectors, including the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Embassy of Costa Rica in Singapore, and the commodities trading firm ED&F Man. She also is the director and co-founder of Fox & Hedgehog, a global and current affairs review written by young adults. Maria graduated magna cum laude from Yale-NUS College in Singapore with a B.A. degree in global affairs, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Mehak Anjum Siddiquei has worked as a research assistant on the Social Compact Project, part of the Property Tax Experiment at The Center for Economic Research in Pakistan. Previously, she worked at the Planning and Development Department at the provincial government level. She is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi. She holds a B.Sc. in economics from the Lahore School of Economics. Mehak is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Mian Moaz has mentored young people in Pakistan by designing wilderness-based leadership development programs as a member of Youth Impact. He speaks Urdu, the national language of Pakistan, and Pushto, the indigenous language of Pathans in the northern region. Most recently, he helped develop an afternoon school for the street children of Peshawar, his native city. He holds a B.S. in economics from the National University of Sciences & Technology. Mian is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Mohammad Omar Metwally is a co-founder of multiple youth-led initiatives. Most recently, he worked as a regional coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Common Ground Institute program at Search for Common Ground. He has nearly a decade of experience designing, implementing, and managing youth programs, with extensive experience in conflict prevention and conflict transformation, research development, and community dialogue design. He holds a B.Sci. in biotechnology from Cairo University and is a Fulbright Scholar.
Mojtaba Kashani holds an M.A. in sociology from the University of Tehran and a B.A. in mechanical engineering from Amirkabir University. As part of a research team in Iran, he analyzed electoral behavior in the 2016 parliamentary election according to religiosity and socioeconomic status. Mojtaba is the recipient of a Keough School Fellowship.
Mujahid Osman served on the board of the Claremont Main Road Mosque (Cape Town) from 2013-2017. He is a founding member of the University of Cape Town Muslim Youth Movement, a progressive Muslim student organization that seeks authentic, holistic, and inclusive interpretations of Islam. Mujahid, who speaks Afrikaans, also was a guest lecturer at the University of Cape Town, where he taught the Islam section of a course on religion, gender, and sexuality. He holds a bachelor of social science degree in religious studies (with honors) from the University of Cape Town. Mujahid is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Nnadozie Onyekuru earned a B.A. in liberal arts after studying in interdisciplinary seminars at Thomas Aquinas College. He also has studied engineering at the University of Maiduguri, worked for a consultant to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, and served as a volunteer writer and assistant editor for Your Commonwealth, a youth development program. Nnadozie is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.