Mojtaba Kashani holds an MA in sociology from the University of Tehran and a BA 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. As a master of global affairs student, Mojtaba was the recipient of a Keough School Fellowship.
Current students and alumni from the master of global affairs program in the Keough School of Global Affairs represent more than 60 countries including:
Afghanistan; Argentina; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belize; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Democratic Republic of Congo; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Ethiopia; Finland; The Gambia; Ghana; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Myanmar; Nepal; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; Singapore; South Africa; South Korea; Syria; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; Ukraine; Uganda; the United Kingdom; the United States; Uzbekistan; Venezuela; Vietnam; Yemen; and Zimbabwe.
Our 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.
Timothy Machasio is passionate about enabling business growth for firms operating in developing countries. He is the co-founder of the Teen Entrepreneurship Network, a coalition of training, mentorship, and funding groups that support young Kenyan entrepreneurs. He has worked for the Boston Consulting Group, Google, Ashoka, and Equity Bank Limited. Timothy, a graduate of the African Leadership Academy, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Notre Dame. As a student, he was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
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. As a master of global affairs student, Djiba was the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.
Juanita Esguerra Rezk has worked on the reintegration of former combatants and reparations for victims following decades of armed conflict in Colombia. She also has served in the European Commission Humanitarian Office, focusing on humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons and refugees and its link to development and peace initiatives. Juanita holds a B.A. in political science from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. As a master of global affairs student, she was a Fulbright Scholar.
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. As a master of global affairs student, Dorcas was the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.
Patrick Calderon recently worked for a Washington, DC-area international nonprofit, where he helped implement a State Department grant enabling undergraduate students from developing countries to study in the United States. He also has worked in education with immigrant and refugee populations in Canada and youth in Morocco. Patrick holds a B.A. in political science and theology from Notre Dame. As a master of global affairs student, he was the recipient of a Samuel and Kathleen Awad Global Affairs Fellowship.
Mujahid Osman is deeply interested in the intersection of theology and global politics. He graduated with a bachelor of social science in 2015, majoring in political science and religious studies. In 2016 he completed his honors degree, specializing in religious studies and researching queer religious bodies. Mujahid has served as a lecturer at the University of Cape Town, where he taught a class on religion, gender and sexuality. As a master of global affairs student, he was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Loyce Mrewa has worked as a researcher for legal and multidisciplinary research institutes, analyzing issues related to children, persons with disabilities, and constitutional and human rights law. She has published work focusing on international humanitarian law, women’s rights, and children’s rights. She speaks Shona, an official language of Zimbabwe, and is learning French. She holds L.L.B. and L.L.M. degrees with a specialization in international law. As a master of global affairs student, Loyce was the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace 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. As a master of global affairs student, Mian was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
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. As a master of global affairs student, she was the recipient of an Ansari Institute Fellowship.