Meet MGA Students


Current students and alumni from the master of global affairs program in the Keough School of Global Affairs represent more than 50 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; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Nepal; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; South Africa; South Korea; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; Ukraine; Uganda; the United Kingdom; the United States; Uzbekistan; Vietnam; 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.



Kevin Richardson

Kevin Richardson

Sustainable Development, 2020

United States

Kevin Richardson is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who worked in youth development in Ukraine, where he also served as a grant-writing coach, a grant committee member, and a trainer for project design and management. He also has taught leadership, critical thinking, healthy lifestyle, democracy, and anti-corruption in addition to several academic topics in various schools, camps, and cities throughout Ukraine. Before joining the Peace Corps, Kevin worked as a translator and interpreter for various industries.

Rana El-Beheiry

Rana El-Beheiry

International Peace Studies, 2020

Egypt

Rana El-Beheiry has worked as a field officer for an interreligious peacebuilding project that was implemented across five countries through Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Rana also served as monitoring and evaluation assistant for an interfaith action program that addresses sectarian violence in rural areas in Upper Egypt and, worked as a volunteer in a CRS program that provides Syrian and African refugees access to schools. She interned with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and worked on improving Syrian refugee conditions in Egypt. Rana developed a passion for Peacebuilding integration, conflict prevention, youth empowerment, and vulnerable populations. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cairo University. Rana is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Maria Belen Zanzuchi

Maria Belen Zanzuchi

Sustainable Development, 2020

Argentina

Maria Belen Zanzuchi has worked as an advisor to the Secretary of Trade of the Argentine Republic. There she was involved in topics related to international trade agreements, trade facilitation, sectoral competitiveness, and competition policies. Most recently, she worked with the National Antitrust Commission on the biggest telecommunications merger in the history of Argentina. Belen holds a BA in economics from Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires. She is the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.

Eduardo Jose Badilla Valdivia

Eduardo Jose Badilla Valdivia

International Peace Studies, 2020

Costa Rica

Eduardo Valdivia has worked as field and verification officer with the United Nations Mission in Colombia and as policy advisor on human rights and business with the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations. Through his career he has developed and implemented community engagement strategies with civil society groups and communities in their transition from conflict to recovery, with close attention to gender, ethnic, and human rights perspectives. He believes in the importance of public participation and citizen engagement as an effective tool to support peace efforts and capacity-building at the grassroots level. Eduardo is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Babajide Adebiyi

Babajide Adebiyi

Sustainable Development, 2020

Nigeria

Babajide Adebiyi is a former partner at Talentstone Africa Partners, where he led a team advising corporations, institutions, and African government officials on risk management, financial services, energy, and infrastructure financing projects. With experience in more than 25 African markets, he has served as a consultant to multilateral institutions including the African Development Bank. He also has worked as risk manager for the sub-Saharan African region for Renaissance Capital. He is a chartered accountant and also played a key role in co-founding and leading nonprofit volunteering initiatives such as Slum to School and Move Back Africa Network. As a master of global affairs student, Babajide was the recipient of a McKenna Center Fellowship.

Mukhlisa Khudayberganova

Mukhlisa Khudayberganova

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2020

Uzbekistan

Mukhlisa Khudayberganova studied international relations at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Uzbekistan. She gained experience in the fields of national branding, journalism, and public relations through various internships and jobs. She is interested in national branding by not just promoting a country, but by resolving urgent public policy issues within that country. As a master of global affairs student, Mukhlisa was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Nzubechi Pantaleon Uwaleme

Nzubechi Pantaleon Uwaleme

International Peace Studies, 2020

Nigeria

Nzubechi Pantaleon Uwaleme has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector with a special focus on peacebuilding programming and youth leadership development training. He worked as a project manager on the Emerging African Leaders Project of the Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics, Inc. where he helped students facilitate social projects for community development. Nzubechi serves on the board of AfriPeace Sustainable Development Foundation, a collaborative African partner, and affiliate of AfriPeace Development Foundation, which is focused on promoting peace education. Most recently, he established Students for Peace Network (peace clubs) in 10 secondary schools in the Nigeria. He earned a bachelor’s degree in quantity surveying from Federal University of Technology in Nigeria. As a master of global affairs student, Nzubechi is was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Khuong “Max” Ngoc Nguyen

Khuong “Max” Ngoc Nguyen

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2020

Vietnam

For two years, Khuong worked as a resident researcher at the Kettering Foundation, a think tank dedicated to the study of democracy in Dayton, Ohio. Later, he spent a year in Cuernavaca, Mexico, collaborating with Augsburg University in its marketing campaigns for its social justice-oriented study abroad programs. At the Keough School he is interested in learning more about international security. As a master of global affairs student, Khuong was the recipient of a Don & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Joshua Pine

Joshua Pine

Sustainable Development, 2020

United States

Joshua Pine is a dedicated connector, communicator, and consultant. Having lived almost 20 years in China, he serves as a bridge between cultures and has worked extensively with Chain Reaction, a Chinese nonprofit organization, to market Chinese handicraft art in the United States. Joshua also is a skilled translator with experiences ranging from study abroad programs in Beijing to sports camps at Notre Dame. Driven by a passion to serve, he has engaged in multiple nonprofit consulting projects in education, eco-tourism, and community health.

Derek Lee

Derek Lee

Sustainable Development, 2020

United States/Taiwan

Derek Lee is interested in global health, culture, and sustainable agriculture, and their intersection with fair and just food systems. He has lived and worked alongside farmers in Nepal, fishing communities in the Philippines, and low-income high school students on the south side of Chicago, all with different international nongovernmental organizations. Derek is committed to living in solidarity with those he serves, and also to grassroots-level development that empowers community members to be the true owners of change. As a master of global affairs student, Derek was the recipient of a Don & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.


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