Meet MGA Students


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.



Novita Liangga Kumala

Novita Liangga Kumala

International Peace Studies, 2020

Indonesia

Novita is a licensed Indonesian advocate and environmental activist. Throughout her career, she has worked in variety of sectors including banking and finance, corporate law, social enterprise, and environmental policy. Her current research interests focus on conflict resolution for land, natural resources, and environmental conflicts. She has worked for World Resources Institute Indonesia, Indonesia’s national agency on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), and a corporate law firm in Jakarta. She also volunteers with the Social Corporate Lawyer Society, a network for corporate law professionals who provide pro bono services. As a master of global affairs student, Novita was the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.

Op-Ed: Earth Day 2020: Climate crisis, carbon market and land conflict (The Jakarta Post)

Seiko Kanda

Seiko Kanda

Global Affairs + Specialization (offered through 2022), 2020

Japan

Seiko Kanda studied Spanish and global studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in Japan. As a recipient of the Mexico-Japan Governments Strategic Partnership Program Scholarship, he also studied at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico in Mexico City. He worked for two years as a treasury and market specialist at MUFG Bank (Mexico) while volunteering at a local nonprofit organization that served homeless, at-risk adolescents. He is fluent in Japanese and Spanish. Seiko’s research interests include Latin American religion and society, the religious and ideological underpinnings of socially oriented activities, and multinational collaborative efforts pertaining to economic development. As a master of global affairs student, he was the recipient of an Ansari Institute Fellowship.

Jacqueline Shrader

Jacqueline Shrader

International Peace Studies, 2020

United States

Jacqueline Shrader served as program director to a youth leadership development program serving emerging leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously, she worked in rural Peru on a team of social workers with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, implementing and supporting youth programs. Jacqueline has conducted research in Guatemala on how female civil society and grassroots leaders are confronting gender-based violence. Jacqueline is fluent in Spanish, and she holds a bachelor of arts in theology and religious studies from Seattle University. As a master of global affairs student, she was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Abeera Akhtar

Abeera Akhtar

Global Affairs + Specialization (offered through 2022), 2020

Pakistan

Abeera Akhtar is a gender-based violence technology products manager for UNICEF, where she leads the development of Virtual Safe Spaces (VSS) and the Referral Pathways Platform (eRPW), online resources for women experiencing gender-based violence. Before joining UNICEF, Abeera was an evaluation and insights fellow for the Digital Impact Alliance at the United Nations Foundation in Washington, DC.  A 2020 graduate of the Master of Global Affairs program, she also holds bachelor’s degrees in sociology and anthropology from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. As a master of global affairs student, she was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Before coming to Notre Dame, Abeera was a corporate social responsibility officer at Reckitt Benckiser, a British multinational company. She has led grassroots efforts for nuclear disarmament in Pakistan, working for the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated movement Global Zero. Abeera also worked to make the Sustainable Development Goals more accessible to youth, working for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s Youth Initiative. She is the co-founder of FATE – From Apathy to Empathy, an organization she has represented at forums organized by the US State Department, the US Special Operations Command, the UN, Facebook and Stanford University. Through her work she aims to use intercultural dialogue and social entrepreneurship as a driver for social change.

Helina Haile

Helina Haile

International Peace Studies, 2020

United States

Helina Haile served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda, where she taught English and led after-school youth development groups for boys and girls. She also spent time with American Refugee Committee Rwanda as a program development volunteer. Helina later worked on racial equity issues with AmeriCorps VISTA and the City of Minneapolis for the Obama Promise Zone Initiative, and served as a legal assistant for the Minnesota AIDS Project. She holds a BA in political science and international studies from Northern Michigan University, and speaks Amharic and is conversant in Kinyarwanda. As a master of global affairs student, Helina was the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.

Feature: MGA student works with first-of-its-kind group addressing police violence in Chicago

Dominic Scarcelli

Dominic Scarcelli

Global Affairs + Specialization (offered through 2022), 2020

United States

Dominic Scarcelli studied political science and public policy at the University of Notre Dame. As part of a research team at Notre Dame, he published a report on the health of US democracy and impacts of inter-party communication following the 2016 presidential election. He also has interned with the consumer insight team of the Irish Food Board, where he produced reports on the legal and cultural landscape of international markets, and for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he drafted memos advising the Congressman on proposed legislation. As a master of global affairs student, Dominic was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Gizem Korun

Gizem Korun

International Peace Studies, 2020

Turkey

Gizem Korun majored in international studies and graduated with honors from Sabanci University in Istanbul. She has worked on several youth mobility activities. Most recently, she worked as a project manager at International Blue Crescent, a Turkey-based nongovernmental organization. Gizem was involved with several projects related to healthcare access, educational services, social entrepreneurship, and capacity-building, working closely with refugees and international organizations. As a master of global affairs student, she was the recipient of a Nanovic Institute Fellowship.

Mary Mumbi Wachira

Mary Mumbi Wachira

International Peace Studies, 2020

Kenya

Mary Mumbi Wachira served as the national director and coordinator of Global Unites in Kenya. She collaborated in the development and establishment of youth peace-building and conflict transformation initiatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Liberia. Mary enjoys teaching and mentoring young people in civic participation and character leadership. She is interested in issues related to youth, education, and migration in the global south. She holds a bachelor of science in biochemistry and a diploma in project management. As a master of global affairs student, Mary was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Sangzhu Pubu

Sangzhu Pubu

Sustainable Development, 2020

China

Sangzhu Pubu is the former field officer for Machik, a nongovernmental organization whose mission is to incubate social innovation in Tibet by supporting and developing new opportunities for education, entrepreneurship, creativity and gender empowerment. As part of 2017-2018 WISE Learner’s team, Sangzhu has worked with other learners to tackle educational challenges faced by refugees in Greece and Uganda. Sangzhu holds a BA in business administration from Beijing Foreign Studies University. As a master of global affairs student, he was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Victoria Nyanjura

Victoria Nyanjura

International Peace Studies, 2020

Uganda

Victoria Nyanjura recently worked as an aftercare specialist at International Justice Mission in Gulu, Uganda, an organization that transforms justice systems and protects widows from property-grabbing in Northern Uganda. She is a former project assistant for the Gender Justice Department at the Justice and Reconciliation Project, a Ugandan organization that works with war-affected communities. She is a member of the Women’s Advocacy Network, a forum where war-affected women come together to advocate for justice. She also played a significant role in organizing a petition for redress that resulted in the parliament of Uganda unanimously passing a resolution to remedy the plight of victims of Northern Uganda’s conflicts. As a master of global affairs student, Victoria was the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.

Article: Eight years a captive (Notre Dame Magazine)


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