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.



Chioma Okereke

Chioma Okereke

Global Affairs + Specialization (offered through 2022), 2021

Nigeria

Chioma Tanwa Okereke, an experienced economic research analyst, holds a bachelor of science degree in economics from Covenant University. She has researched 20 sub-Saharan African economies, supporting nearly 40 corporate clients in Africa, Europe, and North America. Chioma is passionate about technology-driven, market-based approaches to financial inclusion and economic prosperity, and she has volunteered for organizations including UNICEF and Junior Achievement. In 2017, she was awarded the Mandela Washington Fellowship by the US Department of State’s Young African Leaders Initiative. As a student, she was the the recipient of the Monaghan Family Global Fellowship.

Niloofar Adnani

Niloofar Adnani

Global Affairs + Specialization (offered through 2022), 2021

Iran

Niloofar Adnani holds a BSc in mechanical engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology. She also has completed graduate-level coursework in women’s studies at Allameh Tabataba’i University. While volunteering for various nongovernmental organizations, Niloofar developed analytical skills and gained an understanding of intersectional oppression and structural inequality. She has organized educational camps for students in underserved parts of Iran, raised funds for school construction projects, and supported the production of handicrafts by the Baluchi people, a nomadic minority group. She also is an active translator for Harasswatch, an Iran-based group that aims to mitigate the normalization of harassment and assault in public spaces. Niloofar’s first goal as a socialist feminist and graduate student is to stand against discrimination. As a student, she was the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.

News: MGA student awarded prestigious grant to study Iran sanctions and development

Miriam Psychas

Miriam Psychas

International Peace Studies, 2021

United States/Finland

Miriam Psychas is interested in reconciliation processes and the development of cultures of peace. She earned BA degrees in sociology, history, and Latin American literature from Harvard College. After graduation she directed Harvard’s study abroad program in Havana. She later advocated for improved US-Cuba relations while working at the Center for Democracy in the Americas, a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC. She also has lived and worked in Bogotá, Colombia, where she held several positions related to teacher engagement and education, human-centered design, and monitoring and evaluation for development projects. Miriam hopes her eclectic interests and international background will enable her to serve as a bridge between cultures and people. As a student, she was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Gulzeyin Sharipova-Khalibaeva

Gulzeyin Sharipova-Khalibaeva

International Peace Studies, 2021

Kyrgyzstan/Russia

Gulzeyin Sharipova-Khalibaeva graduated from American University of Central Asia with a degree in international and comparative politics. She has more than a decade of experience working for diplomatic corps, international organizations, and businesses, where she promoted business development, created employment opportunities, and promoted minority rights. As a student, Gulzeyin was the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Fellowship.

John Bosco Lugonja

John Bosco Lugonja

International Peace Studies, 2021

Uganda

John Bosco Lugonja is a Catholic priest ordained by the Diocese of Kasana–Luweero. He is passionate about promoting sustainable peace and justice in society. He recently worked in the diocesan peace and justice department and as director of a graduate school. He also has served as a pastor and associate pastor and has ministered to a wide range of people including Rwandan and South Sudanese refugees, displaced peoples, and people in poverty. He holds an MA in theology from Makerere University and BA degrees in philosophy and theology from Pontifical Urban University in Rome. As a student, John Bosco was the recipient of an Ansari Institute Fellowship.

Eleanor Jones

Eleanor Jones

Sustainable Development, 2021

United States

Eleanor Jones earned a global studies degree from Saint Mary’s College with concentrations in international development and gender and women’s studies. After graduating she moved to South Africa, where she developed after-school educational programs and provided services for youth living at Open Arms Home for Children. She later received a Fulbright grant to teach English in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Eleanor also has worked as a language editor for the Journal of Southeast Asian Human Rights at the Centre for Human Rights, Multiculturalism, and Migration in Indonesia, a position she held as a volunteer with VIA, an organization that fosters understanding between the United States and Asia. As a student, Eleanor was the recipient of a Don & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Shadwa Ibrahim

Shadwa Ibrahim

Sustainable Development, 2021

Egypt

Shadwa graduated from the Lebanese American University with a BA in economics and minor in international affairs. After graduation she was awarded the Lazord Fellowship, a year-long professional development fellowship. Working at American University in Cairo, she served as a governance coordinator on a joint project between the European Union and the Egyptian Ministry of Trade. Afterwards she worked as a policy researcher at the Egyptian Financial Regulatory Authority, where she gained experience in the development of the non-banking financial sector. As a student, Shadwa was the recipient of a Samuel and Kathleen Awad Global Affairs Fellowship.

Erin Connolly

Erin Connolly

International Peace Studies, 2021

United States 

Erin Connolly is the associate program director for Girl Security and a fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, where she previously worked as a research assistant. She has created modules for high school girls on topics such as ethics, nuclear nonproliferation, and nuclear security. Working at the nexus of policy and public engagement, she connects education, national security, and personal security to cultivate the next generation of innovative policy leaders. Erin has written on topics including nuclear terrorism, Iran, and North Korea. Erin graduated cum laude from College of the Holy Cross, earning a bachelor’s degree in international studies with a minor in French and a concentration in peace and conflict studies. As a student, she was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Profile: MGA student works to amplify young voices on nuclear disarmament

Laura Guerra

Laura Guerra

Sustainable Development, 2021

Mexico and United States

Laura Judith Guerra, a first-generation Mexican American, grew up in Mexico and migrated to the United States as a child. A passionate advocate for sustainable development, she has worked as a community organizer at ARISE, a nonprofit organization that empowers low-income immigrants through education and leadership training. Laura holds a BA in economics from the University of Dallas, where she received an Outstanding Economics Student Achievement Award. She also was awarded the US Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which enabled her to study in Rome and teach English classes for Italian high school students. Laura has worked in colonias on the US-Mexico border, advocating for infrastructure improvements such as drainage and public lighting. As a student, she was the recipient of a Graduate School Dean’s Fellowship and a John Hahn/Leticia Foncillas Fellowship.

Hugo Flores Navarro

Hugo Flores Navarro

Global Affairs + Specialization (offered through 2022), 2021

Mexico

Hugo Flores, a physician, is a graduate of the Tec de Monterrey Medical School. He is a co-founder and former executive director of the Mexican branch of Partners In Health, a nonprofit that provides health services in marginalized areas. His interests include the promotion of health as a human right and the education of young professionals in social medicine.

Hugo has collaborated with academic institutions in Mexico and the U.S. and has worked with the Mexican government to implement programs in primary care, mental health, women’s health, chronic diseases, and surgery. His guiding principle—a preferential option for the poor—stems from liberation theology. Hugo is an instructor at Harvard Medical School and an associate physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. As a student, he is was recipient of a Paul & Regina Rogalski Global Affairs Fellowship.

Profile: Student-physician promotes health as human right


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