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.



Lamarre Présuma

Lamarre Présuma

Global Affairs + Specialization (offered through 2022), 2022

Haiti

Lamarre Présuma holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Académie Nationale Diplomatique et Consulaire in Haiti and a bachelor’s degree in law from Université d’Etat d’Haïti. After the 2010 earthquake, Lamarre channeled his passion for community service by assisting in the recovery process: he worked as a translator for the disaster relief organization All Hands and Hearts and as a project director with Bonas and Beyond, a volunteer group affiliated with St. Bonaventure University. With the the nonprofit organization Resilience Haiti, he engaged delegations from the US and Canada to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Lamarre served for nine years as operations manager for Engineeering2Empower (E2E), a Notre Dame initiative in Léogâne, Haiti. In this role he led projects addressing systemic challenges to disaster resilience and conducted research with Notre Dame faculty and students. He also founded a network of innovation clubs using human-centered design and established the Haitian International Model United Nations. Lamarre prioritizes direct community engagement in all of his work. As a master of global affairs recipient, Lamarre is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.

 

 

 

 

 

Mikaela Bona

Mikaela Bona

Global Affairs + Specialization (offered through 2022), 2022

The Philippines

Mikaela has expertise in qualitative political research, journalism, political communication, and development work. As a former editor-in-chief for a Filipino think tank, a college representative for over 2,000 students, and a researcher, she has a wide skill set: writing and editing political features, lobbying for institutional reform that reduce tuition for university students, working closely with the Filipino government on migrant and labor rights, organizing demonstrations. Mikaela has conducted internationally-funded fieldwork on coastal city resilience and research on BIPOC rights, women’s empowerment, unpaid care work, labor migration, education, and voting.

Mikaela holds a master’s degree in political science from Ateneo de Manila University and graduated with honors and minors in economics and Southeast Asian studies. Mikaela has been awarded competitive study grants in Japan and Brunei Darussalam. With diverse research interests tied together by a passion for gender, intersectionality, economic development, and poverty alleviation, she hopes to develop analytical skills to create actionable steps for inclusive change. Mikaela is a recipient of a Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies Fellowship.

Angelina Soriano Nuncio

Angelina Soriano Nuncio

Sustainable Development, 2022

Mexico

Angelina Soriano is the founding leader of institutional relations and networks of the Human Dignity Center at Tecnologico de Monterrey University in Mexico, where she oversees gender equality, diversity and inclusion strategies, and programs and policies nationwide. Through her work she has advanced the understanding of the fundamentals of human dignity applied to policies and conflict resolution. 

Angelina previously worked at the vice presidency for international affairs at Tecnológico de Monterrey. As the coordinator of strategic international relations, she focused in strengthening binational cooperation between Mexico and the US in the philanthropic, social innovation, and development arenas. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper Community and is the co-founder of Solidaridad Mexico, an initiative to engage people in social causes. 

Angelina graduated with honors from Tecnológico de Monterrey University, earning a bachelor’s degree in law with a concentration in leadership for social development. As a master of global affairs student, Angelina is the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship. 

Eduardo Pagés

Eduardo Pagés

Sustainable Development, 2022

Ecuador

Eduardo Pagés graduated from the Freie Universität Berlin with a BA in political science and an MA in Latin American Studies. A recipient of an Ernst-Reuter Scholarship, he further specialized in politics and economics as a foreign exchange student at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Alternating between Germany and his home country of Ecuador, he has worked across the diplomatic, research, and consultancy sectors to foster democratic and economic development. Eduardo’s research interests focus on democratization in Latin America, urban policy, and the implications of institutionally weak environments for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

As a researcher at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Eduardo supported the comparative analysis of legal frameworks granting political rights to migrants in the Southern Cone and the Caribbean. As an intern at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Eduardo helped establish dialogues on environmental and economic challenges between youth in the German Social Democrats and progressive parties in the LAC region. He also has served as a policy consultant for think tanks and political parties in Guayaquil, Ecuador. As a master of global affairs student, Eduardo is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.

Anna Romandash

Anna Romandash

International Peace Studies, 2022

Ukraine

Anna Romandash is an award-winning journalist from Ukraine. She has collaborated with the Open Government Partnership, Freedom House, and the German media company Deutsche Welle. She works as a reporter and a digital policy expert focusing on sustainable media development, human rights, and information access. She has worked on media-related projects in Eastern Europe at Digital Communication Network, and has been a fellow of the Hansen Summer Institute, the Personal Democracy Forum, CNN, and ICANN, an American nonprofit that supports Internet security and stability. 

Anna’s areas of interest include foreign reporting, conflict resolution, and security developments with a special focus on Eastern Europe. She has spoken and presented her work at global events such as RightsCon, the Global Media Forum, and the Digital Transformation Forum. She was named Media Freedom Ambassador of Ukraine for her human rights and media work, and was among the winners of the European Institute of Mediterranean contest for her reporting. As a master of global affairs student, Anna is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship. 

Juan Mosquera Sepúlveda

Juan Mosquera Sepúlveda

International Peace Studies, 2022

Colombia

Juan has served as a United Nations Volunteer at UNICEF in Colombia, working on design, implementation, and monitoring of strategies to prevent armed violence against children and adolescents, especially child soldier recruitment. He also worked as a consultant in the same organization designing methodological tools for a nationwide mobilization strategy recruiting 2,000 adolescents to promote peacebuilding. He also worked for nearly four years in governmental organizations such as the Bogotá City Council, the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, and the Office of the Presidential Counsellor for Youth on policymaking related to peacebuilding and socioeconomic development. He also is fluent in Spanish, French, and German.

Juan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the Universidad del Rosario, where he was awarded a scholarship for academic excellence and graduated first in his cohort. As a master of global affairs student, Juan is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Rayangnewende Jean Marc Tiendrebeogo

Rayangnewende Jean Marc Tiendrebeogo

International Peace Studies, 2022

Burkina Faso

Rayangnewende Jean Marc Tiendrebeogo is a former program officer and head of office for a USAID-funded program focused on countering violent extremism and promoting peace through development. In this capacity he implemented and led programs and activities for vulnerable young men and women that were focused on empowerment, promoting moderate voices, and strengthening civil society’s capacity to address community issues and strengthen local government. 

Jean Marc most recently worked as a State Department foreign service national, serving as a consular assistant and fraud prevention investigator at the US Embassy in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He is the founder and executive director of Burkina United and Stable Youth (BUSY), a youth development and empowerment nonprofit organization. He graduated from Augustana University with a BA in English and was funded by a Fulbright African Undergraduate Scholarship. As a master of global affairs student, Jean Marc is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship. 

Tinaishe Maramba

Tinaishe Maramba

International Peace Studies, 2022

Zimbabwe

Tinaishe graduated with honors from the University of Zimbabwe with a degree in political science. Before coming to Notre Dame, he worked for the International Organization for Migration, a UN-related organization, as a project field assistant, working with returnees affected by economic challenges related to the global pandemic. Previously, he worked with National AIDS Council Zimbabwe as a district youth facilitator. He also has served as a junior member of parliament in the city of Murewa, advocating for children’s rights policy.

Tinaishe was awarded the US government’s global UGRAD scholarship to study in the United States and is a graduate of the YALI Regional Leadership Center in Southern Africa, a US Department of State initiative to train the next generation of young African leaders. As a master of global affairs student, Tinaishe interned with the global interfaith peacebuilding coalition Religions for Peace, an opportunity made possible by a partnership with the Keough School’s Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion. Tinaishe is a recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Donovan Leiva

Donovan Leiva

Global Affairs + Specialization (offered through 2022), 2022

Belize

Donovan Leiva graduated from the University of Belize with top honors. As a student, he held several leadership positions including treasurer of the student government as well as vice president of the International Forestry Students’ Association. He also volunteered with youth groups and environmental nongovernmental associations and conducted research. Before coming to Notre Dame, he was the field station manager at the Belize Vector and Ecology Center, which focuses on the transmission of disease from insects to humans. In this role, he connected international researchers funded by Google, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Defense  with the local Ministry of Health in order to strengthen the country’s capacity for disease prevention. As a master of global affairs student, Donovan is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.  

Sophia Dianne Garcia

Sophia Dianne Garcia

International Peace Studies, 2022

The Philippines

Sophia Dianne Garcia recently served as a project/advocacy officer at the Center for Peace Education and a facilitator with the National Service Training Program at Miriam College, leading projects and advocacy campaigns related to youth, peace and security, and disarmament. Sophia was the local coordinator of the Young Women for Peace and Leadership Program of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) in the Philippines and also was a researcher for GNWP on a study focused on the sustainable peace agenda. As a young peacebuilder, she has shared her experiences locally and internationally, including at the United Nations. She also worked at the Human Rights Victims Claims Board and for the Philippine Peace Process as part of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission Secretariat. Sophia holds a bachelor of arts degree (with honors) in international studies and international politics from Miriam College, where she also earned a minor in peace studies. As a master of global affairs student, Sophia is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

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