Seiko Kanda is a junior program coordinator for World Vision International, an international humanitarian aid organization. Based in Tokyo, Seiko coordinates projects in the Middle East that assist Syrian refugees in Jordan and Iraq. Before joining World Vision, Seiko was an officer in the Development Assistance Policy Coordination Division of the International Cooperation Bureau in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
As a master of global affairs student, Seiko gained valuable insights from International NGO Management, a course taught by Keough School Associate Dean and Teaching Professor Hal Culbertson.
“I learned a great deal about project management, and it was because of this course that project management became a professional interest of mine,” Seiko said.
As an elective, Seiko took Christianity and Islam, a course offered through Notre Dame’s Department of Theology and co-taught by Gabriel Reynolds and Mun’im Sirry, experts in Muslim-Christian Relations and Qur’anic studies.
“It’s helpful in my work to understand the connection between faith and development, especially now that I work for a Christian organization,” Seiko says. “I appreciate that the Keough School offers such a broad range of opportunities for its students.”