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.



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.

Niloofar Adnani

Niloofar Adnani

Global Affairs + Specialization, 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

Margaret Adomako

Margaret Adomako

International Peace Studies, 2021

Ghana

Margaret Adomako worked at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, where she conducted research to support training programs designed for military, police, gendarmerie and civilian personnel deployed to peacekeeping missions in Africa. She also has studied post-conflict reconstruction in Côte d’Ivoire and conflict between farmers and herders in Ghana. A former field officer for the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana, Margaret has volunteered with the Ghana Volunteer Agency, a nonprofit network that provides volunteers to organizations in need. She is a graduate of the University of Ghana. As a master of global affairs student, Margaret was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

News: Master of global affairs students awarded Hesburgh and Offenheiser Fellowships

Haleemah Ahmad

Haleemah Ahmad

International Peace Studies, 2023

Nigeria

Haleemah Oladamade Ahmad was most recently a senior research associate and chief editor with the Da’wah Institute, part of the Islamic Education Trust in Nigeria. She is part of a team that compiled and responded to more than 200 narratives and arguments used for recruitment into violent extremist groups in the Lake Chad Basin. Haleemah has facilitated advocacy sessions focused on eliminating violence against women and girls, doing so from an Islamic perspective.

As a young peacebuilder and human rights defender, Haleemah has shared her experiences internationally, including at the Carter Center in the United States, and her work has been published in an essay collection by the Tony Blair Institute for Change. As a fellow of the Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace, Haleemah worked with youth leaders on reducing electoral violence during the 2019 general elections in Nigeria. She is passionate about gender justice, interreligious peacebuilding, and preventing violent extremism carried out in the name of religion. As a master of global affairs student, Haleemah is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Jenna Ahn

Jenna Ahn

Sustainable Development, 2019

United States

Jenna Ahn served as a volunteer social worker at Farm of the Child, a children’s home in Honduras. Most recently, she worked in community-based learning at Santa Clara University’s Ignatian Center while consulting on a startup initiative focused on providing sustainable and affordable housing options in developing countries. She holds a BA in theology and pre-health studies from Notre Dame, and speaks Spanish and Korean. As a master of global affairs student, Jenna was the recipient of a Coca-Cola Global Affairs Fellowship.

Karis Ailabouni

Karis Ailabouni

International Peace Studies, 2020

United States

Karis Ailabouni is a second-generation Palestinian immigrant and refugee who was born and raised in the United States. After graduating with a BA in music, psychology, and French from Valparaiso University, she taught English in Madagascar and co-founded an English club that equipped 200 youth with language skills for future employment. Karis then lived in Jerusalem for three years designing, implementing, and managing a study abroad program for Notre Dame. In this capacity, she formed strategic partnerships with local nongovernmental organizations, educational institutions, and religious organizations. She was also involved in grassroots resistance efforts such as Right to Movement, Christian Academic Forum for Citizenship in the Arab World, and the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music. Karis speaks Palestinian Arabic and French. As a master of global affairs student, she was a recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Abeera Akhtar

Abeera Akhtar

Global Affairs + Specialization, 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.

Caroline Andridge

Caroline Andridge

Sustainable Development, 2019

United States

Caroline Andridge served as a 2016-17 Princeton in Africa fellow in South Africa, where she worked as an HIV prevention analyst with the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Prior to this role, she was a research associate for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations and a volunteer for the economic analysis team at the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA in public policy from the University of Michigan. As a master of global affairs student, Caroline was the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.


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