Meet MGA Students

The Keough School’s master of global affairs program includes 72 students from 32 countries:

Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uganda, the United States, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

The 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.

<strong>Babajide Adebiyi</strong> 

Babajide Adebiyi 

Sustainable Development, 2020


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 traveling and working on transactions in over 25 African markets, he has served as a consultant to multilateral institutions including the African Development Bank, where he managed and developed the private sector facility’s investment analysis and portfolio management framework focused on renewable energy, transport, port infrastructure, mining, agribusiness, trade finance and small- and medium-sized finance projects. He also has worked as risk manager for the sub-Saharan African region for Renaissance Capital, an emerging markets investment group, overseeing six offices and transactions in over 20 African markets, where he managed operational, credit, and investment risk for the bank’s African portfolio covering equities, bonds, real estate, private equity, hedge funds, and derivatives across investment banking, asset management, securities trading, and private equity businesses. He also played a key role in co-founding and leading nonprofit volunteering initiatives such as Y-IMPACT (Young – Inspiring Minds Perceptions & Attitudes to Change Tomorrow), Slum to School, and Move Back Africa Network.  A chartered accountant, financial analyst and risk manager, Babajide also serves as a board member of African Capacity Building Foundation, a specialized agency of the African Union. Babajide is a recipient of a McKenna Center Fellowship.

<strong>Jenna Ahn</strong>

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. Jenna is the recipient of a Coca-Cola Global Affairs Fellowship.

<strong>Karis Ailabouni</strong>

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 U.S. After graduating with a BA in music, psychology, and French from Valparaiso University, she served in Madagascar as an English teacher, co-founding 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, and is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

<strong>Abeera Akhtar</strong> 

Abeera Akhtar 

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2020


Abeera Akhtar graduated from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, majoring in sociology and anthropology. After graduation, she 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 U.S. State Department, the U.S. 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. Abeera is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

<strong>Caroline Andridge</strong>

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. Caroline is the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.

<strong>Patrick Calderon</strong>

Patrick Calderon

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2019


Patrick Calderon recently worked for a Washington, DC-area international nonprofit, where he helped implement a State Department grant enabling undergraduate students from developing countries to study in the United States. He also has worked in education with immigrant and refugee populations in Canada and youth in Morocco. Patrick holds a B.A. in political science and theology from Notre Dame. He is the recipient of a Samuel and Kathleen Awad Global Affairs Fellowship.

<strong>Sarah Davies Breen</strong>

Sarah Davies Breen

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2019

United States

Sarah Davies Breen has worked most recently in higher education. She has held multiple positions at the University of Chicago, where she was director of academic and faculty affairs in the social sciences and manager of research initiatives and visiting fellows at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. Sarah serves on the board of BLUME Haiti, a nonprofit organization focused on music education. Sarah spent two years as a volunteer music teacher in Haiti, where she learned to speak Haitian Creole. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Lawrence University and a certificate in project management from the University of Chicago. Sarah is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

<strong>Sofía del Valle</strong>

Sofía del Valle

Sustainable Development, 2019


Sofía del Valle has worked for organizations focused on inequality and socio-environmental conflicts. Before coming to Notre Dame, Sofía worked at Casa de la Paz, a Chilean-based nongovernmental organization that advises institutions on conflict resolution and community relations. She also has worked as a volunteer with vulnerable children, youth, and women while living in a slum in southern Chile. She holds a BA in sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Sofía is the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.

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