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.



Abdyrakhman Sulaimanov

Abdyrakhman Sulaimanov

Sustainable Development, 2024

Kyrgyzstan

Abdyrakhman Sulaimanov holds a bachelor’s in international relations from Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University and a master’s in politics and security from the OSCE Academy. Upon graduation, he joined the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo as a research fellow and was involved in several projects on sustainable development, climate change, energy security, natural resources, and international politics and economics in Central Asia. Most recently, he worked for the Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation as a project officer for the Public Service Improvement Project in Kyrgyzstan. Besides his native Kyrgyz language, he speaks Russian, Turkish, English, and has also studied Chinese. 

As a master of global affairs student, Abdyrakhman is passionate about applying interdisciplinary approaches, new methods and statistics, the mobilization of big data, and data science to the study of sustainable development. He hopes to pursue a career with international organizations focused on sustainability. Abdyrakhman is the recipient of a Carrianne and Lance McCormack Global Affairs Fellowship.