Meet MGA Students

The Keough School’s master of global affairs program, a two-year program, includes 74 students.  Current students and MGA alumni represent more than 50 countries including:

Afghanistan; Argentina; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belize; Burkina Faso; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Democratic Republic of Congo; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Ethiopia; The Gambia; Ghana; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Mongolia; Morocco; Nepal; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; South Africa; South Korea; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; Ukraine; Uganda; the United Kingdom; 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.

Abeera Akhtar

Abeera Akhtar

Global Affairs + Specialization, 2020


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.