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.

Adeela Firdous

Adeela Firdous

International Peace Studies, 2024


Adeela Firdous is a human rights lawyer who recently worked as a legal trainee with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights  in Berlin, Germany. She has also worked as a law and advocacy officer with Citizens Against Hate, focusing on minority rights in India. In 2019, Adeela graduated from the School of Law at the University of Kashmir. While studying there, Adeela worked with human rights organizations including the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, the Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Movement, and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. 

Adeela also has independently engaged in scholarly work on human rights challenges in Kashmir. Three of her academic papers were selected by the Association for Asian Studies for presentation at conferences in the USA with the support of the International Exchange Award and the Henry Luce Foundation Award. At the Keough School, Adeela plans to focus on strategic peacebuilding so that she can more effectively engage in grassroots peace and justice projects. As a master of global affairs student, she is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.