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.

Donovan Leiva

Donovan Leiva

Global Affairs + Specialization (offered through 2022), 2022


Donovan Leiva graduated from the University of Belize with top honors. As a student, he held several leadership positions including treasurer of the student government as well as vice president of the International Forestry Students’ Association. He also volunteered with youth groups and environmental nongovernmental associations and conducted research. Before coming to Notre Dame, he was the field station manager at the Belize Vector and Ecology Center, which focuses on the transmission of disease from insects to humans. In this role, he connected international researchers funded by Google, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Defense  with the local Ministry of Health in order to strengthen the country’s capacity for disease prevention. As a master of global affairs student, Donovan is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.