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.



Elise Verdooner

Elise Verdooner

Global Affairs + Specialization (offered through 2022), 2023

United States

Elise Verdooner, a Fulbright Scholar and returned Peace Corps volunteer, has worked in international development for seven years. She is the former executive director of TEEEM, a global nonprofit organization focused on health, education, and economic empowerment. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University with a focus on social enterprise administration and international social work. Elise is a member of the global social work committee at the National Association of Social Workers and a member of the Network for Social Work Management, an organization that honored her with the 2019 Mark Moses Distinguished Fellowship Award.

As a youth development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Botswana, Elise worked on organizational capacity building, HIV prevention and outreach, and gender equality initiatives. As a master of global affairs student, Elise is the recipient of a Pulte Family Fellowship.