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.

Eskandar Ataallah

Eskandar Ataallah

International Peace Studies, 2024


Eskandar Ataallah graduated from the University of Tishreen with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He also completed an intensive course on nonviolence and human rights through the Academic University College of Non-Violence and Human Rights in Lebanon and has worked for the United Nations Development Program’s Social Cohesion and Gender Justice program. 

After the 2011 crisis in Syria, Eskandar began his humanitarian work as a field monitor with a local nonprofit, the Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch. There he was promoted to field monitor, to head of monitors, and finally to community center coordinator. Eskandar speaks Arabic as his native language, English as a second language, and has started studying Spanish. He plans to play a fundamental role in helping countries that are suffering from crises to achieve peace. As a master of global affairs student, Eskandar is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.