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.



Fernando Ixpanel Cruz

Fernando Ixpanel Cruz

Governance and Policy, 2024

Guatemala

Fernando Ixpanel Cruz graduated in 2020 with the distinction of best graduation project in the international relations program at Rafael Landívar University in Guatemala. He has worked as a researcher and a political consultant for the Association for Research and Social Studies, a Guatemalan think tank, on topics including Guatemala’s electoral and party systems, public policies, and governance. Before joining the Keough School, Fernando also provided technical advice to several Guatemalan institutions including the national electoral body, the electoral affairs commission, and the national chapter of the Open Government Partnership. 

Fernando is primarily interested in studying governance models, anti-corruption efforts, and international cooperation. As a master of global affairs student, he is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.