Babajide Adebiyi is a former partner at Talentstone Africa Partners, where he led a team advising corporations, institutions, and African government officials on risk management, financial services, energy, and infrastructure financing projects. With experience in more than 25 African markets, he has served as a consultant to multilateral institutions including the African Development Bank. He also has worked as risk manager for the sub-Saharan African region for Renaissance Capital. He is a chartered accountant and also played a key role in co-founding and leading nonprofit volunteering initiatives such as Slum to School and Move Back Africa Network. As a master of global affairs student, Babajide was the recipient of a McKenna Center Fellowship.
Current students and alumni from the master of global affairs program in the Keough School of Global Affairs represent more than 50 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; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Nepal; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; South Africa; South Korea; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; Ukraine; Uganda; the United Kingdom; the United States; Uzbekistan; Vietnam; 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.
Karis Ailabouni is a second-generation Palestinian immigrant and refugee who was born and raised in the United States. After graduating with a BA in music, psychology, and French from Valparaiso University, she taught English in Madagascar and co-founded an English club that equipped 200 youth with language skills for future employment. Karis then lived in Jerusalem for three years designing, implementing, and managing a study abroad program for Notre Dame. In this capacity, she formed strategic partnerships with local nongovernmental organizations, educational institutions, and religious organizations. She was also involved in grassroots resistance efforts such as Right to Movement, Christian Academic Forum for Citizenship in the Arab World, and the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music. Karis speaks Palestinian Arabic and French. As a master of global affairs student, she was a recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Abeera Akhtar is a gender-based violence technology products manager for UNICEF, where she leads the development of Virtual Safe Spaces (VSS) and the Referral Pathways Platform (eRPW), online resources for women experiencing gender-based violence. Before joining UNICEF, Abeera was an evaluation and insights fellow for the Digital Impact Alliance at the United Nations Foundation in Washington, DC. A 2020 graduate of the Master of Global Affairs program, she also holds bachelor’s degrees in sociology and anthropology from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. As a master of global affairs student, she was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Before coming to Notre Dame, Abeera was a corporate social responsibility officer at Reckitt Benckiser, a British multinational company. She has led grassroots efforts for nuclear disarmament in Pakistan, working for the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated movement Global Zero. Abeera also worked to make the Sustainable Development Goals more accessible to youth, working for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s Youth Initiative. She is the co-founder of FATE – From Apathy to Empathy, an organization she has represented at forums organized by the US State Department, the US Special Operations Command, the UN, Facebook and Stanford University. Through her work she aims to use intercultural dialogue and social entrepreneurship as a driver for social change.
Rana El-Beheiry has worked as a field officer for an interreligious peacebuilding project that was implemented across five countries through Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Rana also served as monitoring and evaluation assistant for an interfaith action program that addresses sectarian violence in rural areas in Upper Egypt and, worked as a volunteer in a CRS program that provides Syrian and African refugees access to schools. She interned with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and worked on improving Syrian refugee conditions in Egypt. Rana developed a passion for Peacebuilding integration, conflict prevention, youth empowerment, and vulnerable populations. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cairo University. Rana is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Ephraim Bassey Emah has worked as an intern with Mennonite Central Committee, where he served as a peace activity researcher, documenting conflict occurrences in northern Nigeria. He worked with the Centre for Peace Advancement in Nigeria as a community engagement program officer, engaging youth groups involved in substance abuse, gang violence, and identity conflict escalation in Nigeria’s Plateau State. Most recently, he worked for the United States Institute for Peace, working in Nigeria to establish of platforms for collaborative problem-solving and prevention of insecurity and crime in conflict-affected communities. As a master of global affairs student, Ephraim was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Mayra Garcia served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru, collaborating with nongovernmental organizations, local authorities, families, and students to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene practices in their communities. Mayra also has worked as a consultant at a private engineering firm and provided transportation design solutions to regional clients. She holds a BS in civil engineering from the University of Washington and speaks Spanish fluently. As a master of global affairs student, Mayra was the recipient of a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship.
Christine Germann volunteered with the WorldTeach organization as an English teacher in the public education system in American Samoa during the 2016-2017 academic year. Prior to earning a BA in global studies with a concentration in international development in 2016, she conducted independent research in Tanzania, examining the current perceptions of child marriage in a rural region. Christine is interested in language of instruction research, gender equity in education, and program implementation in educational systems within developing nations, specifically sub-Saharan Africa. As a master of global affairs student, she was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Anthony Guidotti triple majored in economics, international studies, and justice and peace studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. After graduation, he spent a year serving abroad as a humanitarian missionary in 11 countries. He is passionate about the fusion of economic development and the peacemaking process within international policy making and hopes to help implement development processes that de-escalate conflict and improve the living conditions of their targeted populations. He has spent the last three and a half years as a lay minister in a diverse urban community north of Seattle. As a master of global affairs student, Anthony was the recipient of a Coca-Cola Global Affairs Fellowship.